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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
823 Reviews
3.3
823 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 101 reviews)

  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 87 reviews)

  • Employee raises were given once a year, but they cap sales associates in the Factory Stores at (in 38 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Waterloo, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Waterloo, NY (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    30% employee discount, LOTS of training on the "Brand", very good employee incentives - management always brought in xtra snacks when long hours were mandated.

    Cons

    need to be available on weekends and holidays or working here is not an option, management use incentives as bribes making me feel like a 5 year old child! Not many of the clothes are on hangers so you do LOTS of folding. They really have the associates push customers to sign up for their credit card.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good co-workers, good hours, easy work, but does get boring at times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    good hours, easy work, retail, easy going coworkers

    Cons

    not enough hours, gets boring at times, customers can be a headache.

    Recommends
  3.  

    nice job

    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    excellent environment and managers very accesible

    Cons

    little advancement for employees especially if sales assoc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rotate people around, sales associate get tired of being all the time in the floor and need some time as cashiers, same thing for cashiers need more time out in the floor

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  5.  

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management, positive feedback, staff support, great team environment. Flexibility with work schedule, great product and awesome image..

    Cons

    I did not have any, but for some it could be weekend availability, evenings shift or sometimes shorter shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Key for great employees is a great management team. Support, training and positive reinforcement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, great team. Love the company values, and love how the company values its customers without sacrificing the wellbeing of their employees.

    Cons

    pushy with the brand CC, also not very environmentally friendly. All individual baggies for every single item during shipment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for, excellent opportunities for growth.

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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Supervisor  in  Wichita, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Experience Supervisor in Wichita, KS (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent discounts across the brands, good benefits. Great charitable grants and community service opportunities. Wonderful team to work with!

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons from working here. The work life balance could be improved, but it is retail - so one really shouldn't expect to constantly have weekends off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Good benefits (discounts, medical, eye, dental, 401k)

    Cons

    Too many store visits with nitpicky managers. Either ease up and understand that that's the way it looks, or provide us with more hours and training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pop into stores unannounced. We don't need to waste hours the night before making the store look perfect for you. Just see it for how it really is in the moment. And if it's not to your standard, then provide stores with more hours to fold and fix on a daily basis. As it is, we only run on enough hours to maintain the store, not to perfect it.

  9.  

    Very pleasant. The management is excellent!

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    Former Employee - Stock Associate  in  San Leandro, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in San Leandro, CA (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Good Management. Smart Coworkers.

    Cons

    Barely above min. wage. Unless proven, you will usually be on call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing A.N. and S.V.!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    inspirational and exciting

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  Chelsea, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Chelsea, England (UK)

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I feel motivated by the company, very supportive towards progression and feel proud to be part of a leading and expanding brand. Open to new ideas and always trying push to get the best out of every staff member. The product is getting better every season which makes me want to sell it harder! Love the atmosphere in central stores, the luxury and chicness of the brand gives real competition to other luxury brands on the high st.

    Cons

    Hard to think of cons, but as a ember of management, i would love to have a little more payroll hours to ensure that my team are getting all the training they need effectively first time round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to managemnt is to keep doing what they are doing because they are fab! Maybe sometimes have realistic time frames with some tasks as it can get too operational in stores at times due to workload. Apart from that all is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good but Exhausted from the credit cards

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Decent wage, nice people, helpful managers, great customer base, very systematic

    Cons

    They are soo pushy with credit cards

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