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Best company in which to work and shop!

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Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Manhattan, KS (US)
Current Employee - Store Manager in Manhattan, KS (US)

I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for less than a year

Pros

Sincere dedication to their mission to inspire women. Great upper management that gives everyone an opportunity to contribute ideas. Stylish clothes at great prices. Excellent benefits and work environment.

Cons

Still working to provide newer tools at the store level, such as hand scanners. Allowing store managers to adjust inventory levels by dept. would help us react to local trends.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep lines of communication open, invest in new technologies.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    this company, of late, doesn't know what it wants to be...it's too bad because what it used to be was a great place to work, not anymore

    Cons

    changes coming fast and furious, everyone afraid for their job...if you're over 50 they don't want you as their customer or their employee...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What made you a great employer, made you a great place to shop.
    Now you throw around the "Inspire Women " line like a commandment, Want to "inspire" a woman? Leave your prices low (every item has noticably gone up over the past year), give the customers who have been loyal to you the stock they want, not what you think they want. You want to lower the age of your core customer by bringing in trendier styles, great, but the items you've deleted know no age, so you've lost as many 30-40 year old customers as you've weaned out the elderly. Mock neck sweaters and basic items know no age, Someone in corporate has stereo-typed certain looks with certain ages, someone who has never dealt with a customer on a sales floor..Never let your competitor in your door, sending these customers to another retailer to find these items won't make you a hero in the customers' eyes, it makes the other retailer the hero, because that other retailer hasn't abandoned them.
    Bring payroll back to the sales floor and out of corporate (store payroll has been slashed leaving no one to help customers while expense accounts for upper level management has ballooned).Sls, DSLs and RSLs bragging to staff of their most recent company trip doesn't inspire your staff, rather it lowers morale because it brings into question why the money is there for something as frivolous as these trips and not for "one" more person on the sales floor on a busy Saturday. Especially because in most cases the person picked to go on the trip had a whole team of employees who have not been awarded anything more than a pat on the back and a three percent increase in a minimum salary position for their part in the leader's success
    If you point out these items to a supervisor, you're seen as having "behaviour issues" and shown the "glass door".Ironic, really, since the behaviour competancies for ideal management candidates were originally based on people like myself, who years ago were part of the group who helped develop those competancies.
    It's too bad that upper level management has become so short sighted that they cannot see you for what you really are when you give your opinion a concerned employee who can see from "ground zero" what is happening to "their" company, the company they helped build, the company they loved working for...such a shame

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Experience varies greatly by store

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Flexible Schedule
    Great Customers - many regulars
    In most stores, you have a voice. Your input is welcomed, and your work and abilities valued.

    Cons

    Some Store Managers take advantage of their assistants and salespeople - steal charges and sales, even if labelled; leave early every Friday; don't work Saturdays or Holiday weekends; watch staff vacuum,clean and straighten, empty fitting rooms while talking to their on the phone; send assistants on personal errands on company time, ie. to pick up car keys at company-payed parking lot. Also, some pit the staff against each other by gossiping, discouraging rather than promoting teamwork and creating an uncomfortable and hostile environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Things have improved greatly. Please make unannounced visits to see what is really going on in some places. Managers who operate on a double standard should not be here, regardless of their length of service.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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