Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 767 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun

Jack Calhoun

(317 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about(in 86 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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    Relatively organised company, in general they treat the employees well.

    Visual Manager (Current Employee) London, England

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Shepherds Bush, England

    Prosthey 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good but not the best.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementFollow 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A pleasure to work for!

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Manchester, England

    ProsGreat 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!

    ConsHaving 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 Senior ManagementKeep up with your happy approach and positive encouragement!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for a first job

    Cashier Lead (Current Employee) Miami, FL (US)

    ProsGreat team - fun people to work with-, and discounts.

    ConsIt has a really strict dress code.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    sales associate

    Brand Ambassador (Current Employee) Crestview, KY (US)

    ProsPositive work environment with great people, I love my Banana Republic Family.
    Gap Inc, is a great company to work for, and they truly respect their employees.
    "Do what you love and you'll love what you do"
    Great Discount

    ConsTrying to sell the banana credit card to customers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun/Very Kind coworkers, Good Pay

    Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal (Current Employee) Las Vegas, NV (US)

    ProsThe starting pay was 10$ hourly so that was surprising. They let you wear what you want as long as it is in their guidelines of "casual professional". Their discount is good for Banana, Old Navy, and GAP. The coworkers make closing a lot more easier and enjoyable. Communication is fun and easy with walkie-talkies.

    ConsCan get a little bit stressful when the store is high paced, but there really isn't any cons. Shifts get cut when the store isn't doing too well but as long as the store meets selling requirements, it does not happen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI cannot offer any advice, working here is very nice.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    motivations and team work

    Brand Amamadors (Current Employee) The Woodlands, TX (US)

    Prosflexible hours, good management , easy shipment , nice people

    ConsSometime you may have rude customers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Experience & Career Development Opportunities

    Customer Experience Lead (Current Employee) Greenville, SC (US)

    ProsThe sense of organizational pride at Gap, Inc. is amazing! Virtually everyone who works for the company is proud to do so. Aside from always standing behind the quality of their product, the company is heavily involved in helping the community (which is very attractive to me). There's plenty of room for upward mobility within the company and I've never encountered anyone who doesn't encourage employees to move up.

    It's a great company for young and experienced professionals alike.

    ConsEven though the company just raised their minimum wage, in some markets it's still below the appropriate pay rate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt the field level, increased motivation and clearer communication for employees to participate in community events wouldn't hurt.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great company and working environment

    Intern (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsNice people, fun culture, discount on merchandise at all brands in the Gap family, awareness of fashion trends

    ConsThe corporate environment and hierarchy and division between departments is noticeable because it is such a large company

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