Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
810 Reviews

3.3
810 Reviews
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Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 101 reviews)

  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 87 reviews)

  • Employee raises were given once a year, but they cap sales associates in the Factory Stores at (in 38 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great team to work for. I worked in visuals and had so much fun.

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    Former Employee - Visual Associate  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Visual Associate in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    The staff. My actual job helping do visual and merchandising for the store was really fun.

    Cons

    The hours were not great when you work in the visual/merchandise department but the work it self is really fun and worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was hard to get time off which was a bummer and hours would be really lo some weeks but it really was a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    sales associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal in Norfolk, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    discount was amazing! half off full priced merchandise, people were fun to work with

    Cons

    low pay, hours weren't always stable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great working environment and pleasant co- workers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    You learn one of the best customer service skills out there, as employee you get a 50% discount on merchandise. You learn how to work on high standard environment and deal with high class customers, at the end of the day you learn top class customer service skills that will be very helpful on your professional profile.

    Cons

    Opportunity to advance is very limited

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  5.  

    Earning what I feel I deserve?

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    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate  in  Skokie, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Skokie, IL (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of hours. Opportunity for development. Flexible hours and shifts.

    Cons

    Lots of hours and tasks for little pay. Promoting within same store unheard of?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone is working exceptionally well; above and beyond, both for customers and for the betterment of the store, it's nice to be noticed. If said employee(s) wants a promotion and does all in his/her ability to achieve that, it's only fair to consider said person above anyone else and give said person that opportunity to develop and grow within the store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I was a sale associate and part of the visual merchandising team

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Wilmington, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wilmington, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    They offered flexible hours and the discount is awesome. I mostly enjoyed working working with my co-workers, of course you don't always get along with everyone you work with. I had an excellent management team to work for - particularly the General Manager was phenomenal.

    Cons

    Now the pay has changed, but when I worked there the pay was so-so. I hated having to choose between which holiday I could ask off for - either Christmas or Thanksgiving, but I did understand that that is just the nature of retail. Hated the holiday music! I also did not enjoy having to push the store credit card on customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's retail, what do you expect?

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Good pay for the industry.
    Mostly good coworkers, especially the people who had been there a while.
    Lots of opportunities to learn new customer service skills.
    Flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Demanding, cranky customers.
    Nearly all employee achievements were tied exclusively to the ability to sell the company credit card.

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

    Pretty decent for a first time in a visual role

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great work hours

    Cons

    Low pay and slow advancement

  9.  

    Can be rewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    With the right team and environment it is an excellent workplace.

    Cons

    compensation does not match job requirements

  10.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Cashier Lead  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    the store is very easy to work for. nothing too complicated. not too much fuss from upper management. would d

    Cons

    too many discount days which saturated the brand, repetitive. raises were very minimal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not quite!!!

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You can definatley learn how to dress by working here. This job is good for students but if your looking for a life then this is not what you want.;

    Cons

    Pay is not great. start you at 9.50per hour. Managers act like its a priviledge to make 9.50 an hour. thought the discount was great until i found out they have specials every month where the customer saves just as much as employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice, its really not the mangers its the structure of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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