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Review averages

  • 23 employees say

    Excellent (9)
    39.130434782609%
    Good (7)
    30.434782608696%
    Satisfactory (2)
    8.695652173913%
    Subpar (5)
    21.739130434783%
    3.30
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Company summary

e048fef9763b614c448f.jpgEstablished in 1947, Talbots is a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of women’s classic clothing, shoes and fashion accessories. The company is known for providing gracious service and a quality selection of timeless wardrobe essentials in a broad range of sizes.

Rudolf and Nancy Talbot opened their first shop in Hingham, Mass., a quaint town not far from Boston, in 1947. Their retail and catalog enterprise flourished and, with five stores in upscale outskirts like Hingham, Duxbury and Lenox, they sold the company to General Mills in 1973. Expansion ensued up and down the East Coast, but when General Mills divested its Specialty Retail Division, Talbots was acquired by the Japanese retailing conglomerate JUSCO Co., Ltd. in 1988. Talbots went public in November of 1993 and was acquired by Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm specializing in consumer and retail investments, in August of 2012.d10165a4c4451818cbc0.jpgAt the end of fiscal 2012, the company operated 504 Talbots stores throughout the U.S. (45 states) and Canada, including 432 Talbots stores (U.S. and Canada), 56 Talbots Upscale Outlet stores (U.S.) and 16 Talbots Clearance stores (15 in U.S.; one in Canada).

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Numbers

Employees

5001-10,000 employees

Company info

Who we are

Products, services

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Apparel, Fashion and Customer service

Through the decades, Talbots has expanded beyond New England and developed a devoted following of smart shoppers who rely on gracious service, great quality, timeless pieces—and Talbots famous "surprise and delight."


Company outlook

The Talbots customer is smart and well-educated, with the majority professionally employed in a range of fields. She’s active in and passionate about her community. Ageless in style and attitude, she appreciates classic styling and values quality workmanship.

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Benefits

  • We Care About Your Health ...
  • National Health, Dental and Vision plan options
  • Health Insurance premium incentives to lower your costs
  • Fit for Life Wellness Program
  • Online, telephonic and onsite health coaching
  • Programs, incentives and discounts throughout the year to keep us all moving
  • MDLIVE - Tele-health medicine through Talbots medical plans; immediate access to a doctor 24/7; online or by phone
  • Personalized Health Management Programs
  •   We will help you save money ...
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Transportation Reimbursement
  •   We've got you Covered ...
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability coverage provides income replacement when on medical leave
  •   Planning ahead for your future ...
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Eligible for match at hire
  • Auto-enroll feature
  • Auto-increase feature

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What we offer

What is special about working for us?

e3f05261ae22f10236bc.jpgJoin a team of passionate professionals who use their diverse talents to create success every day for one of the best brands in the country. Be the face of Talbots in one of our 500+ stores, as you build relationships with our customers and help them achieve their best selves.

Ask any of our associates and they'll tell you that Talbots is a family. We support each other day in and day out. We challenge each other to reach for the best. And when someone accomplishes their goals—everyone cheers! The passion we feel for our brand and for our customers is reflected in everything we do. And along the way, we have lots of fun.

How would we describe the company culture?

Our woman is our first thought, our final filter and our constant inspiration. Helping her to live her best life with modern classic style influences everything we do.ea2598fdc46aca775a65.jpgWith our rich history as a foundation, we embrace the future by encouraging creativity, innovation and smart risk taking. And as we continue to grow our business through all channels, including eCommerce and additional stores, we strive constantly not just to do things better but to do better things.

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Reviews for Talbots

Reviews - What employees say

3.30 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • Better training upon hire. A lot of policies are written in black and white but we aren’t really given the opportunity to learn about them until you stumble upon an instance where you have to look into it.

What I like about the company

I am empowered to make my own decisions based on what I feel is right for the business. I feel I am trusted and my opinion is valued.

What I dislike about the company

There is a very narrow career path one must follow if they are looking to advance in the field. Offering a wider variety of field jobs would give more employees something to aspire to.

  • 29.Jan 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • We have a great workplace culture not much to change

Review averages

  • 23 employees say

    Excellent (9)
    39.130434782609%
    Good (7)
    30.434782608696%
    Satisfactory (2)
    8.695652173913%
    Subpar (5)
    21.739130434783%
    3.30
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Talbots
3.30
23 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail)
3.16
106,670 reviews

kununu average
3.28
2,544,000 reviews