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Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Dressbarn has a great work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Great employee discount at a lot of different brands (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Not everyone who works there is going to be considerate of your work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Shortly after I was hired two more part-time associates joined the team because we were short-handed (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Going down hill fast"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at dressbarn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good discounts, somewhat of a work/life balance

    Cons

    More and more tasking with fewer hours takes away from our great customer experience

    Advice to Management

    Come work in the field for 1 week, just 1 under exactly the same for instances we go through, no extra staff, no extra hours and the exact workload you impose on us, and then tell me how you feel about the Power of 3 and making all KPIs. dressed fresh and fashion forward everyday and STAY that way for your full shift which you might have to work without a break because hours have been cut but management has to be there! Everything we had that was good has been taken away including our ability to do a great job and willingness to even care anymore!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at dressbarn (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cloths, people, dresses, discount, hours

    Cons

    Bad management, always working, no rewards

    Advice to Management

    get better

  3. "Here it is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at dressbarn part-time

    Pros

    Discounts
    Not a whole lot else

    Cons

    No opportunity to move up
    Made you skip breaks if busy or they "didn't think they would stay that late tonight"
    Would send employees on errands to get food for others while on the clock

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees actually have a chance to move up, don't just make them work full time hours without paying them for it or calling them a full time associate.


  4. "Management needs better training"

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    Former Employee - Full Time Lead in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Full Time Lead in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at dressbarn (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee Discounts at Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Maurices and a couple other sister stores. Clothing is becoming more fashion forward. Getting the first choice at new clothing that comes into the store.

    Cons

    pay, hours, management, appearance more important than talent, incentives are only for management.

    Advice to Management

    Do not to try to make it a positive environment only when district managers appear. Nurture the talent you have. When your staff advances it makes you look like a great manager as well. Be truthful with your staff. Lying can only create distrust.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Dressbarn has changed for the worse"

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    Current Employee - Merchant in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Merchant in Mahwah, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gym with different classes offered
    Healthy optioned Cafeteria but rarely time to eat lunch
    Nice facade of a new building

    Cons

    Pay is low, under industry standards
    Recognition & respect is minimal
    Instability with employment - lot of departures recently and lay offs

    Advice to Management

    Dressbarn's once well known family culture has dramatically changed to an impersonal, systematic corporate culture designed with regimented processes. Dressbarn has lost sight of its core values when it comes to the appreciation & respect of its employees, especially those who have dedicated their career to this company & are genuinely passionate about wanting the company to succeed.

    Upper management is becoming "catty" with a mean girls mentality. You better fit in or you will be forced out. All new faces in the building and employment is a constant revolving door with little stability.

    Dressbarn is no longer the same and it's too late to change anything now. Overall morale is down & the future looks grim.


  6. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great manager that was flexible with my school schedule.

    Cons

    Unreliable coworkers , some wouldn't show up for scheduled shift.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not Worth it"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent hours, you always have someone with you on the floor.

    Cons

    They do not train you enough. They have expectations of you that they do not tell you about. It becomes stressful when even if you give your best effort they can see you're trying and they still don't care. I hope none of my future jobs give me a district manager that's as impossible to please as this one.

    Advice to Management

    Associates should be helping with the floor sets. Other companies do it that way, not sure why they only trust management to move clothes and change signage. Also train your employees. Don't tell them to read articles and discussion boards when they are supposed to be on the floor helping customers.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Dress barn sales associate review"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tupelo, MS
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tupelo, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy job, good discounts, friendly customers

    Cons

    Long hours standing, management was awful!!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop gossiping about each other!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Part Time Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was nice to be in an environment that involved marketing techniques as concerns to women's fashion. Also, my coworkers were helpful and nice.

    Cons

    Management in the store which I resided in was unprofessional. Management chose the people they liked and did activities outside of work with them and didn't include everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Professionalism and integrity are the key to running a healthy work environment. Be sure to leave all biases at the door when working with multiple types of people.


  10. "Nice clothes, terrible pay!"

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    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Pooler, GA
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Pooler, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Being able to work with the customers
    -Occasionally really good deals on shopping
    -Great clothes

    Cons

    -Terrible pay!
    -Management was ridiculous
    -I worked over a lot and stepped up for people when they couldn't show for various reasons, but the manager didn't appreciate any of it, was super negative, and had no compassion

    Advice to Management

    Realize you're only paying $8.50/hour or so and don't expect people to be loyal as if this were a career position


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