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Talbots Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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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 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of work all at once and work/life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • upper management will not talk to you if having problems with other employees (in 46 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "key holder"

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Jackson, NJ
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Jackson, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good employee discount

    Cons

    upper management will not talk to you if having problems with other employees

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Job is great but you are expected to do too many jobs"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Lewisville, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Lewisville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great associates to work with everyday so the days go fast and you never seem to have a slow day

    Cons

    Never enough payroll to get everything done so you never have enough employees working for the size of the store

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees as much as you take care of customers

  3. "Salesperson with key"

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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

    High end customers, they make the long hours worth it!

    Cons

    Hard to work your way up the chain


  4. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -positive environment
    -best customer service
    -high end clients

    Cons

    If you're not willing to cater to an up scale environment then skip this job. If you have great customer service and are happy to help Her feel best in her clothes...not just selling to make a profit, then this is a great job! We're here for women and we want them to look their best and feel their best. Remember that they are representing the store everyday they wear those clothes.


  5. "Former Employee"

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

    Pros

    Great staff, good discount, fun environment

    Cons

    Poor management at one location

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage so much


  6. "Great for Supplemental Income"

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    Current Employee - PT Fashion Stylist
    Current Employee - PT Fashion Stylist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful staff
    Flexible hours
    Great clothing selection
    Great customers

    Cons

    Being on the sales floor can be physically demanding, especially when helping multiple customers at once
    Hours that you want aren't always available, sometimes due to payroll limitations
    Part-time employees aren't eligible for benefits - except 401k after service requirements have been met

    Advice to Management

    Provide coaching to sales managers


  7. "I'm a Client Specialist at Talbots"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Specialist in Montclair, NJ
    Current Employee - Client Specialist in Montclair, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love my boss, Kim. She is the store manager and is a lovely, perceptive, knowledgeable manager. She is a pleasure to work with and that is why she enjoys loyalty from both the staff and the clients alike.

    Cons

    Because I am part time I am limited in the number of hours I can work. I would love to have more hours or become full time but that is not part of company policy at this time.

  8. "Perfect Part-time Position"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Fun company to work part-time and enjoy discounts and nice peopkr

    Cons

    Always on feet and busy

    Advice to Management

    Name tags for sales people


  9. "Great CoWorkers/Marginally Skilled Management"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pleasant working conditions and Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Most of middle management have been promoted through the ranks and have no outside training in people management, causing high turnover. It often seemed that "corporate" was calling all the shots and local management really had no authority.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't make sense to let good employees leave rather than trying to mediate their issues.


  10. "A company of people who care"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    It is an environment of empowerment you are encouraged to Manage your store as a business owner and you are given the tools to support your team and your customers.

    Cons

    There is nothing negative to say

    Advice to Management

    Continue to inspire your team through empowerment and positive reinforcement.


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