Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 31 October 2014
Updated 31 October 2014
868 Reviews
3.3
868 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 108 reviews)

  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 107 reviews)


Cons
  • Management heavily pushes the credit card because they have a quota too meet for each day (in 97 reviews)

  • If you don't value your work/life balance then this is the perfect company for you (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Treats all employees extemely well. From sales associates to corporate,
    Great perks and bonuses

    Cons

    Retail hours, need to work nights and weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to suggest, love the positive environment

  2.  

    Customer Service Masterclass

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pros of Banana:
    -Great Employee Discount
    -Managers actually care about you
    -Hours are set, get to leave at a scheduled time or earlier
    -Get a 401k after working for a year
    -Accommodating to your school schedule

    Cons

    Cons of Banana:
    -Often understaffed on busy days
    -Shady customers that try to take advantage of promotions
    -Unclear promotions that don't communicate product exclusions
    -Extremely lenient return policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer opportunities for advancement that aren't just manager roles. Make promotional signs clearer or don't exclude certain products from promotions (Blazers, Leather jackets, Body Care, certain Shoes).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sales Associate review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employee discount, generally positive work environment, see the newest products first, flexible hours outside of holidays and friends and family weekends, professional environment, first to know about upcoming sales

    Cons

    work life balance around holiday is nearly non-existent, repetitive work most days, some customers can be difficult to deal with, pushing credit cards gets difficult, few growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help grow your employees to help them move through the company, remember work life balance is important for all people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Friendly and Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Even if you are just a little into fashion, you learn a lot about how to dress and how to help others dress while working at Banana Republic. My wardrobe is slowly changing and my family and friends like the new way I dress. Store discount is a blessing and a curse! Just some changes I've noticed in myself since I became an employee.

    The environment in the store is friendly and positive. That begins with the management and other employees, who are the same way. The clientele are mostly adults that are kind and appreciative of good customer service. The dress code for employees is flexible, and even casual wear is acceptable as long as it is representative of Banana Republic style. There is no commission-based sales on the floor of the store, so you feel free to work as a team. Monthly goals for employees are more than reasonably achievable, and help is offered if you are struggling or need advice.

    Cons

    Not always stimulating work as a sales associate depending on the day. Holidays and peak times can seem like a stress overload quickly. Part-time schedules are received less than a week in advance, and usually there is not much of a sense of regularity to the hours assigned. Important to think of ways to keep busy in slow times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Options for further development or "moving up the ladder" are usually slim as an associate. Further training and placement seems very dependent on the right place and right time, in addition to maintaining communication about opportunities with management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good retail job. Overemphasis on store card

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great discount. 50% off full price items and 15% off sale items (if I remember correctly). Co-workers were very friendly and the managers were very supportive, especially in helping you sell a banana republic card. There's no commission so there's no need to worry about your pay. Time and a half for working holidays.

    Cons

    Typical retail unpredictable hours. You will be expected to work holidays.
     If selling store cards to customers is not your thing then this position may be a bit stressful for you. Although you don't make commission you are expected to sell store cards, and the more the better. It can get a bit competitive between employees in terms of "claiming" customers for card sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The best retail environment I have ever experienced.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The customers are great, and if your team is given the proper tools to succeed and assist those customers, winning is inevitable.

    If you have the right availability for leadership roles, there is always opportunity for advancement within all of GAP, Inc.

    Cons

    Frequent promotional changes. It is important for all leaders/associates to be change agile. It is necessary for driving your sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice consistency with corrective action for all leaders/associates. Toxicity spreads when situations are not handled in a timely fashion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boca Raton, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boca Raton, FL (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, employee discount, people, fashion

    Cons

    Salary, Boca customers, holiday hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales bonus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Best Experience

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is fun to work with. Everyone works together to reach the goals for the store. It Feels like a big family. You do get bonuses when you get people to sign up for the brand credit card. You also get bonuses if the store hits its threshold. You get a review every 6 months with a potential raise. Very good resume builder for other jobs in the future. Also good pay for being in retail, it beats working at other stores around it. You earn your hours.

    Cons

    Obviously dealing with difficult customers but you will find that everywhere you can't avoid it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its a Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Stock in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales and Stock in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can make good friends, the discount is great, opportunity to advanced into a leadership role. 2 15 minutes paid breaks and a unpaid lunch hour per 8 hour shift. Over all its a nice place to work at.

    Cons

    Too many visits from regional and district supervisors. scheduling can at times be intense closing one day off the next then opening on the third day forget about having a social life. Ruining from the fitting room will always suck no matter the store that you work at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as the leaders and Managers in the stores respect and appreciate the associates the work environment will always be a success. I think managers with big egos and attitudes need to be reevaluated and re trained on how to manage people . I suggest an anonymous leadership evaluation conducted by the associates every 6 months

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible with schedules. Great discount. Friendly environment with coworkers.

    Cons

    It's retail so of course theres a lot of customers that feel privlieged.
    Sometimes not enough people scheduled for good coverage.
    Raises are not as good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on getting enough coverage so things run smoothly. Good people leave because mangent not caring.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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