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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Michael Kors full-time for more than 3 yearsPros
-50% Employee Discount
-Upper Level Management can give"Fave Five" Cards to 5 of their friends/family, which gives them 30% discount for one year.
-Clothing Allotment: free clothes, free shoes, free handbags(only in retail development, not for retail store employees)
-Great Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, 401k that the company matches 50%
-Everyone that works in the retail development division of MK is extremely nice, welcoming, and helpful, but I can't say the same thing for employees who work in the retail stores.
-I was lucky to have a great boss who went above and beyond to make sure I always got what I deserved.Cons
-When I first started the balance between work and personal life was great. They put great emphasis on setting time aside for yourself and my superiors would make sure that I wasn't working on my day off. But the last two years of my time with the company, I was spending every waking minute working. There was too much to do with very little time. I lost contact with friends and family because I always had a deadline for something.
-The retail development division(wholesale) can be very stressful working in the field as most of our retail partners don't agree with MK's ways of running a business. You have corporate telling you that you need to do one thing, but the Retail Partners telling you no. It can be stressful as some retail partners refuse to compromise.
-As the company grows more, it starts to become more and more like other big corporate companies.
-You used to be able to pick your clothing allotment, now they pick it for you and you have to wear it exactly as they tell you.
-If you work in retail development you can't wear things that you buy in the retail stores.
-You have to have your nails with either no nail polish or painted in beige, light pink, or light grey.
-Your hair has to be it's natural color, can't wear, lipstick can only be natural colors.
-They used to fly shop managers to regional summits to meet other shop managers and gather tips and tricks, but they stopped because there's too many shop managers.
-They used to give blackberries, but now they just give you money for your bill.
-They give you absolutely no options to be yourself. Most of the clothing allotment they gave me was uncomfortable. One quarter all the shoes I received were 4 inch heels! Working in retail department stores where the stockroom is usually on the other side of the department....4 inch heels were a death sentence.
-Being a Shop Manager can be lonely since you're usually the only one in your company that works at that location. You communicate with everyone at MK mostly through email and rarely see them, which makes it difficult to get the help that you need.
-Three years working with the company and although I got HUGE raises was praised by corporate quite a few times, and was used as an example for best practices many, many times....I never got promoted to a new position. I only got promoted to a higher volume store doing the same exact thing that I was doing before The days started to drag because I exhausted everything that I could get out of that position.Advice to ManagementAdvice
-Take into consideration that some of the items chosen for allotment, although they look nice,t is not practical or comfortable for a shop manager to wear because they are usually on their feet for 8 hours.
-Shop Managers need to have some more time with other Shop Mangers in the region and nation. It makes it easier to contact each other for help and we can gather tips and tricks from each other.
-It's difficult to ask for help when you never really met the person. Although you meet Shop Managers within your district, their store's volume can be significantly different. It would be nice to meet and communicate with SM's that work in a store with the same volume to get more realistic tips and tricks.
-District Managers need to spend more time with Shop Managers. Most shop managers feel very lost for the first few months because the DM only visits once a month
-I can see demand for the Brand decreasing dramatically within the next two years as the company is starting to become more money hungry. Sought after purses are being reproduced in large numbers decreasing the demand and value of the purse. The brand is starting to be ubiquitous, which makes it harder to be original when wearing their items. It's so easy to fins someone wearing the same bag or the same dress. If a fashion piece sold well, don't overproduce it when you decide to bring it back. The brand doesn't seem so exclusive anymore. You can easily spot someone throughout your day who has the same Michael Kors Bag as you, in the same color.
-Towards the end of my time with the company, I noticed that it was harder and harder to sell items to customers. Most were either saying that they seen that bag everywhere, they can wait until it goes on sale(because everything is being overproduced, styles are less likely to sell through before it gets marked down and customers are taking notice), or all the bags looks the same.
-Don't let growth make you lose sight of the values that made this company so awesome ti work for 2 years ago.RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Michael Kors.Interview Details
Getting the job at MK was fairly easy. I applied online to a job posting on craigslist and i was quickly called after to come into the store for an interview.Interview Questions
Negotiation Detailsno need to negotiageAccepted Offer
- very easy interview, manager just wanted to know my past experience Answer Question
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Michael Kors dresses the stars, both real and imagined. The company designs, distributes, and sells high-fashion apparel, footwear, and accessories for men and women. It has expanded its product portfolio through the years by inking several licensing agreements, such as watches with Fossil, eyewear with Marchon, and fragrance with Estée Lauder. The firm's collections include three brands -- Michael Kors, MICHAEL Michael Kors, and KORS Michael Kors. Mr. Kors himself owns about 12% of the company while Sportswear Holdings, the holding company owned by fashion investors Silas...