Colourful environment with upbeat co-workers and customers
Retail sales person and Cashier (Former Employee), Halifax, Nova Scotia – March 29, 2013
Everyday at Gymboree, one was greeted with a smile, and did so towards customers. I learned good time management skills, social skills, and overall good teamwork skills. Although my management was a bit negative at times, their dictation requests were fair. My co-workers were energetic and fun to be around. The hardest part of the job was keeping a – more... smile on your face, one of the companies requirements, during the most stressful of situations such as a customer yelling at you that their order hasn't arrived. The most enjoyable part of the job was interacting with the customers and children. For the most part, it was easy and nice helping someone find their hearts desire. – less
A great place to work, but no proper training available
Acting Store Manager (Former Employee), Surrey, BC – February 19, 2013
Hardest part of the job was working alone for 5 hour stretches without access to a washroom and providing Customers with the kind of service that I pride myself on, when it was just me working the till, answering phones and serving 0-15 Customers at once.
I learned alot of back-end management tasks there, which has added to my overall knowledge base.
Part-time sales associate (Current Employee), Toronto, ON – February 16, 2013
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: fast-paced environment can be hard to deal with if you're not used to it
Working at Gymboree was definitely a very beneficial experience. I learned many things about working in retail. Firstly, I learned that patience is definitely a very valuable virtue as well as communication skills.
Management and my co-workers are very friendly and helpful, they definitely helped make my transition into the retail world a lot smoother – more... by being patient and providing me with detailed explanations. The biggest difficulty for me was probably keeping up with store layout changes and figuring out where everything goes.
Being a sales associate at Gymboree is quite enjoyable. Although fast-paced at times, the atmosphere can be very laid-back and fun. All in all, Gymboree is a great place to work. – less
Cashier\sales (Former Employee), Newmarket, ON – July 8, 2012
Pros: very flexible
Cons: working till 1am
working at gymboree was a great experience. On a normal day i worked 5 hours . my co-workers were wonderful and amazing people to work with . Gymboree was very flexible with the hours and very understanding. The best part about working at Gymoree was getting to interact with the customer and helping them out and making a bond with them. All in all working – more... there was very rewarding. – less
Very fast paced with plenty of merchandising tasks to make a challenge
Sales Manager, North Tanger Outlets (Current Employee), Myrtle beach, SC – December 2, 2013
Pros: excellent management experience
One thing I'm very thankful from this job is that it has taught me time management, and how to problem solve on my feet to make something work and follow guidelines as well. My co-workers are some of the best I could ask to work with. We are fun and focus on customers, and we work together to complete KPIs/goals.
Receptionist/Front Desk/Birthday Party Staff (Current Employee), Washington, DC – November 20, 2013
Pros: working with kids
A typical day at work is greeting parents and children to gymboree classes. Working on the computer to handle daily reports and checklist. Working at gymboree has let me learn responsibility and office skills. Managing paper work and computer systems. I work with my co-workers and they are helpful. When one needs helps were there to help each other – more... and were a great team. The hardest part of the job would be making sure I don't over work myself. I love working at gymboree, the kids are not only amazing but I love the staff. It's great to be around be that support you and are there to help you. – less
Cashier/Sales Associate (Current Employee), Limerick, PA – November 20, 2013
Pros: hour lunches
Cons: short breaks
I enjoy working as a team, I believe that a work day should be fun most of the time. There are days were people will be stressed and you can help them out, or give the best advice and encourage them that they are dong a good job. I believe home life and work life should be separate. The most enjoyable part of a job is meeting new people and learning – more... new things. I like to take part with management to the best of my ability. The hardest part of the job would be adjusting to a new environment, but I'm very quick with learning and understanding new things. I enjoy having fun and outgoing co workers, although someone might not like you however there feeling matter but you should keep a smile on your face and not start any problems. – less
Assistant Manager (Current Employee), Southlake, TX – November 19, 2013
Pros: no outstanding pros
Cons: tons of shipment, low hours, no holiday pay for part timers, bad communication, expectations set way to high
I've worked for the Gymboree for over two years and the first thing to say is communication between stores and upper level management is awful. Upper level management and the cooperate office set unrealistic goals for stores. Giving bare minimum hours for just one full time manager. Stores are expected to process up to 72 boxes of shipment with two – more... people, after close, in one night. No tasking is to be done while the store is open. Other problems store managers are promised all sorts of thing but you are a salary worker unable to go passed 40 hours a week. That would be fine however as the SM you will be asked to come in on your days off more often than you think as well as working and open to close shift.
Gymboree likes to pride it's self with having a family orientated policies however if you're in management you might as well say good bye to your family. – less
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Manhattan Beach, CA – November 18, 2013
Pros: holiday treats, freindly manager and co-workers
Cons: short breaks
My typical day at work was productive and I would be reorganizing sections in the store floor. Welcome any entering customers and offer my assistance. Clean and cashier. I learned to work the register, how to speak with customers, the essentials of retail work and they way new lines work every season. The manager was always figuring out ways to keep – more... our store organized. She always tried to make our store look fun and welcoming to grab attention and bring in customers. Some of my co-workers did not work as if theywanted to be there, but i did have hard working and happy co-workers that I felt good working with. At timmes I had to work with lazy people and had to work double for their lazyness, but enjoyed my job while i was there. My job was not hard at all and always looked foward in my next day of coming in to work. – less
Art Teacher/Receptionist (Current Employee), Oklahoma City, OK – November 18, 2013
Pros: kind co-workers, flexible hours, comfortable work environment
Cons: none...i honestly cannot think of one.
A typical day at work includes a 60 minute art class with my regular children, working on hands-on activities to help develop their fine motor skills and imagination. Afterwards, I would thoroughly clean the site and then tend to customers with any information regarding product transactions or their account.
Location is ran by Blythe Donovan whom is – more... a warm-hearted and kind woman who loves nothing more than to help you help the children. Other co-workers are genuine, kind and understanding; it is never difficult to try and find someone to cover a shift in case of an emergency.
The hardest part of the job would most likely be figuring out what activities and projects you would like to teach the kids the next day your at work. There are just so many fun activities I would love to do with the kids, but I won't be able to do them all.
The most enjoyable part of the job is watching the kids explore their imagination and learn. You see their facial expressions and their body language and you really are witnessing something truly priceless. – less
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Central Valley, NY – November 14, 2013
Pros: respecting your schedule and the employees
Cons: minimum pay and working black friday
I was trained to use the register and to process shipments. I would assist customers in their search for the product they were interested in purchasing. Id also process shipments and organize the back stock room for maximum efficiency.
loved the children and customer's but not what the company stood for: they didn't care for the employees
Store Manager (Former Employee), Sugar Land, TX – November 13, 2013
product quality was amazing company had a great idea but rant he stores on the smallest amount payroll i have ever witnessed customer service expectations were unrealistic when running on a one person staff which was often