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Talbots Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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Talbots CEO Lizanne Kindler
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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 (9)

    "Sales Support Associate"

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    • 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. "Mutitasking, fast paced environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, loyal customers, great bonuses, and understanding company when it comes to family obligations. The best quality in clothing.

    Cons

    Stressful, long hours, can be difficult for career advancement, and raises could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should provide more education for career advancement and provide raises based on performance.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Client Specialist/Key Holder
    Current Employee - Client Specialist/Key Holder
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Quality Clothing
    -Transparency with Management
    -Attainable Sales Goals
    -Loyal Customer And Client Base

    Cons

    -Fluctuation of Hours
    -Imbalanced Responsibilities
    -Caddiness of Employees


  4. "Good place to work overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Overall benefits and comp were good

    Cons

    There were multiple rounds of layoffs


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Sales associate position is not mentally taxing and is repetitive.

    Cons

    Company culture doesn't value it's sales associates


  6. "Thankful for the experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marlton, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marlton, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Client focused sales
    Strong women leadership

    Cons

    Too focused on getting customers to open credit card accounts


  7. "sales associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule good team good hours

    Cons

    stability commute pay rate

  8. "na"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good working environment among employees

    Cons

    No life balance at all


  9. "Do not recommend this company"

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    Current Employee - Key Holder Client Specialist in Arcadia, CA
    Current Employee - Key Holder Client Specialist in Arcadia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employee discount when new styles come in.

    Cons

    Middle management under qualified for leadership. Bullying associates and key holders.

    Advice to Management

    Managers in upper leavel need to be stricter with lower managers who are careless about their performance.


  10. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Farmingdale, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales in Farmingdale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small discount, nice coworkers, lots of clearance

    Cons

    Thankless job, never get a salary increase, always shorthanded, high expectations for low rewards

    Advice to Management

    Show some appreciation to your employees; maybe they will stay longer. $10/hour for this job is a joke.
    I worked there for 3 years to supplement my income, never was reviewed & no raise.