Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 19 December 2014
Updated 19 December 2014
917 Reviews
3.4
917 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent place to work!

    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Midtown Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Midtown Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits
    flexible schedule (dates and hours)

    Cons

    Working environment (dusty especially with all winter sweaters)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication is needed.

  2.  

    great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Baton Rouge, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Baton Rouge, LA (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it's a really great environment to be in !

    Cons

    working in retail means long weekends

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly and free place to work with. Team work nice.

    Cons

    unstable schedule, not be able to get stable pay check every month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make stable schedule, star hiring full time sales .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Banana Republic offers top notch training and developing. All associates are taught business acumen involving metrics and customer engagement. It's a fun place to work and everyone works well together to meet a common goal.

    Cons

    Promotions are given based on personalities not so much about accomplishments. You have to be willing to boast about your accomplishments to everyone in your district in order to be acknowledged. Supervisors are often over looked and even left out of the training and development aspect of the business. They are expected to do the bulk of the work with little recognition. Most of the recognition goes to the GM's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better training and development program for mid management/supervisors. Ensure proper tracking of coaching and development of supervisors. Growth should be consistent and seamless without bias. Because small box retail is such an isolated environment there should also be an accountability piece that the GM's as well as the DM's have to the supervisors. This will allow for full circle accountability and thus reduce some of the bias/favoritism that exist within the retail culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience working at BR was good, the coworkers and managers were really great, flexible and like a family.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Kalamazoo, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Kalamazoo, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work here as a sales associate, would be the discount that employees receive at Banana Republic, Old Navy and the GAP. They also have a great selection of quality clothing.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges working at Banana Republic, as with any retail store, are dealing with some unruly and rude customers, which doesn't happen all the time. That and the specific way to fold certain clothes can get annoying.

  7.  

    Typical retail business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. Good employee discount.

    Cons

    Retails work hours. Low salary and high turnover with employees. Pushing Banana Card to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better training and face to face feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Needs a New direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    The discounts are the best thing about this job; can be used at Gap and Old Navy. New creative director so the company will be moving in a new direction.

    Cons

    Too many mangers making decisions, low pay, high school clique culture, pressure to open credit accounts

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

    Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    good hours
    nice people to work with

    Cons

    terrible management
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just say no

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    All depends on what particular store you work at.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Destin, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Destin, FL (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Based on availability, you are hired as a part-time store associate even though you can be never be scheduled to work over 40 hours on the clock Being an outlet store, always a lot of customers and that is the best part. Never boring in that sense.

    Cons

    It was obvious to me after six months at a Banana Republic Factory Store that a store manager will hire ANYONE as a store associate. It is literally a revolving door and that is never a good thing. Everyone is hourly so you can be the top salesperson in a store and never receive a bonus or commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every store manager seems to do their own thing. Stop hiring just anyone who can get past the online application process. Focus on the retention of employees who have been at the store after 90 to 120 days. One reason why a store's best employees leave or transfer out is because of poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Had its ups and downs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Liked the organization as a whole

    Cons

    Mgmt at my location was bias

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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