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River Island Clothing – Why Work For Us?

Love fashion. Love River Island.

With over 60 years of fashion retailing experience, River Island is one of the most successful companies on the High Street.

River Island has nearly 300 stores across the UK, Ireland and internationally throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

River Island is known for its stylish and affordable fashion and the unique touches we bring to our collections, which give us standout from the rest of the High Street. Our customers love us for our great going-out looks, amazing denim and fabulous shoes and bags, as well as being the perfect place to pick up everything you could need to get a complete head-to-toe look.

At River Island we try really hard to bring new and original fashion to you, with design at the heart of absolutely everything we do. Almost everything is designed in-house and with one of the largest design teams on the High Street this means we can have fabulous new fashion arriving in-store and online every single week.

With hundreds of stores operating in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and more, River Island offers fantastic career opportunities.

Fashion does not stand still and time and again we have demonstrated our ability to change, our willingness to invest and our sheer determination to stay ahead. With over 50 years of fashion retailing experience River Island is one of the UK’s largest and most successful privately owned companies. We design everything in-house to ensure that our products have a unique appeal on the high street.

Our working environment is responsive and fast moving. We are achievement orientated and driven to provide the latest trends for our customers.

Our head office is based in West London and is an exciting and dynamic place to work. On site there is a subsidised gym and restaurant for all staff to enjoy.

What We Offer:

River Island is an exciting and fast-paced place to work.

Pay –

Our pay rates for our roles are competitive.

Holidays –

holiday entitlements depend on level/role.

Staff discount –

One of the best perks of working for River Island! We offer all our employees a generous staff discount and there’s even a staff shop onsite at head office, which is full of amazing bargains.

Flexible working hours –

River Island encourage a healthy work/life balance. We offer store advisors flexible shifts and a range of contracts depending on situation and commitments.

Season ticket loans –

As our Head Office is based in London and transport costs can be high we offer head office employees an interest free loan to help them buy a season travel card.

Pension –

River Island invest in their staff and offer all permanent employees the opportunity to join a company pension scheme after a qualifying period.


River Island invests in staff and encourages career development.

Training opportunities include:

- An initial induction to introduce you to River Island as a business

- A structured new starter induction & development programme for head office employees or a 3-4 week induction programme at a training store for sales advisors and store managers

- Skill development workshops relevant to your role, e.g. time management, delegation etc.

- Regular progress reviews to monitor performance and development needs

- Management training modules including diversity, absence & staff scheduling (where relevant for your role)

We’re continually assessing and improving the training opportunities available to our staff – we want to help you make the most of your career with River Island and hope you enjoy working with us.

Work Placement:

Our Industrial Placement Scheme is ideal for students studying a fashion-related subject. Head office student placements usually last between 6-12 months and offer invaluable experience of working in the fast-paced world of fashion retail.

Merchandising -

Our Merchandisers are responsible for maximising profits and sales. They manage supplier stock levels and monitor the performance of each season’s key lines.

Buying –

The Buying team work closely with our Designers to develop stylish clothing each season. They build positive relationships with suppliers to ensure we get the best possible price on materials.

Design –

Our Designers take each product from sketch to storefront, researching new trends and creating must have looks for River Island customers.

Marketing & Press –

The Marketing team look after our communications; they represent River Island to the public and press, updating our website and keeping customers in the loop.

Garment Technology –

This tech-savvy team work closely with Designers and Buyers to seal garments from the initial design sample.

River Island occasionally offers adhoc, short term work experience upon request. For further details please contact the HR Team by clicking on the link above.

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River Island Clothing Reviews

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  • Fast paced challenging high fashion retailer with a buzzing atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at River Island Clothing full-time (more than a year)


    Free uniform, great discount, being part of a fashion forward business.


    Need to be flexible as to support the business needs.
    Too many different opinions on different aspects of the store can cause extended workload for teams and can be frustrating.
    Not enough hours in a day. ��

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    Tailor training to the individuals role. Consistency needed in people skills from the top down in order to get the best from your staff and to create a happy driven work force.

    Positive Outlook
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River Island Clothing Interviews

Updated Mar 15, 2015
Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    Sales Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at River Island Clothing in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for a vacancy they had advertised and 2 weeks later I get a an email to book a time slot. The interview was held at the job centre in the city centre with 15 more other people. Once we got moved upstairs into a large room there were a few of the staff members ticking off your name from a large list. They asked everyone to stand around, they introduced themselves and split us all up into 4 groups. My group had a girl who had been working with River Island for only 3 months so I felt okay answering her questions and getting involved in the activity. Our activity was that we had a scenario like "You are helping a girl buy an outfit for a wedding that she is going to with their boyfriend, but her boyfriends ex is going to be there." so there was a table layed out with clothes so we had to act how we would sell the clothing to the girl. Once we had done the activity she told us to sit down at the chairs and wait to be called for separate interviews.
    She was pretty slow with interviewing everybody, so we waited quite a long time to get interviewed and when I did all she asked was that my application online was correct and to see my passport.
    They said they would contact everyone by phone or email if you are successful or not but I got neither so I was pretty gutted at the fact I never even got a call or email. Since then I have tried to email back for feedback but they have not replied.

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River Island Clothing Awards & Accolades

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Fashion Retail Interior of the Year, Annual Retail Interiors Awards, 2009
Multiple Retailer of the Year, Drapers, 2006
Shop Fit / Design of the Year, BCSC, 2006
Sexiest Menswear Award, More Fashion, 2006
Retailer of the Year, BCSC, 2007
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Additional Info

Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1948
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Retail
Competitors ASOS, Arcadia, Zara

River Island Clothing has designs on more than just the UK. Designing most of the clothing and accessories it sells, the youth-oriented firm operates more than 250 clothing, accessory, jewelry, and footwear shops (including about two dozen superstores) and is among the best known UK brands. The company makes and markets such products as shirts, tops, knitwear, jeans, trousers... More



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