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If you are smart and hard working, there is no better place in this industry to work.

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Current Employee - Planner  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Planner in New York, NY

I have been working at Garan

Pros

I was surprised by some of the comments about benefits and time off. While Garan does not have a 401k, instead there is a defined pension plan that is much safer than the volatile 401k's. The medical plan is amazing with very little out-of-pocket expense to me. We get 10-12 days of paid holidays in addition to our vacation time. It is also not unusual for the office to close an extra day over a holiday weekend as an additional "thank you" for our hard work! The occasional sick/personal day is not deducted from our vacation time, unlike most companies I have worked. Garan is a profitable, financially stable company owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. From my experience, Garan pays a competitive salary and has shown me that if you are smart and work hard, Garan will reward you. I'm proud to be part of the Garan family.

Cons

It is true Garan is not an "easy" place to work, but if you work smart, efficiently and are passionate about what you do, you will succeed. If your looking for a place to just "get by" this isn't the place for you. Hours can be long during crunch times, but that is nothing unusual for this industry.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

With the multitude of tasks to complete in such a fast-paced environment, it can be difficult to step back and understand the big picture strategy of the company. It would be helpful to hear from executive management more frequently on what's working, what's not, and where our efforts should be focused.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Garan

  1.  

    Interview and proceed with caution!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Garan

    Pros

    Good Salary for NY location
    You will learn a lot about analytics within the fashion industry
    Some great people there who are passionate about success

    Cons

    No Work/Family Balance.. At alll.. Period...
    Sr. Management difficult to work with in most cases
    Nepetism is a huge conflict of interest problem that has never been addressed
    Unrealistic deadlines
    Single account (Wal MArt) no real customer base

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by getting new and fresh management to shake things up. The company has turned into a "clique" company that really does not care about those who are not a part of the inner circle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Would avoid if you enjoy having a life outside of work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Garan

    Pros

    Good Salaries,
    Prime location,
    fast paced work environment,
    Highly analytical

    Cons

    Favorites are played with pretty much everything involving people development
    Works like a clique factory in the organization
    Rampant nepetism in the corporation (VP's giving jobs to relatives)
    Extreme work hours with minimal direction
    Little room for advancement.
    Always fearing for your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach upper managment how to relate to employees. Everything should not end in managment losing their cool and yelling. Develop career plans for top talent rather than stifling them into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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