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"Lack of appreciation and reward for hard work and enthusiasm"

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Former Employee - Assistant Manager
Former Employee - Assistant Manager
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Talbots full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Nice, loyal clientele. Very good work hours for a retail position. There were several very professional part-time employees.

Cons

HR concerns were ignored or brushed under the rug by store and district manager. No raises for sales associates or management. Promises made by store manager and district manager that were not fulfilled. Lack of appreciation for hard work and education. Poor communication within management. Management not concerned about associate well-being and happiness, only with the bottom line. Store manager received bonuses based on SPH, so she would cut hours to the bare bones, working her assistant and co-manager with no other sales support at the end of each month because they had the highest sales. Personally, I remained physically and emotionally exhausted for the duration of my employment. Taking a legitimate sick day was very difficult to do, and there were at least 2 times I should not have come to work but did because my salaried manager was not willing to step in and help. However, she was the first to leave early on slow days. Bad behavior within management ranks was common, especially inappropriate comments and treatment of associates. These issues were never addressed and the response was always "don't cause more of a problem by bringing this to senior management".

Advice to Management

Reward associates and assistant/co managers for consistent hard work and base promotions on merit. Employees should not leave work feeling stressed and underappreciated. Promote from within and reward consistently high productivity with raises and/or incentives.

Other Employee Reviews for Talbots

  1. "Decent Retail Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good for temporary work
    - Nice clientele
    - Good working environment

    Cons

    - Limited upward mobility
    - No raises
    - No value for education


  2. Helpful (2)

    "overall good. It was a great company in the beginning.It is going downhill. They stopeed caring for associates."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clothes are good quality and the customers are very loyal. Pay scale is higer than normal retail.

    Cons

    Do not promote from within the company anymore. They let a lot of qualified people go. They are going down and don't seem to be able to fix the issues.

    Advice to Management

    Remember how it started with the original Talbots. Care about the staff. Hire from within and stop bringing in people who do not care about the brand. That's what Talbots is.

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