Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
915 Reviews
3.4
915 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
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Midtown Toronto, ON

    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.  

    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
  3.  

    You will have a great shopping time with our guest

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    You will have great perks (discount) and well-educated training. Many people do great services for our guests. You will learn tons of things here.

    Cons

    Some of employees are not native speakers but many of them understand how difficult to sell products by second language. They will teach you kindly and also guests are nice!

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  5.  

    Hard to balance with other aspects of life

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON

    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
  6.  

    It was ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    discounts which cane be used at gap and old navy as well

    Cons

    schedule which lead to little hours

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    5 years on and off

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    First of all, the discount is great. It is fun working for a company that is on-trend but also is effortlessly Classic.

    Cons

    Working retail in a mall setting has its obvious challenges- when it's busy, it's BUSY. People get crazy in the malls especially nearing the holidays. But it comes with the territory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the workings of your individual stores

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor Scheduling, Not Worth the Discount

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    Former Employee - Sales Support in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally good people, but at time it could feel like you're back in high school again.

    Cons

    Managers tend to play favourites-if you fall out of their good graces, expect to be scheduled less and pushed to do more. Also, since managers appear to be polite, they have a way with their backhanded compliments.

    They have a company policy of scheduling every week on Wednesday evening (practically Thursday) for a work week that begins on a Sunday. This leads to your employees getting 2-3 day notice of their schedule for Sunday. It's unbearable even for a minimum wage job!

    Time off policy seems okay at first until you realize that after you book some time off, they will almost never schedule you the week after you come back.

    Discount not that great at 50% off when they constantly have 40% off regular price.

    Zero upward mobility. And even if you do get promoted, the salary increase is only $1-$2 more per hour but massive amount of pressure and resposibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees will constantly ask themselves why they need to be loyal to a company that does this type of scheduling when many other competitors schedule at least TWO WEEK AHEAD!

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

    nothing much to say, cheap labour.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    nothing much to say, cheap labour.

    Cons

    nothing much to say, cheap labour.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, ON

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

    Pros

    Great management, positive feedback, staff support, great team environment. Flexibility with work schedule, great product and awesome image..

    Cons

    I did not have any, but for some it could be weekend availability, evenings shift or sometimes shorter shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Key for great employees is a great management team. Support, training and positive reinforcement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Cashier Lead in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Cashier Lead in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (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

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