The Children's Place Reviews

Updated 19 April 2015
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  1. Don't even waste your time to work here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No good reasons to work for this company at all to be honest.

    Cons

    Very little pay, not enough hours, they expect the managers to do everything, upper management focuses way too much on what you don't do rather than balancing out what's good and what's not working, store managers are involved with the gossip way too much and have favoritism. Floor set is always changing, price points drop basically a penny less and they expect you to hard-mark, merchandise and sign the entire store with the limited amount of hours they provide you with. Definitely no growth opportunities with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some decent managers and then you will see a successful store

  2. It sucks; hardly any hours and favoritism to the max is displayed.

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Only get good hours during training time

    Cons

    They don't distribute hours evenly. They play favoritism. It just sucks overall.

  3. A MESS!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly employees
    Management is helpful for the most pat

    Cons

    The Call-In schedule is THE worst unless you want to be overworked an insane amount of hours for a so-called part-time job. The managers like to give me a sob story to get me to come in for my on-call. If you want a part-time job with a set schedule and only want to work a few days a week for a few hours, this job is NOT for you.

    -No official training-- I had to make lots of mistakes to learn what I was doing since I was completely new to retail.
    -A lot of stuff to remember.
    -The dress code is dumb.
    -The pay is awful, there was no negotiation above minimum wage. They didn't even ask like most places ask even if they can't/won't comply.
    -Too much work for minimum wage.
    -Favoritism over who gets to work the cash register. At my store they always put the lazier people at the cash register (which is unfair because it's easier than cleaning the entire store.)
    -Place Cards--nobody wants them!!

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the Call-In schedule and give everyone set schedules every week and have only a few people as backups if anyone calls out last minute or if the store gets really busy.

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  5. Worst Job I've Ever Had

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

    I worked at The Children's Place

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

    Pros

    No pros exist from working here

    Cons

    Horrible experience. Never trained and would NEVER recommend this company to anyone. Over 4 years in the retail industry and this is hands down the worst company I've worked for. There is hardly any employee appreciation whatsoever. No respect or trust from the store manager. Nobody knew what they were doing in the store I worked out because there was no training involved. The employee discount was something customers could get the coupons. No benefits from this company and biggest waste of me time. I learned absolutely nothing working here.

  6. Catty associates

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

    I worked at The Children's Place

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

    Pros

    I was hired instantly, they have a great discount, really cute clothes for the kids.

    Cons

    Mangers were rude did not want to help me learn how to do anything. It was my first job. They were nasty to me I quit after 1 week

  7. Underwent Major Shift.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Designer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Designer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The atmosphere was very nice and casual. Casual dress was allowed. Each department head managed their own employees. Time off and the proposals of working from home were handled by department heads. Grievances seemed to handled quietly as I never heard about any issues.

    Cons

    The company has downsized considerably. If you're new to the fashion industry, this can be quite exciting, as you'll be wearing many hats. However, the hours ended up being very long and deadlines were short.

    Advice to Management

    The product could suffer with less staff. Each employee is great at what they do and cannot be be good at everything.

  8. Would not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The PTO time for a store manager was very competitive.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? The workload is ridiculous. The stores that are getting it done have store managers who were willing to work 60+ hours per week. The associates were all hired in at minimum wage. I constantly felt my associates were dissatisfied and there was little I could do to get them engaged. The company has lots of "ideas" or "initiatives" but gives little to support them. Additionally the new return policy led to many angry customers who we in the field had to deal with. Additionally I felt there were no opportunities for me to advance beyond store manager.

    Advice to Management

    Your company is ranked worst places to work for a reason! Spend some time asking for honest feedback even if that feedback is around payroll or money in the stores. You would see a tremendous lift in your business just by allowing 3 person coverage or allowing payroll for some of the tasks to be completed outside of business hours. I also think you would see a decrease in your shrink result. You would also have more engaged and satisfied employees.

  9. Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pto and discounts is the only plus and the employees are nice

    Cons

    Over worked no payroll to may price changes threw the wk. We run in 200 hrs. We do lrice changes tue and thu sometimes sat. Shipment of 50-75 boxes a day and floorsets due. If management gets pretty much 120 hrs off the back associates get 80 thats 2days a wk people have lives bills and families to support on minimum wage

    Advice to Management

    Come back to reality ur customers wont be taken care of if ur employees are not

  10. Worst work experience .

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

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

    Pros

    Hours work well if you have school or little availability since they give you so little hours .

    Cons

    Store management really sucks . ASM's do not know that they are doing they don't know how to count registers or they go to the store manager about everything that can be handled by themselves . So much work and cleaning that us associates have to do with so little pay its ridiculous. Managers show favoritism within the store . Management is basically a joke and the only people that is keeping the store going is the associates which most are only getting 7.25. Corporate wants so much out of the company and makes so much money to where they can't even treat employees right . Associates basically slave .

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to your associates. Thank your associates once in awhile . Hire better managers that can actually count registers and do simple stuff like maintain the store .

  11. High expectations, no hours to meet those expectations

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place

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

    Pros

    Great discounts and good district managers

    Cons

    No hours to meet the expectations in the store

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