Levi Strauss

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Levi Strauss Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
429 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance prioritized with flexible schedules the norm (in 28 reviews)

  • The work environment is friendly and coworkers generally get along well together (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Levi's had the worst work-life balance expectations I have ever experienced (in 14 reviews)

  • The new upper management has stripped away the great Levi's culture (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Levi Strauss

    Pros

    Discount was great, great pay and great management structure

    Cons

    Team members were not team players ready to throw you under the bus quick

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Stressful, but overall great company

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    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Levi Strauss full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    some nice perks - occasional giant's tickets, good discount, fun events, great people

    Cons

    long hours, high stress environment most of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more managers should allow work from home days. Some do but some do not

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Philanthropy is what they are all about and that's why I chose to work there.

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    Current Employee - Finishing Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finishing Technician in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Levi Strauss full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers, volunteer paid time, fun and positive work environment. Wellness program. An inspiring atmosphere and who wouldn't love free/discounted denim.

    Cons

    Not having seperate time off for sick leave. Not the easiest company to move up within. Some higher management can seem underqualified for the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from within is very beneficial to the company and moral among entry level positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cool and Young Environment

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Pismo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Pismo Beach, CA

    I worked at Levi Strauss

    Pros

    Free pair of jeans when employed, Young and hip management, Great company values, Store discount

    Cons

    Over 15+ associates and only were full time, No room for advancement, schedules are call ins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More performance growth, better break room.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    American Heritage, and the oldest 'Start-Up'

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    Current Employee - Product Development & Sourcing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development & Sourcing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Levi Strauss full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and company culture, leader of Denim innovations, and vastly competitive benefits

    Cons

    Wholesale business model adds much complexity to all facets of decision making, merchandising team is quite unorganized, overall very long development calendar cycle, design team does not have effective checks and balances in place and has too much leverage in the overall global supply chain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Basic Retail store to work for. If you have a good manager then work will be fun.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tulalip, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tulalip, WA

    I have been working at Levi Strauss

    Pros

    Lots of young people to work with, discount on jeans, promotion after 3 months. They usually play good fun music.

    Cons

    When the store is not busy there is lots of down time, hard to get work off, very poor training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to feel less like a cog in the machine. The training processes are so outdated and didn't help at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overwhelming but a great learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Levi Strauss

    Pros

    1) 40% discount off everything which is a great deal.
    2) It's a great learning experience since 80% of the customers are tourist and you learn to communicate with people from all over the world.
    3) Great coworkers, you will gain many good friends.

    Cons

    1.Although Sales Associates get no commission they have to give their names to the customers which most of the times can't understand English which can be irritating.
    2. Little training which can make things complicated at first since their is so many different kind of jeans in the store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees with more respect so that they don't feel apprehensive about working there.

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

    Good experience overall

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Levi Strauss

    Pros

    Brand name, global brand experience, willingness to innovate and try new things, philanthropic nature of the company and employee benefits

    Cons

    Constant turmoil with multiple senior management changes, reorgs, lay-offs and people leaving on their own because of changes. There is a culture of fear because of this. Senior managers severely lack professionalism and will often reprimand subordinates in front of others.

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

    Hope is not strategy but failure is not an option

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    Current Employee - Corporate-Wholesale Field
    Current Employee - Corporate-Wholesale Field

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

    Pros

    This company invented jeans! Working on iconic brands with passionate & talented people is often very inspiring. Benefits & time-off policies are good. Many corporate employees are allowed a flexible schedule and able to work from home. Community involvement is strong and encouraged. Also, LS&CO has an internal non-profit (Red-Tab Foundation) that supports current and former employees in need.

    Cons

    The company is not stable and constant reorganization creates ongoing confusion and fear. Work-life balance is poor since those who survive job cuts are rewarded with an increased workload and expected to exceed expectations w/o guidance or additional system support. Corporate on-the-job training is nonexistent so you must rely on your very busy co-workers. Many leaders are very smart but either lack basic management skills or just the time to use them. Unfortunately this fosters an environment of distrust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People tasked with the heavy-lifting are drowning so provide guidance and look for ways to further simplify processes and provide relief asap. You must spend a lot more time conveying specifics on our very aggressive growth plans. It's hard coming to work everyday while rolling double-digits below these targets. I challenge all managers to read "Leaders Eat Last"-by Simon Sinek. Train your senior managers and/or set them up to succeed. I don't believe anyone wants to intentionally set someone up to fail. People are your #1 asset and we don't need to lose anymore!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overworked, under paid, under appreciated

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    Former Employee - Brand Service Manager in Primm, NV
    Former Employee - Brand Service Manager in Primm, NV

    I worked at Levi Strauss full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Relaxed dress code (jeans and t-shirts)
    -Personal style encouraged (tattoos, piercings and unique hairstyles accepted)

    Cons

    -Outdated POS system that liked to crash
    -High employee turn around
    -Mediocre pay
    -Popularity contest for Managers (who they were friends with and whose butt they kissed let them get away with doing little to no work)
    -LP was a joke (certain female managers were afraid of the shoplifters)
    -Stylists were required to do a certain number of fittings per day. Which required male and female employees to touch female customers waists, hips and thighs to tell them which denim would fit them best, which could be insulting to the customer
    -Community service and charitable donations were encouraged to the point of being forced
    -Floor sets were impossible due to merchandise being sent sometimes weeks after it was due to be displayed
    -Positive feedback was rare
    -Hours were a point of contention (you were scheduled the minimum but management would get mad if they called you in with no notice and you couldn't come in or you were scheduled on call shifts so you had to wait around on a day off to see if you were needed)
    -Conversion was harped upon by management but management spent more time in the backroom on the phone or on line planning vacations than they did helping customers
    -Low employee morale
    -Few employee incentive programs
    -Poor employee discount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on the floor with your employees and you might be more aware of what is going on on your store. Have realistic expectations regarding your store. Reward a job well done, spend time acknowledging, instead of criticizing constantly. The inability to promote from within your company is a failure of the current management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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