The staff employed were wonderful, the management was horrible. Unrealistic expectations and no support. I learned nothing other than what environment I don't want to be employed under. For a company that prides itself on its ability to be fun and helpful the atmosphere was anything but.
Key Holder (Current Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 15 August 2014
I have never worked for a retail establishment that has been this poorly run and with a District Mgr that doesn't seem to care about the store. I like the people that I work with they brighten my day. The hardest part of job is the poor communication.
Part-Time Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 29 April 2014
When I joined the Gymboree team in Kitchener, the store had just opened. I helped get the store together prior to the opening day. A typical day at work would be talking to customers and fulfilling their needs. Somedays it could be slow but we remained productive by folding the clothing and making sure everything was neat. We greeted customers as soon as they walked in the door and gave them time to walk around before approaching them.
The management was excellent. The manager really got a long with everyone and talked to you as a friend. The co-worker dynamic was awesome. We call talked and got along.
The hardest part about the job was that because it was a new store, not a whole lot of people knew we were there so for a while, the customer flow was little.
The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to interact with the little kids that came in with their parents.
I have been employed at Gymboree Kitchener for just under two years. As a sales associate, working at Gymboree has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills working with the public and working as a team in a professional environment. My responsibilities include handling inventory, stocking shelves, pricing merchandise and processing transactions in a time-efficient manner. Gymboree provides a very enjoyable, enthusiastic environment, where I have made many long-lasting personal relationships with customers and the members of my team. .
Colourful environment with upbeat co-workers and customers
Retail sales person and Cashier (Former Employee) – Halifax, Nova Scotia – 29 March 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 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.
Active and friendly environment. At times fast-paced/energetic and flexible
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – North York, ON – 20 March 2013
Great company. Good people to work with and always loved the customer interaction. Flexible hours. Learned alot about promotions and becoming better as a sales associate. Management's fun to work with and consistent. Always interesting to set/reach goals and also preceed them.
looking forward to meeting new customers everyday.
apprehensive to discuss issues within the company.
A great place to work, but no proper training available
Acting Store Manager (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 19 February 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 – 16 February 2013
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 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.
fast-paced environment can be hard to deal with if you're not used to it