Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated 22 October, 2014
Updated 22 October, 2014
435 Reviews
3.2
435 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ralph Lauren has excellent employee benefits and offers a generous employee discount (in 42 reviews)

  • Great discount, company has a reputable name to use for future references (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • disorganized, not a good work - life balance, very long hours (in 14 reviews)

  • Full time seasonal, as well as part time managerial/supervisor positions are non existent (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ralph Lauren Childrenswear is the worst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ralph Lauren sounds impressive to other people who have no idea what a terrible work environment it is.

    Cons

    This place sucks horribly. Childrenswear can't seem to keep employees for long since it's such an awful place to work. The managers have no idea how to manage and will blame you for literally everything that isn't your fault. No one knows what they are doing. It is completely disorganized and everyone is rude. They only promote people they know personally/are friends with. They freak out if you are a minute late. There is no work life balance. They expect your life to revolve around them when they act like you're disposable and don't value you at all. No one has your back. Pays lower than other companies. No room for growth. Can't wait to get out of here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    I hated this job

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    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The discount was okay and there are a lot of talented wonderful people that work for the company.

    Cons

    There is little to no appreciation for employees that work behind the scenes. All of the incentives and accolades go to the sales staff. Upper management was HORRIBLE! They make you do a thousand jobs and nepotism there is heavy. It is a very vein environment so if you don't fit their standard of beauty (blonde hair blue eyed, preferably male) then know you will be spending the rest of your time there being treated as second class. I've been told that if I have an opinion I should keep it to myself by upper management (verbatim). There is extremely high turnover and every time someone would quit or was fired they would take months to replace them leaving the rest of the staff overworked and underpaid. There was little to no advancement within the company especially if you did not fit into the visual status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your managers how to manage employees properly and how to talk to people. Pay your employees a proper wage. Recognize the talent you have and promote that talent. Thoroughly think things through before you execute them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are friendly here and very chill

    Cons

    That the HR isnt very helpful in helping temp employees becomeperm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discount on RL clothing

    Cons

    Culture of company is to just repeat what has been done in the past without thought or reasoning behind it. Adding value to the company is just not possible with current leadership. A few good people carry the weight of everyone else with no reward while the only way to get promoted is to either quit/have them think you are at risk, have some kind of nervous breakdown, or be close friends with the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give bonuses to all levels (not just Sr. Directors), let people really develop and rotate (if you are too valuable they will force you to stay in that role forever), see the writing on the wall and embrace change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job for high school and first year college students

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Edinburgh, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Edinburgh, IN (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great employee discount 50% on 4 items each month, and 30% on everything else. Good atmosphere for young people.

    Cons

    No commission, or incentives to make sales. Depending on management, you may be treated like a child or quite frankly just another number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like adults. Use better training for employees. Training videos are outdated and corny. Compensation could be increased a little bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    assistant manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Tannersville, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Tannersville, PA (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the product and discount were nice

    Cons

    compensation was all over the place. as the assistant manager of hr it was very easy to determine other managers pay. my salary was far less than others in the same position. I asked for fair compensation several times and was told no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay people what they are worth. don't take advantage of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    recruit people to reflect
    t a luxury business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great discount for friends and family

    Cons

    have to fight to be recognised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at the pool of talent dont carrry on losing them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sounds better than it is...

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company name is great for your resume!
    Opportunity to learn many systems / software (PDM, Sourcing 2000, etc.)

    Cons

    Cliques are the key here. The more higher ups you know the better your chances of advancing. If you kiss up to your direct upper management you will stay employed even if you have no idea of what you are doing. Its no wonder the Rugby brand no longer exists. Many are pretentious and unfriendly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Brand

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employee discount on merchandise is generous. Every month associates can purchase up to 5 items of their choice at 50% off , as part of their personal wardrobe. The hours are flexible, and the atmosphere is friendly. Training is provided, even for the inexperienced, as long as you embody good customer service skills and behaviors, this retail gig is easy.

    Cons

    Benchmarking associates is just a term they use when they deliver performance appraisals. When it comes time to fill internal positions, most often they hire external candidates. General managers don't mentor the ASM team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    General managers should trust and allow their ASMs to run their specific departments as smaller units of a store. Lead by example by working side by side with them, rather than riding on the ASM team's contribution. This consistent behavior will change the negative office culture and the store's depressing morale into a positive environment built on trust and collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You stay because of the brand, not because of opportunities to advance or learn.

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    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous employee discounts, kind employees, well known and established brand.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to advance if you are not part of a good division, no lower level bonuses, management is a bit out of touch with average employee needs and goals, pay not great, unless you are senior director or above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider better increases to retain better talent, compensate well at the bottom as well as at the top, provide real opportunities for growth and learning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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