The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
556 Reviews
2.2
556 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 40 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 54 reviews)

  • Need to have more hours then they give for Back to School, Christmas, and floor sets (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Extreme amount of work load, with not enough support.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Will build your capabilities to be a stronger manager , given all the challenges.

    Cons

    Too much workload, plus maintaining a business. Customers were brash and rude as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a consistency in your merchandising, and price changes, because management is trying to run a business and achieve sales goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A lot of work, in a little time frame

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off and that's it

    Cons

    They do a lot of merchandise updates and markdowns all Tuesdays with no additional hrs and we are one on one on the sales floor. The company need to plan better to no affect the business. The hrs are very pathetic you can run a store for 180 hrs to do everything floorset,markdowns, updates and "customer service". We don't have time for the customer we need to be more tasking with those hrs you don't have time for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DM are not prepare he is learning at the moment and you don't see a leader in him.

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

    Great place if you have children and want a discount.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discounted children's clothing annnnnnnnd... thats about it.

    Cons

    Employees are rude and feel because they are mothers they can be rude to co-workers that aren't. Management doesnt train everyone to the best of their ability. If you don't like kids running around everywhere, hearing them cry or cleaning up after them (or their parents) then this is not the place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst retail job I have ever had

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Roseville, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Roseville, MN (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Turnover is high so you get to meet a lot of different people.

    Cons

    Low pay for the amount of required work. Unpaid call shifts. Disorganized communication methods, no modern streamlined system. Ridiculous company policies. Pandering credit cards to customers for no bonus. Micro managed to an unreasonable degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic work environement at all levels

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management At the Home Office In Secaucus, N J in Secaucus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Middle Management At the Home Office In Secaucus, N J in Secaucus, NJ (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It pays the bills until you find better employement

    Cons

    Negative envioronment at all levels with constant pressure from senior mangement at all levels to keep staff scared of losing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This would be a waste as Jane Ehlfers the CEO sets the tone for the entire company. It's not bussiness challenges or hard work that causes the constant turnover in every department and field, it's the hatefulness of the upper management in every task, challenge or initiative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demoralizing!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee discount and paid time off

    Cons

    This place is corrupt and at the end of the day you will go home feeling down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on what matters, listen more and less meetings so you can actually know and learn what actually needs attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It made me hate retail.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Thornhill, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Thornhill, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with friends, so it was a fun time. Other than that... no pros.

    Cons

    Bad management, low wage, and no structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized and setup a structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Management in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, pto, employee discount great!

    Cons

    heavy work load ,but company wants it done on slim to little or at no cost! floor set no hours. 2 part coverage 7 days a week including peak times. visual moves all month long, last minute window direction, no work life balance, poor allocation of hours for middle volume stores, some lower volume stores receive more hours then stores with more volume, high expectation around customer service, which is very hard to do when we're left to do all tasking during business hours because we simply don't get hours to tend to customers the way we're expected to do so.

    a lot of turn over comes from being overworked and management not getting the support that's needed to run these million plus dollar stores!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't do it if you've haven't had any experience in children's retail apparel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    ok environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    interaction with the customers, manager

    Cons

    Associates can act phony at times, no flexible, unable to accommodate without making you feel not apart of the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No payroll and no time for a personal life.

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great district manager and great benefits. The customers are great for the most part. The quality of our product is really great considering how low the prices are. Really great trendy product for an exceptional price.

    Cons

    2/2 coverage almost all year. It's hard to squeeze in time for a bathroom break. The workload is ridiculous considering you have no payroll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your store manager's feedback. We are in our stores everyday. We are living and breathing everything that you guys set in motion. Listen to our feedback and value it.
      Some of the cut backs are absolutely unreasonable. We aren't allowed to hire any part time sales associate at a wage higher than minimum wage! How can we get quality employees at that wage? You get what you pay for in most cases. Usually only minors are interested in a job once they hear we only pay minimum wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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