Fossil

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Fossil Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
294 Reviews
3.5
294 Reviews
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Kosta N. Kartsotis
134 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • great discount 50% and a great environment to work in (in 34 reviews)

  • Fantastic work life balance, great environment and nice people for the most part (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems to be detached from the everyday processes of working in the store (in 19 reviews)

  • low pay structure and inconsistent performance for corporate center (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, awesome office amenities, satisfactory compensation

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

    I worked at Fossil

    Pros

    Happy, relaxed and informal culture. Good compensation and time off policies. Office building offer great cafe with healthy options, gym, employee store with amazing discounts, starbucks, running trail, etc.

    Cons

    Going through a slow-down of recent exponential growth in business.. leading to sudden cost reduction initiatives, which is leading to constant stress, increased workload and somewhat vagueness in goals. Management seems divided in what needs to be achieved, hence lack of general direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a synchronized management strategy with all C level executives on board. Communicate to employees and make sure they feel included, and that they believe that management considers them a part of the whole equation to solve for Fossil's success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Quite an adjustment coming from clothing retail

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Fossil part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun people. A very attractive atmosphere. It's nice to look at watches all the time. Very generous discount too 35% added on top of the set price/ clearance/ percentage off

    Cons

    Gets really slow and boring some days. Especially when it's super cold out, with a store in an outside mall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My managers are cool

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced

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

    I worked at Fossil

    Pros

    Tourists central, new products every 3 months

    Cons

    No commission, little to no hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce commission for more of an incentive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unique environment going through growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fossil full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall the culture and environment is great: beautiful building with a cafeteria, Starbucks, gym, AND employee store... lots of opportunities to help out local charities... fun cultural events like on-site concerts and carnivals...lots of creativity and inspiration everywhere...

    Cons

    The company is going through some growing pains right now as they are figuring out how to grow the business, which affects: staffing and workload balance... consistency with strategy and direction... etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be comparable and competitive to what other companies are offering.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I am a selling specialist at Macy's Fossil Shop in Shop.

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

    I have been working at Fossil part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I am independent and no boss over my head. Management is very encouraging and understanding.

    Cons

    This works only if don't need a boss always telling you what to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All management are very easy going that all I have dealt with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Eh

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

    I have been working at Fossil full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People, Business sense, Creative, Dress Code,

    Cons

    Pay, Follow through on overall tasks, Growth potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through on support for growth. Pay for the amount of work load and level of responsibility. Add more role clarity for in-store. Cut the sorority type atomosphere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Sales associate

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

    I worked at Fossil

    Pros

    Great pay for retail, fun environment, fabulous discount, great customer connections

    Cons

    Not many hours, managers will play favorites, extremely hard to get promoted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    It depends on the department you work in. Some have it great, while others do not.

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

    I have been working at Fossil full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment is inspirational and creative. Great perks such as gym, Starbucks, Cafe and nice discount. The hours are good. Fossil Giving is wonderful about encouraging employees to volunteer even during office hours while still getting paid. There are quarterly inspirational meetings! The CEO, Kosta speaks to all employees and seems to care which is much appreciated.

    Cons

    The starting PTO is only 2 weeks and includes sick time. Although, it's a creative environment and it appears to be relaxed, it is very buttoned up. At least in my department, people are expected to be quiet and stay working at all times. Can't pay a bill online even on lunch hour and you better not get caught texting. It's very hard to even make a personal call. Employees are micromanaged and watched very closely in a controlled environment. I don't believe it's like that in all departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fossil really wants to engage their employees and wants them to love their boss but they are not aware of how one is managing. You need to train directors and managers to not micromanage and keep positive attitudes. Yes, have high expectations to work hard but It's okay to laugh every once in awhile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bad people at Fossil

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Fossil full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    base rate is high industry wide

    Cons

    managers are stupid and uneducated and lots of favoritism and unfair practice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop stealing people from A &F, they failed!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great, Fun atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Dedham, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Dedham, MA

    I worked at Fossil full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great company vision.

    Cons

    Not a lot of PTO, can get VERY boring in store fronts,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but allow a more productive day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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