Style Advisor (Former Employee) – Park City, UT – September 10, 2018
I loved my job with Ascena but not because of the company. My district manager was awful. She failed to answer phone calls, emails, and texts at times when our store needed her most. In my 2 years of working here we went through more managers than I can count on one hand... not good. This company is also very wasteful when it comes to packaging items and damaging them out. The only reason I loved my job was because of my coworkers. They were all such fun girls to work with and im happy to be able to call them my friends.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Gettysburg, PA – September 5, 2018
This is a smart company that tries to protect the smaller guys way down. They try to cut out things that are unnecessary to support future business. I know that it's hard to see the big picture sometimes but it's true. I do feel that pay is fair, but it's hard to keep people because other companies fork over way more to people without experience. This is a problem with our country not so much this company. We are asking you to be friendly and helpful... not draw blood and stitch people up. I came from a huge retailer that paid people dollars more to start but the associates are lazy and ungrateful. They just want more money to do less work. They hired to meet a body quota.. just filler people. You get to work in a positive and uplifting environment. I understand that there are stresses from higher up people that will trickle down but the concept is easy: show up and do your best and be your best self. Do not bother if you are negative and a stick in the mud. You have to be open minded and willing to go with the flow and the changes in retail life.
Great job, but no advancement opportunities if you are under 18
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Riverdale, UT – August 29, 2018
I love working here, it's a super easy and fun job in a good environment, but none of us get paid enough for the work and if you are under 18 there is little to no chance of promotion even if you're perfect for the job.
this place will NOT look at your past experience to qualify you for promotions or other opportunities if you start in any hourly position. Heaven forbid you are over40 and try for any supervisor or lead position
its a j o b
production goals, told when to have breaks and lunch, last minute notice of mandatory OT
Must be a jack of all trades and worked to no end with unstable schedules
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – New Jersey – August 18, 2018
Higher level management is VERY unorganized and disheveled when it comes to priorities. Schedules are constantly changing last minute to accommodate dysfunction in corporate & District levels of management. Claim to care and provide work-life balance, but sales is the last point of focus as everyone is cleaning & merchandising, steaming clothes, unpackaging them , and all sorts of off the floor needs. You also have to be a cashier between all these demanding tasks. Training is pretty much reading the company manual with a manager.
Manager (Current Employee) – Hampton, VA – August 9, 2018
The company feels like a family. Great work/life balance and room for advancement. Training for employees has always been accessible. Benefit package offered and competitive pay scale if qualifications and experience are in place. Company has competitive discounts and specials for employees so you can represent the company. Discounts are available at all brands under the Ascena umbrella.
Loved the people i worked with but HR got ridiculous
Picker/Packer (Former Employee) – Greencastle, IN – July 18, 2018
Miss this job but don't miss some of the things. The jobs are never really too hard just have to stay busy and do your work. They use to care alot about the employees but that slowly changes over time.
UNIT PROCESSOR (Former Employee) – Greencastle, IN – July 13, 2018
the hours were weird, I don't recommend them for people with school aged-children. A coworker's house burnt down and when he asked for time off, which he had vacation for, Amy Pennington told him he should plan his moves better.
short breaks, must keep up with employee performance tracking