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Review averages

  • 28 employees say

    Excellent (11)
    39.285714285714%
    Good (7)
    25%
    Satisfactory (4)
    14.285714285714%
    Subpar (6)
    21.428571428571%
    3.31
  • 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

3.31 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • Better training for managers. Actions need to be taken for those that don't make improvements or treat others as they should. Leadership needs to be more in the know. More trust. Better pay.

What I like about the company

People are great to work with... really make the experience. Incredibly smart. Great discount in stores. Friday's during the summer are half days provided you make up the hours during the week. Activities committee that puts on quarterly events.

What I dislike about the company

Work/life balance is tough. Managers aren't taught how to be good managers. Leadership doesn't know or understand what is happening below them. People aren't held accountable. Pay is lower than most comparable places around them. Opportunity to grow/be promoted is unclear.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00
  • Company
    Talbots Inc (Hingham, MA / United States)
  • City
    Hingham, MA
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • 22.May 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Better pay. More respect and trust. Get rid of the "mean girls".

What I like about the company

Everyone is friendly. Your team, becomes an instant set of best friends. Summer fridays are half days.

What I dislike about the company

Bad work/life management. managers gossip, hide things from teams and play favorites. Pay is lower than industry standard. Need more opportunity.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00
  • Company
    Talbots Inc (Hingham, MA / United States)
  • City
    Hingham, MA
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • 13.May 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Regular bonus structure, yearly cost of living pay increases

What I like about the company

Very happy with my role and team

What I dislike about the company

Nothing really - would like more regular pay increase structure if anything.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00
  • Company
    Talbots, Inc
  • City
    Hingham
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

Review averages

  • 28 employees say

    Excellent (11)
    39.285714285714%
    Good (7)
    25%
    Satisfactory (4)
    14.285714285714%
    Subpar (6)
    21.428571428571%
    3.31
  • 0 applicants say

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

kununu score comparisons

Talbots
3.31
28 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail)
3.19
115,155 reviews

kununu average
3.30
2,677,000 reviews