Hollister Incorporated

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Hollister Incorporated Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
29 Reviews
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29 Reviews
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  1.  

    I loved working at Hollister

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Hollister Incorporated

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for upward mobility.

    Cons

    Not a lot of women in higher management positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they are doing a good job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hollister Incorporated

    Pros

    Nice to have on-site cafeteria

    Cons

    Passes by qualified employees for job switching

    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was a GREAT company.....at one time,,,,,,and now is not that time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hollister Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    Excellent profit sharing for associates. On-site cafeteria is a good benefit, especially in bad weather. Ample vacation policy.

    Cons

    Continues to hire unqualified managers, then allows them to hire their friends from other companies. If there is a plan that works, they have to change it to create turmoil. Talks to associates as if the associate is stupid and clueless. The Annual Reviews are a JOKE. Makes things up on reviews. When asked about it, decline to offer any kind of proof. Managers who do not know what their team does, allowed to review them, and rebuttals are ignored, by both the managers, their boss, and HR. HR will do whatever a manager requests. Management is driving good employees out, regardless of the profit-sharing. The company spent a lot of money installing video conferencing equipment, but everytime you turn around, everyone is gone to one of the other sites. Then they cry about the budget. They claim to be following the founder, Mr. Schneider's, legacy, but if he were still alive, I believe he would be having fits. Mr. Schneider cared about the people who worked for him. I was there when Mr. Schneider was still in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the most senior management, WAKE UP. Look at the turnover of us low-life employees. Or is the reason we are ignored, so that any portion of the profit sharing is returned, and distributed. Many long time associates have left because they didn't like the way they, or people they knew, were being treated. Some day, you may achieve your goal, but there won't be anyone to do the work, they will all be VP's or Directors or Managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    A drain on your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Libertyville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Libertyville, IL

    I have been working at Hollister Incorporated full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Major Cultural Overhaul Critial to Future Success

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hollister Incorporated full-time

    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Old School Management and Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stuarts Draft, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stuarts Draft, VA

    I have been working at Hollister Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are comparable. Pay is average.

    Cons

    Very political. Leadership is too conservative and manage as though they are still in the 70s. Not appealing to new individuals due to lack of flexibility, formality, poor technology and leadership. Many have been there for quite some time don't see the opportunities. New associates who have worked in other organizations really struggle because Hollister doesn't like new ideas, the culture is stifling and there are few growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new leaders and really take a hard look at the old ones--iron fist, micro-managers, with no emotional intelligence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company always the last entrant

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    Current Employee - Manager in Libertyville, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Libertyville, IL

    I have been working at Hollister Incorporated full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Encouraged to find cost savings you are a hero. Results in customer complaints, nobody makes the connection.

    Cons

    No clear focus on the business or direction, a hodgepodge of units, lack of trust between managers, direct reports, directors, which takes it toll how the to run the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep adding layers of management, see how fast profits and morale decrease; how much employee turnover goes up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Extremely Poor Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Manager in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - QC Manager in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Hollister Incorporated full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None, that I can think of. It is full of hypocrites that walk and a say everything is great.

    Cons

    Numerous, no feedback - you will simply be fired, hostile work place, no advancement, legal oriented company, little regard to fix product for customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do not know everything, get rid of your over inflated ego.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Limited for women

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hollister Incorporated full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and employee owned

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities for women. A true "Boys Club".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "Boys Club". Actually live the values you preach. I'm so disapointed in the middle level to lower level management as this could be a great company to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Unique ownership structure with excellent retirement benefits. Opportunities for professional, personal and financial growth. Great people and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Over-dependence on one product line. Private nature of the company sometimes includes a lack of transparency, which can cause rumour and distrust.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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