Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
806 Reviews

3.3
806 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 101 reviews)

  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 87 reviews)

  • Employee raises were given once a year, but they cap sales associates in the Factory Stores at (in 38 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Relatively organised company, in general they treat the employees well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Visual Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relatively organised company, in general they treat the employees well.They support employees to relocate internationally - big plus if you willing to work hard!

    Cons

    Employees are underpaid, no space for development, however they always offer salary pay rise when someone handing his notice in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great if they appreciate their employees financially while they work for the company instead of offering pay rise when they willing to leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good but not the best.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The discount is fantastic! You get an unlimited discount of 75% off for yourself and unlimited 50% off for friends and family in Banana Republic and Gap! The discount is probably the best thing about the job. Also, the staff are very friendly, management aren't rude or aggressive. The clothes are very nice and the atmosphere of the shop is very sophisticated and elevated- as well as the customers.

    Cons

    I feel that the management are quite fake, the company some what promotes and encourages over enthusiasm and optimism even when people are not up for it, leading to very two faced personalities. Also, the store can be very quiet at times and time goes very slowly- however this depends on what store you work in. Also, sometimes we are encouraged to be too clingy to customers and it is annoying for both customers and staff. Management have very high expectations for customer service but do not follow through with their own advice. VERY unstable hours, hours are always given outside of my availability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the company guidelines to be the brand but do not let it overshadow your own personality. Do not ask us to be a particular way or set a specific standard if you are not following through with it yourself.

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

    Good working, friendly environment with a relaxed atmosphere where you can meet customer needs!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Shepherds Bush, England
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Shepherds Bush, England

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    they offer flexible shifts whereby i can study and work at the same time, you can transfer to Gap, the uniform discount is amazing and helps sell the companys products too, the training helps you feel apart of a team and the dicounts for family and friends also helps getting closer people into the shop buying items.

    Cons

    the only con for me is that although the company provide us with goood discount i wish they paid the staff more i also wish they had a clothing line for children too, they could appeal to a new target market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i think they should take into consideration targetting a new target market as the clothes they sell instore are mainly for grown men and women

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A pleasure to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Manchester, England

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great working environment, perfect team, encouraging management, 'sadness is infectious' therefore there is allowed no sadness, but if you are you have a positive management to talk to! The product is great, the hours are long in a quiet store however incentives and work environment games encourage and reduce boredom! Loved it!!!! Lots of money from the company bonus goes into the staff, e.g staff room toasters, microwaves, tv, box sets, and personal hygiene care. Holidays are great and as a student working with lots of other people, you can normally with ease switch days to get the days off you prefer without taking a holiday. Training days are fun and engaging and include lots of krispy kreme donuts! yum! Fab Fab Fab place to work!

    Cons

    Having a stockroom upstairs! Definitely a bit of a work out! Sometimes the store is quiet and standing at the front of the store for an hour is quite a pain! Other than them pathetic cons, I cannot really suggest any more!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with your happy approach and positive encouragement!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Easy Part Time Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great camaraderie with the ability to move around, cashier, cabinet sets, try different things, an opportunity to learn business 101 skills, and can certainly take leadership roles (without compensation) and gain experience

    Cons

    low salary base, you really get what you pay for, if BR paid more, we'd have higher class employees and less turnover, but I guess that's what keeps costs down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage loyalty, pay your employees more, stop capping salaries and hourly wages, if your employee has been there 10 plus years, they still deserve a raise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Offers room for growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incentives on making sales goals. Strong team morale. Room for growth.

    Cons

    Inconsistent scheduling. Sometimes not enough man-power

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that everyone has their own set tasks before asking them to deviate from it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for. They're very flexible with your schedule and needs.

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone works as a team, friendly management, great benefits.

    Cons

    Having to sell the Banana Republic Card.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Retail Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Positive Work Environment
    Easy Hire
    Great Level of Customer Service
    Good work experience
    employee discount

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    Bad hours
    Pay isn't great, raises come with performance reviews, which don't come often and result in a maximum of a .25 cent raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a path for those who want to move up in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    GREAT FIRST JOB

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Lancaster, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lancaster, PA (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -great starting pay, wonderful co workers, good pay incress

    Cons

    no benefits for part time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Aurora, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Aurora, IL (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Cool management team, nice work environment

    Cons

    I can not really think of any cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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