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Talbots Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • I love working here, work life balance is great (in 28 reviews)

  • The employee discount makes it easy for employees to represent a brand that most all of them love already (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of work all at once and work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Upper management did not do a great job with hiring (in 45 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "Great Retail Brand"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talbots has a great brand and a great product. They understand the importance of uniting a team to get the job done. The employee discount makes it easy for employees to represent a brand that most all of them love already. Also, they offer benefits like medical and 401k match to part time employees.

    Cons

    As with any retail, work can be difficult during big sales and events, and keeping customer service up can take a hit when the lines get long and there are only so many hands to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering positive relationships between co-workers, so that slow days are more productive and busy days show the store team at their strongest.


  2. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at Talbots part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about Talbots


  3. "Excellent Employee Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable, hourly wage
    Great work family
    Understanding managers
    Easy to learn job

    Cons

    No commission
    Little or no feeling of establishing client relationship
    Lots of grunt work (hanging clothes, cleaning up, etc.)


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not sure"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Development Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    Pays well and summer Friday's

    Cons

    Too much politics and everyone needs to relax.

    Advice to Management

    Be cooler


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Company itself has good message, watch out for management"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent pay for retail
    - Great opportunity to work as a team
    - Opportunity for moving up in store, possibly management or corporate (Sales associate --> Client Specialist --> Key Holder --> Assistant Manager

    Cons

    - Unclear terms for vacation/sick days
    - Unkempt promises for time off
    - Manager would give 35 hours one week and cut it to 12 the next without reason
    - Hours are effected by money brought in my store (somewhat understandable but also frustrating when you're relying on it for steady income)
    - Ultimately quit because hours were cut, management started problems between employees, management had deals worked out with district manager and screwed employees over

    Advice to Management

    - Don't lie to employees at interviews with empty promises that you can't keep
    - Don't talk down to employees in front of customers


  7. "Fast paced but fun!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment and huge willingness to teach their employees new things!

    Cons

    Lots of work all at once and work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Give time back to employees.


  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Easy work, good store environment, friendly co workers and management, good support, great clothing and accessory discounts.

    Cons

    On your feet throughout the day. Lifting and moving stock can be tiresome.


  9. "Sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    Positive environment and morale between team members and managers

    Cons

    Not much room for career growth


  10. "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good store discounts
    Flexible part time schedule
    Nice co workers

    Cons

    Low pay
    Pressure to open credit cards


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Key Holder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Team and Company are great!

    Cons

    DM isn't the greatest and helping advance within company. Hires only from outside. They need to work on getting a program together to help advance from within.



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