Banana Republic
3.2 of 5 682 reviews
www.bananarepublic.com San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

Banana Republic Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.2 682 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun

Jack Calhoun

(284 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
682 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap)"
    in 86 reviews
  • "Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies)"
    in 81 reviews
Cons:
  • "terrible manager, does not take suggestions, hours based on opening credit cards"
    in 71 reviews
  • "The starting salary is already low so the raises should be more than 10 cents for sales associates"
    in 29 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Banana Republic

Prosphenomenal discount. good environment to work. positive. friendly coworkers.

Consterrible pay. pressure to get BRCS.

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Fun to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Banana Republic

ProsAtmosphere, teamwork management generous perks

ConsCompensation, schedule, staffing and opportunities for advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Visual Specialist (Current Employee)
San Antonio, TX (US)

I have been working at Banana Republic full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSupport of teammates, Healthcare, 401K

Conshard-headed management, accountability was on only a few associates shoulders, not the entire team

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at San Antonio's management skills

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great discount-employees don't come first

Manager (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at Banana Republic full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAmazing discount-50% at Gap and BR and a discount at their other brands.

ConsThe DM-has been there for a while and is very unprofessional/unethical. Good luck with the ethics hotline or HR-nothing is confidential and ends up biting you back when you stand up for your rights.

Advice to Senior Managementnot worth it-no one cares for advice

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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OK to pass the time, but high-energy during sales (which are all the time)

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Banana Republic

ProsNothing too extraneous, easy-to-follow corporate structure, flexible hours.

ConsRetail customers are some of the worst people in the world, and you won't realize how much your attitude toward other retail employees changes until you work retail.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit pushing the Banana Card. Everybody who wants one already has one.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Impossible to get promoted. Always promising things and never delivering.

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Cabazon, CA (US)

I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat discounts! At all sister stores. Cool coworkers. Management was alright. It was fun working there the first few months of my time there. But then went downhill very fast.

ConsStore manager was horrible! Got stuff done, but was rude and sarcastic to all of their employees. Was impossible to get authority or become a specialist at something you've been doing and doing well at! They always promise promotions or titles, but never did anything to actually give it to their employees. Hours were, at time, awful. Especially if we were down on the day. Unless you were a part of the management team, it's not a good job to pay bills with! Played favorites a lot. Pressure to open up credit was ridiculous! They gave reward points to those who opened credit repeatedly, but no one else who did an exceptional job on the floor or in the fitting room.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop promising titles or other incentives if you're not going through with it. There's no need for 4-6 managers a day with 2 associates on slow days, especially if management isn't going to help when those TWO associates need help. Has happened plenty of times before! Give authority to those who deserve it.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The only upside was the great discounts

Store Associate (Former Employee)
Braintree, MA (US)

I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat employee discounts at Banana and all related stores. Can be fun at times if you like fashion or need a high school job.

ConsThe "on-call" policy is absolutely ridiculous, be ready to work more hours than expected to cover for people who don't show up and giving employees reviews based on how many Banana credit cards you get people to sign up for, rather than the amount of actual clothing you sell makes no sense.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus should be on selling the merchandise and giving customers a good store experience, rather than Banana credit cards (which most regular customers already have).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sales Associate (Former Employee)
San Marcos, TX (US)

I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

ProsInteract with customers, company discount, flexible work hours.

ConsLate hours, repetitiveness, annoying customers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Absolute worst company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Banana Republic

ProsThe discount and meeting a few good people is about the only pros.

ConsUseless management,lack of moral,tons of thievery,company doesn't truly care about its employees,they want you to bend over backwards for less the minimum wage. Place is just a joke all the way around! Especially the store in Brooklyn heights #8081

Advice to Senior ManagementClear the board start from scratch,bring banana back to what it could and used to be!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sales Associate (Former Employee)
New Orleans, LA (US)

I worked at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

ProsGood products, good people, big store.

ConsOnly part-time jobs are required

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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