Liz Claiborne

Liz Claiborne Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
75 Reviews
3.2
75 Reviews
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Liz Claiborne CEO and Director William L. McComb
William L. McComb
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, Close early before all holidays (in 6 reviews)

  • In NY, 21 days of vacation out of the gate, frequent sample sales, matching 401K, good health insurance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • During the last years there, Senior management was poor and was forced to sell off divisions and eliminate entire departments (in 5 reviews)

  • The work/life balance is not respected and you are required to continually go above and beyond with no recognition for your efforts (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very fair company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in North Bergen, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in North Bergen, NJ

    I worked at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They liked to promote from within, women had the same chances as men for promotion. If you worked hard, you didn't need to ask for a raise or promotion.

    Cons

    During the last years there, Senior management was poor and was forced to sell off divisions and eliminate entire departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should have been replaced many years ago but the CEO was kept on too long leading to the ultimate deterioration of a once great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    not bad at store level, Sad they closed

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Seaside, OR
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Seaside, OR

    I worked at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay, vacation, sick days, flexible, great training, very good at the store level, but higher ups in the company thought of themselves first.

    Cons

    company sold out to JC Penny's, poor management of the company by the president tried to target a new customer instead of focusing on the existing ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should have stuck with what they were doing for the original Liz Claiborne brand and not changed to Isaac Mizrahi he ruined the brand most of the things he designed were very very ugly!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Liz Claiborne gave me the opportunity to work with some of the best creative talent out there.

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    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Liz Claiborne as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in-house corporate, I had the privilege of mentoring less experienced colleagues while learning so much from the divisional directors that I reported to. Since we were on the same "team" as the client, there was an ease about the whole process of providing smart design solutions that fulfilled the needs of this Fortune 500 company. Budgets were somewhat flexible and this allowed us to hire some of the most gifted creative talents out there.

    Cons

    Leadership within the divisions that I handled on an ongoing basis was excellent but there were some rather inflexible and difficult personalities that I came up against along the way. That is, of course, to be expected. In the long run, my Creative Director made sure that each Art Director was working with divisional heads in harmony so if the pairing was not running smoothly, adjustments in partnering were made.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior Technical Fashion Designer

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Fashion Designer in North Bergen, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Fashion Designer in North Bergen, NJ

    I worked at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    big company, great opportunities, equal chance of employment

    Cons

    down sizing, moved, divisions closed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work before the "breakup".

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Industry Leader. Smart and innovative. Believed in true partnerships. Invested in their people.Focused on the end consumer. Great brands. Great systems. Great infrastructure.

    Cons

    Like all public companies focused on the bottom line, end of quarter can be crazy. Had to do more with less before any other company ever uttered those words.Very process driven, you have to like that to do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on the end consumer and you will win.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great for Fashion career-minded & new grads

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large apparel manufacturer with awesome opportunity for advancement, 4 weeks vacation, Summer fridays, Stock options, annual bonuses

    Cons

    None, but you will earn your pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits and discounts offered

    Cons

    theres not much chance for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Liz Claiborne full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Always something interesting going on at the company

    Cons

    Not a lot of confidence in executive team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people's work and what they can offer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Job for High Schoolers/College Students; Ba

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Clinton, CT
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Clinton, CT

    I worked at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great Employee Discounts; good on Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, and Lucky Brand merchandise
    -Great health insurance
    -No rewards for hard work, dedication, and opening Liz Claiborne Outlet charge cards
    -Great Co-Workers

    Cons

    -Bad work/life balance; typical in retail environment
    -Management and protocols constantly changing
    -Unrealistic expectations
    -No growth opportunities; I worked in the outlet store for many years when I was interviewed for the NYC internship, but still wasn't hired
    -Lack of gender diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Vote out William McComb
    -Bring back Paul Charron
    -It wouldn't hurt if y'all work in the retail trenches
    -Improve the quality of the merchandise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Place To Work If You Are A Hard Worker

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Liz Claiborne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are expected to do your job with minimum need for supervision. You work as hard as you would if it were your own business.

    Cons

    If you are the type that requires a lot of structure to be productive than you should go to a more corporate company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you encourage your workers to have a entreprenurial style then the compensation/title increases should keep pace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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