The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
575 Reviews
2.2
575 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 40 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 58 reviews)

  • Top managment would make last minute decisions and we would have to stay late to redo floor sets (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cute Clothing for kids!

    Cons

    Hired me but never gave me more then 10hrs a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop going to the Hamptons and be a manager!!!!

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

    Don't work here. You don't need the stress.

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fellow Associates are nice to work with. Though of course that depends on the store. Are sometimes flexalbe with your availability times. If you have kids the discount is decent. That is unless they're giving customers a better coupon. Might as well use that instead.

    Cons

    - Are constantly being told to change floor set week after week. Constant mark downs and changes in prices. To add to that you are hardly given hours to get things done on top of helping customers.
    - no additional pay for unpacking shipment, being a garbage man etc,
    - You'd be lucky if you get more than 10 to 12 hours a week. They try their best to give you as little hours as they can and force you to do an insane amount of work in that small amount of time
    - district manager is a joke.
    - There is no room for advancement.
    - They'd rather hire clueless new people from outside the business than move up a current employee.
    - There also isn't even a chance to get a raise. Working there for well over a year and still getting paid minimum wage.
    - The managers only look out for themselves when making the schedule. Giving each other every other weekend off and penciling in week long vacations. Meanwhile if you'd want to request a day off even for something important let alone vacation it's an issue.
    - As an employee here your personal life is not taken in to consideration. All managers care about is you showing up for your shift.
    - Call in shifts are a joke and you have to circle your life around the job, call them to ask if they need you to work and if they don't your entire day is wasted.
    - you're hardly even training. You're hired told to go fold shirts and maybe when a fellow associate has time they'll show you how to use the register. But getting actual proper training from management doesn't happen.
    - Managers are rude and give employee's attitudes for no reason.
    - constant nagging to get place credit cards. Always being pestered to meet goals and even if you do it's still not enough. the horrid cards are what seem to care about the most
    - the sales floor looks like an over stocked mess with all the merchandise packed on the floor, isn't even shoppable
    - Customers are rude, cheap, and have no idea how to control their children.

    Don't work here point blank. You will leave here miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to care about your employees. Maybe more would stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Unorganized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Sometimes we have potlucks ran/organized by sale associates for the half hour break.
    Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Aggressive tactics you must ALWAYS get the costumers email and phone # . To make sure this happening they give you email capture sheet where you fill out the transaction # and whether or not you got the email. If you are below 80% you are blamed for it by your manager,because your manager was most likely blamed for it by DM.

    Its terrible when you ask for all this personal info and you get angry costumers

    The clothing itself is not good quality, even with the email discounts.

    Upper Management , not making a allowance for more people to work when need it.

    Rude customers

    Too many expectations from managers.

    Being on cash all day messes with your head.

    Noisy kids who ( If you can handle it)

    Not know where everything is, because set changes/signage change regularly.

    You don't get commission, and your paid very little.

    My SM isn't really qualified, is not good at organizing people or people in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring a proper training program for new hires, be a little flexible. Do not play the blame game on your store managers, or sale associates. Keep track on those you hire in managers positions, and encourage/nurture them so they can be more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not the greatest job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Semi flexible hours, Good Discount, coworkers are nice enough probably because they are going through it too.

    Cons

    Long shifts, and be prepared to stay 1 to 2 sometimes more after closing. Crazy and annoying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit lying. If you are going to disobey your own schedule and keep us for obnoxious amounts of time, then say so. Don't hide it.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company is terrible!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you get a good group of people to work for, it makes the job bearable. I had an absolutely wonderful manager and I loved her and the associates that I worked with were awesome. PTO was good.

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible. I was an ASM and my DM was seriously a succubus. LP didn't care about us and our complaints at all. We had customers who would steal things from other stores and come to our store and return the items for merchandise credits and we had such an awful return policy that we couldn't deny them even though we knew for a fact they had stolen the merchandise. We would complain and report the issue to LP and they never cared at all. The hours were terrible, the amount of work was seriously unrealistic and so were the sales expectations. The pay was also terrible. I was an ASM and my raise from Sales Lead to ASM was absolutely ridiculous. We were the lowest paid ASM's around. The credit card expectations are ridiculous as well. This job was emotionally draining and physically draining. The customers were horrendous and just completely drained me. I do not recommend working here at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and don't set unrealistic goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salve job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers grieta discount

    Cons

    No Hours bad Pay management aré rude

  8.  

    Work load unrealistic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Stoney Creek, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Stoney Creek, ON (Canada)

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - loved dealing with customers, especially return ones
    - loved my staff members
    - decent discount

    Cons

    - ridiculous workload with unrealistic timelines
    - no appreciation from upper management on going above and beyond on tasks
    - upper management is too easy to place blame on stores under their direction instead of helping them in order to cover their own butt
    - zero payroll allowance to accomplish what is needed or for floor coverage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    INVEST in your stores and employees so that you can have some longevity in your staff.
    APPRECIATE what your managers do
    LISTEN and ACT on the suggestion and concerns coming from your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It made me hate retail.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Thornhill, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Thornhill, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with friends, so it was a fun time. Other than that... no pros.

    Cons

    Bad management, low wage, and no structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized and setup a structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It allows you to progress. I was hired as a sales associate march of 2014, became a sales lead july of 2014, and now october 2014 I became an assistant store manager and im only 18. This company has allowed me to really show my skills and how I am able to contribute to the business im very lucky and fortunate to be in the position that I am.

    Cons

    Many sales associates leave early dont like the job nor hours they recieve but than again its only a part time job for sales associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Assistant manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Good staff, friendly customers, good discount if you have children, it comes in handy!

    Cons

    Not enough coverage, low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more dollars in payroll, if you want a floor set, markdowns, window change and customer service to be completed , then realize that 2 on 2 coverage will not cut it! Also pay your managers more, they work their tails off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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