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  1. "Great suit place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice management, efficient ecosystem most of the time

    Cons

    Slow hours a lot of the time


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Failing Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for Jos A Bank for almost twenty years and was a part of its tremendous growth as a major retailer of men's clothing. It once was a powerhouse, and I was able to make a lot of money! During this time, "giants" walked the floors of our stores and regional offices. By that I mean people who were "real" regional managers, store managers, and associates. These individuals were well-trained and were put in positions that matched their skill level. This is not the case anymore.

    Cons

    For the past 4 or 5 years the gene pool that Jos A Bank pulls from when a hiring need arises has become, at best, abysmal. Regional managers and stores managers are put into these positions not based on their experiences or abilities but for political reasons. In addition, trying to find an educated person to be a sales associate who speaks American standard English has become almost impossible. Individuals who are very educated simply do not want to work for this company. As a result, stores are filled with employees who do not really know their jobs and do not really care about providing old-fashioned customer service, the way it used to be done! Not surprising, sales are dropping like a rock.

    Advice to Management

    Start over, big time!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Brand, Terrible Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You sell superior merchandise and can truly offer top notch customer service because you can take care of a customer from a to z in store.

    Cons

    It is a company left in the dinosaur age! They are not employee focused. They don't provide the staff with the tools and resources necessary to recruit and retain the best talent in the retail market. A lot of the Field Leadership leave much to be desired in the areas of building, leading, and inspiring their people.

    Advice to Management

    Start Over. Look at company's like Brook Brothers, Nordstrom, Gap Inc, Wegmans, etc. It's not hard, there are company's that are doing it right.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sales, sales and more sales..."

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big 80%off discount for regular price suits. Great staff, and great client relationship structure. Bi-weekly checks.

    Cons

    Poor management; a monkey can run the store. Managers don't work just talk on the phones all day. Poor either hourly or compensation, either hourly or commission which ever one is high is what you receive. Minimum wage is the pay. No hours for the store, and mixed schedules.

    Advice to Management

    You can't fix stupid.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "No career here, stay away from Jos A Bank"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent product. Promising outlook for a few store level associates if some of the changes that menswarehouse wants to make come to fruition.

    Cons

    Most sales associates and department or assistant managers will not earn more than $9/hour, most store managers will not earn more than 30-40k per year working 55+hours/week. Regional managers, division managers and above are tyrants and attack store managers with pressure from every angle. Associates at corporate offices are never happy to help associates at store level. Rsd's always frown upon or DENY any vacation requests by store managers. Expect to never have a saturday off working at jos a bank stores. Menswarehouse has promised a change of culture but hasn't gotten rid of any of the jos a bank tyrants, all they did was put lipstick on those pigs. Promotions are never based on merit, only on politics. The moral at the store level is poor because of RSD's and above. RSD's will pound you to the ground and squeeze every ounce of morale out of you.

    Advice to Management

    Menswarehouse: Replace the useless jos a bank tyrants at the RSD level and above. Offer your store associates the possibly earn a decent wage. Do not make your store managers work over 45 hours per week. Encourage (instead of frowning upon or DENYING) your store managers to take their hard earned vacation time and holiday time off. Why give vacation time and holiday time if store associates are not allowed to take the time off? Menswarehouse will not earn the trust and respect of the store level associates until some real changes are made at the RSD level and above.
    Give the company a meaningful identity, right now we are the laughing stock of retail with all the silly sales and promotions. Regardless of the sale, any customer can walk into any jos a bank and get 75% off any suit or sport coat, at any time. Worst place to work if you have a family because RSD's and above do not care about you or your family.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant manager"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    get to build a good team and crew in your own location, meet interesting people,

    Cons

    corporate does not care about their employees, especially if you work in the retail side. their commission structure is a complete BS. They pay minimal wage to their associates. And making appointments to customers when there is always a SALE going on and telling them its only a one day sale.

    Advice to Management

    care about your employees, they are the bread winner of the company. DO NOT PAY THEM MINIMAL WAGE AND VERY LOW COMMISSION PERCENTAGE.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Job threatened daily. , Stone Age Field Leadership style from Senior executives"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product, great quality, coworkers are very hardworking and dedicated employees. Lots of loyal customers who have been shopping at stores for years

    Cons

    Job is threatened daily, if results are not a achieved. The field leadership team is powerless to make any decision, unless it is approved by Senior Leader. Any feedback given will put you in the hot seat.

    Advice to Management

    Its a thing Menswarehouse is buying the company, or else no one would be left working in the stores

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Had expected more from such a giant in men's clothing."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Upon my time within the company, I worked with an elder employee who was an Wikipedia
    on men's tailoring, he taught me a lot and gave me hope that a future was bright with this company. Great discount and company benefits.

    Cons

    No acknowledgement/gratitude for your hard work, your support personnel ( store managers) are not a strong leaders. Company demand long hours and very poor compensation ( base vs draw and many never make commission). The loss of good employees who just do not like the practices from within/ middle management.

    Advice to Management

    This company does have some gem's that have been in the retail for some time, know a lot about marketing, sales, motivation , etc and enjoy what they do but, are very frustrated with not having a voice within the company. Get involved.


  9. "Not respecting your employees and trying to trick your customers is not a recipe for success."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The store has sales all the time. The only upside of working here is you will know which the best ones are, and will be able to time your purchases. Is that worth the low pay and work environment? No.

    Cons

    It is made clear to you early on that there are many potential employees out there, and you are worth little as an individual. There is no attempt to even hide this lack of respect. While all businesses need to make sure they are making a profit, there is a proper way to do it. Jos.A.Bank's method is to lie to its customers and trick them into doing paying for things they shouldn't have to.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to reestablish control over store managers and regional managers. They need training in ethics in general, and maybe a seminar or two on how to respectfully deal with your employees would be nice as well.


  10. "fair"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    if you are in management ,thats a fixed good income

    Cons

    need more advanced system and to be more organized

    Advice to Management

    listen more to sales associates


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