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Funs, Fashionable, Family-Oriented
Sales Associate (Current Employee), Hamilton, NJNovember 17, 2014
I've learned that there is a lot more that goes on in retail, than previously understood. It is rewarding to see customers come in looking for a specific look or gift, and the satisfaction they have when you help them find it. I like the challenge of meeting the daily goals, while still caring for the individual needs of the customers and my co-workers.
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fun retail company
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Walnut Creek, CANovember 17, 2014
overall a fun retail company with a lot of passion for their products
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Great work place and great with flexibility in schedules
SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee), North Olmsted, OhioNovember 15, 2014
A typical day at work would be helping take care of customers to help them find what they need and ring them up at the register. I would greet people, and organize the store. I help keep the store clean by taking out the trash and sweeping, as well as double checking the money count and closing up the store. I loved all of my co-workers and meeting – more... all different types of people. – less
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Loved
Cashier (Former Employee), Salisbury, Md, 21804November 15, 2014
Pros: great atomosphere. great managment. happy place.
Cons: low hours. not enough money per hour.
I loved to work with the kids. To help parents and grand parents find gifts and help them find cute outfits for their kid family members.
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Fast paced, exciting, innovative work place
Sales Lead (Current Employee), Woodbridge, NJNovember 11, 2014
As a work place that is constantly progressing and keeping up to par with the latest children's fashion. The Gymboree Corporation is an exciting retail company that is always open for progression.
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Not pleased
Sales Associate and Cashier (Current Employee), San Antonio, TXNovember 6, 2014
Pros: co-workers
Cons: everything else
For starters, we work too much for such little
Pay. We are constantly getting called in on our days off and we are always asked to stay past our scheduled hours with no benefit. Breaks are too short. Trying to ask off is almost impossible because for some reason it's "our problem" and we need to figure it out and we can't ask other employees to cover – more... our shift. If we have an emergency we have to have some kind of proof when we come back or we can't get off. My manger verbally abuses the employees and isn't very friendly with customers. We can't ask weekends off. Our DM is super rude and is inconsiderate of others. There's never any time for training. The company expects us to do so much in so little time and if we mess up we're penalized hard for it. This is every job, but customers suck and they can be so very rude. I've just had a horrible experience working here. – less
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An Emotional Burden I Would Never Want to Place on Anyone
Assistant General Manager (Former Employee), San Francisco Bay Area, CANovember 6, 2014
Oh Lord, where do I even start with this company? I worked as an Assistant Manager at a Gymboree location for about a year. To say that it may have been the hardest, most emotionally stressful year of my life is an understatement. Let me just start off by saying that the Gymboree corporation is over $1 billion in debt. It was evident throughout the – more... course of my employment that the company had no clear ability to turn around sales and floundered profusely in the face of negative sales and comp performances. I worked my butt off the entire year to help my Store Manager keep her sanity and to keep our store in the best condition possible. Even after working 10+ hour shifts until midnight on Sundays and then coming in at 6 A.M. the next Monday morning to finish setting new collections and re-merchandising the entire store, there was never any appreciation of the work we put in from management higher up the chain.

Of course our District Manager and other employees I worked with directly in the store appreciated the effort, but there was a seemingly endless amount of chastising and criticizing our performance from upper management no matter how hard we worked. Having such a stringent and unfailing work ethic be so under-appreciated and unrecognized was emotionally demoralizing to say the least. As much as I loved our customers, loved the product and enjoyed working around kids, my reason of resignation stemmed entirely from how the overall business was conducted and the overall treatment of the employees. Everyone has their breaking point, and I certainly reached mine after a year of employment at Gymboree.

I honestly question how some retail employees have managed to stay with the company for years on end- that is completely beyond me. I wish I had more positive things to say. I could probably write a thesis about the myriad problems within the company and the heinous business strategy implemented to try to dig the company out of it's enormous debt. I would even hear personally from loyal Gymboree customers how they have seen the state and quality of Gymboree decline over time. If only upper management knew what us retail employees learned directly from the customers and how the workload and demands are completely unrealistic in such a retail setting, the company may actually begin to dig its way out of its ever-growing debt. Such a shame. – less
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Productive hard working
Store Manager (Current Employee), Estero, FLNovember 5, 2014
Hard Working enjoyable in the workplace open minded
works well alone and as a team
Help coach and develop
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fun atmosphere
Lead Sales (Former Employee), Midlothian, VANovember 5, 2014
Cons: hard to get a raise
easy job but the regional management likes to make your job more difficult
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Great place to work
Retail Sales Associate (Current Employee), Laughlin, NVNovember 5, 2014
Pros: flexible schedule
At the current location, there is no room for advancement. Sadly sales have been down, so this location is closing it's doors. Gymboree as a company is not closing; just the Laughlin, NV location. Overall it is a fun place to work.
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Gymboree
Sales Associate/Customer Service (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INNovember 1, 2014
Pros: flexibility
Cons: low hours, low pay.
A typical day at work is hard to say because every day was a different situation. What I learned was to better my customer service skills and patience. Management was fun, however, not always very professional. My co-workers, were fun and excellent. The hardest part of the job was not getting much hours. The most enjoyable part of the job was being – more... around children and making upset mothers or fathers feel better, and the joy. – less
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Horrible Company
Key holder (Former Employee), Dallas, TXOctober 29, 2014
Cons: short breaks, not enough hours, horrible pay
The most horrible company to work for. They want you to do the impossible with 0 training. The time I was there I gave it my all and was always willing to learn more but this company is never willing to invest in their good managers. They always go and Hire someone else but the funny part is that the new managers quit as soon as they see the workload. – more... The districts realign every month and the district managers are some joke. The current one is a serious matter. She gets rid of the entire district and brings her "own" Team.. And they still quit! The regional trusts these woman yet she doesn't know what really goes on. They give the store managers the run around and only come to their stores to give them write ups.. Basically when they are tired of them and are trying to get rid of them. You get what you deserve and this company will go bankrupt and keep having annoying customers asking for a price change every day. They also expect you to run the business with 120-130 hours a week.. And this is the reason a store manager end up working 60 hours a week. If the store manager works 40/asst manager 40/ that only gives you 40 hours to give to all your staff including key holders. During the holidays they give you a new line every week and expect you not to have a life. What a joke of a company! Values? None.. All the upper management needs to get back to level 1 and help their people out.. Never forget why your company keeps running.. It's because of all your retail field staff not because of your .99 cents items. – less
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very productive
Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee), Hackensack, NJOctober 28, 2014
they were a great company I got really sick and could work anymore due to m part time position i was not offered medical leave.
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Sales Associate (Former Employee), Wilmington, NCOctober 27, 2014
It was great. Management was excellent. co-workers were excellent. it wasn't any hard parts. Everything was enjoyable.
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Great place to work
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Springfield, MOOctober 26, 2014
loved working at Gymboree. my management team was the best and my coworkers made going to work fun.
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Great place to work
Assistant Manager (Current Employee), Braintree, MAOctober 25, 2014
Great pace to work, fast paced environment, great co-workers, and great atmosphere.
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Find some place else to work
Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee), Minneapolis, MNOctober 22, 2014
Pros: customers, co-workers
Cons: everything else
They expect 1 person to work what should be 2 or 3 people's job. Very high turnover. Company does not support advancement in any way.
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Practical and fun working environment.
Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee), Glendale, AZOctober 21, 2014
The typical work day at Gymboree was a nice steady shift depending on the sales, events and daily shipment. I learned different ways to approach customers, helping them find the merchandise they were looking for, depending on the age of the child. The management at Gymboree were kind, considerate and understanding to their employees. Co-workers were – more... very helpful and polite to me when I first started the position and I had no problem getting my tasks finished. There wasn't really anything difficult working at the store. The most enjoyable part working at Gymboree was that, I like seeing all the little young ones and helping the customers. – less
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Productive and fun workplace with children and meeting new people.
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Houston txOctober 19, 2014
The story time we always have at our job for the kids while the parents shop.
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The management staff was not as helpful in regard to helping the team grow
SALES LEAD (Former Employee), Locust Grove, GAOctober 18, 2014
Pros: flexible scheduling
Cons: limited opportunities
Gymboree is a great and upbeat company but is very limited in the knowledge of what it takes to build an efficient team.

About Gymboree Corporation

Despite being over 30 years old, The Gymboree Corp. is still a retail toddler, stumbling periodically, learning quickly, and growing – Read more