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dressbarn Reviews

Updated December 6, 2018
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  • "No benefits for part time employees" (in 35 reviews)

  • "Not everyone who works there is going to be considerate of your work life balance" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Stylist"

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

    I have been working at dressbarn part-time

    Pros

    Working with a team this goal is to uplift each other and our customers is rewarding on many levels.

    Cons

    There are not enough hours for part time.


  2. "Descent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly good management great experience

    Cons

    Lots of standing and being restricted to stay in certain areas

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Matawan, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Matawan, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, associate discount, yearly raises, bonuses.

    Cons

    The workload is a lot, district leader and corporate management only want you to wear rose colored glasses, the raise is almost insulting, if you’re only a part time assistant you get compensated unfairly compared to full time, your bonus is way smaller (more than half the amount) and you get zero benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your part time assistants with more respect, we’re doing the same job at half the pay


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Store leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at dressbarn full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great discounts, continuously learning new things

    Cons

    going through a lot of changes the last 2 years. Continuously changing environment


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Assistant manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Epping, NH
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Epping, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at dressbarn part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere when working with customers, nice clothes, good discount

    Cons

    As a manager, I spent more time as a stylist than getting any of my projects done because we were understaffed and I refused to let my stylist be alone on both dressing room (always a high focus because of the hands on approach to customers) and the register. Management is somehow supposed to change the store all the time, but not during store hours and not after hours (because God forbid they pay an extra $13/hour more than they have to). The expectations are way too high for the salary, and the stylists do more work than they would be expected at any other retail store, for the same pay and no commission. Also the hours are almost full time, but of course just under so you don't get benefits or time off. They also disrespected my request to attend church 3 out of 4 Sundays a month, which would be doable if all four managers would alternate. And two of the managers didn't attend, so I'm not sure why I couldn't just take more Saturdays. Not even sure that's legal but I don't work there anymore so whatever.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some incentives to your employees. Why should they work extra hard to earn bonuses for management? I always felt guilty for getting a bonus when the others didn't. Also stop wasting money on the signs. No one reads them, it wastes so much time every week, and the stylists are expected to communicate info to the customers anyway.


  6. "Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Buyer in Mahwah, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at dressbarn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a very family oriented company. Good benefits. Great modern office. Cafe in building, gym, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Many changes in management over the last few years. Many jobs consolidated. Most management is new and struggling to figure out what is working in new retail climate. Can be very stressful.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at dressbarn full-time

    Pros

    You get a discount not only at dressbarn but other sister companies.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance. Unrealistic expectations on small teams with no payroll hours. VERY LOW PAY!!!!! Don’t expect to move up in the company. Leaders don’t post or say when there is available openings because they do not want to loose the staff they have to another store. Don’t expect really any hours if you are part-time. The company is not family friendly expectation is to work 2 Sunday’s a month before,during and after store closes. Same goes for Monday mornings,day and after the store closes on Monday so you are more then likely looking at midnight...so good luck on seeing your loved ones. Don’t expect to earn a livable wage no overtime. So these hours are generally under 40.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people. They are not there for the low pay it’s because they care about the company,however you are loosing that as well.

  8. "Marketing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Paramus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, great cafe and gym

    Cons

    Leadership turnover, struggling business, reactionary


  9. "Store Leader"

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

    I have been working at dressbarn full-time

    Pros

    A culture that values employees

    Cons

    There are no cons


  10. "Best place you could ever work for"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Methuen, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Methuen, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Supportive co-workers, easy to work for, overall company loves what they do

    Cons

    A lot of random changing rules with new branding initiatives