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Talbots Reviews

Updated November 23, 2018
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  • "Having one weekend off /month in retail isn't enough to have work/life balance" (in 32 reviews)

  • "Upper management is not understanding when you are also a full time student," (in 50 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Sales Support Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Hingham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talbots was a great part-time job, especially for my first serious employment. They asked for the best from you. They were committed to brand excellence and maintaining a classic tradition while moving forward with the times (visually).
    The management team was excellent; the GM was considerate and listened to what we needed as employees but never promised what she couldn't deliver. She was an excellent boss to work for and gave me a wonderful structure for what to look for in a leader.

    Cons

    The only cons would be that all the employees are only part-time. There aren't any full-time positions open until you get to corporate headquarters-type positions. I didn't anticipate any kind of growth while working there.
    Any other cons were the kind that come from working part-time retail.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your employees say. Understand that your management team does so much for you in the day-to-day and they can only do so much unless you show them you really appreciate them.


  2. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Waterford, CT
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Waterford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with wonderful people and I loved our customers!

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with other retail stores.

  3. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, company benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    The corporate structure made it difficult for associates to branch out and expand their skill set. Long time associates were not always valued.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training and development programs for associates.


  4. "Nice part time job"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good pay and everything is 50% off

    Cons

    Have to stand all the time and some rude customers


  5. "Asst Store Mgr Given ability to manage & execute Sales Plans by using which ever way we thought most productive."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Achieve sense of Teamwork everyday

    Cons

    I can t see any

    Advice to Management

    Becoming a change agent with positive reinforcement of your Sales Team.


  6. "Corporate hourly employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunity. Have to wait for someone to resign to move forward, due to strict caps on head count.


  7. "Talbots has 3 years left before it goes under"

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    Current Employee - Accounting in Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Accounting in Hingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People I work with is great. My manager is fantastic and understanding.

    Cons

    Pay is weak. The work life balance doesn’t exist. In my position I am able to review accounting numbers and it’s trending down along with the rest of the retail industry.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. I am smart enough to see the issues financially but our town hall meetings and reports coming from the top all paint a pretty picture.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Too Stressful"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    60% employee discount if you care about shopping there. The clothes are so expensive though it doesn't make much of a difference.

    Cons

    - The customers are rude, spoiled, babies! They're SUPER demanding and the expectation is that you bend over backward to coddle them and meet their ridiculous requests.
    -Breaks are a figment of your imagination. Managers never mention them and you're expected to just carry on.
    -There's only a $1 pay bump between a sales associate and client specialist but the job comes with way more responsibilities.
    - Their expectations take customer service to a butt kissing level. The customers are babies so much while the employees waste away with no relief.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting employees to do things you wouldn't really feel comfortable doing.


  9. "key holder client specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Great company with great talent.

    Cons

    Can not think of any.


  10. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    wonderful management...great employee discount

    Cons

    not great pay customers can be fussy