Polo Ralph Lauren

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    In Geneva (Switzerland) : Top-down, control freak, individualistic competitive, bad office culture.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Planning Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Production Planning Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Growing company.
    The well known and famous brand attracting employees.
    Good for people for whom it is important for the self esteem (or to pride themselves) to work for a worldwide fashion company.
    2 staff sales events per year, a sample sales events and other smaller events during the year where you can have big discounts.
    A small gym inside the building.
    Very nice offices. Free coffee machines.
    Very good and cheap company restaurant.
    Surrounded by nature so I is good for break at mid-day.
    Close to the french border.
    Steady work place if you keep low profile and lf you adhere to the company's culture
    Top-down , obey and execute style of management which is good if you don't like to be asked to take initiatives. Environment that fosters Hard skills.

    Cons

    Control freak, suspicious atmosphere.:
    You will be subject to remarks, suspicion, or even subtle threats if you physically visit another department.
    Silos company: Department are spread in 5 floors. Few informal communication: each group stays between themselves.
    Speak up is not recommended and you should communicate by email to have proofs. You can only rely on few number of people and be discreet.

    No leadership:
    Top-down , obey and execute style of management.
    Management methods using fear is the rule. People reach management positions because of their seniority in the company and/or hard-skills competences and the majority do not have the skills to manage people. They do not receive training on this purpose. They do not accept, not interested in, and do not know how to deal with feedback or different styles of personalities.
    It is common that employees go to their desk, do not say hello to other employees they don't know, and sit without saying a word all day long.

    Work activities:
    Task oriented repetitive actives where you accept to keep low profile and accept to be used under your qualifications. No employees development programs. No (as far I as know) training budget for staff.
    Individualistic and competitive environment where teamwork behavior is not promoted: My manager secretly put me on competition with another colleague asking us to carried out the same task in order to compare us.

    26 different information system. ( installing SAP starting July 2014). Which will lead to staff reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Relax company culture, great networking, many position options

    Cons

    Salary isn't most competitive

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall great company

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, improving learning and development trainings, overall culture

    Cons

    Middle management salaries are well under market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent work experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros are as follows:
    Staff
    Pay
    Benefits
    Training
    Perks

    Cons

    The Cons are as follows:
    Work load
    Hours
    Promotions
    DM's
    Corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Alright

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    employee discount, fun environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    busy work environment, poor management

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A complete waste of time and skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    1 hour unpaid lunch break

    Cons

    19k after taxes, terrible managment, the hours were from 10-7, stressful, no room for growth, expected to purchase clothes from Ralph Lauren and wear at all times despite not being given an allowance or any type of assistance. Desperate for new employees and will hire the most unqualified people to work there. Management favors the top seller in the store and will treat everyone else poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire 16-18 year old teenagers because these are the only type of people who can afford to make such little being a sales associate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Educated people need not apply!

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Boca Raton, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Boca Raton, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Nationally know fashion store with spectacular products. Well respected by people who are not aware of the atmosphere behind the scenes.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of support, and discrimination runs rampant in the stores. Upper management doesn't care or doesn't believe the employees. But then doing only 1-2 store visits per year is no way to really see what's going on. Store directors harass, bully, and discriminated against employees. She also tried to inflict religious beliefs and made life miserable for you if you were not on the same side politically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a higher awareness of the day to day activity in the stores. Just blindly believing the store director is a horrible and irresponsible practice. When I brought the harassment and the fact that I was being bullied at work to the regional manager, she told the store director and I was in even more hot water and my life was a living hell. Dumb!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A robot factory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    They feed you good. Free coffee; and they trust you to pay for your own snakes. Vendors outside so you don't have to go out

    Cons

    Worst place ever; treated everybody like robots. Not human there especially during Christmas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so hard on the temporaries, they are human to. Don't be quick to fire temporaries and during Christmas season don't work everyone until they can't stay anymore.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Bicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Bicester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The sales advisors are like a family.

    Cons

    Rude customers
    No recognition
    Very limited if any progression
    Management don't care about anything but themselves and making the store look good
    High employee turnover
    Awful pay and they never paid my last month!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay
    Actually care about the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    there are too many politicians.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great discount on retail price.

    Cons

    People are selfish and erogant senior managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes! The RL empire is getting rotten.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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