Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
891 Reviews
3.4
891 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 108 reviews)

  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 107 reviews)


Cons
  • Management heavily pushes the credit card because they have a quota too meet for each day (in 97 reviews)

  • If you don't value your work/life balance then this is the perfect company for you (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent, but they wonder why there is turnover

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fairly good with time off, and good colleagues. I feel like I have learned a lot, and it is a good starter job with great training, especially at a company flagship store.

    Cons

    Understaffed, Always trying to reduce hours and save, Unappreciated, poor pay. It is not possible to do everything they ask, they are consciously understaffed, but expect people to be the only person on a floor doing the job of at minimum, 4 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait to give raises for good performance, and hard work. There is a reason people leave so frequently. The expectations and the pay are not commensurate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Non-Sale Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non Sale Associate in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Non Sale Associate in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, good training for retail business. Excellent standards. You have the possible of training for management. Good employee discounts across the brands, Gap and Old Navy. Flexible shifts.

    Cons

    You only get hours when the store takes money. Schedules state lots of on calls. Shifts can be cancelled at any given time. Employ new people, even though there are no hours to spare. Make you work most holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees thoroughly, from the beginning of training. Retrain if necessary. Buddy up new hires with strong trained employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Didn't pay for talent

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

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Pay time off. 0-4 years= 4 weeks pto
    5-9= 5 weeks pto
    10+ years of service= 6 weeks pto

    Cons

    Didn't invest on management and people. Very cheap company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful Co-workers and Managers, but not enough pay for Part Time Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, Professional work environment
    - Very flexible with hours, perfect job for Students
    - Great Discount
    - Good starting pay

    Cons

    - Full Time positions are not easy to come by
    - While the pay is great for those living with parents or in dorms, you can't make a living off of it
    - At larger stores, the abundance of leaders will cause management to butt heads. You step on someone elses toes when doing what you're told to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A decent place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Pay rises annually
    Employee discounts
    Discounts at sister companies (Gap, Old Navy, Athleta)
    Benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    They keep your hours below full time. I was often scheduled for 29.5 hours.
    Pay rises are minimal
    Too many managers telling you to do the same job different ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate yourselves better. Too much miscommunication.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    An okay place to work if you are a student.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Short Hills, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Short Hills, NJ (US)

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They try to be as flexible as possible with scheduling and requesting days off but it's retail and they make a lot of the money on the weekends so you will have to work most. The discount is very generous: 50% off at BR and the Gap, 30% at Old Navy and 20% on Piperlime (occasionally). The bonus structure is nice: if the store makes or exceeds the target sales goal for the month you can get and extra $25-$200 in your paycheck depending on how many hours you worked for the month.

    Cons

    They don't pay much and your raise will be $0.05 to $0.10 every 6 months. The store carries a lot of inventory so the sales floor and stock rooms are messy. They harass employees about opening credit cards. The sales floor constantly changes so it is hard to remember where items are on the sales floor. There are no opportunities for advancement to manager within the store and no opportunities to move to corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify talent in the store and promote from within. It would be nice if corporate positions were posted in the store since most of the associates are college seniors and graduate students and may not mind relocating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Products/ Poor pay

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

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

    Pros

    Gap,Inc really is a neat company which sells quality products in their higher end stores such as Banana Republic. It trains its staff very well and promotes a climate of workplace happiness.

    Cons

    Like many retail operations ,they over- stress the "awesomeness"of working there and "being a part of the team" , the generous discount, while never wanting to acknowledge that the pay is often substantially less than other retail stores and that they essentially want you to LIVE for Banana Republic. Work life BALANCE IS NON EXISTANT.

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

    Banana Republic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Friendly Coworkers, fun atmoshphere, great discount across multiple brands.

    Cons

    No flexibility if you aren't available on weekends

  10.  

    Hard to balance with other aspects of life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good discount across gap inc stores, nice clothes. Some service leaders can be nicer than others, generally nice and understanding people.

    Cons

    Leadership team come off as friendly and helpful but can be inefficient when you really need help with something. Scheduling is too unpreditable and gives very little time in advance so it's impossible to plan anything else in your life, beause you don't know if you'll be working on Sunday until Wednesday night. They require two weeks in advance to book your off days, shouldn't employees also get noticed at least a week in advance whether they'd be working or not? This kind of scheduling only works for people who solely work in retail or have a lot of time, if you are also in school or working on something else then this is not a good part time job for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give out schedules sooner so employees can plan their weeks better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sales associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    The coworkers were great and you can pretty much schedule your own hours

    Cons

    The management was awful and sometimes you are super bored and sometimes super busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not over staff the floor or understaff and provide the team with useful feedback

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