Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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Pros
  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 111 reviews)

  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 109 reviews)

Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 99 reviews)

  • If you don't value your work/life balance then this is the perfect company for you (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Visual Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beachwood, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beachwood, OH (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for Banana Republic are the people. Management was fair and saw dedicated employees and gave them changes for more hours or development. Also one of the best reasons to work for the company is the brand and the clothing. The design and strategy has been slowly changing and it has had a positive impact on the overall brand.

    Cons

    One of the downside of working for retail is having to manage customers and their expectation. I would advise if you have an opportunity to work there take it, but be honest with the customers as that is the best way to make a good impression and to get them to come bask.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more flexibility around the schedules of the people. Do not favor employees and allow everyone to enjoy an 8 to 5 shift once in a while.

  2. A Mixed Bag

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent employees, decent hours. GAP companies have pretty competitive wages, which are always increasing every year. They always need new people.

    Cons

    Most of the managers are incompetent. They don't really care if you express the desire to move upward in the company if you aren't a cookie-cutter corporate lingo spewing drone.

    Advice to Management

    It is entirely possible for someone to be good at their job and not be a drone, please learn to recognize this fact.

  3. Positive retail work environment but little opportunity to move up or become full time

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I get hour long breaks and my schedule is flexible. I love the product that we sell and my managers are excited about it too. Employees are also offered a lot of product training so we are familiar with what we are selling.

    Cons

    As a part time employee, I work 40 hours a week with no benefits. We always have to say yes to the customer even if they are demanding a large discount for no reason or wanting to return an obviously worn/washed item. Since I work at a high volume store, most of our managers are promoted from working the same position at a smaller store and there is little opportunity to move up.

    Advice to Management

    My best managers have been enthusiastic about the job and the clothing that we sell. In retail, if you don't get excited about your job, you will hate it and it is difficult to be excited when the management is not excited.

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  5. Best Job I

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Company has a great representation, management is friendly and caring, room to grow

    Cons

    Dealing with rude people as with any retail job

  6. Such an awesome place to work!

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    Current Employee - Technology and Cashier Specialist in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Technology and Cashier Specialist in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people, environment, and the employee discount are all amazing. There is a great service minded culture here and I couldn't ask for a better place to work.

    Cons

    As an associate, it can be difficult to accept being cut early due to budget constraints. It's also a bit difficult to move up within the company as the leadership team and the district manager obviously prefer promoting current leaders than promoting brand ambassadors.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the current talent pipeline. You never know which of your brand ambassadors might be the key to your leadership teams success.

  7. Brand Embassador

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time

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

    Pros

    It is a good company

    Cons

    Salary is bad compare to what you do

  8. Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good part-time pay; love my fellow employees; friendly management

    Cons

    Poor management skills; unreliable scheduling

    Advice to Management

    Please take greater care in choosing who to hire.

  9. good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    coworkers on our team are nice, and helpful

    Cons

    sometimes don't get enough hours

  10. Easy, Fun, Professional

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Walnut Creek, CA (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Every 30 credits earned a bonus of $150

    Cons

    When store closes there usually an hour to two hours of just cleaning.

  11. Visual merchandiser

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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandising Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandising Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning experience with direct instructions from corporate. Suitable work environment with amazing co workers. They give good discounts and always have sales!

    Cons

    Low pay. Long hours and not enough hours

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