Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
808 Reviews

3.3
808 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.  

    sales associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal in Norfolk, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    discount was amazing! half off full priced merchandise, people were fun to work with

    Cons

    low pay, hours weren't always stable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great working environment and pleasant co- workers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    You learn one of the best customer service skills out there, as employee you get a 50% discount on merchandise. You learn how to work on high standard environment and deal with high class customers, at the end of the day you learn top class customer service skills that will be very helpful on your professional profile.

    Cons

    Opportunity to advance is very limited

  3.  

    I was a sale associate and part of the visual merchandising team

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Wilmington, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wilmington, NC (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They offered flexible hours and the discount is awesome. I mostly enjoyed working working with my co-workers, of course you don't always get along with everyone you work with. I had an excellent management team to work for - particularly the General Manager was phenomenal.

    Cons

    Now the pay has changed, but when I worked there the pay was so-so. I hated having to choose between which holiday I could ask off for - either Christmas or Thanksgiving, but I did understand that that is just the nature of retail. Hated the holiday music! I also did not enjoy having to push the store credit card on customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Earning what I feel I deserve?

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    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate  in  Skokie, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Skokie, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of hours. Opportunity for development. Flexible hours and shifts.

    Cons

    Lots of hours and tasks for little pay. Promoting within same store unheard of?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone is working exceptionally well; above and beyond, both for customers and for the betterment of the store, it's nice to be noticed. If said employee(s) wants a promotion and does all in his/her ability to achieve that, it's only fair to consider said person above anyone else and give said person that opportunity to develop and grow within the store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's retail, what do you expect?

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay for the industry.
    Mostly good coworkers, especially the people who had been there a while.
    Lots of opportunities to learn new customer service skills.
    Flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Demanding, cranky customers.
    Nearly all employee achievements were tied exclusively to the ability to sell the company credit card.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Looking for your first job? Start here.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    From experience, I've worked at many different BR locations and mostly all the managers and supervisors treat each and everyone one of their employees with respect. On a rare occasion will you find a manager who takes these fresh college student employees for granted. A huge perk to working at BR as a college student (the age when funds are low) or as a first job is that employees get a great discount (50% of of full priced items). This is an amazing perk when compared to other retail stores.

    Cons

    The pay is what you would expect from most retail stores. It is also difficult to work up to a higher position. If you start off as a sales associate, you'll probably stay a sales associate forever. The hours, like most of retail, are also unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to continue caring for the low level, part time employees. We want to feel useful. Perhaps create more positions for employees to move up in the chain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Possibly a great place to work...

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Louisville, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Both the pay and the benefits are great. It is a small environment, a lot of times you will only be working with 1 or 2 other associates. The District offices are in Ohio so there are not very many corporate visits, less stress than many retial jobs.

    Cons

    The associates and customers tend to be snobby. There are only a handful of positions in the stores are full time and most are Supervisor or Managment so there getting benefits or making a career at this company is dufficult. There is almost no opportunity for advancement as there are few locations with few Supervisor and even fewer Management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Cashier Lead  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    the store is very easy to work for. nothing too complicated. not too much fuss from upper management. would d

    Cons

    too many discount days which saturated the brand, repetitive. raises were very minimal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not quite!!!

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You can definatley learn how to dress by working here. This job is good for students but if your looking for a life then this is not what you want.;

    Cons

    Pay is not great. start you at 9.50per hour. Managers act like its a priviledge to make 9.50 an hour. thought the discount was great until i found out they have specials every month where the customer saves just as much as employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice, its really not the mangers its the structure of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Clothes are great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time

    Pros

    Nice clothes
    Great discount on full price clothing

    Cons

    Too many coupons making it near impossible to sell clothes at full price.
    Clothes have gone too trendy too fast scaring off older customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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