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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee Discount are incredible (in 247 reviews)

  • Great discount on quality clothes (in 200 reviews)

Cons
  • You have to push for credit cards (in 210 reviews)

  • Hours can be a little hectic, very hard on work-life balance (in 42 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The clothing is exceptional.

    Cons

    Racial and gender inequality when GM's are male and or Hispanic

    Advice to Management

    Upper management must look for signs of racial and gender inequality and stop immediately. Not take GM's word on everything but follow up with all Leaders


  2. "Awesome!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Beach, FL

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    What is there that's positive?......

    Cons

    Everything, management plays favoritism and bully you.


  3. "Intimidating and Rude Management"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sea Girt, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sea Girt, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee Discount at all Gap brands

    Cons

    The managers of my location were rude, intimidating and often showed a lack of understandings in work situations

    Advice to Management

    learn how to be polite to your employees


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  5. "Tough Times"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Skokie, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Commission opportunities with credit cards

    Cons

    micromanagement, strict schedules, not very understanding staff

    Advice to Management

    Micromanage less, be more flexible with scheduling and be more understanding.


  6. "High pressure for little pay and reward"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High quality fashion, Nice Employees,

    Cons

    Catty Management, Long Hours, boring, tedious

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people, not just robots made to sell credit cards.


  7. "Just don't"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Newport, RI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Newport, RI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Usually a pretty busy work environment

    Cons

    Pompous, immature management. I witnessed managers bully a former employee out of her job.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your managers can act in a professional manner and not talk behind their employees backs. It legitimately felt like we were still in high school.


  8. "Terrible support from the top and bad attitudes within."

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the associates are great, and if you don't need to eat, the pay is good too. The discount is ok but if you just wait a day or two it will be marked down anyway.

    Cons

    There are so many. The work life balance is anything but balanced. When management has a problem there is little support if any. The business model they have in place is to "chase" the next thing. I understand fashion moves quick however, good business is ALWAYS good business and they do not seem to get this. Mark downs on top of markdowns just show the lack of faith in their own product. This has also conditioned customers to wait for the 60% off, lowering revenue and in turn we get an earful. And don't even get me started on the credit card pushing! It's despicable.

    Advice to Management

    When a leader says something is not right, listen. And remember the newest member of the staff is not always wrong! Disregarding and undermining management problems is never in the company's best interest.


  9. "Review for BR Company"

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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandising Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandising Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had a great Management Team

    Cons

    Not a healthy culture, lost there Customer Base.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive


  10. "Don't miss it at all!!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Shreveport, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The discount and co-workers, they were family!!

    Cons

    Upper management and floor moves!!!

    Advice to Management

    Prepare better for floor moves!!!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is a job for sure.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. Surprisingly snobby.

    Advice to Management

    Don't punish your employees based on how much you like them personally by giving them less, or sometimes zero hours a week, all the while hiring new people.


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