For my first retail experience, this has been an amazing experience. First off, hats off to the management staff for being so understanding and hosptible. They really understand how to balance my work life with my university studies. Second, the team is very nice. We are like one big family!
If you are a person who expects any level of work-life balance, this is not the brand for you. No respect, no opportunity for advancement and expected overnight shifts, sometimes thrown in at last minute.
The store manager is good, she respect and listen to applicant, like in my case I was not working in Sunday's because I am a practising Catholic and I consider it holy so she never gave me Sunday shift. Management is very generous, they provide goodies especially during sale events to make sure that staff has energy to work.
After a while, they hire new people and if you aren't the manager's favourite they replace you and you begin to get less hours. They also didn't give very much hours anyway, most of my hours came from covering someone's shift.
Was a wonderful experience to work for an iconic brand with a long history. The management team was strong, supportive and encouraging, I would highly recommend working for the company. The only reason I am no longer employed by this company is because the store I was working at closed.
This was my first work place experience and it was a tremendous one got to learn advance communication skill and managing my time with customers along with maintaining the store. strongly recommend as i had positive experience and the people and environment around me was very open!
I enjoyed most of my time at GAP. I mostly did merchandising and stock work while occasionally assisting customers on the floor. Whether I was putting out new products, changing the floor, or working in the stock room; the GAP is a great place to learn the ins and outs of the retail business.
Management at all levels is absolutely terrible. Our one good Manager was forced out (for attempting to run his store well, not by GAP standards) despite having a productive and happy team. Replaced with a Manager who was essentially a mouthpiece for the district and national management. No consideration is given to the needs of individual stores or employees. Productive, loyal employees are essentially fired under the guise of restructuring at least every 2 years.
Worked at a high foot traffic store with a theft problem. There always had to be an associate stationed by the door to prevent people from trying to steal entire stacks of shirts. It happened all the time and there wasn't much more we could do about it besides being very verbally helpful to those with 'a look'. It got depressing.
I came into Gap as an associate but was promoted quickly as I worked harder than most (lots of coasting students). Shouldn't have done that because once they get used to you saying yes to back to back closing- opening shifts they will expect you to do it forever. I became the go-getting AM that wasn't trained (no time), expected to be perfect at everything. I did the best I could and learned the ropes from other AMs (the best part of the job). Then a new GM came in and suddenly nothing was good enough and yet, there was no way to fix it. Not a great time. I left in tears.
My job was to unload boxes and sort clothes in early morning shipments. Folding and sorting clothes into their appropriate places. It is expected in this position to do things efficiently and focus less on organization.
Working at the gap was one of the best jobs I have had. The management style is relaxed, as long as you do your work.
The customers can be a pain, and hard to deal with, but the staff and coworkers make it easier to deal with.
I loved making displays look neat and tidy, I hated that they would be a mess within a minute of me walking away.