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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  1.  

    A good place to work for a part time job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    can obtain the first hand information on fashion trends

    Cons

    May spend more than you earn on new arrivals

  2.  

    Its been a great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Its a fast passed environment and all the workers are friendly. The leadership team are the best I have worked for, they have really high standards which they try to maintain. You get enough time off and the dress code is really good too

    Cons

    Few hours, Customers sometimes can be rude so you have to be calm all the time as you might lose your temper if you are one of those weak people. A bit of favouritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing an awesome job however more Feedback to employees would be welcome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great looking clothes and classy but very boring

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Meeting some interesting customers and the discounts

    Cons

    very boring especially when there is no customers.

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  5.  

    Great management but a draining working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Management team is great, open, friendly, they know their business perfectly and training is very thorough. You get 50% discount on their products but considering the numerous times when the whole collection is 40% off for customers, is it really a perk? The good think though is that you don't have to wear BR clothes to work there.

    Cons

    Amongst the lowest salaries in retail and of course, no commission. The company is all about great customer service but how do you seriously deliver any quality service when there is never enough staff to assist the customers On a busy day, there are only 2 sales people at the same time to assist customers in the fitting rooms and grab sizes. I almost quit on my very first day: at some point, the fitting rooms were full, there was a line-up in front of the rooms, customers were asking for help or sizes all at the same time. On my way through the store to grab sizes, I was asked for help by at least 5 customers, same thing on my way back. When I finally get back to the rooms, it starts all over again and it's like this for 7 hours in row. I have never been so exhausted in my life and I worked 8 years in retail! I never experienced anything like it. I am all about customer service but what kind of service can we deliver in a context like this? I am very disappointed by the company...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should walk the talk... You want to deliver the best customer service, then HIRE STAFF and pay them decently to do their job. In a previous retail job, I was paid much more and we were always 3 to 4 sales people for a store one-third the size and we actually could and were motivated to deliver great customer service because we felt valued and because we were given the means to truly assist our customers. When you have to handle too many customers at once, there is no way you can deliver any service of any kind. focusing only one a couple of them is not a solution either because the others are not at all being taken care of... I find myself frustrated in a way I've never been before because I want to do a great job, and I can't beause it's all about making profit and the ones paying the price for it are the staff and ultimately the customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales associate

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

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

    Pros

    At Banana republic in pacific centre was amazing atmosphere at the beginning.
    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Managers tend to not help you much
    managers are very picky and favour a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maybe more trained managers instead of loyal employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ok, just ok.

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, awesome discount, benefits and people are great.

    Cons

    Two cons I have is there's not a lot of room to move up in the company. If you have been working there for a while it'll be forever till you can get promoted, it took 4 years for me. Seems unfair to work so hard for nothing ; and there is little to no training your thrown into battle almost right away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback, positive and negative, promotions or employee benefits like prizes by doing contests or something

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Training is thorough, they show appreciation for employees that work hard - in the from of prizes, recognition during the service forum, and a bonus if monthly goals are met, they also listen to your needs as an employee

    Cons

    In my store it is difficult to move up, the team is kept very small and they don't take on lead positions to support the supervisor and manager positions unless one leaves - whereas some stores have multiple leads and supervisors positions for the same work centre

  9.  

    Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    - Coworkers and managers are very friendly
    - Always updated on new promotions and products before every shift
    - Great environment to work in
    - Opportunities for promotions, as well as volunteer activities!
    - Great training

    Cons

    - Pay isn't high enough for me to continue working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - General Manager in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    people, discount, training,exposure, career growth

    Cons

    schedule, impossible standards, type A bosses, workload, stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hey you're the ones making the big bucks. you don't need advice from me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    overall okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    great benefit for gap as well

    Cons

    basic pay that never raise

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