The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
513 Reviews
2.2
513 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
Jane Elfers
242 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 36 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 53 reviews)

  • Need to have more hours then they give for Back to School, Christmas, and floor sets (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    WHAT A DISGUSTING PLACE TO WORK!!!!!!!!

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

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You have SO much stuff to do that time flies by.
    Learned how to sink or swim in most situations because you are pretty much left in the dark.

    Cons

    This place is such a joke, where do i even start. First off, i was hired to be a key holder/lead and i had two years retail experience but i had no idea what a nightmare this was going to be. 5/7 days my typical day went as follows: Its 2/2 coverage ALL DAY, and i had to UNBOX, HARDTAG, FOLD/HANG, and figure out where it goes with about 20-30 boxes FULL of random clothes, and at the same time you had to be back up on register, move the walls and fixtures around so all the clothes that we had no room for could fit, check the emails 10 times an hour, write down the hourly sales and do all this pointless math for it, change signage, greet customers, hand them all shopping bags, answer all questions, ask them to apply for a place card and ask for email when checking out. i mean so much stuff that two people cannot get done! And dont even get me started on the FOLDED TABLES!!!!!!!!! This stupid company wants to send you 50 different colors and patterns of the same shirt/pants, and then 20 of each of the shirts and they want you to fold them and stack them 10 feet high because NOTHINGS aloud to be in the back! So you have to spend 3 hours folding one graphic tee table until its to the point that all you have to do is breath on it and it falls over, now how stupid is that?! The store is so PACKED with so many clothes that its hard for the customers to even shop let alone you clean it up in a timely manner. you have literally SO many tasks it will make you sick! I went home everyday freaking out about how tomorrow im going to be in so much trouble bc i didnt get a 40 task list done in 6 hours. its ridiculous! I was a store lead but did EVERYTHING the assistant manager did, but i didnt get the credit! I finally quit when a horrific person transferred to be our new assistant manager and she harassed me everyday to tears, when we were alone shed try and degrade me and made my life a living hell and the DM couldn't care less! they favor people and let them get away with anything! THESE PEOPLE ARE SLAVE DRIVERS! It is not worth it, please take my word! This company only cares about the money, they dont care about you or your family or the life you have. Btw if you are just a cashier, good luck getting more than 8 hours a week! To be able to get all the tasks done you literally HAVE to work off the clock and sometimes go to the store IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND WORK OFF THE CLOCK just so that you can finish all the impossible work loads! The company doesnt want you to tell you to do illegal stuff but they know you are doing it and of course they wont ever say anything until they have to. And people are favored to the point that two people could be doing something wrong but the one who is favored gets to stay, the other is fired. The DMs never come and check on the store and have no idea whats going on. This review is so everywhere because there are SOOOOO many cons about this place itll make your head spin! Apparently this place is "customer focused" yet all the customers see whats going on! they can feel the tension, and see you running around with no time for them because youre so busy and you are so hostile to the customers bc you seriously cannot stop thinking about the 20 things you have to do in the next half hour!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FIRE EVERY DM AND ESPECIALLY THE CEO!!!!! Start it all over!! ALL you need to get your head out of your ..... And Stop making it impossible to get things done! stop with the overwhelming daily tasks! Realize that WE HAVE A LIFE AND A FAMILY, just because we work for you doesnt mean you run our life. YOUR CULTURE AND VALUES SUCK! You wonder why you have such a high turnover and why there are so many bad reviews, newsflash YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOURE DOING AND YOU PUT NO EFFORT INTO TRYING TO FIX IT!!! 70 percent of these reviews are from people who are STILL working there, for some reason, WAKE UP!!! JANE ELFERS just give this place up to someone who actually cares and isnt a greedy selfish slave driver!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great pay, bad job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great employee discount and you get to learn a lot of different aspects of the business.

    Cons

    The company communication channel could be a lot better organized. There is never enough time to replenish or recover the store properly and this is due to payroll being such an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Payroll is what allows for the company to make money. If there aren't enough hours for there to be enough employees the stores will continue to be trashed, not replenished to it maximum and lacking in associates to ring and help customers shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Don't recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The discount is good only if you have kids. Other than that I can't really say anything good about working here.

    Cons

    They give you no hours and the pay is really really bad. I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone. It's a waste.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The great team you work with.

    Cons

    Company culture, disorganized, no payroll, unrealistic expectations, terrible regional manager, horrible customers, ludacris return policy, 20% increase for ALL internal promotions. The list goes on. Only work if you desperately need the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over, back to the drawing board!! Show your store teams some appreciation (not cookies) and corporate REALLY needs to help the high volume stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    customer services, busy, employee discount, flexible

    Cons

    poor management, poor pay scale, poor work hours available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with that

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    DO NOT WORK HERE!

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

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have not one positive word about this company! Unfortunately, this site will not let me post my review unless I put something here!

    Cons

    No company culture, no time or payroll to train new employees, long hours, low pay, unprofessional corporate employees, shall I continue?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the updates! 99%of the time our DM would have no idea what she was talking about...if she ever even showed up. I am so happy I left the company. If you want clueless 19 year olds running your business continue to do exactly what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Nightmare

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

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only reason I stayed for so long was because my friends wrkd there

    Cons

    Management was awful, spent most of the time eating and talking in the back just watching us from the security cameras and that was when we finally DID have management since we went around without one for around 3 months. Salary was a joke, I was working full time hours as a part time worker and we never got raises. never got trained and just working there was depressing in general, being surrounded by screaming kids and angry parents all the time having things thrown at you. Rarely ever got to take breaks except for your lunch break and if you happened to miss your scheduled time then you have to fine someone to take your post others wise no lunch for you. Even just going to the bathroom you'd get radioed trying to find where you are and why your not on the floor selling

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Crazy Town

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great discount!
    20 days PTO (personal time off) and 10 days sick pay.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Don't do it...RUN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your stores with adequate payroll. Stop with the updates, to the update, to the update...enough already!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Manager was horrible. But the staff it self was great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Montgomery, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Montgomery, AL (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Got to work with wonderful people. The customer were nice. The staff itself was great. They helped e learn really fast.

    Cons

    Store manager was VERY lazy and rude. She was never there an made poor decisions that hurt her whole staff. She talked really bad about her staff and got mad when everybody quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your store manager do more work and stop relying on other people to do YOUR work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Tyler, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Tyler, TX (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Competitive salary if you are anything more than a sales associate

    Cons

    - Everything. Too many floor sets
    - Management doesn't care about you
    - They brainwash you and try to make you think that the "company" is the only thing on the planet
    - Sneaky, dishonest, backstabbers
    - Company doesn't care about you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that nobody really wants to do this forever, lighten up, realize you aren't the center of the universe. Become a real person. Managers, these aren't "your" stores. You do all of the work for someone else. You don't own the store, the company, anything. You are not in charge of anything and never will be. Find a job that matters and changes lives. Children's clothing isn't important, it doesn't change lives, you leave no impact with this job so stop acting like you will be remembered for running a clothing store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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