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Gildan Activewear Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2014
Updated 20 October, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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Gildan Activewear President, CEO, Director Glenn J. Chamandy
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  1.  

    Excellent environment to learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Truly international company, excellent place to learn, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.

    Cons

    Company has grown very quickly and some of the work processes still have some catching up to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Beware

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    Former Employee - Management in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Management in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Offers competitive compensation and benefits
    -Stunning offices in the heart of downtown Montreal
    -Good financial standing

    Cons

    -Poor management
    -High turnover
    -No communication
    -No work-life balance
    -No one is happy; very demotivating, depressing environment
    -No regular feedback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee concerns into account; there is a reason there is so much turnover, especially in the HR department.
    Very little promotion from within, even when it's well deserved.
    Initiatives are started but never followed through.
    Yes, you compensate your people well, but at what cost? You continue to lose strong employees and soon, given your reputation within the Montreal job maker, it will be tough to keep replacing them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A grown-up family business with obviously inadequate staff

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    Current Employee - IT Administrator in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - IT Administrator in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I think the only thing I like is the office location!

    Cons

    Where to start? I have joined 1 year ago and I can't believe I am still there. I should have refused the offer since I was so unimpressed by the whole hiring process, started with the HR manager not having read my Resume and making me feel inadequate (why did she call me for an interview then?) and then making a low-ball offer a few days afterward which was increased by 20% upon my obvious counteroffer (hint, hint! Do not take right away their first offer!).
    When joined I stayed without a workstation for 15 days, and working in IT you may understand what handicap that is. Basically I was paid to do nothing for 2 weeks.
    When fully setup I understood quickly the mess I ended up into. The company has grown too fast and their processes are frankly slightly above of non-existing. The worst part is that the management does not fully realize what that means and think that as long as profit comes the company is doing well (I witnessed this way of thinking from the beginning and it has not changed so far). It shows how management is composed by non-trained people who have no long-term vision at all. How those are selected into key position is no mystery once you understand that this company is manager as a family business. Quick and dirty style. Grab and go.
    One of the most pathetic areas is the e-commerce site (for the US market) which is a joke. Fortunately we deal with low-cost merchandise, so customers expectations are luckily low.
    Frequent overtime is requested to cope with unreasonable request or expectations from incompetent managers. Politics take you a long way in this environment, like in many other companies based in QC, unfortunately (and I am a french Canadian: I just do not like to hide my head under the ground).
    I have been on the look to move away for a while and I am glad I am signing a new contract soon. I definitely do not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove incompetent personnel from all areas, from HR to upper management. Unfortunately presently those are the ones setting the bar so low for the company. Productive, optimistic employee are frustrated and all on the look to move away. Do not settle for this mediocrity: the company can do much, much better than this and profits are now only a fraction of what they can be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    - strong ethical values
    - great CEO
    - intelligent executives
    - the complex and vertically-chained orientation of the business structure allows for a challenging work experience (never boring)

    Cons

    - a little disorganized for its size due to its recent rapid expansion
    - controls are also a little too tight for it's size, feels like a family-owned enterprise sometimes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent experience. I learned a lot accross all projects I participate in. I prove myself as an expert in Databases.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior DB and Applications Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Senior DB and Applications Analyst in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear

    Pros

    Good team and managers to work with.
    Excellennt projects and challenges.
    Every day, there is a learning.
    Gildan trust me and count on me.
    etc.

    Cons

    Sometimes delaying in a critical tasks because of non understanding from management (take time to understand the importance of the projects or to have an emergency budget, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be in listen mode to employers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gildan

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only positive about this company is that they pay you.

    Cons

    Poor ethics and poor morals. They do a horrible job running their business and they treat employees like crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your ethical practice. Poor job running the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Bought us and closed us

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    Former Employee - Auditor Pick Packer in Newton, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Auditor Pick Packer in Newton, NC (US)

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    didn't get to know them, short time with them

    Cons

    did't have a chance to know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of the people working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Living in Charleston is great

    Cons

    Management needs to listen to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    opportunities but somewhat difficult/challenging environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    good manufacturing process, responsible to environment at manufacturing sites

    Cons

    difficulties transitioning to new class of trade

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to look long-term, understand that not all accounts are run the same

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Effective Administration of all mechanical technical and human resource of the production floor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Knitting Production Manager in Choloma, Cortés (Honduras)
    Former Employee - Knitting Production Manager in Choloma, Cortés (Honduras)

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Multinational company with grey benefits and growth opportunities

    Cons

    long working hours. Plants run 24/7

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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