Dress Barn Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
175 Reviews
3.5
175 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
100 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • 40% discount on regular price merchandise (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Pushed too hard to make sales goals without the incentive of commission (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent Part time Job

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    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate  in  Rockwall, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate in Rockwall, TX (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours and a good learning environment if you wish to work in customer service

    Cons

    pay is not great and the pressure to have customers open credit cards is a little too much sometimes

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but frustrating place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The employee discount is very generous, at 40%. It is generally a fun place to work, that is fairly flexible with the scheduling. The work life balance is pretty good since they will do their best to give you the days off that you request. You get to know many of the regular customers, developing relationships with them.

    Cons

    Different stores have different policies regarding coupons, special orders, VIP parties, outreach, and a multitude of other things. Individual stores are now "empowered" to make some of their own decisions, which has created animosity between stores. One store will say yes, the other no. Everyone is confused.

    There are never enough hours in payroll to have enough people scheduled. Most of the time there are only 2 people working. It is impossible to watch the entire store with only 2 people, which can be a loss prevention issue.

    The new policy is that everything is rung under one of the managers that is on duty, supposedly to make sure that they are coaching employees to do their best. With a couple of the managers, the part time people do much of the work and they get the credit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider allowing all stores to ring everything under one number all the time. If we are supposed to be one big team, it should be one number. The CEL idea seems unnecessary. With only 2 people scheduled during most shifts, the whole idea of the CEL coaching to make sure that the others (read part time people) do their jobs is impossible.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Honest and True Family

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Louisville, KY (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Like any retail job, it depends on your manager. If your manager is a competent worker and same her bosses, then life at DressBarn is pretty great. It's a company that recognizes hard work and is quick to promote from within.

    Cons

    Dealing with the public honestly is the worst part. And if you have a bad manager, then things will be harder for all workers involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DM's need to stay in more constant contact with store managers. An example is if several employee's have a complaint very similar about a SM, then you should investigate and NOT say who you heard these things from. It's puts everyone in a bad position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company Limited opportunities to advance

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate  in  Nashua, NH (US)
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Nashua, NH (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice work environment and always current with the inventory

    Cons

    Very few full time positions per location thus a limited/restricted opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow experienced employees to work towards a full-time Senior Associate position, thus making them eligible for benefits such as medical, paid sick leave etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Review

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Conyers, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conyers, GA (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Pay really could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun job and loved my staff.

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Boise, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Boise, ID (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun atmosphere and they really try to make employees feel appreciated.

    Cons

    when you worked an 8 hour day plus you only got a half hour lunch break and they have really low staffing so its hard to accomplish what you need to do each day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant Manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relationships, contact with new people, developing, opportunities for grow up.

    Cons

    learning new methods, new programs...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing culture!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time

    Pros

    Dressbarn is a hidden gem. I knew it was a good company before I started working here but I had no idea HOW good! The company is very focused on doing right by its employees and wellness is very important here. Having the founders still so involved makes it feel like a small family business rather than a billion dollar corporation. We're very strong financially, rare in retail these days. And the new HQ building is beautiful!

    Cons

    Occasionally, not everyone is on the same page, but this is usually remedied fairly quickly. Budgets are tight, but that's happening everywhere and we wouldn't be so financially solid without that control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture growing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Husband's job forced me to leave dressbarn and wow do I miss it!

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    Former Employee - Training Store Leader  in  Georgetown, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Training Store Leader in Georgetown, TX (US)

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Head of Stores Gil will tell you store leaders are them most important people in the company and he means it and it shows! You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance. Comparable pay with new bonus program based on store profitability should be great. Discount is great! Opportunity through company webinars for self improvement and professional growth. District and Regional leaders truly care about their teams.

    Cons

    Great merchandise sells quickly and replen is slow but getting better. Shoe buyers need to keep shoes coming into stores quicker. Warm weather stores need sandals! Online returns should not come off of store sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. I saw so many improvements in the last couple years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Go work at Walmart

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Buffalo, NY (US)

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paid training
    Discounts at Dressbarn, Maurice's, Justice/Brothers, Lane Bryant, Catherine's

    Cons

    Not enough payroll to support having any full time except management
    Assistants and associates are never given any recognition
    Store managers expect to do nothing but gossip between stores
    Micro managing district managers
    Work/life balance does not exist
    No opportunity to move ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward all positions for the work they do. Bonuses are impossible to achieve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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