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TJX Companies Allocation Analyst Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance non existent especially in New York (in 31 reviews)

  • For a struggling college student, not being able to get full time, I couldn't afford to go to school with the amount of hours I was given (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Allocation Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training program, opportunities for growth And competitive pay.

    Cons

    culture, work is boring and very math oriented


  2. "Buying Program"

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    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is well established and they have the right formula for success. The pay is competitive and there are a lot of applicants. You'll learn a lot and get a good amount of coaching.

    Cons

    The company is very competitive and people poke at every single "flaw" that you might have. The buying program is in a very structured format, where you climb the corporate ladder. The issue with that is everyone is trying to advance but there isn't always room.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make snap judgment on people based on little factual data or history.

  3. "Corporate America"

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    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of exciting stuff happening for the Digital division. Analyst are given a lot of responsibility and get to work closely with the buyers. Make great friends within the company, people are genuinely interested in getting to know you.

    Cons

    If you are looking to work in a city this is not the place for you. It can get cliquey at times and because of the structure some people who have no interest in being managers get placed in management position which makes for a bad team. Totally depends on your team though, there are some really great managers. If you are not happy with the location however it is very hard to switch offices and comes with a large pay cut until you are at the buyer level.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on how to retain good talent, turnover within the MDP classes can be prevented.


  4. "Senior Planning Analyst - Ecommerce"

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    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Very successful business model, proven track record.

    Cons

    VERY political landscape, you must "Play The Game" to get ahead.
    Little attention is given to how well aligned a planner/buyer is with they dept. AKA as a guy allocation analyst in the children division of either chain you would assume boys, toys, or maybe toddlers, but you will probably be assigned to the girls dept because they want to "grow your mindset" which is well and good but if you've proven you can do it once, that should be enough.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of understanding who your new hire generations are and what they want.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Black lives matter.. Diversity inclusion matters.. Take responsibility for the company's culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When you do find a support group, and I hope you do, you will start to realize there are people who want you to succeed, but to get to those people you may have to fight and jump through a lot of hurdles that in the end may not be worth any of the false glamorized careers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are far too many incidents and wrongful terminations to name.
    You need to protect your self and know what's right and what is wrong and stand up for what is fair. Be your own advocate and never let someone take charge of your career. There are thousands of company's that see all of their employees as an equal and give the same opportunities and guidance to each and every single
    Person. This does not happen here and it is sad and it is disappointing.
    Please do your research and make contacts with current employees of all different roles so you truly understand how this culture will affect your career.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair. Understand who your employee is as a person, and not a stereotype.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TJX Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    great, involved training program, supportive staff throughout the program and into the first rotation.

    Cons

    Management was poor, very catty. Not encouraging environment.

    Advice to Management

    You need to ensure that all PM's are communicative, mature, fair and supportive of all analysts. Makes for an extremely poor work environment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good growth potential
    -Own your work
    -Good benefits

    Cons

    -Some managers micro-manage too much
    -Promotion structure sometimes plays favorites

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior allocation analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company. People stay a long time. Career path for buyers. Work life balance

    Cons

    Mostly women. Very political. Salary is not great. Very old systems

    Advice to Management

    It would be better is there was More of a competitive salary. A better discount at stores. Updated systems. More vacation time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Allocation Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High end of pay scale for retail-48,000 for non interns, 50,000 for those who do intern.
     "Analyst" title to add to resume for future positions.
    Career path if you can get through 3-5 years shipping product.
    Great people- most in 20s,30s, good interaction with senior management

    Cons

    Long hours- 7-6pm at times.
    Ancient systems
     data entry and systems management
    No lunch break. Hour long when in training, 10 minutes at desk when on the job.
    Fellow analyst train new analysts- high turn over rate creates incomplete training all around.

    Advice to Management

    True lunch break ( away from the desk and peers-if desired)
    Need to role out a clearer promotion policy- many are unsure of what they need to do to reach next level
    More transparent recruiting material-This is a data entry position. This is not spoken about for obvious reasons. As a result, high turn over rate.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Allocation Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Allocation Analyst in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, CAF with endless dining options, benefits, and that is about it

    Cons

    I started at the TJX Companies directly after graduating college. The position is marketed as product driven, this is true for your first month of "training" or as they call is "MDP." During your training you essentially learn a minimal amount from a team that knew a minimal amount of information themselves. You take part in a lot of store visits and and shopping of the stores and competitor stores. After this two month "training" you are thrown into the job where is it the complete opposite of training and your future is determined by the manager you have and the team you have. Half of being successful is not about knowledge, skills, or experience. Half of your success is determined by if you conform to the idea of what a TJX employee should look like. (Extremely loud and excited at all times, extremely nosey asking every person about every personal detail of their life and also keeping a notebook of these details in order to remember, and walking/acting/talking as if you are a high school clique when it comes to the team you are placed on. I was at TJX for 8 months and had three different managers and two different teams during that time. They often move people around. Once I had my third manager, the challenge truly began. Because I did not conform into this person that "drank the kool-aid) my manager began to create a hostile environment. I felt bullied and began to develop anxiety on a daily basis. FYI human resources does not care if about this sort of thing. Once there is an issue, they will play mind games with you until you quit (they also do not like to fire people). I started last May and a year later more than 50% of my class that started with me has left the company. Many people I started with have also been bullied, manipulated, or "encouraged" to quit. The money, great CAF, and benefits are no where near worth the awful work environment you will inevitably face.

    Advice to Management

    It is task before relationship, not the other way around.