The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
491 Reviews

2.3
491 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 32 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 46 reviews)

  • Floor set was a week long project with a window change that usually took three people to complete (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awful working experience.

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead  in  Sandy, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Sandy, UT (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A fast paced environment where there is always something going on so you are never really bored. The discount is pretty awesome.

    Cons

    Some of the biggest cons I found while working there: Low pay, no payroll, they hardly gave any training to their employees, sometimes the workload is ridiculous, horrible district manager, everything changes last minute, store managers and employees are overworked, and they are not flexible with schedules at all!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-Paced, Demanding Work with little to no recognition or acknowledgment from upper management - wage poor.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people, it is their passion and commitment that uphold the Co.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, Co. is reactive not proactive in all areas, no recognition unless its taken upon yourself, compensation poor if not forgotten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sieving money into unnecessary investments like the ridiculous weekly marketing changes that no one recognizes or appreciates - THAT JUST END UP IN THE TRASH! TRY RECYCLING SOMETHING! If you can manage to same a few dollars try to reinvest them in the associates, they have more than earned a raise or a pay increase something more than minimum wage - Burger King pays better than us!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clueless upper management

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    Former Employee - Store Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Store Sales Manager

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance.

    Cons

    Senior mgt (DM, RM, and up) does not have a clue as to what it really takes to run a store. Between floor sets, price changes, shipment, and training employees there will never be enough time given to any area of need. They took away all training hours but expect you to fully train all new associates, leads, ect. Any down time available is usually spent on shipment or trying to complete the visual updates that they give every week. You aren't able to keep good associates around because of lack of hours. The competition is there with more hours and better pay. During peak times associates are too busy with pos transactions at the service desk helping other customers check out while the merchandise is walking out the door. They always give the hope of extra hours for back to school or holiday times but never follow through. Therefore customers are not given the attention they are truly needed on the sales floor. They expect you to push too much on the customer at the time of check out. It looses the personal side of the interaction of the sale with the customer when you have 8 or more things you have to upsell to the customer before they leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team and trust their decisions. Give back the training budget and hours for holiday. You'll gain it back with the merchandise that sells instead of it walking out the door unpaid.

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

    I did not like working here

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Scarborough, ON (Canada)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    fun environment, alot of kids, busy, and interactive

    Cons

    very low working hours at least at the scaborough town centre location (Toronto, Canada), I worked there for two days until I found a better job and they never paid me. I contacted my manager, HR, and payroll and they said they will fix it "as soon as possible" which is ridiculous if you ask me. Also its long hours on your feet and large work load. They hired alot of employees and only gav each sale associate 3 hour shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update payroll and make it more organized, give employees more working hours and relieve the workload

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits for part time employees
    Typical retail job

    Cons

    Management under a lot of pressure and in turn associates are put under a lot of stress for very little pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management and Royalty are two different words.

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

    Store Level Is a Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Sales Lead
    Current Employee - Sales Lead

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good employee discount, managers have ability to works several aspects of the business, relaxed attitude when it comes to scheduling, usually open to new ideas based on what is best for each store, great promotions for customers, decent raises once a year, nice culture with other stores in district

    Cons

    pushy with credit cards, stingy with payroll which leads managers to spend a lot of customer service time dealing with visual merchandising, does not promote from within the company/lots of outside hiring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great part time job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Discount on children's clothes and flexible schedule..

    Cons

    Low pay and set amount of hours that the store can use.

  9.  

    Great Product and promotions for customers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay . Great hours and great customers.

    Cons

    Too many prices changes and moves done daily,weekly as well as monthly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't work with the company.

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

    Great Experience.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great job to have if you need a second job or even just something to get you out of the house. Honesty, it's a really easy job to have!

    Cons

    Compensation could definitely be better. They do offer health insurance and such but other than that on benefits, unless you're a Store Manager or higher, you don't get bonuses or much more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your associates. They know and understand more than you think. Your associates should have more benefits or more incentives. It would help everyone with in the store.

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

    Open, friendly place for work

    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Scarborough, ON (Canada)

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The management is friendly, engaging, and always thinking of ways to improve. They are helpful, easy to approach and talk to, and ready to help both the customer as well as their employees. Schedules are flexible, and managers are accommodating and very fair and understanding.

    Cons

    Hours are inconsistent. It is difficult to determine a stable or consistent paycheque, as you could work an abundance of hours during the holidays but then drop to only a few in a week immediately after.

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