Dress Barn Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
172 Reviews
3.5
172 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
99 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • 40% discount on regular price merchandise (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Pushed too hard to make sales goals without the incentive of commission (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Honest and True Family

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Louisville, KY (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Like any retail job, it depends on your manager. If your manager is a competent worker and same her bosses, then life at DressBarn is pretty great. It's a company that recognizes hard work and is quick to promote from within.

    Cons

    Dealing with the public honestly is the worst part. And if you have a bad manager, then things will be harder for all workers involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DM's need to stay in more constant contact with store managers. An example is if several employee's have a complaint very similar about a SM, then you should investigate and NOT say who you heard these things from. It's puts everyone in a bad position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company Limited opportunities to advance

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate  in  Nashua, NH (US)
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Nashua, NH (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice work environment and always current with the inventory

    Cons

    Very few full time positions per location thus a limited/restricted opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow experienced employees to work towards a full-time Senior Associate position, thus making them eligible for benefits such as medical, paid sick leave etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Review

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Conyers, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conyers, GA (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Pay really could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun job and loved my staff.

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Boise, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Boise, ID (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun atmosphere and they really try to make employees feel appreciated.

    Cons

    when you worked an 8 hour day plus you only got a half hour lunch break and they have really low staffing so its hard to accomplish what you need to do each day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Assistant Manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relationships, contact with new people, developing, opportunities for grow up.

    Cons

    learning new methods, new programs...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing culture!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time

    Pros

    Dressbarn is a hidden gem. I knew it was a good company before I started working here but I had no idea HOW good! The company is very focused on doing right by its employees and wellness is very important here. Having the founders still so involved makes it feel like a small family business rather than a billion dollar corporation. We're very strong financially, rare in retail these days. And the new HQ building is beautiful!

    Cons

    Occasionally, not everyone is on the same page, but this is usually remedied fairly quickly. Budgets are tight, but that's happening everywhere and we wouldn't be so financially solid without that control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture growing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Husband's job forced me to leave dressbarn and wow do I miss it!

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    Former Employee - Training Store Leader  in  Georgetown, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Training Store Leader in Georgetown, TX (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Head of Stores Gil will tell you store leaders are them most important people in the company and he means it and it shows! You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance. Comparable pay with new bonus program based on store profitability should be great. Discount is great! Opportunity through company webinars for self improvement and professional growth. District and Regional leaders truly care about their teams.

    Cons

    Great merchandise sells quickly and replen is slow but getting better. Shoe buyers need to keep shoes coming into stores quicker. Warm weather stores need sandals! Online returns should not come off of store sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. I saw so many improvements in the last couple years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Go work at Walmart

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Buffalo, NY (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paid training
    Discounts at Dressbarn, Maurice's, Justice/Brothers, Lane Bryant, Catherine's

    Cons

    Not enough payroll to support having any full time except management
    Assistants and associates are never given any recognition
    Store managers expect to do nothing but gossip between stores
    Micro managing district managers
    Work/life balance does not exist
    No opportunity to move ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward all positions for the work they do. Bonuses are impossible to achieve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a company that follows through on intent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Clothing discount. Right intent but lack of follow-through.

    Cons

    Very reactionary culture. Not strategic or long-term thinking and not able to differentiate versus competitors. Hires people with experience and then stifles them by not giving them room to run. Long term employees not highly valued and can be easily replaced depending on senior executive changes and them wanting to bring in their own people, regardless of the merits of the long-term employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. Show employees you really care about their well-being instead of this being empty words.

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

    Best Employment Experience of My Career

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    Current Employee - Director Level, Home Office  in  Mahwah, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director Level, Home Office in Mahwah, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wow, where to begin...

    I guess the most unique aspect of our organization is the 'human-ness'. From our founders, Mr. and Mrs. J, to our entire Executive Team, to our entry-level associates, there is a level of humility that is innate to who we are as a company. It is this humbleness that helps shape our culture. From work-life balance (when we ask associates to travel to a company meeting, we ensure that we allow for travel to take place on a week-day, and not infringe on their weekend/family time), to growth and development (we have an incredible curriculum of classes and tools that help our associates be better at what they do -- and, we ENCOURAGE people to take the time to focus on their development!), to our overall focus on 'total wellness' (we have a beautiful fitness center in our Home Office that is free for our HO associates to use, and we ENCOURAGE IT - even during 'work hours'!)

    Even if there are 'tough' business decisions to be made, we do so through a filter of "What is the RIGHT THING TO DO?" Truly, I have never seen anything like it. I feel like I have hit the career lottery! Of course, I love my role and the people I work with. I also believe in all our strategies to grow the brand and the company. We have amazing leadership who respect each other and seem to have genuine 'affection' for each other. To get to see and work under the direction of an executive team like this once in a lifetime is a rare privilege.

    Cons

    There is much work to be done! So it can be an intense pace (fortunately, we can blow off steam or work out some stress at our Smartlife Fitness Center any time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. I hope that our stores can feel what we feel here in our home office. And if we can accomplish that, our cutomers will surely feel it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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