Hollister Incorporated

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Administrative Assistant

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Nice to have on-site cafeteria

Cons

Passes by qualified employees for job switching

Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A drain on your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Libertyville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Libertyville, IL

    Pros

    Benefits and bonus package are good.

    Cons

    - The worst career experience of my life.
    - Hollister has no understanding of what to do with innovative, talented employees.
    - They put you in a box and redefine your talents and career goals towards things you are not interested in pursuing.
    - Hollister treats you like a child who needs constant advice and supervision.
    - Those who try to buck the system disappear with no explanation.
    - Hypocrites who say one thing and do the opposite.
    - Very backwards and conservative when it comes to investing in technology.
    - No one can be trusted, especially upper management and HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late. All upper management would have to leave for this situation to change for the better. I would advise management to move to Europe since most of the company profits are there anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Major Cultural Overhaul Critial to Future Success

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company was built on the solid foundation of "quality products, quality service, quality employees."

    Hollister once had an employee oriented working environment where all associates felt like a big family. Employees wanted to work for Hollister, as they saw an opportunity for personal development
    and fulfillment.

    Hollister Associates were once viewed as unique individuals with dignity and intrinsic value, independent of the work they do.

    This collectiveness and overall belief in innovation and pro-active thinking no longer exists at Hollister. Employees feel overworked, stressed out and highly unappreciated.
    Most of the employees dislike the president (who they believe does not care about them) and the work they do (which is usually overbearing and highly micro-managed).

    There is a possibility that this dim outlook could change, but that would require an eye opening team of PR, Communication and Human Resources professionals who are armed with modern & innovative techniques. Employees need to understand and SEE that the management and the president do care ~ indeed. I am so very convinced that this could be done, however not without this amazing, professional, strong group of extra smart team players. I would hate to see this company sink, for it once was an amazing place to work for!

    Cons

    Employees are concerned with job security issues, uncertain business conditions, limited upward mobility,
    overload of work with lack of appreciation, NO trust (work from home is not an option here since management does not trust the employees), as well as excessive and extreme outsourcing practices (security guards walking out employees that have been 'fairly' terminated, is an example).
    Employees are very concerned with personal well-being, career success and financial future and that is why most of them, if not all, stay at Hollister. These employees will rarely be top performers.
    Upper management is disconnected and out of touch, since even they are pushed to meet unrealistic deadlines, instead of being further trained to motivate and create team friendly - family environment that Hollister once stood for.
    The environment is overrun with power trips and micromanaging issues fertilizing an environment of distrust and low morale. Company has pretty high turnover.
    Hollister's PR is non-existent, there is no communication structure, corporate culture is weak, there is too much distrust lurking from every corner and every department. Its authoritarian culture and management style are strongly related to LACK of trust, satisfaction and most of all commitment.
    Employees are NOT fully engaged in their work and are mostly not highly productive (quality-wise).
    There is NO (seriously this is ZERO) energetic team spirit at work and NO genuine excitement about what the future can bring. Everybody is depressed and tired as if screaming and crying for help!

    Hollister CEO (who is a very nice and highly intelligent man) and HR (that is STILL lacking key and necessary professionals) need to understand that the people are the most important resource at any company.Hollister associates are the engine that drives productivity and results and therefore their sense of morale and motivation will impact the company’s success- if not today or tomorrow, definitely very soon. If Hollister remains vigilant to its signs of low morale and does not focus on improving it ---
    it will head to inevitable disaster. This is a plea and call for the Hollister CEO to DO something, for I believe it is not too late. And I am an optimist.:)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hollister has a huge organizational (culture) problem. If you’re inside the organization and can’t identify the cultural problem, you’re either part of the problem, or you’re not very bright.
    Hollister is currently ignoring its negative culture.
    CEO, G.M., is focusing on strategy and operations (which is great!!!), however culture appears to be a luxury not worth pursuing at this time. This is the core problem (in my opinion).
    The CEO and HR might concentrate on changig low morale culture once Hollister Inc. achieves more
    success. But the goal of culture is to drive the success of the enterprise. Waiting to focus on your culture until after you become very successful actually sentences you to a never-ending culture of mediocrity,
    ineffectiveness and dissatisfaction. This, in turn, reduces your capability to succeed and is a very negative “lever”.

    You can’t improve your company’s culture—its values, core beliefs, actions, and attitudes—by sending
    out a memo, a small gift or instituting a new policy or procedure! It takes much more work, time
    and effort.
    And again, this can be done. You need the right team. You have everything else that you need to boost this company and make it amazing workplace that it once was. Wake up please and sooner rather than later!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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