Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
964 Reviews
3.4
964 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 111 reviews)

  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 99 reviews)

  • If you don't value your work/life balance then this is the perfect company for you (in 22 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Art Director

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    Former Employee - Art Director
    Former Employee - Art Director

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, multiple brands and good coworkers.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations and business shifts on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Wait more then 3-6 months before shifting teams again.
    • Utilize internal teams and talent more before outsourcing work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    BR Factory Store Review

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discount on family of brands, including retail and outlet.
    Wonderful and diverse styles of clothing.
    Yearly reviews and raises by managers, and incentives - especially around holidays.
    Most stores have "open door" policies, and encourage communication (if not there was always GAPCODE hotline).

    Cons

    Poor management standards, and high turnover.
    Little incentives for loyalty - I worked there for 3 years and only received a $0.50 pay increase by the time I left.
    Not much opportunity for advancement.
    Sales drive was high, but not many incentives when it was not holiday time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would offer that management should really give more incentives to the sales associates, because they are the heart and soul of the organization. The values of the company are great, and I really liked working for this company, but in the long run... There was just not much incentive in the end, and the pay was not high enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It was a cheerful, upbeat enviroment with a lot of fun interesting people the customers were VERY special

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    Former Employee - Lead in South Florida, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Lead in South Florida, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere folding sweaters and dealing with uptight soccer moms

    Cons

    when business is bad major hour cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great management, they try their best!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Working retail was a good experience but definitely wouldn't do this as a lifetime job.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rehoboth Beach, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rehoboth Beach, DE (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    co workers are good people
    employee discount

    Cons

    inconsistent hours
    customers are rude
    pay is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make hourly shifts better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    MPL

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome discount across all of the Gap Inc brands. Company is very focused on internal hiring for open positions.

    Cons

    No bonus incentives in effect as of 2015. Other cons are mostly based on a team by team basis. Pressure to sign customers up for brand credit card.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Very Profesional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Great Benefits for all workers

    Cons

    Parking is a hustle in some locations.

  8.  

    Excellent place to work!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, bonus incentives, fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    No room for advancement and growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be a bit more organized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good reference, flexibility and people where willing to help.

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    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A bonus to your paycheck will be added by selling credit cards.

    Cons

    No paid vacation unless you're a manager, Folding too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very flexible, and showed a'lot of respect as well as enthusiasm.

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    AMAZING COMPANY

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    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, amazing coaching and development of team, benefits are incredible, and vacation time is awesome!

    Cons

    Constantly busy, must be at great multitasking and leading a team,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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