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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. Helpful (3)

    "Client specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Specialist in Flemington, NJ
    Current Employee - Client Specialist in Flemington, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discount 60% off. Wonderful team and great boss. Clean workplace. Local for me. Wonderful clothes and customers. Very flexible with scheduling conflicts as they come up.

    Cons

    Schedule changes weekly so it is hard to plan around work. Corporate side seems disorganized. Too many different pant styles which end up not fitting anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to suggestions from store workers who are on the front line and incorporate ideas into corporate strategies.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Zero Star"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    Good discount if you can find something to buy that would appeal to anyone under 70.

    Cons

    Management changing AGAIN.Have decided to continue with low quality and target the over 70 set, Might as well be the missy department at Palais Royal. Nothing wrong with providing clothes for that demographic, I'll be there one day and when I am, I might shop at Talbots again, but for now, moving on to something a little more hip for my generation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to attract a different demographic when it's clear you have no intention of actually providing the right mix of merchandise.Quit harping about sales when you give us no training in wardrobing or doing anything other than putting the customer in the dressing room. You really need to amp up your management team and give us mentors and role models who can train and develop. I know and love fashion but you seem to hire many people who don't have a clue about fashion and definitely, shouldn't be working with the public.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. The discount on clothing is wonderful!

    Cons

    The HR is the worst. Ever.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Co-manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Co Director/Manager in Deer Park, NY
    Current Employee - Co Director/Manager in Deer Park, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair company to work for. Listens to and respects the employees

    Cons

    Would like to see them regulate the inventory of sizes in stock better.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Graphic Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work with colleagues looking out for each other.

    Cons

    Numerous ownership change throughout the year. That bring unstability.


  7. "Finance Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    The pros of being an analyst at Talbots were:
    1. Got a comprehensive view of all parts of the retail business
    2. Company culture is positive and everyone loves the CEO
    3. Flexible hours and many young people

    Cons

    The cons of being an analyst at Talbots were:
    1. The job could get boring, did a lot of mundane data entry and sometimes had nothing to do

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see an improvement on the communications between managers and lower level employees. There was a disconnect that made some lower level employee harbor negative feelings about their supervisors.


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Assistant Store Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Our store is very successful and our store manager is consistently encouraging us to do better with what we have to work with which is no PAYROLL If it wasn't for her I would leave

    Cons

    They just came out with OUR MANTRA....what a joke, all about customer service, when you have two - three employees on the sales floor and many other tasks customer service is NOT good. Our President should see there is no family work balance at all. I bring work home so I can complete all my tasks concerning events, trunk shows, emailing customer etc. WE NEED PAYROLL

    Advice to Management

    The Brooks Brothers team that has now taken over Talbots - not good, we work harder than ever before. They spend money on no nonsense jobs. Visual, project managers big VP positions when the stores are what bring in the cash for the company. They are only thinking about themselves in the corporate office and NOT at a store level. We have many useless positions and people flying around the country when the money is needed in the stores to service customers. You can't be service oriented unless you have the man power to do so.


  9. "ASM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ASM in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - ASM in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    Team spirit in the store. Everyone works together to give exceptional service to our guests

    Cons

    Retail hours! Working holidays and nights and Sunday night floor sets once a month

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what is working. Positive feedback along with constructive criticism.


  10. "Great environment but few growth opportunities and low compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very welcoming work environment. Loyal and excited clientele. Quality product and intermediate brand loyalty from clients

    Cons

    Quick turnover rate of management make loyalty and building relationships difficult. Few growth opportunities within company


  11. "Loved it!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great management, good hours for part-time, quality merchandise

    Cons

    I was younger than the target market



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