Cynthia Rowley

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Cynthia Rowley Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Just ok...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    It's fun to wear the designer's clothes while working. You make commission on what you sell. Pretty flexible hours.

    Cons

    The stores are very slow volume so the chance of making a lot of money from commission is slim. You really need to have a strong clientele. No lunch breaks since most of the time you're there alone and you can't leave the store for 8+ hours. You don't really get trained on the pos system or company procedures, you kind of learn as you go. A good resume builder but not a long term job.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sometimes I would wake up in a cold sweat because I had to go to work that day.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley

    Pros

    Working alongside fashion designers in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the company, the workplace is extremely competitive and aggressive. The competitive nature creates an environment in which employees are disrespected and unappreciated. During my time there, I was uncomfortable with asking for help because I was looked down upon. If I made a mistake, instead of guiding me through the solution, I was reprimanded and judged and blamed for every problem that followed. I was afraid to leave before 6:30pm and worked almost every weekend, even though I was told I would not have to. There is no management or support for each other; this just adds to the tense atmosphere throughout the entire office. The office is terribly unorganized but no one realizes it. The management is jaded to the fact that the company needs structure and believes there is nothing wrong with treating employees poorly. I would not suggest working here unless you absolutely wanted to work in the fashion industry and was willing to put up with an uncomfortable atmosphere and rude supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a friendlier environment in which you nurture your employees rather than yell and threaten to fire them

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

    The most unprofessional, and disorganized experience of my career.

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

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley

    Pros

    Intimate work environment in a small office.

    Cons

    Do not trust what you are told when you interview as many are given blatant lies regarding the office culture, benefits, etc. No matter which department you are in, your job is to manage the ego and obscene expectations of the designer who throws you and everyone around you into a tailspin daily. She is the obstacle in accomplishing anything within this brand/office. No one is happy with 95% of the team always looking for a new job, which is commonly open conversation (and a coping mechanism) for that office. There are other HR practices that I also find questionable. There is a "work around the clock" mentality here as well. Though the office day ends at 6:30. Staff members are frightened to ever leave on time, and try to avoid being seen leaving the office...even if if its already 7pm or later. Take heed and consider all prior glass door reviews seriously, no matter how old they are. Nothing apparently has changed, or ever will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cynthia Rowley is a great company to work for. She is awesome and mostly everyone who works in the office is very hard working, smart, and talented. It's small, so it's sometimes a bit disorganized and chaotic, but it's the nature of the business. It also is a plus that her designs are amazing. The brand will continue to grow.

    Cons

    Disorganized, but that will come with a lot of smaller fashion companies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    no stress, get to work with designers, nice people, get to see their creative fabrics print and embroideries, they are open to let you see the design in process. it is okay for newbies in the fashion industry. working in great neighborhood.

    Cons

    no organization/culture, intern seems to be an extra burden for them sometimes. I still didn't know who on earth is my supervisor and if they actually check their emails everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Work Environment

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

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is true you do learn a bit about the industry, and it made me believe everyone in the industry is as cruel and disorganized as this company

    Cons

    The employees including the famous designer herself is completely disrespectful to the interns. The production company that we deal with has on several occasion been entirely unprofessional. It was an experience from hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just quit

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

    Nice Place to Work

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

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley

    Pros

    It's not a very stressful atmosphere and the clothing is beautiful which makes the job much easier.

    Cons

    The business isn't as organized as other companies I've worked for, so that was the biggest downfall.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    managing others egos.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley as an intern

    Pros

    Great office with access to all people working at the company.

    Cons

    Little to no help with tasks when requested. Everyone acts like they are too busy to help and give no proper direction when necessary. No culture in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of looking down at interns and ignoring them, teach us a few things and appreciate us working for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unorganized, terrible company to work for

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

    I have been working at Cynthia Rowley full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with great clothes and you don't have anyone really micro-managing you!

    Cons

    You may not hear from corporate for days! Everyone in corporate is terribly unorganized, doesn't support you, and no matter what, it's always your fault.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst internship opportunity ever!

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

    I worked at Cynthia Rowley as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Hmmmm... Learned a lot about mental abuse. Learned that communication is vital in company success.

    Cons

    Felt totally used. Paid my own taxi and subway fair for their errands. Mentally and physically abusive. No one said good bye or thank you on my last day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not take on interns if you do not have time or patience to mentor. I think this company has a reputation in the business therefore people who apply are not top notch. This company has potential but is not focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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