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Updated August 16, 2017
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  • New line (floor set) every other Sunday (in 76 reviews)

  • had to do the work of upper management (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "A great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gymboree part-time

    Pros

    Working with kids compares to no other job. I loved teaching art and actually doing art with kids.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't sufficient for the amount of energy put out.


  2. "Great clothes not enough hours."

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Rogers, AR
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Rogers, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved working with the people at the store I worked in, we had such a great connection and it was fun to be there. We also had great repeat customers that would come back because of the staff. The clothing is great quality and I still dress my child in them. I also still keep in touch with many of my former co-workers even though I have moved away.

    Cons

    The company on a larger level or the "corporate people" seem to not understand what happens in the stores. They try to change things that make no difference at all but if they knew what working in a store was like they may see things that could be changed and would work. They also never give enough hours to the store to work and sometimes work has to get done during the day while customers are there.

  3. "Good Place To Be But Needs Process Improvements"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best places to work. Even though the company is going through a rough time it's taking care of the employees and people are good to each other. There is a lot of freedom to explore new ideas and implement them.

    Cons

    Need to implement and streamline more processes. Also, micro management sometimes kills the enthusiasm of the employees. Also, products are implemented without much insight and are rolled back later or regretted.

    Advice to Management

    Please thoroughly scope the products before agreeing for an implementation.
    Trust your internal partners.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Strong executive leadership driving change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gymboree full-time

    Pros

    People work hard, and there is a real team environment. The product is solid, and we have a strong brand.

    Cons

    Retail is tough, but we're doing the right things in the business to turn this ship around. Our focus on the customer experience should be reflected in the employee experience across the company - we need some work here.

    Advice to Management

    Let's have Town Hall more often. I want to hear and see more from our brand leaders of what will be in the stores so I can get excited about it. Align our people policies with what our values are - we've got to live it otherwise it's just lip service. Also - are we traditional retail? Or e-comm with a retail footprint? I'd love some clarity around that.


  5. "Sales lead"

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, great co-workers, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Very little upward mobility, management does what they want with little oversight.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work with a lot of great people. Several people in Senior Management had a strategic vision and was big pictured focus. They asked great questions and were fair and I admired several of them. They also had a cafeteria that was ok (you pay but soda, coffee was free) and snacks at 3 (free one day a week). They also had the BEST Halloween Competition EVER- bring your kids to work that day for some serious fun.

    Cons

    Recently filed bankruptcy (2017) so outlook isn't good. Planning a +25% comp on a -20% comp without a reason to believe is not practical or likely. Spend a lot of time verifying promotions- that usually will change in a couple of days. Not the best use of your planning capabilities. Systems, old and outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Cute and Whimsy product wins. The old colors of Gymboree are not the colors of today. Let it go and move on to new branding (that is still good quality, easy to play in). Don't lose the quality, or you will lose the brand.


  7. "Nice People"

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    Former Employee - Production in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Production in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    company is in major financial trouble

  8. "Sales Lead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good part time job that leaves time for school

    Cons

    Low pay, no pto, disrespectful manager

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management...


  9. "From a Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gymboree part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Stress Free
    Great supervisor
    Easy to get a hang of

    Cons

    schedule changes without warning
    Constant unnecessary debating
    a non-pleasant work environment

    Advice to Management

    Establish Roles more often, debating often caused by power struggles.


  10. "good starter,"

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    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, ok pay, food places, discount

    Cons

    You usually do multiple jobs & do not get compensated for it

    Advice to Management

    fair pay.


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