Talbots

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Talbots Reviews

Updated 18 January 2015
Updated 18 January 2015
337 Reviews
3.2
337 Reviews
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Talbots CEO Lizanne Kindler
Lizanne Kindler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance in the company, they understand you also have a life outside of the job (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits for full time employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • I think upper management is out of tune as to what goes on daily in the stores (in 23 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance possible, even in village stores (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good benefits, nice location, many inhouse opportunities for advancement and free Starbucks!

    Cons

    This company has turned around from it's decline after the market crash. Job stability during the recession (like most companies) was a concern, but hasn't seem to be the case the past year as our bottom line is exceeding expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation adjustment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Retail itself can be a pain ... but the company is good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent compared to other retail clothing stores.
    Very good work life balance, at times the store only wants sales associates for one shift per week (which can become a con...) My manager really respects our availability, if we ask off ahead of time she does everything she can to give us the schedules we need.
    Good discount on clothes.

    Cons

    NO, I repeat, NO raises. Ever. For me (a sales associate) or my key holder, or the managers.
    Constantly pushing sales, getting more credit cards, selling as many items to one customer as possible - sometimes it really isn't fun, but rather stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why don't we ever get raises? New sales associates get the same pay as associates that have been there for years and years ...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Heritage and Amazing Clients

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Great history and brand recognition from Nancy Talbot. Many store leaders believe in her history and the brand.

    Cons

    Yearly employment recognition for performance increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow us to speak our voice and it not be monitored by a survey.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible schedule

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    They were really flexible and were glad to work around my school and rehearsal schedule. It was a fun place to work and the drama was kept to a minimum despite working with only women.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was hard to plan things when you only got your schedule two weeks in advance.

    Recommends
  6.  

    good for entry level employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    flexible schedule. little training, no consideration for advancement, dead end job.

    Cons

    low pay, poor leadership, demeaning communication from superiors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    high turnover in sales associates due to poor compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Associate

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

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid well for entry level

    Cons

    The business is not doing well as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new manager. One who actually knows how to manages and looks the part of a manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place for College Students

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Rockville, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Rockville, MD (US)

    I worked at Talbots full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The salary is high compared to other retailers. Great place for college students looking to earn income.

    Cons

    Too much pressure to make numbers. The management insists on employees wearing the brand to work but the clothing is not affordable for sales associates. Their is very little room for growth within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a lot of personal growth while working for this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    Easy job responsibilities, customers were not difficult, the brand was updating itself to a more modern look-- which the associates had to help explain to the older customers.

    Cons

    No structure for sales plan (they completed "adapted" other retailer's style of tracking sales, productivity, etc).
    I had made a lot of compromises for this company with little return -not a healthy work/life balance

  10.  

    Very nice atmosphere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Decent pay for just part time work, very friendly environment and non-hectic pace.

    Cons

    Outdated technology and redundant policies/procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline tech and procedures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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