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Banana republic was a great place work. They were able to be flexible with my student schedule and gave regular raises. They offer Insurance and other benefits. Great discounts as well.
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bad experience

Working at Banana Republic was kind of a mixed bag. They aimed to be all fancy like Saks, treating customers like VIPs—bringing clothes, offering water, going the extra mile, but without the commission perks. It was a hustle for the pay, but hey, at least the coworkers were cool. The hours weren't too crazy because they only sold a handful of things.
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Absolute nightmare

Your average day at BR would include being told to do things you know nothing about. I could've gotten more learning and job experience cleaning up horse stables. Management was horrible, after clearly showcasing my skills for several months, they hired from separate companies to fill the position I wanted. That person went on to literally try and break into the cash register with a pair of scissors when they couldn't find the key for it. That same employee wasn't fired even after showing up whenever they wanted, and contributed less than the toilet paper I restocked the bathrooms with.


Literally nothing


Favoritism, Inconsistencies, toxic.
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Great coworkers

Coworkers and management were great to work and partner with. We worked well and made it worth while. Only thing that sucked was the holidays and crazy customers.
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Fast paced

Banana republic is a great place to work, I had great managers at this position. Friendly staff. The day goes by quickly because there is always something to be working on
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So great

Loved it! I love bananas and don’t love republicans, but this turned out to be all good vibes. I would. Totally stay longer but I was moving and they didn’t have a location in Kalamazoo!
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Learning experience

It was fair and sometimes fun. People were nice and considerate. It was nice meeting different type of people from different places all around. Good leaning experience
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Inconsistent management, poor training, flexible hours

The job was low paying however the employee discount was 50% at BR, Athleta, Gap, and Old Navy. Unfortunately management was very inconsistent and unclear at times. There was a lack of training which in turn left employees confused on how to handle certain situations. Unfortunately at times it did not feel like a safe space to ask questions depending on who the manager on duty was. The head manager had a condescending, unwelcoming, and judgmental attitude. However, the other managers were kind and respectful. Despite this I still did ask questions and got attitude or got reprimanded for not knowing something I was not properly trained on. The hours were flexible and the other employees were kind and welcoming. Poor and inconsistent management specifically from the head female manager led to me to leave the job to seek other employment in 2022.
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Potato potatoes

Bad place to work. The pay is not worth it. There are some great coworkers who made the job tolerable but overall not worth it. Some days you’ll be overwhelmed because there’s a lot to do, even worse when it’s short staffed, I be feeling burned out on those days, yes it’s that BAD. Even the managers be overwhelmed sometimes too. So you definitely won’t get no slack. You are at multiple place at once. So you gotta be quick on your feet. But it’s more so of the company fault, not wanting to hire more people. And the other reason is, people be quitting, once they realize it’s too much to handle. Some great managers, others not that great. Overall find something else if you can, if not and you need a job right away, just do this until you find something better. Just keep your head down, walk fast and do your time until you leave.


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Overwhelming, short staffed
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It's an opportunity to work in an environment where you feel like you are actually helping the customer.

What is the best part of working at the company?They train you very well. By the end of the training you will know your job responsibilities. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Managing the holiday crowds efficiently What is the work environment and culture like at the company?It is a friendly but responsible environment. They expect you to show up, be dressed properly and do your job.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Busy.They kept us busy with store cleaning, inventory management and other store related tasks when we weren't waiting on customers.
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Productive and fun place to work

Great management and overall supportive staff. I enjoyed working at this location although it is no longer open post Covid. Staff was willing to promote within.
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Customer service experience

Good experience to learn customer service, facilitate sales, fashion retail. Management is supportive to help you succeed. Hard work and effort is recognized.
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Fun as jobs go

Not to difficult. Management at the time was great but after some people left the place changed. Retails gonna be retail but having cool coworkers makes it easier.
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Good learning experience

Good management that provided support. Great coworkers that made working enjoyable. It was a challenge to meet quotas for sales, but it was a good learning curve in customer service..
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Great discount & fun co-workers. Management was nice & easy to work with. Long hours standing was a challenging but that is everywhere in retail. Overall solid place to work!
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Interesting Place

Its been a while but the environment was straight forward management could have trained more thoroughly and communicated better. It was fairly good while it lasted but pay was low
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needs new management

needs new management, it was a rotating door of employees. They would give you great hours for the first two weeks of employment and afterwards 20 hrs here, 10 hrs the following week or they would forget to schedule you. Lots of demand, little reward. Not worth the effort. Often times talked down to other employees.
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Productive and fun

As a sales associate it was fairly easy. I helped customers when need and folded clothes on the sales floor. Sometimes I worked in the fitting room and ran clothes back out.
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Potential to be a great workplace

Flexible, decent paying job that has the potential to be a great workplace. District managers seem to team with store managers that shouldn't be there anymore. Also very sneaky upper management. Love the mix of people and ages you get to work with, fun environment and good for part time
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Competative Sales Job

I worked there as a part-time sales associate when I was in college. It was a little stressful since they wanted you to hit a daily sales goal, so you might be told to open a certain amount of credit cards for that day. They give you more hours based on how good you are at opening credit cards with customers. If you have great interpersonal skills then I'd say go for it since you do get some discounts from the store. Again at the end of the day, a workplace completely depends on how good your manager is.
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Good place to work

The Banana republic factory store is much more casual than the specialty store, great place to express your style. Pretty good discounts in store and for their affiliate stores . Good place to start if starting off if the retail interests you. Cons- pay is minimum.
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Based on 3,881 reviews

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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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