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    Mary Beth Laughton
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  • Company size
    51 to 200
  • Industry
    Retail & Wholesale
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Sales Associate in Northbrook, IL
on September 14, 2021
I really enjoyed working part time at Athleta! I thought the team was great and management was very understanding and upbeat. I enjoyed the tasks I was assigned and I felt like pay was decent, especially during COVID (bonuses and compensation for receiving the vaccine). Overall a very positive experience and I would definitely recommend part time. Amazing discount too!
Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
on September 10, 2021
The environment is good and the people are great but there is little compensation. Responsibility seems to fall all over the place and sales associates often do more than needed.
Sales Associate in Austin, TX
on September 6, 2021
Fun environment and employees .The discount is good. The pay is very low. Gap does not pay employees enough. Constant pressure to sell Athleta Card to customers.
Clerk in Milford, CT
on August 27, 2021
I got employed but Athleta. i love hoe supportive and nice are workers there. I felt very welcome. I love the cloths!! I love the style and how organized is the store.
Assistant Manager in United States
on August 23, 2021
Athleta is an LLC owned by a four brand corporation. That being said, it's can sometimes be hard to feel like you're working for a separate company. Corporate pushes the pressure and stress of getting credit card and loyalty sign ups, however, their structure sets you up for failure. Their credit card and loyalty systems are connected, one card, one account, among all four brands. So, if someone already has another brand card, there isn't much reason for them to sign up asides the initial discount. Yet you're told to push and push. It would have been easier if Athleta was treated separately instead of connected. Management among Athleta consists of one General Manager with three Assistant Managers. If the store is a high enough volume, there also is an Assistant General Manager. The three AMs are all full time, 45 hours a week, 9 hour days. As an hourly Manager, you're there 45 hours a week, but usually only average 38-39 hours of pay after breaks, late clock ins, and early outs. You can't be in the store by yourself, so you're usually clocking in late because the person opening with you (especially if the GM) is late. If closing, you usually finish up a good 15 mins early and clock out. Overtime is absolutely prohibited. Even the slightest bit of OT will be a verbal warning. Work/life is extremely poor and below average even for retail due to usually working 3+ days in a row with only 1 day off.Each AM comes with their own area of responsibility: Experience, Product, and Talent. Experience is responsible for brand awareness, event planning, marketing, outreach, and "Play to Win" efforts. Product is responsible for the complete operational success of all visual and merchandising standards. Talent is responsible for the recruiting, hiring, scheduling, and development of all non-management associates. Each AOR is not equal in what each AM is held accountable to and often feels unbalanced and unfair. Your success and enjoyment at Athleta will depend on your GM and volume size. If your GM isn't that interested in developing you, you won't feel appreciated or supported. If you're in a low volume store you'll feel unmotivated and bored. If you're in a high volume store you'll feel stressed out and chaotic. Asides opening and closing, a typical day will consist of core leading on the floor, chatting in and out associates, as well as keeping up with the daily tasks. Daily tasks include unpackaging shipment, checking shipment on the floor, and back stocking any extra that isn't needed. Most of these tasks you will delegate to associates. Keep in mind, your AOR is a requirement of your position and cannot be ignored or overlooked due to your general retail responsibilities. With three AMs comes a lot of feelings of their being too many cooks in the kitchen. It can be hard to take charge and direct if management has conflicting styles among each other. It also makes it hard to find any office time with only a single computer in a small office. A member of management always has to be on the floor. Days can feel extremely chaotic depending on the volume of store or occasion. This can be an extremely fast paced place to work and it's hard to feel like you have the time or support to catch up. There are a lot of back of house operations, such as ship from store orders, that can be quite time consuming. Athleta keeps all their back stock stacked on shelves or shoved into bins which makes it a disaster to try and look for anything. There easily can be 20+ associates you're helping the GM be responsible for. Not every associate has the same availability, is good on the selling floor, or good doing back of house operations. The training in this department usually is lacking which can feel like you're never fully staffed or prepared for the day and tasks even with 20+ on the payroll. Athleta itself is still a small concept of a company, so there isn't much opportunity for career growth from AM to GM unless you've been with the company for awhile or willing to transfer a good hour or 2 away. It's easy to feel stuck and stale. Depending on the volume size of the store, the pay is great and above average, as are the benefits. Stores and managers can sometimes be catty with each other because districts are smaller. There always feels like a sense of negative competition.If Athleta ever breaks away and becomes it's own business, I feel like they'd be a better company to work for. Currently, I would only recommend working at a high volume location for the higher pay or at the GM level. The dress code is the absolute best and most laidback you'll ever find. You pretty much can wear anything, including pajamas.

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