The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
481 Reviews

2.3
481 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Planning & Allocation  in  Secaucus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planning & Allocation in Secaucus, NJ (US)

    Pros

    The people are great and try to make TCP a fun place in order to cope with the huge amounts of stress and high expectations.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. Every man /womanfor themselves culture. No teamwork or assistance from managers. Obscene amounts of work. No training. Extremly stressful environment. 0 appreciation for work done or the amount of work it takes do do all of their ad hoc and side projects. Stay Away!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. It isn't worth pinching every penny when your entire staff is unhappy. Learn to treat your employees with some respect and appreciate them for their contributions instead of constantly pointing out their failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Still waiting to here back from the company but so far have had one phone interview. Know excel

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    interview was very basic (mainly background information)

    Cons

    haven't started working so nothing thus far

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    The Children's Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    employee discount, fun atmosphere quality products

    Cons

    lousy pay and very little hours

    No opinion of CEO
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    REVOLVING DOOOR!!! . If you are looking for a great company to work for, DO NOT WORK HERE!

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    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    nice children clothing, customers were also pleased with clothing selections.

    Cons

    Upper management rides you so hard and don't care how great you are, you are still treated like garbage!
    There is never enough coverage on the sales floor, so management has to be the cashier, work the stockroom and overtime with no extra pay! You will get burned out within 1 month guaranteed!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs more training and a real beating heart! appreciate the great employees you have or you will continue to loose good people! District managers also have a very high turnover! company structure needs to be reorganized in order for this company to succeed!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job if you like working hard with no appreciation

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    Pros

    extreme weight loss due to stress

    Cons

    company values, upper management, store organization, promotional opportunities, EVERYTHING

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a TERRIBLE company to work for. Stores are given very little payroll...so little that it is just 2 associates all day. Then the store is expected to handle constant floor changes and updates, price changes every other day, all while training new associates and handling rude customers with their unruly children running through the store destroying displays. There is ZERO opportunity for growth in the company. Upper level management hires incompetent store managers and then refuses to handle the situation when the store manager is not performing. Instead of owning up to the poor decision, the blame game comes into play and fingers are pointed at everyone but the cause of the problem. You will work your butt off day in and day out, work ridiculous hours and then get zero appreciation from upper management. During store visits, you will not get any complements, only a huge list of things that are wrong...that's if the visitors even acknowledge your unworthy presence. Corporate sets ridiculous goals for the company credit card and when your team actually does meet the goal, the next month is set even higher. Again, no "thank you for your hard work. you did a great job." Instead, it's just "more, more, more." My advice to management: try living off what you pay your employees and when you can't afford to take care of your families, then re-evaluate how you do business. Or better yet, just close up shop and jump off a cliff. Then again....corporate hasn't listened thus far, so this was actually just a waste of my time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun career, never a dull moment.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Management is open and honest

    Cons

    so little time to complete all tasks needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more hours needed to train the right people for their jobs, we stress the right person for the right place at the right time but if they don't walk into the store as that person....we can't invest in them right away without sacrificing time away from our customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst company to ever work for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    Pros

    -Deep discounts on merchandise
    -Actual job is easy

    Cons

    -Poor upper management
    -Lack of recognition
    -No opportunity for personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The quality of the work enviornment depends directly upon the management, which goes constantly unchecked. They hire store managers from outside of the company, who are untrained and ill-equipped to do their job, and then rely on assistant managers to fill in the gap. Meanwhile, assistant managers who have been with the company for years, and virtually run their stores, get constantly passed over for promotions and recieve no recognition. District managers are increasingly self-serving, withholding information from associates, and offering false information and hope on future promotions. They hire friends in important positions, that don't do their job, and usually don't last more than six months. In one year, my store went through over FOUR store managers. Their is no work-life balance with store managers demanding coverage for on-calls with less than ten minute notice, unbalanced scheduling, and setting unrealistic demands for the team. The management is EXTREMELY unproffessional, with the constant gossip of other associates and managers. Assistant managers do more than Store managers, for a fraction of the pay and recognition. Associates recieve no recognition for their hard work and are forced to sacrifice more than upper management.

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

    Great benifits and work enviornment

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    Former Employee - Production Manager  in  Secaucus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Secaucus, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Great benifits and work environment, good people.

    Cons

    The lack of structure and leadership. Constant changes in policy and process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building and managment training.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    No communication

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    Pros

    pay was better than most in retail, quality merchandise

    Cons

    No communication from upper mgmt, no real growth opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop running like a small company, you are not small,

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

    Store Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Richmond, VA (US)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and employee discount program. Flexible schedule and great team. Wonderful product with very little quality issues.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement once you are a Store Manager. Being a salaried employee leads to working many long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication and project timelines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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