Talbots

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Talbots Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
319 Reviews
3.2
319 Reviews
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Talbots CEO Lizanne Kindler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance in the company, they understand you also have a life outside of the job (in 12 reviews)

  • Great benefits for full time employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • I think upper management is out of tune as to what goes on daily in the stores (in 23 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance possible, even in village stores (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Family atmosphere, treated with respect and as adults with responsibility.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Manager
    Current Employee - Co-Manager

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company strives to put the best people in management, and I love the people who lead my location. They see everyone as people and are very sincere. They expect effort and treat younger employees like adults (as they should). The overall culture is very positive and I'm looking forward to working here for much longer.

    Cons

    Be sure to get some comfortable shoes because you will be standing a lot. The manager is good about being the person to get up high and fix things, dust, etc, so that's good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love it here! Keep on keepin on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company,good benefits

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

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People first environment that strives to improve performance by positive motivation and training.

    Cons

    Retail hours of course and compensation is a little lower than other companies of the same size

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talbots is a "customer first company".However, the work flow can sometimes stress the store associates when promotions, heavy shipment, and store set preparation all fall at the same time during heavy traffic/sales periods. Distribution, marketing, and operations need to coordinate more efficiently. It can be a better business decision to put off a new set or promotion if it is going to interfere with customer service. There are only so many hours in the day and sending the heaviest shipment of the year on a holiday week with only one week prep time for processing (during the holiday week) keeps your store staff from being able to give 100% to your customers. Just consider what you are asking of your store associates who are doing the physical labor and producing the income!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sales Associate PT

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

    I worked at Talbots part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly, paid weekly..

    Cons

    Pay does not compensate for the work/customer service that is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and work hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An evolving environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Hingham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Hingham, MA (US)

    I worked at Talbots full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large corporation culture and benefits. The culture was continuing to evolve to a more progressive and up to date atmosphere in the final years of my employment. Lots of great, hard working peers.

    Cons

    It is well known that the company has been going through a dramatic transition from a public thriving company to a lean and more efficient enterprise. The staffing has been cut too thin for the amount of work my group was tasked to accomplished and so it was hard to do a good job. A lot of outsourcing and "downsizing" was done in my final years there. This resulted in understandable culture of fear and heightened finger pointing as things were predictably dropped due to over taxing the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust staffing levels up to allow for the high quality product that Talbots is known for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical retail with a pinch of class

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    The 50-60% discount is a plus if you like the clothes.

    Cons

    Lack of hours which is something that happens in a lot of retail stores

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor and Unprofessional Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

    I worked at Talbots part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    discount, nice staff, quality product, wonderful customers

    Cons

    Assistant manager's behavior is rude and condescending. Manager's advice "just talk her down give her a bag to breathe into".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assistant manager's behavior is outrageous. She is confusing, rude, demeaning and condescending. She has no managerial skills. The manager is no help. She said to "just talk her down and give her a paper bag to breathe into". Talbots part time staff at this store consists of several associates who retired from professional positions, i.e. teachers, managers, paralegal, etc. who are used to better management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great working environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    Great staff to work with. Flexible with hours. High compensation for a retail job.

    Cons

    The customers are very needy and at times rude. Always trying to return products for better price/worn.

  9.  

    Worked for the company for 9 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Talbots full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great training and development for management t

    Cons

    Took away too many benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat workers with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Pleasant customers. Friendly team atmosphere. Good benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    Company does not hire from within. No merit salary increases for several years. Little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management and head office workers need to be out in the stores. Compensate hard working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, fashion forward, very co-operative with upper mgmt.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Business is based on relationships you make with clients. Full support in being a stylist and rewards for it.

    Cons

    upper management is ever-changing. Security/stability sometimes feels threatened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more visits, more communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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