The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
527 Reviews
2.1
527 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
Jane Elfers
247 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 38 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 53 reviews)

  • Need to have more hours then they give for Back to School, Christmas, and floor sets (in 31 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started out fun, but got worse over time. The company doesn't get it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Fargo, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Fargo, ND (US)

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

    Pros

    -Fun environment, friendly people
    -Have some freedom in some visual displays
    -Opportunities to grow within the store

    Cons

    -The company does not compensate employees for the workload they put on you.
    -Expectations from the company and district managers are completely unrealistic. They cut your hours but increase workload.
    -Was only part time but worked full time hours
    -Did the same work as the assistant managers but was paid much less
    -Constant sale sets, price changes, window changes, visual changes each week...sometimes multiple times per week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you invest the money into your employees, you will reap the benefits. Employees will be happy, will work harder and your customers will be more satisfied with a fun environment.

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

    Store sales Manager

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vacation Pay of 22 days

    Cons

    You can never find a good time to take a vacation. I tried to schedule an island vacation twice and had to cancel due to a new store opening and shipments too heavy to leave my team. The shipment schedule states x amount of boxes a week for the month on the monthly workload calender, then you receive three times the shipment (160) boxes a day and your store is on 167 hours a week payroll, which is 2-2 coverage, but don't fall behind the store to floor process. There is never a good time to take a vacation and feel like you can step away without coming back to twice the workload waiting for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is absolutely no reason to do a huge floor set only to update it exactly 3 days after pictures are posted for corp to review, then floor set 2 comes out. My customer hasn't had the chance to see the first one. We do window changes 3 times a week and have 1/2 hour to open the store and run reports, open registers, do LOD trackers and Place trackers and sign the event. We close down the store 15 min after we lock the door to try and pick up two additional hours for Saturdays schedule (so people can eat). We need more payroll to handle the work load.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Manager Starter Job.

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discount, good benefits for full timers, depends on manager on balancing schedule but I had a good experience.
    its a fast paced environment so your delegation as a manager come to test. If you are the typer of manager that wants to sit and chill on the computer this is not the job for you. Energetic environment with right staff.

    Cons

    District Managers need to ACTUALLY train their managers, they are the ones representing the company.
    not enough hours given from corporate to develop their associates.
    very part time (except for holidays)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Store Management! Great Co-Workers!

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

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The store management was very organized and makes working there super fun! The discount is great especially when clothing is on sale. The managers at the store had worked there for over 15 years and love the company.

    Cons

    With any retail job, weekends and some holidays are required. The pay isn't the greatest for the entry level employees, and the raises weren't that great either. They also cut the employee discount within the time I worked there. Sometimes we would have to change around the in a short amount of time (and one time on Christmas Eve!).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    DO NOT WORK HERE!

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

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

    Pros

    I have not one positive word about this company! Unfortunately, this site will not let me post my review unless I put something here!

    Cons

    No company culture, no time or payroll to train new employees, long hours, low pay, unprofessional corporate employees, shall I continue?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the updates! 99%of the time our DM would have no idea what she was talking about...if she ever even showed up. I am so happy I left the company. If you want clueless 19 year olds running your business continue to do exactly what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!

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

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

    Pros

    The great team you work with.

    Cons

    Company culture, disorganized, no payroll, unrealistic expectations, terrible regional manager, horrible customers, ludacris return policy, 20% increase for ALL internal promotions. The list goes on. Only work if you desperately need the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over, back to the drawing board!! Show your store teams some appreciation (not cookies) and corporate REALLY needs to help the high volume stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Nightmare

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

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

    Pros

    The only reason I stayed for so long was because my friends wrkd there

    Cons

    Management was awful, spent most of the time eating and talking in the back just watching us from the security cameras and that was when we finally DID have management since we went around without one for around 3 months. Salary was a joke, I was working full time hours as a part time worker and we never got raises. never got trained and just working there was depressing in general, being surrounded by screaming kids and angry parents all the time having things thrown at you. Rarely ever got to take breaks except for your lunch break and if you happened to miss your scheduled time then you have to fine someone to take your post others wise no lunch for you. Even just going to the bathroom you'd get radioed trying to find where you are and why your not on the floor selling

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    sales

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    customer services, busy, employee discount, flexible

    Cons

    poor management, poor pay scale, poor work hours available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with that

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    RUN, don't walk, away!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Summer hours, Starbucks in walking distance.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Horrible management, constant turnover, everyone walking around waiting to be terminated, elitist, greedy CEO and upper management, little to no morale because raises are few and far between (thanks but no thanks for the "performance awards"... We're not in grade school and your dopey award won't pay my mortgage), corrupt HR department that makes hiring/firing decisions about other departments with absolutely no knowledge of those departments' needs or even functions, constant meetings to discuss other meetings and future meetings, upper management nickels and dimes employees to death on salary but goes to great lengths to insure their own astronomical salaries; nasty, catty CEO who thinks nothing of humiliating and demoralizing other executives in front of others...ugh, the list goes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate entire executive team starting with the CEO and start over!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Crazy Town

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great discount!
    20 days PTO (personal time off) and 10 days sick pay.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Don't do it...RUN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your stores with adequate payroll. Stop with the updates, to the update, to the update...enough already!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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