Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee) – Leesburg, VA – March 27, 2018
Talbots is a good Retail company, one of the better retail companies. However after five years of never having a Holiday off and working weekends is very trying. I am of an age in which many of my family members are passing away. I don't have a chance to spend time with them. My Father passed and I was not able to spend any Holidays with him...looking for a job that I can have time for family and friends.
No quick turnover, get to know our Customers
No Holidays off, block out time for vacation, use or loose...I loose vacation time every year.
Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee) – Clarksburg, MD – September 17, 2018
These suppose to be a work life balance, maybe for everyone else, not for me. Had to work 4 nights a week, has the asst. store manager, Manager only one night, part time key holders one night each. so how is these work life balance, No raises in two years.
Client Specialist (Current Employee) – New York, NY – September 16, 2018
The company has been around for a long time, but working there it feels like they want to reach the next generation of clients but not willing to take chances that could lose old clients. The company is for the company, and while client service is the most important part of working there, it often feels that no matter what you do as an employee, there is no benefit to to excell. Raises don’t seem to be part of their culture if you’re not in a management position.
Good health care options (you pay in), 401 available
Under staffed and over managed, no recognition financially of a job well done
Retail Buyer, Store and Catalog Entities (Former Employee) – Hingham, MA – September 7, 2018
Talbots is a very typical professional corporate culture that encompasses a multitude of departments that collaborate on a regular basis. My favorite part of the job was the collaboration across all lines of the company.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Township of Liberty, OH – August 31, 2018
Talbots does a great job of catering to its customers and making sure its employees understand the mission of helping customers. However hours can be fixed with little flexibility and sometimes will be changed without warning.
Working at Talbots as a sales associate is a rewarding experience if you are someone who enjoys close relationships with your co-workers and customers. Customer service is a large part of the job, and every customer is meant to be treated like a close friend. Communication between corporate employees and retail employees is essentially non existent. Executive Leadership does not seem to understand the day-to-day of their retail employees and it shows. Expectations of part-time sales associates and other positions are set to an almost unattainable standard and raises are very far and few between.
Resigned due to self-serving toxic team of 3 employees,2 of which are full time and the other receives good reviews in exchange for her cleaning skills of the shop.ie:cleaning toilets etc.Training is questionable as it is inconsistent and on the fly given when customers are not in the store. Condescending attitudes present at all times from entire team. I enjoyed seeing lovely colleagues from previous employment in the healthcare industry. Avoid this environment if you want to maintain good health in this overall dirty place!
No tangible benefits.
Credit card quotas only benefit managers. Toxic unfair workplace.
While I worked there I had many problems stemming from the manager. She made me hate my job and nothing was consistent and she caused nothing but drama. Schedules were never posted for the next week until a day before the new week. Hours and schedules were very inconsistent, she would work 2 people all day and not bring anyone in to provide breaks. Spread lies about people working there, would make the customers feel uncomfortable and not welcome.
Retail Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Freeport, ME – August 15, 2018
I enjoyed working at the Freeport Maine Location, I'm only sorry it was a seasonal position. The customers were fun to work with, and it was great to meet so many people from so many different places; Italy, Spain, Germany, France, England, Canada, just to name a few.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Rolling Hills Estates, CA – August 10, 2018
My only issue I guess was with my manager. I was a temporary hire but was told that there was a possibility of a long term position. I work hard for two months. One day I check my schedule for the next week and see that I am not on the schedule. I call the manager and she informs me that my position will no longer be carried on after the season (I was fired). I don’t have an issue with being fired and I understand the risks of taking on a temporary position, but I had worked the previous day. Why not just tell me that I was fired on the day that (unbeknownst to me) was supposed to be my last day working there. I did not like that after working so hard during the Christmas season that I had to be notified via text that I was fired. In my opinion, the situation was highly unprofessional and I would never recommend for anyone to work there - at least not to take a temporary/seasonal position.
Human Resources Generalist (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – August 10, 2018
Smaller company with timeless, good quality clothing. The culture is good and friendly where your are known and not a number. Raises have not been given in over 3 years, however there are bonus programs for some positions. The medical benefits could be better
Assistant Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Columbus, GA – August 7, 2018
The pay is okay to start off.....but no raises! Structure within the company benefits the managers, no real incentives for the rest of employees. There is no accountability for managers. They really push to open credit accounts and only the managers benefit from it.
Talbots was an amazing company to grow and work for, the culture shift and senior management from brooks bro. is disastrous
Store Manager/Co-Manager (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – August 1, 2018
After 20 years with Talbots I will always have a soft spot because of the relationships and the company it used to be. The culture shift and the disconnect between field management and upper management will in the long run be disastrous to both customers and associates.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Northampton, MA – July 31, 2018
This job seemed like it was the ideal job cause I wanted to switch it up after 5 years in a grocery store setting. I was ridiculed on almost a daily basis for not wearing Talbots clothes. I do not feel like I made enough to purchase their clothes each month. Definitely have to be able to multitask and deal with many different types of people.
Analyst (Current Employee) – Hingham, MA – July 30, 2018
Don't expect a raise..ever, but you can expect your benefits premiums to rise. How a company raises benefits when cost of living also goes up every year but refuses to give out annual raises is beyond me. The Executives are sitting pretty though