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Updated January 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Management as a rule works hard to enable the employees to have the work-life balance that not all employers are open to (in 37 reviews)

  • Great employee discount at a lot of different brands (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Shortly after I was hired two more part-time associates joined the team because we were short-handed (in 24 reviews)

  • Not everyone who works there is going to be considerate of your work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Dress barn sales associate review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Part Time Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  3. "Nice clothes, terrible pay!"

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    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Insufficiate Training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -great customers
     good discount
    -great casual/dressy casual/special occasion/office clothes
    -great online co-worker social network

    Cons

    -doesn't work well if the management team don't work well together
    -need a stronger training program to reinforce company expectations and policies
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    Advice to Management

    -follow through with training programs or create own training route to inform employees of standards, policies, and company vision
    -be enthusiastic to create excitement about sales within the team
    -follow all operational procedures


  6. "They say the want to impower women but they won't empower employes"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Layton, UT
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Layton, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The customers really enjoy being helped. The are older ladies, like that extra attention. Work is off at 9pm.

    Cons

    The clothes are poor quality so it's a hard sell . If you don't keep sales up the want your extra time to draw in customers. Fashion shows, your facebook, instagram so you are forced to bring in sales. Be prepared to stand on your feet in heels. climb ladders for floor sets, and purchase clothes can see customers want to see dress barn. Lift heavy tables , Change out frames weekly that are bigger then posters on ladders in heels. Work like crazy for 30 cents raise. Manager fights upper management gets me a .50 raise.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making clothes that look like last years. People come in all the time and say I got that last year in red...That is not fashion and it makes sale really hard to sell. If you want to be the number one dress place stop selling the same dress 3 years in a row. Holiday dresses are more the black, with rhinestones on the sleeve , Same three black dress, every Christmas. You want loyal customer step up the fashion. Pop overs look like maternity clothes, and I have had 70 year old women say " who buys that"? I don't want to look pregnant . Your sales are bad because Your clothes are mostly ugly. You need new designers.


  7. "Print / CAD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at dressbarn (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is involve and knows the progress in design

    Cons

    no interest in open embrace the new people, but they hoping to find good people to stay around.
    They want high end designer, but all they do is give them non creative work.

    Advice to Management

    need to help the team feel together as one, and people needs to feel good about working together.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Store leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generous Discount,great customers,and awesome coworkers. We do have a voice (at least for now) Wish we could see the culture return to how it was.

    Cons

    Culture has changed no longer are we seeing happy employees. Too much change back to how it was. The increased workload and expectations with out the tools to support stores to allow success. Now cutting costs eliminating opportunities for growth and development

    Advice to Management

    Find the balance between the experience and expectations we have swung too far and it is creating an unhappy morale throughout the teams at the level that faces the customer which will result in loss of sales.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "lack management direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    love the cloths, flexible schedule

    Cons

    everyone has their hand in the till, no breaks just work your shift but no breaks, depending on the location the girls can get very "catty" and say things or twist things against you. all store stats are done manually, write down numbers, transfer them to another paper, and there are at least 8 huge binders that hold everything and the solution for the huge binder is another new huge binder. pos system is ok, functional, but they sure could save $ with an upgread pos.

    Advice to Management

    take some management classes and just because someone complains you should verify the source, the information, don't just assume everyone is telling the truth.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work smarter not harder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, discount and understanding of personal lives sometimes.

    Cons

    Cliques are common DL plays favorites and had occasional tendency of bullying. Board of labor has been called, and multiple complaints made but company doesn't do anything

    Advice to Management

    Under paid and over worked just like every other retail. No room for real growth in company. The company is a god company to work for the issues are more store to store. Payroll is not enough.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Work Life"

    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

    Work life balance was the best part of the job

    Cons

    Regional had favorites gossiped among DM



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