Once strong player in the retail market, trying to find it's new place.
Assistant General Manager Merchandising/Operations (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 22 March 2018
As an employee for over 10 years, I have seen the many ups and downs of Gap Inc. A typical day has changed over time for the store's leadership team, as they have become more of a high priced sales team, and less of a functioning group of people who all have time to get their individual jobs done.
While I can say that I learned a lot about business and the industry during my time there, I can't say the same for anyone who has joined a store team in the last 3 or 4 years. While you were given the opportunity to learn as much as you wanted to 10 years ago, now there is rarely enough time given to do mandatory tasks. Some days, the store couldn't even be swept, let alone have a monthly Joint Health and Safety meeting.
It is hard to find a good work/life balance as many store leadership teams have been dwindled down to a small group. Some weeks, it is challenging to find 2 days off while also being able to complete company mandated tasks.
While many of the part time employees become friends outside of the business, the leadership teams have a hard time making real connections with one another as they rarely work side-by-side and are often left negotiating to see who will get their 30 minutes to complete tasks associated with their own job title.
While I enjoyed most of the time I worked for Gap Inc, and will always remember the people I worked with, the company seems to have lost touch with its in-store teams, and does not seem ready to invest in them.
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They hired me by going out on a limb. I never had a job before and was new to the whole experience but they made it easier to adjust to. They were able to work around my school hours and had no problem giving time off when asked. The staff was friendly and I felt well trained and prepared for the job. As they closed they were able to offer me a position with either another GAP location or a sister company (Banana Republic, Old Navy.) Ive been through 4 jobs now and none of them even add up to how great that job was.
Stocker (Former Employee) – Abbotsford, BC – 21 January 2018
I am very glad to work at such a big brand across the globe . I have heard about the brand reputation and kind of staff that work within the gap stores. so, I just want to be one of those worker in gap store available near to my location
Work Period (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 16 January 2018
I am working part-time as a sales associate at Gap. Based on my three months experience please find below pros and cons of working at Gap :
Pros : 1. The workplace is good and well maintained. 2. Managers are very supportive and helped all the newcomers in understanding the roles and responsibilities. 3. Shift times are flexible and can be changed with prior notice. 4. After every two hours of work, you can take 15 min break.
Cons: 1. Salary is very less not as per minimum wages. 2. Timings and number of hours per day were not fixed, sometimes we worked only for 3 hrs a week in off-season months.
Merchandising Manager (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 15 January 2018
loved working for this company!! and still miss it, there so much to learn and the environment is amazing, so full of energy,and opportunity for advancement which as long as your driven is easy to achieve
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 5 January 2018
I was relocated during the holiday season so hours we good, almost too good. They were long stressful and they would extend them without informing you and wouldn't let you go until your section was clean.They didn't hire people to work in the morning (unless it was shipment, which usually got cancelled...) so the store had to be nearly perfect for the next day which I find to be so pointless because that is the point of hiring us, to get more hours when things are incomplete to do the next day, to clean up before the store opens. Anyways, be prepared to have your shifts cut or cancelled do to over staff or some lame excuse they keep saying. Be prepared to not be scheduled at all once the holiday season is over. That's why I'm looking for a second job right now because I have a life and unfortunately it's not cheap, and I can't keep spending it at home doing absolutely NOTHING and wondering if my shift would be cancelled or not. I don't understand why management gives out unfair shifts when you're the one with more availability, doing the hardest work but getting the most turned over? It gets really discouraging and just makes you want to quit. Would only recommend working here for seasonal just because that is the only time they would want to give you ANY consistent hours. DO NOT WORK HERE FOR A FULL TIME/ PART TIME JOB! You will just end up leaving based on lack of hours because they keep hiring people...
Finally getting paid, the other employees you work with, the customers you meet
No consistent hours, frequent cancelled shifts, frequent shorted shifts, management, not reliable at all
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 18 December 2017
Overall GAP is a family, we all where there to support eachother and did everything we could for eachother. But as of lately GAP has gone downhill. They hire so many young popular bratty girls that they are just allowing drama to happen and never hold assistant managers accountable for their actions.