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Basic retail sales position with an ever-changing and growing company.

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Allen, TX
Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Allen, TX

I have been working at Izod full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Generous associate discount, exciting new company direction, excellent 401(k) benefits, amazing dental plan, sky rocketing stock prices.

Cons

Izod provides a typical retail establishment. Focusing on the Outlets, traffic is high and sometimes unmanageable. Stores are allotted hours to schedule based on sales achieved for that week - and they are always neck and neck. Having a small staff and not being able to schedule everyone for their desired (or hired) weekly hours creates a tense working experience. The Human Resources department in Bridgewater, NJ are helpful when it comes to basic questions, but confused when facing challenges. Daily direction from the company used to be back and forth, but now that PVH (parent company) has acquired Warnaco, each division seems to have a clear focus on their individual directions in upholding their brands.

Advice to Management

Train Human Resources more on one-on-one challenges : i.e. an associate is being harassed, multiple offenses to policy associates, when there is an injury on the job - seeing that corrections have been made to prevent this from happening again, etc. It almost feels like there is an underlying union with this company. Create a No-Retaliation policy - employees almost feel threatened and/or that their job is on the line when coming forth about an issue that needs immediate assistance. Also, promote within via face-to-face interviewing and qualifying for positions. Way too much hiring outside of the company while others are passed up and left sitting in their positions for years on end. Do not rely solely on word of mouth from direct supervisors - their advice is not always made between two agreeing parties.

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  1. If this company has a plan, it's very well hidden

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Izod part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The co-workers in this retail location are great people, and the company offers great discounts on merchandise for employees and their families/friends.

    Cons

    The company is constantly pressuring its stores to cut payroll to the barest minimum, so scheduling is very unreliable -- even at one of its highest-volume stores. Expectations of associates are not at all in line with the near-mimimum wage pay offered, and seem to change frequently at the whim of anyone at Bridgewater with access to e-mail. Someone in the PVH HQ organization was actually upset with a member of management at this store for being unable to obtain confidential sales information from a local competitor store -- information for which the company's own employees would surely be fired for providing to outsiders. Very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    I realize that this is a seasonal, cyclical business, but employees at the retail-store level are provided very in the way of mid- to long-range strategic guidance. Please, take a longer-term view of the business, and take a step back from freaking out if hour-by-hour LY comparisons are slightly off -- it'll work out! Rather than making them feel more involved in the success of the business, this type of constant sales pressure only serves to make associates feel that the company has no confidence in its employees. You'd get more out of them with a more coherent, well-communicated strategic approach that focuses on the big picture, not just constant hourly sales-figure reporting (which, by the way, I have a hard time believing can't be pulled by IT systems at HQ, instead of having to be e-mailed in by each store -- another issue that bears addressing).


  2. Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Izod as an intern

    Pros

    helpful, kind, knowledgable, caring, motivated

    Cons

    there are no downsides to working here


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