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Talbots Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Talbots CEO Lizanne Kindler
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Pros
  • I love working here, work life balance is great (in 28 reviews)

  • Plus a great employee discount makes it even easier to dress the part (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with wonderfully talented staff, and the product is so easy to sell. Customers are so appreciative, and they are happy to have great looking clothes and service. The group works as a team and the competition for commission is alleviated. Hence, teamwork.

    Cons

    Can not think of any. I suppose juggling how to figure out "right" size. This takes time, and increases inventory knowledge and success at finding wardrobe solutions for great customers.

    Advice to Management

    They are so good at what they do. Great management.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "If you like retail it's ok"

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    Current Employee - Store Support in Bel Air, MD
    Current Employee - Store Support in Bel Air, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The discount (if you like the clothes). If you don't work in the mall, the stores typically close earlier. Can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    Being required to do more and more with less and less time. You do NOT get paid time and a half for working holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Make Store Managers clock in and out.

  3. "Fun place to work."

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Art Director in Hingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family Like atmosphere with regular hours

    Cons

    Not an easy job, Retail can sometimes be very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the digital picture more. E-commmerce is growing quickly and Talbots needs to keep up.


  4. "The pros definitely outweigh the cons."

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours are flexible if you are flexible; managers are willing to work with you to fix schedules to make it work. The other sales associates and sales support are great and fun to work with. Plus a great employee discount makes it even easier to dress the part.

    Cons

    It's almost a guarantee that you'll work at least 2 full weekends every month, and your time off schedule has to be submitted at least a month in advance. But other than that, it's your typical retail job with the usual type of customers.


  5. "Terrible culture"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Millbury, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Millbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Only good part was pay day and even that was disappointing .

    Cons

    Too much clothing in s.mall spaces, labor should not be clean g toilets. Unfair distribution.of hours amongst employees

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for
    Don't hire Mrs under 45


  6. "Key Holder Review"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Denville, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Denville, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, Fun, Positive, Helpful, Communicative

    Cons

    Older age group, tough customers, not enough employees


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    A great team feeling with wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    Very restricted breaks, it's quite a manually intense job

  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Shrewsbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Shrewsbury, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My fellow associates and managers are an amazing group of women to work with and to work for!

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Talbots.... really enjoy going to work there!


  9. "Great Customers"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Great discount; great clothes
    Good co-workers

    Cons

    Tired feet! Sometimes can't take a break

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing the credit cards so much


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Stay away."

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    Former Employee - Web Engineer in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Web Engineer in Hingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee, lots of parking and location is nice.

    Cons

    Horrible work-life balance. Worked a lot of late nights and some weekends. It's very much a sorority house. Lots of drama and unnecessary bs. Stale environment. A lot of employees at the Hingham office have worked there for years, like 30 plus years and feel entitled like you should kiss their feet. No room for advancement if you don't have a connection there. Poor salary range.


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