Pros: discount, flexible scheduling, decent pay, excellent benefits!
Cons: sometimes no breaks, lazy managers, neurotic dsitrict managers
I have worked for Gymboree on and off for 6 years. I have worked in 3 different states with the company in both retail and outlet. I have been a sales associate, sales lead, seasonal, FT assistant Manager, Interim Store Manager and am currently a PT assistant Manager. The company has become better at work/life balance, however, it still needs to provide – more... employees with a better discount. Most of us who work at GYMBOREE are some of their BEST customers and working for them does not really provide with sufficient incentive to shop more. Regular customers still get better deals. The job itself is a lot better than it was 5+ years ago, it also depends on what Tier store you work in. Most outlets are bananas regardless of location, however, in retail, certain locations have less traffic and this less stressful and chaotic. They have cut back on replenishment and bombarding stores with more merchandise than they could possibly process in a 11 hour day, but only due to online order placement at store level. The hardest part of the job is single coverage during the long day shifts where you are by yourself for hours at a time and in my opinion, cannot provide the BEST customer service because you cannot go out back to check for sizes, styles, etc. The most rewarding part of this job and company is that customers are truly the BEST of any other retailer I have worked for. I love meeting the kids and families and seeing as they grow, change and mature. You have your regulars, who ask for you by name and even ask about your own family. If you are thinking of a long term career in retail, this is the best Company. They promote from within 99% of the time, and most positions you do not have to be in for more than a few months to advance when there is an opening, they will consider you first.
How much or how little you work depends on how good your manager is. Some managers are very hard working and make working for them a pleasure, while others can be lazy and leave most of their responsibilities to their Assistant Manager and sales lead. This is definitely a company where you want to be a team! – less