Liz Claiborne

Liz Claiborne Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
75 Reviews
3.2
75 Reviews
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Liz Claiborne CEO and Director William L. McComb
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, Close early before all holidays (in 6 reviews)

  • In NY, 21 days of vacation out of the gate, frequent sample sales, matching 401K, good health insurance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • During the last years there, Senior management was poor and was forced to sell off divisions and eliminate entire departments (in 5 reviews)

  • The work/life balance is not respected and you are required to continually go above and beyond with no recognition for your efforts (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Has seen its better days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Harriman, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Harriman, NY

    I worked at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    They had a great benefit package, although it would have been nice to have
    a pension out of it.

    Cons

    Has sold off so much of their brands acquired in the past that they have lost a great number of their customers, yet expect Mangers to convert by selling low quality "fashion".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to offer advice for Liz. Looks like they will never get back that classic line, have lost their
    base of shoppers and instead cater to the teeny boppers by invbesting in all the kiddie lines....DKNY, Lucky, Juicy, Kensie....

    Glad to be out of there

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Past its "Hey Day"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, flexible for mothers, good benefits. Decent discounts on products. Excellent legacy in apparel industry.

    Cons

    promotions and salary are arbitrary. No path for advancement. They thinned out much of the company over the past year without thinking about how lay offs would affect the operations first. You have to know people to get anything done. Poor communication between teams - people constantly ignore emails and phone calls from colleagues within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. Stop wasting money on useless office redesigns and collateral.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    low pay hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    great discounts on a variety of brands. opportunity to work at a variety of stores. opportunity to learn different aspects of the retail world.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is not respected and you are required to continually go above and beyond with no recognition for your efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect ALL levels of employees. Don't treat people as if they are dispensible. You gain loyalty by treating people with respect.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Observations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellenton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellenton, FL

    I worked at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    Benefits package was great until they cut benefits and added deductables

    Cons

    Lack of communication between management and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give recognition when earned

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    No work life balance!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    Good benefits package. You can use your employee discount at other Liz Claiborne owned brands.
    Compensation was decent.

    Cons

    Poor training, corporate makes lots of mistakes with marketing, payroll, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training program from corporate office to field managers, to store team.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Liz Claiborne, a company that has seen better days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    Great place for entry level individuals to start, but not great growth potential from that point on.
    The company fails to recognize their internal employees versus hiring from outside.

    Cons

    Benefits are not in line with other corporations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The need to recognize talent and reward them as necessary

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyed my years there

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

    I worked at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    Good work/life balance with the job I was in
    Great benefits for women
    Monthly clothing allowance
    Worked with some amazing women

    Cons

    Management didn't always listen to what customers were telling them
    Stock levels in department stores became overinflated due to the push to sell more - not sell what was appropriate to the size of the store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and look at what the product looks like in a store other than Macy's Herald Square

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not bad for first job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    Liz Claiborne offers a competitive wage when compared to competitors. Also, the store staff is very small, so minimal mistakes and communication errors are made.

    Cons

    Still, there is very bad communication with senior level management. Employee politics occur and are unfair if you don't "play the game".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay more attention to your employees and watch out for store managers that are taking advantage of the system.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Once a fine vessel. Now it's the Titanic.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandise Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Merchandise Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good for working mothers. Great vacation and summer hours too. Lots of sample sales. Some are able to get promoted quickly once they find their niche.

    Cons

    A lot of amazing people got downsized. So many women exec's once worked their magic there and now it's a boys club.
    Too much money is being paid to exec's making poor decisions that ended great brands and great account relationships.
    Morale is at an all time low and management has their head in the clouds.
    Loved the morning email announcements. Too bad I already heard the headlines on my commute in on the radio. Very considerate of you to let us know our brand is sold or discontinued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your leadership skills and get some integrity. As reported in WWD Dec 08, the board of directors voted to give bonuses to maintain top talent. While in November 08 the top talent accidentally sent an email out to all employees noting no pay increase, no bonus. Its hard to have respect for that type of leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Liz

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

    I worked at Liz Claiborne

    Pros

    The company is large enough that you can interview for positions in other divisions in order to grow.

    Cons

    Currently the economy has made it difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is importnat to listen to everyone's ideas. You never know where the next fresh idea will come from.

    No opinion of CEO

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