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Gymboree Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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Mark Breitbard
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  • They schedule new line even if it's a holiday sometimes (in 72 reviews)

  • There has been a lot of changes in the store structure (upper management/middle) (in 47 reviews)

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  1. "Corporate is indecisive. District has your back."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in North Branch, MN
    Current Employee - Store Manager in North Branch, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gymboree full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They take care of you. The stores will help each other with anything.

    Cons

    They change policys and little things every few months.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing your mind every couple months.


  2. "Great first time job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gymboree part-time

    Pros

    -Friendly environment
    -Co-workers were always so supportive and helpful

    Cons

    -Amount of time spent of busy work when that time could of been spent of customers.


  3. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Left work behind me
    Fun and cute clothes

    Cons

    Difficult customers
    lots of standing
    New lines went very late into the night


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  5. "Store manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gymboree full-time

    Pros

    Friendly customers. Seeing cute babies. Being able to make bonuses every month.

    Cons

    Corporate doesn't listen to managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to figure out what to do to drive your own business. If it's social media phone calls or flyers to the neighborhood. Learn how to read documents and know the product that is in your location. It helps


  6. "Assistant Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gymboree part-time

    Pros

    Effective management & sales team members

    Cons

    scheduled hours and availability to schedule planning


  7. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gymboree part-time

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly customers, builds character,

    Cons

    A lot of work for little pay, the aprons

    Advice to Management

    more trainning


  8. "Sales Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Lead
    Former Employee - Sales Lead
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Ok discount
    -Customers are loyal
    -Clothes were durable and long lasting compared to other similar retailers
    -Got a discount at Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack (sister stores)

    Cons

    -Pay was on the lower side
    -Unrealistic deadlines with little hours to complete anything
    -Opening manager was by themselves for most of the morning shift
    -A cartoon was in place instead of music (Some people might not find this a problem)
    -New line (floor set) every other Sunday
    -Outdated POS system
    -Too much product for one store which made the backroom filled with clothes that could be on the floor but instead are wasting space in the back. It definitely accumulates.

    Advice to Management

    Since I was in a management position, learn how to push out product from the back so it does not get overwhelming. Schedule more double coverage shifts especially on weekends.


  9. "Good start!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gymboree part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my team and it seems as though everyone loves their team!
    New lines were fun and you got to be creative with what you can do
    Lots of growth potential
    Get lots of hours if you're in management
    It's a good start if you want a career in retail because you can move up really quickly.

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance
    Too much tasking and not enough focus on the customer
    Too much work for the hours payroll allows for
    Not paid enough
    If you're not a manager don't expect alot of hours

    Advice to Management

    Send less replenishment to the stores and pay attention to what you're sending. Alot of the time we would get so many things we didn't need.
    The people who work in the stores are amazing! So you do a great job of providing training materials!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Unstable Feeling at Corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Many of the people are great to work with and nearly everyone is just plain nice
    + Benefits are better than some other places I've been, including matching on a percentage of 401K inputs
    + Downtown SFlocation

    Cons

    - Workload can be way too much and is often without processes, which means there is little or no recognition of above and beyond work done, unless you are good at bragging without coming off like a jerk and even then there's nothing but a slight recognition unless you saved a $million
    - Not sure about all departments but seems there is a general consensus of overworked and underpaid
    - Upward progression is stymied by lack of positive business
    - Like most of brick/mortar retail, it appears to have unstable balance sheets
    - Owned by BAIN Capital and who knows what their plan is

    Advice to Management

    Transparency despite the admission of lack of knowledge, at least to some degree, would be preferred over the current culture that seems oblivious to the future that is needing hard discussions


  11. "Low pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice...well some are.

    Cons

    The pay is really low. And they give you twenty hours a week. You won't make nothing at this job. Training is kind of terrible too.



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