Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
998 Reviews
3.5
998 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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  1.  

    Overall positive experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Employee discounts, positive work environment (great in store management and coworkers), socially conscious company, flexible hours, easy to request time off in short amounts of time.

    Cons

    There aren't many cons to working here besides difficult customers, somewhat monotonous work and having to hit credit card opening goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The style of clothes has changed rapidly over the past few years and they've been slow to react to the market. Recently they hired a new designer and are looking to change that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Seasonal Sales Associate

    Former Employee - Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Great employee discount
    -Good atmosphere compared to other retail experiences I have had
    -Fun staff to work with

    Cons

    -A bit disorganized with so much going on and so many managers
    -Pressure to sell banana republic cards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To make sure schedules are not changed last minute and to provide more training to the seasonal sales associates.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Positive experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vernon, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vernon, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies)

    Cons

    Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    short.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic (less than a year)

    Pros

    first job ever seasonal holiday assistant
    learned the ins and outs of retail VERY fast

    Cons

    no true support or real training
    very hands on - can be good/can be bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Easy hours
    Easy work environment
    Great discounts
    Great management

    Cons

    Can be boring
    Pay starts at 9$

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I love my company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    The title of my review says it all: my company. I feel that my work is important, I believe in the brand, and I own my stores business and customer experience results. I have been with BR since 2010 and have received 3 promotions. They encourage growth and competition, celebrate success, and promote a happy work environment. I am proud of myself, my store, my district peers, and district managers. They are professional, but not stuffy. We have fun and customers recognize our love of fashion. Full time employees get a lot of PTO that they can use whenever they like. Employee discount is significant and unlimited!

    Cons

    My con is actually a pro- sometimes the problem solving and adapting to change can be challenging. But everyone needs a challenge to grow and learn!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As BR enters a new era, keep communicate open and timely. I know being reactionary is part of retail, but I suggest being understanding of schedule making and work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Retail Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Bethlehem, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Bethlehem, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company discount
    Was able to easily transfer to different locations when home from college for the summer

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive and mindless

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    sales associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    I enjoy working there and I see endless possibilities for growth with in the company. I was able to learn a lot because I took the advantage of what was offered to me.

    Cons

    It's always going to be about opening cards no matter where you work in retail. All I can say is to be confident when doing so.

  10.  

    Chicago, IL

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great customer service, great people to work with, great discount, great vibes. great quality products and store.

    Cons

    No cons really in the company, there are a few managers and management decisions that I disagree with. Too many sales in the company.... kind of desperate. I like the work environment more than the company's personality, aesthetics and clothing. Too pushy with banana cards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who consistently try to do the best they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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