The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
492 Reviews

2.3
492 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
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233 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 32 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 46 reviews)

  • Floor set was a week long project with a window change that usually took three people to complete (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Will Work You To Death

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    I cant think of one.

    Cons

    They will take advantage of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue all your price changes aren,t going to help you once you figure out that it is how you treat your employees that will help you, you might stand a chance. Save the money you spent on cookies and give more payroll.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Doesn't train management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Victoria, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Victoria, TX (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    There's the discount. You basically work on your own.

    Cons

    Company changes prices weekly sometimes more than that and they don't give you the hours to have more than one and one coverage and floorset is practically every week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your store managers they don't know how to do their job. The company culture is horrible. Give your stores hours to complete their tasks and stop complaining when we can't finish when we're overtasked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a good place to work-I wouldn't ever recommend this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great PTO policy 22 days
    Good discount
    Clothes are really cute

    Cons

    Unrealistic work load for the amount of hours given
    Low pay
    Internal promotes receive salary offers way below external candidates
    Store managers over worked. 60-80 hour work weeks
    Upper management leads by fear
    Inappropriate management practices get overlooked if upper management likes or favors manager
    Law suits run rampid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten workload
    Promote with fair salarys to internals
    Stop favoritism
    Regional managers should not be able to swear and get angry in front of store teams
    Address DM and RD poor behaviors
    The CEO is one of the worst CEO in the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Beware of The Children's Place

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead  in  Douglasville, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Douglasville, GA (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good discount if you have kids but they hand out coupons to customers like candy so it's not really anything special.

    Cons

    You will want to cry after every shift. No matter what you do for this company, it is never enough. They are constantly changing everything you do and make you shove their credit card down the parents throat. Also, no hours or pay. You're supposed to get a break every four hours but nobody lets you take that break. Just stay away!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to realize that some of your employees have good ideas and you could benefit from actually listening to them and treating them better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over worked, un-realistic expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

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

    Pros

    Great pay, solid benefits, good product.

    Cons

    Overly operationally heave, reports to help you read other reports. Unrealistic expectations of store visuals with hours and merch flow given. Rude and condescending upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Awful working experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Lead  in  Sandy, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Sandy, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    A fast paced environment where there is always something going on so you are never really bored. The discount is pretty awesome.

    Cons

    Some of the biggest cons I found while working there: Low pay, no payroll, they hardly gave any training to their employees, sometimes the workload is ridiculous, horrible district manager, everything changes last minute, store managers and employees are overworked, and they are not flexible with schedules at all!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    tcp ptsd.

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead  in  Lake George, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Lake George, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    cute babies smile at you sometimes and its a great environment for people who need to be doing something all the time. some of the clothes are really fashionable.

    Cons

    i literally had ptsd symptoms after working at this brainwashing consumer monster. i worked there for 9 months total.
    being an associate was great, work load was manageable, but i worked very hard to get a promotion and i was offered way less money than i deserved for all the work you really have to do as a sales lead, and no one had time to train me. i couldnt get hours, even as a keyholder. i worked in an outlet and so there were a lot of "vacationers" who were rude and never enough staff to deal w the amount of customers. poorly trained management and everyone bears the pressure from corporate to reach unrealistic sales and conversion goals. the worst part was the emphasis on the rewards program and place credit card, which we are pressured by management to use ruthless methods to obtain. so many girls would come in and work one day, and never show up again. policies are constantly changing and hard to keep up with. i was depended on way too much, even as an associate. and the music will literally make you crazy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planning & Allocation  in  Secaucus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planning & Allocation in Secaucus, NJ (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are great and try to make TCP a fun place in order to cope with the huge amounts of stress and high expectations.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. Every man /womanfor themselves culture. No teamwork or assistance from managers. Obscene amounts of work. No training. Extremly stressful environment. 0 appreciation for work done or the amount of work it takes do do all of their ad hoc and side projects. Stay Away!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. It isn't worth pinching every penny when your entire staff is unhappy. Learn to treat your employees with some respect and appreciate them for their contributions instead of constantly pointing out their failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    REVOLVING DOOOR!!! . If you are looking for a great company to work for, DO NOT WORK HERE!

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    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    nice children clothing, customers were also pleased with clothing selections.

    Cons

    Upper management rides you so hard and don't care how great you are, you are still treated like garbage!
    There is never enough coverage on the sales floor, so management has to be the cashier, work the stockroom and overtime with no extra pay! You will get burned out within 1 month guaranteed!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs more training and a real beating heart! appreciate the great employees you have or you will continue to loose good people! District managers also have a very high turnover! company structure needs to be reorganized in order for this company to succeed!

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

    Great job if you like working hard with no appreciation

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

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

    Pros

    extreme weight loss due to stress

    Cons

    company values, upper management, store organization, promotional opportunities, EVERYTHING

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a TERRIBLE company to work for. Stores are given very little payroll...so little that it is just 2 associates all day. Then the store is expected to handle constant floor changes and updates, price changes every other day, all while training new associates and handling rude customers with their unruly children running through the store destroying displays. There is ZERO opportunity for growth in the company. Upper level management hires incompetent store managers and then refuses to handle the situation when the store manager is not performing. Instead of owning up to the poor decision, the blame game comes into play and fingers are pointed at everyone but the cause of the problem. You will work your butt off day in and day out, work ridiculous hours and then get zero appreciation from upper management. During store visits, you will not get any complements, only a huge list of things that are wrong...that's if the visitors even acknowledge your unworthy presence. Corporate sets ridiculous goals for the company credit card and when your team actually does meet the goal, the next month is set even higher. Again, no "thank you for your hard work. you did a great job." Instead, it's just "more, more, more." My advice to management: try living off what you pay your employees and when you can't afford to take care of your families, then re-evaluate how you do business. Or better yet, just close up shop and jump off a cliff. Then again....corporate hasn't listened thus far, so this was actually just a waste of my time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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