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Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
81 Reviews
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Pros
  • Multitasking, fast paced enviroment, international experience (in 22 reviews)

  • people are nice good pay and its good for students who just want spare pocket money and part time (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Necessity to wait three months until you can get your employee discount and uniform (in 31 reviews)

  • 15% discount does not allow for an affordable way to consistently represent the brand (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Only care about the product, not the people.

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

    I worked at Zara

    Pros

    Pay for managers was competitive

    Cons

    time off policies, benefits, people development, leaderships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize people development and recognition

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

    Unorganized, No communication, Your Typical Heartless Mega Corporation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager - Mens
    Former Employee - Department Manager - Mens

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

    Pros

    -Experience
    -Fast Paced
    -Promotions (extremely high turnover rate, that's actually a con)
    -Met a few amazing co-workers

    Cons

    -Everything. NO Life/Work Balance
    -Discount is a joke. (15% off)
    -Extremely Negative
    -Worst communication with corporate. (Sometimes it would take over a WEEK until HR got back to me, including several time sensitive matters.)
    -Extremely Unorganized Senior Management(Regionals and HR)
    -To those who do not speak Spanish fluently: Forget it! You will never get further than store level.
    -Regionals try to start drama in stores because they don't want managers to get along. (It's so bizarre! They even
    make up lies!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice. They are set in their ways.

    Advice to those who love the Zara brand and think it would be great to work there: Avoid this place. As soon as it's decided that corporate no longer likes you/you're not the flavor of the month, they find ways to push you out the door. (I was promoted 4 times in 4 years)

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

    Horrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Zara part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Honestly, I can't find one good reason to work for this company. Not even sure what the employee discount was, I left after 4 days.

    Cons

    Unprofessional-sent an email the night before telling me my orientation was at 7am the next morning. None of the managers at orientation knew what was supposed to be done. Threw me on the floor my first day and expected me to know the ropes and do everything correctly.
    Tons of miscommunication. Unprofessional demeanor. The store manager didn't like the way something was done and proceeded to talk down to me, asking if I knew how to count.

    High turn over rate. This particular location just opened-the first in the state within the month I was hired. There were already multiple people who quit or were fired.

    Was clearly not the job for me, as I have a degree in fashion & retail management and was only allowed to refold items, and remove them from fitting rooms. No customer, or employee interaction for that matter, at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Pay, Bad Morals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Department Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive for sales associates and managers
    4 Weeks paid vacation as well as sick/personal days
    Fashion forward with bi-weekly shipments of new merchandise
    Work/life balance no worse than other retail positions and companies

    Cons

    - 15% discount does not allow for an affordable way to consistently represent the brand
    - Snob appeal is questionable enough when it is expected but it is absolutely ridiculous when there is nothing to be snobby about. To be snobby, one would expect a high end brand, quality merchandise, intelligent corporate and none of these things are present at Zara. Treat your customers and employees better... your're not impressing anyone!
    -There is no genuine customer service culture... it seems to be something the company wants to avoid being known for being bad at but doesn't even understand the fundamental trickle down that is necessary to achieve. Ability to increase sales is the only honest factor in a company that does not have the tools necessary to really achieve customer service - proper technology, merchandise that wont fall apart, helpful policies, empowered associates and managers. Mariela is fantastic but shouldn't have to solve problems that should have been avoided.
    - Extreme shadiness and inconsistency with human resource policies. Over 6 years, this can be attributed to many factors. First of all, there have only been a few attempts at any written handbook, all of which contained many mistakes. You ask three different people at corporate a question and you will get three different answers.... but at the end be personally accountable for doing what is "right." Even specific people would give different answers for the same scenario. For someone wanting to do the right thing and lead a team with honesty and clear goals, it was impossible. If you are ethical and fair, not a puppet, you will not be happy. I have seen many good people get hurt and not get what they deserved while others got away with everything for years. While everyone ultimately is going to look out for themselves, the way other people are treated or allowed to behave is so ethically wrong, that many have been just as upset about what happened to others as themselves... that shows you something.
    -Don't expect corporate to understand how to read a report, write a sentence, or answer a question effectively even in their respective discipline. The incompetence is rampant, embarrassing, and frustrating. Being intelligent at this company is not an advantage... in fact it will work against you.
    - The company vibe is terrible. There is no trust
    - The ignorance present at all levels is despicable. From "mistakes" on merchandise that are very obviously inappropriate, offensive or just careless to comments from superiors, I have seen and heard too much.
    - Racism is more obvious than the company may want to think. Under the disguise of "image" people are treated differently. The company will walk on eggshells to not be called out in a racial issue when it actually isn't occurring but will deny someone advancement with no good explanation on the other end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Don't let the success of the company be a blinder to the many problems/opportunities for improvement
    - Keep updating technology to ensure efficiency and customer service.
    -Take more time hiring to ensure you have a strong, intelligent, capable corporate and management base. Take better care hiring associates, especially for store openings and train them. Managing a giant group is not efficient, and the necessary mass firings that over hiring leads to gives a terrible feeling.
    - Create better structure and consistency with policies so employees can know what to expect and be held accountable
    - Document everything and dont trust what someone said was ok today wont cause a problem for you tomorrow.
    - if incompetence is the cause, get more competent people. if communication is the cause, plan for better communication. If deliberate shadiness is the cause, know its noticeable... stop it if you have any values or continue if you don't care.
    - Do whatever it takes to get on the same page at corporate before you can expect consistency in stores. There has been some recent effort to do this... it needs to get better still.
    - Be thankful there haven't been more lawsuits.
    -Improve quality or back down from the rigid return policy.
    - Communicate with and trust your good people and reward them. True motivation to work hard for a company doesn't come from fear, it comes from respect. There is a way to inspire with high standards without being abusive and power hungry.
    -Pick your battles better. Support employees when they need help before nit picking.
    -Stop with the snob appeal and gossip... it hinders any trust and teamwork and is very noticeable to customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zara

    Pros

    Store based commission for all employees

    Cons

    Working in retail is a Con

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just started and it's already tension between employees. Shocked and disappointed...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Zara part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The job comes with a decent pay for part-time workers that will have to pay their medical benefits out of their own pockets $11 an hour. The job is challenging and there will always be work to do. I've only been working for Zara for 3days and the ENTIRE team is moving fast-paced and seem to be very motivated and ready for success! It is ALOT of work.

    Cons

    Trying feels like a gang initiation! In my particular department my superior's attitude is very condescending, not nice or approachable. She is very different from the happy, approachable corporate employees that hired me on the spot. It's day #3 and she is already finding faults in the new team members, and giving pass or fail test. I think it's discouraging to the brand overall. I'm taken back, that we getting off on the wrong foot. The holidays will be here soon...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management should be more compassionate. When u see new recruits showing up to work 10-15mins earlier and taking the effort Dnt be in such a rush to crack the whip, provoking and being a bully. Every employee is not the same, some move fast some move slow in the beginning. Give PPL a fair chance to show their interest and skills. Be approachable. Encourage others. Stop starting employee confrontations. Some employees come to do their jobs and only say hi and bye, managers shld not take that as aggressiveness but as a person being focused on the workload and new job opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sales associate/ Key Holder

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Zara full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Honestly the employee discount. If you like Zara clothing like I do, then it really comes in handy.

    Cons

    Crappy hours and shifts. Schedule constantly changing, so you can't plan on having the same days week to week. The job is retail, obviously... But the day to day job of folding and cleaning up behind grown stuck up people can really start to ware on you. It wasn't for me. So I quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better communication with the employees. Be more willing to answer our questions.

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

    Unprofessional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Coordination Trainee) in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Coordination Trainee) in Boston, MA

    I worked at Zara full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I wish I had a pro to tell you.

    Cons

    The discount is horrible. You get 15% off. You walk in and think its a tasteful store but really the go-backs are thrown everywhere on the floor, and you spend your day cleaning. They give you one uniform all year unless your pants rip or something it's ridiculous. The management is a joke, they think they have all this power and will use you until you just can't take it anymore. Do not accept any promotion they offer you because they will not give you a raise on the spot. I've been training for over 6 months and still no raise, they lie to you .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care or the people who have been there and know everything. They deserve to be treated better and with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Terrible & Unprofessional Management

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

    I worked at Zara part-time

    Pros

    Uniform is provided. Fairly comfortable.

    Cons

    Bad management (Managers are unprofessional and hiring and firing is constant.). No benefits for part-timers and 15% employee discount off already overpriced and low quality clothes. $9 an hour is ridiculous when the workload is heavy and constantly busy (especially during the holidays!) and regular customers that come to the store are also difficult to deal with (Miami customers, not sure about other locations). Management really has no respect for its employees and hours can be cut in half or more if they no longer want you around but do not want to fire you due to insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are humans too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible. Working for almost a year. (Part-Time)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Zara part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Good experience for a 1st job.
    -Good pay.

    Cons

    -Cheap clothing is over priced.
    -HORRIBLE management (always changing your schedule, not enough hours)
    -Irresponsible managers, miscommunications, hypocritical, favoritism)
    -You don't get a raise unless they like you, they don't even care about hard work.
    -The company doesn't care about employees.
    -Customers are snobby thinking that we're servants to only please them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more organized and less hypocritical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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