Fresh Produce Sportswear

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Fresh Produce Sportswear Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Company has no direction.

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    Former Employee - Keyholder
    Former Employee - Keyholder

    I worked at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hands down one of the easiest jobs I've had. Paperwork is light and policy and procedures are relaxed. The customers that typically shop here are nice middle aged women so dealing with customers is not a nightmare as it is with certain other brands. The discount is decent, but still leaves the clothing on the pricier side. You are expected to wear 50% fresh produce.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Upper management is a joke. Turnover rate in corporate office is extremely high and people are constantly being fired and replaced with new. This makes things such as simple request forms, ect much harder. Nobody has a passion for the brand and it shows. It seems that nobody can decide on a direction for the company. They have alienated their previous and devoted customers by changing the style. Yet, they have not gained the new customers they were obviously hoping to gain. Things change on a daily basis and there is not much structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a cohesive direction to aim towards. Create a sense of structure and reliability. Figure out who you want your customer base to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No proper guidance/management, thrown to the wolves.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fresh Produce has good time off and laid back office culture.

    Cons

    This company has put its trust in inexperienced people who are overworked and that have way too much on their plates. The owners are good people but they put their faith in people who they 'get a good feeling' from or that they like/have a friendship with.
    When I started I was basically thrown to the wolves with no proper management or guidance. I really wanted to succeed but was ill equipped too w/out training from my superiors. My direct boss would tell me that I should do my job one way which directly went against what the VP of our division would tell me and what was initially described to me during the hiring process. I never felt I could go to any of my superiors with my concerns either. It was stated to me that the company is going through a difficult time and you have to do whatever we ask of you. Which basically meant every and any task they wanted me to do which took my time away from my job duties.
    I had made some major gains for them as well, adding big clients to their base but because I had no company backup, one MAJOR opportunity was lost. After that, I personally felt that my work was not appreciated and left the company. It was a real shame because I feel I really could have made an impact on the company with again the proper guidance/management/mentoring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do wish them well but hope for their sake that they really look at who they are putting in management roles. There was no community or working together on anything. A strong respected manager would be able to do this and make it a much better place to work. That person maybe not the coolest or that you are best buddies with but someone who is equipped to do the job and lead/mentor/train people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    It WAS a great place to work and then the wrong people were put into place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an amazing brand. Basics were easy sell to our old and new customers. When the basics changed direction this hurt business. New lines FP brand was great just never enough in the store to sell. As long as you were the clothes with pride and style, you can sell them. When store staff doesnt display the passion for the brand, there is a problem and numbers will not be met.

    Cons

    Putting staff and upper management in place that clearly have not knowledge or passion for the brand and staff that have worked many years selling what THEY love. By pressing onward in a direction that is not related to the brand with the wrong people, stores will eventually close and people left will not have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Note to owners : Get the right people back on board with your brand before its too late. Otherwise, go out and talk to the people that made your money in the first place. Look at numbers since the changeover took place and see where the real issues lie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Bra and Panty industry has invaded our Family

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    FP offers a great discount for it's employees because they want to make it easy for us to be able to wear the current trends in the stores. Evidently if you are a Manager for our company you don't have to work holidays that is always a plus in retail.

    Cons

    New Managers all seem to be coming from the same company that sales bras, panties, sleepwear and if you have been in one of their stores you can see that they sell very little clothing if any, so why would a company hire people to manage our stores that are used to playing with boobs and butts all day? Current employees are more than competent, we know the product, we know the history, some of us helped make FP what it is long before stores were available in our state and we can not get promoted. We are the ones that work at FP because we love the Brand, but with all the changes that have gone on in the past year and continue the Brand is declining. This saddens me because I loved working for the company that made my favorite clothes and I looked forward to having a career with them, but since I was not friends with the right people when it came time to hire a new manager for our store I did not even have an opportunity to interview. Well I do know one company that is running short on managers and maybe we should go there to work and then re-apply at FP. I wish there was a why of letting Tom and Maryellen know what is happening to the little people that work for them. They are not only loosing the people who work for them they are loosing us as customers as well. I am sorry to say that as soon as I can find a job I will be leaving the FP Family (haha) and I will not be returning as a customer. They have been collecting money from me as a customer for 18 or so years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, you actually have some employees that love coming to work and love promoting your Brand, they are the ones that should be running the stores. Stop allowing upper management from hiring their friends who know nothing about the company and have no desire to learn. It takes more to be DM or SM than collecting checks. The new members you have allowed to take over the south have no desire to even embrace the brand and wear it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    An amazing place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hard work pays off. This is a company where extra effort is rewarded, is encouraged and actually does pay off. The owners are two very amazing and wonderful people.

    Cons

    Communication. Upper management has plans that are in the best interest of the employees and the organization and they are working diligently to accomplish them. They need to communicate these better to the base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to the base

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run don't walk away from this company.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some wonderful customers and managers over the past few years sharing their travels. A great team that works well together.

    Cons

    The new upper management is border line verbally abrasive in how they treat you, talk to you and refer to you. Stores are not allowed to communicate with anyone in the home office only the DM. When we do come to them with a question, problem or concern they never respond back. We had a few members of the team not get their paycheck and it took over a week for a response. They keep hiring more upper management and pushing the stores to sell, when we have no support, no new product, no replenishment and we're told no excuses just do it. They do not promote from within only hire the friends of the new upper management. They send a weekly style guide to each store that a 6 year old could do as busy work which has no value to the business, yet we can't get the product they advertise to our customers. We have gone to referring to our customers as clients which is so sad as we are supposed to be a relaxed fun place for them to come to not a stuffy firm for advice or for their money only. The upper management that is being hired are all have a common denominator of another brand. They are bringing all the junk that didn't work for that brand and implementing it at Fresh Produce. If they didn't like it there why bring it here. Loyalty and passion for the brand is gone as the new SM's they are hiring have no clue what the product represents and have limited or no management experience. To them it's a job from a friend on a high horse not a passion.We haven't had new product in the stores for almost 2 months other than a few pieces. The quality is going down but the prices are going up. Getting harder to sell a sheer T shirt for $54.00 or what to say when someone wants to buy a pair of shorts and we have none!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in upper management and bring in a team that cares about the brand, the people who make their money and it's customers. Loyalty of the managers in the stores is huge and your losing it along with some great managers. Be honest and communicate with your managers, not play mind games or work to force them out of the business. Bring the company back to the original passion for people both customers and stores. You have separated the upper management from the stores and now the customers are leaving due to quality and expensive and boring merchandise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Truly and utterly eye-opening - and not in a positive way.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As a full-time retail employee, you receive accumulating vacation hours, sick and personal days, paid holidays, as well as accumulating volunteer hours. Health benefits are also offered to FT employees through Cigna. Employees receive a 60% discount off of FP merchandise and 40% discount off of other brands.

    I have met a few wonderful people (now close friends) throughout my time at Fresh Produce, but that is the one and only plus.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, too many to count... I worked full-time at the Pearl Street store (which is nearby the corporate office here in Boulder, Colorado), so associates at our store were able to meet corporate employees and also the owners, who seem wonderful and genuine. (...But how do they not see the destructive working environments both in-store and corporate?)

    At the retail location: "Promotion from within" is always spoken about, but never once in my 2.5 years at the store have I witnessed this. VERY HIGH rate of turnover at the Pearl Street store. They are always struggling to keep the store staffed. I had FOUR different managers in that small amount of time I worked at FP. There is no valid company handbook stating "the rules" - the company can get away with anything... No consistency with day-by-day structure (there are always new senior management, so of course things change all the time!) and lack of appreciation of valuable employees. As a FT worker, after my high-rating yearly review, I received a THIRTY-SIX cent raise! How insulting.

    At the corporate office (CO): Because our store location is nearby the CO, we witnessed first-hand the drama and disorganization of the corporate structure. This company has an INCREDIBLE rate of turnover - initial bad sign. We were always being introduced to new employees and having to start from scratch on various projects because of the changing of staff. Roles and positions change constantly. One day someone will be a "buyer" and the next day, their daily tasks will include something totally different because, surprise, they are short-staffed in other critical departments... For coming across as a happy, fun lifestyle company, it is everything but. It seems as though everything is negatively enforced - not a way to produce a happy, healthy, hard-working team that wants to come to work and be productive. The working environment at the CO is intense. Just stepping into their cubicled work area, you can feel the tension, stress, and unhappiness. Since the CEO change in 2013, the tension has just increased. Walking on eggshells...

    Products: The quality of the FP product is (for the most part) awful. And because of these poor fabric and design choices made by the design team, stores got a huge amount of returns and damages, which then reflect poorly on each individual store's profits, etc. Dyes are poor - employees are expected to tell every single customer of the special care that is needed so they do not damage their new $70 t-shirt by using stain remover. The brand has always boasted that they are mostly made in the USA, but more and more products are being out-sourced and they are also bringing in many inexpensive products that are made overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and look at the whole picture. Recognize and appreciate those wonderful employees that are keeping your business alive and well. Find a clear path and take it - stop changing your mind so much. Micro-managing gets you nowhere (as you should very well know) and is not the way to make a profitable TEAM. Promote from within! These people know your products and your business - use and cherish them to your benefit! Hire fellow senior management that actually have retail experience so they know the WHOLE company cycle. A well-rounded employee is oh-so-beneficial, efficient, and knowledgeable.

    I will NEVER EVER recommend this company to anyone - to work or shop. As a matter-of-a-fact, I enjoy telling anyone who is interested about my horrible, eye-opening experience with this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Fresh Produce Sportswear full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    60 percent clothing made in USA, great team of managers who help and listen to each other, nice discount for clothing

    Cons

    Upper management, the corporate office a revolving door, policies always changing, no clear vision or marketing, quality of clothing slipping, very poor communication from corporate office, company appears in turmoil, losing great managers, and associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics! Listen to your customers, and managers. Stop trying to be something you are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fresh Produce Sportswear

    Pros

    Multiple Store Locations in desirable travel locations

    Cons

    Exec Management has no direction
    Management does not care about employees
    No clear expectations set and no follow-through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key - constant caos, change in direction but no end goal set or steps to get there
    Need clear direction and current tools to do the job more efficiently
    Management does not trust employees to do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It was OK

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Estero, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Estero, FL

    I worked at Fresh Produce Sportswear part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    To meet people coming into store.

    Cons

    Need better training for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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