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Pros
  • "Work life balance for the employees(in 64 reviews)

  • "Flexible schedule; great employee discount(in 44 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No benefits for part-time employees(in 36 reviews)

  • "communication was bad with upper management(in 30 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Stylist

      Oct 17, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      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.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work for moms!

      Dec 29, 2020 - Sales Associate/Cashier in Tunica Resorts, MS
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Flexible schedule; great employee discount.

      Cons

      No benefits for part-time employees

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Fun but frustrating place to work

      May 7, 2014 - Part-Time Sales Associate 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The employee discount is very generous, at 40%. It is generally a fun place to work, that is fairly flexible with the scheduling. The work life balance is pretty good since they will do their best to give you the days off that you request. You get to know many of the regular customers, developing relationships with them.

      Cons

      Different stores have different policies regarding coupons, special orders, VIP parties, outreach, and a multitude of other things. Individual stores are now "empowered" to make some of their own decisions, which has created animosity between stores. One store will say yes, the other no. Everyone is confused. There are never enough hours in payroll to have enough people scheduled. Most of the time there are only 2 people working. It is impossible to watch the entire store with only 2 people, which can be a loss prevention issue. The new policy is that everything is rung under one of the managers that is on duty, supposedly to make sure that they are coaching employees to do their best. With a couple of the managers, the part time people do much of the work and they get the credit.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Not so rewarding

      Jun 28, 2010 - Sales Associate in Warrenton, MO
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - customers and other associates are friendly and pleasant to work with - flexibility in hours--can work around a second job or family commitments - 40% discount on clothing

      Cons

      - low pay as compared to other retail jobs in the area-- average raise doesn't even keep up with inflation--the longer you stay, the further behind you get - unfair salary practices--new people coming in can be paid more than veteran employees - constant pressure to meet sales goals and quotas with very little reward - most employees are part time and receive no benefits - very little appreciation for hard work--evaluations are based solely on numbers (UPTs, $PTs, charges opened, etc,) but numbers can be skewed easily if someone "steals" your sales or makes a mistake in giving you credit. No way to correct these mistakes or change them afterward. If you have a slow day, you lose, you are expected to make your sales even if no customers enter the store. - any time worked before the store opens or after the store closes lowers your sales statistics which counts against you -too much power play from managers and district managers--when they want to get rid of someone, they pressure them to quit by cutting hours, making them work the worst schedule possible, reporting miniscule infractions that everyone makes. --that way they get out of paying unemployment benefits very subjective--if a manager doesn't like you for some reason they force you out

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      3 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      If you have the right team dressbarn is a great company to work for...

      Aug 28, 2016 - Part-Time Assistant Manager in Wilmington, NC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Being part-time one has very few benefits, on some holiday's if worked you will earn time & a half. After 1 year or 1,000 hours worked you qualify for 401K with company match up to 5% on each deferred salary and roth account. A great discount at store all the time with extra percentage a few times a year(Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) as well as other Ascena brands such as Ann Taylor, Loft, Catherine's, Lane Bryant, Justice, Maurice's, & Lou Grey. In Management if stores plans are met then bonuses are earned. One has opportunities to use other discounts at some other retailers such as mobile plan discounts, flowers, and gym memberships. In past years there have been birthday coupons give to associate ($10 off) and Christmas/holiday gift cards ($10-20). Team is like family and always willing to work around other schedules such as other jobs and or school.

      Cons

      Not a lot of promoting done once a management team is in place they don't leave. Pay is low. Hours stores are suppose to operate on are minimal.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Dressbarn

      Jan 14, 2017 - Part-Time Sales Associate 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Working at Dressbarn was a great introductory experience to retail. Training was a very comfortable process, and even after its completion I was encouraged to ask questions when I needed to. Employee reviews, which we received every month, were very helpful. Reviews focused on both store sales as well as personal goals that I had set for myself. The management was very supportive of my goals for professional development, and it was made clear to me that if I ever had interest in learning more about advancement to a management position my manager would be happy to work with me on a regular basis to help further develop the skills needed.

      Cons

      There was a large amount of turn-over. I worked at Dressbarn for a little less than a year (I left because I was moving). Shortly after I was hired two more part-time associates joined the team because we were short-handed. We had around eight people leave out of the dozen or so I got a chance to work with. Most left due to scheduling conflicts but it did complicate things.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Part-Time Associate

      Jun 12, 2015 - Part-Time Associate in Jacksonville, FL
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Dress barn offers a great discount; store leaders and assistant managers are readily available for whatever you might need.

      Cons

      Other than the 40% discount on regular price merchandise, there's no incentives for a Part-Time associate. You are not assured a specific amount of hours. Ever. I know retail is mostly like this, however, this company makes it a point to "punish" the associates for not meeting their daily sales. (Which by the way, continue to increase yearly). By "punishment" I mean cutting everyone's hours to a bare minimum while hiring more people. Wow. Pay is barely above minimum rate; and growth is practically stall due to full-time associates (who have been working with the company for decades) who wish to retire there. Nothing wrong with that, however, this situation makes it harder for others to go up the ladder. Especially when the pay rate for non managers is so depressing. This company is great once you are an established manager with due pay, the rest of us will continue looking for a better job.

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Mixed Emotions

      Aug 13, 2015 - Sales Associate in Oklahoma City, OK
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Dress Barn hires some good people to work with who understands what you and how to give great advice.

      Cons

      On the other hand it can be a dramatic place to be employed because they like the play side. Making it hard to know who likes or hates a person. Some also have no problem with making you feel like you are not part of the team. Managers have no respect for what the associates is going through a the time. It is all for one and one for its self. I have never been so happy and miserable at the same time while working at a company. The hours suck and so do the pay. It is not a reliable part time job because one cannot even live off what they offer. The wellness of the business determines if you even get balanced hours a week. If you have health issues it is better to deal with them alone because some managers do not know who handle it or just do not care. I am new so for someone to have drama out the gate says something is wrong.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Atmosphere

      Apr 26, 2016 - Part-Time Sales Associate in Boston, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      This is a wonderful company to work for part time! The customer base is wonderful and the organization does a good job of keeping all employees whether full time or part time trained and part of the team. They have a great employee discount program that can be used across the brands of Ascena.

      Cons

      Monetary raises are sparse and other than the great employee discount there are hardly any other perks or serious raises. Because of this many part time associates are simply there for the employee discount.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Dress Barn Sales Associate

      Dec 11, 2009 - Sales Associate in Blaine, MN
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      A great 40% discount on all regular price merchandise at both Dress Barn and Maurices and an additional 20% off anything on sale at both stores. Great people to work with. A fun and relaxed environment. Most customers are regular customers and are great to help.

      Cons

      Low pay as compared to other retail positions. No raise awarded when getting promoted. Never guaranteed hours when working part time. Available hours per store per week are based on the sales of the store, which fluctuate constantly.

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