Maclaren Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
22 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic, but Demanding

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

    I have been working at Maclaren full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Compensation, Creative Work Environment, Energized Staff. In the past few months Maclaren has engaged in active recruiting, staffing a new, young and entrepreneurial team.

    Cons

    While the work is fast paced and dynamic, expectations are high and exact. The environment demands self-starters and self-advocacy. The organization is very flat, so oversight can be limited; employees are forced to depend on their own resourcefulness and close attention to detail. Criticism can be harsh, but is typically constructive and employees are encouraged to engage in pointed discourse and to defend their views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So employees seem to lack the guidance they need to succeed. Greater oversight and constructive review would be helpful to energize the base and would yield improved results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Do NOT be fooled.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salaries (to lure you in), nobody really cares if you leave right at 5pm or get into the office late in the morning

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth, hostile coworkers, poor work culture, awful benefits, ridiculous requests from upper management that change by the week… the list goes on.

    Words can't describe how miserable the last few months working at this company were. What began as a seemingly optimistic opportunity quickly evolved into an extremely depressing situation. Dozens of layoffs within weeks, constant harassment from upper management and "on the spot" meetings to deliver on unfeasible and supremely misguided requests….

    The absolute lack of respect for employees is unbearable. People are fired for as much as disagreeing with the CEO's "opinion of the day." The CEO specifically recruits "young" and "impressionable" college grads, luring them in with impressive salaries only to corrupt them and morph them into soulless robots who will carry out his satanical requests. (These "positive" reviews you might be seeing on here? Yeah, he's making his "Analysts" write them. It's that pathetic.)

     Do not let the salary sway you. Accepting a job here will not only affect you in the present by driving you to loathe the people you are forced to acquiesce to in order to "survive." Any time spent working for Maclaren will ultimately hurt you and your career. You will learn nothing. Any skills you may possess will be discounted. Opportunities for growth are completely nonexistent. The CEO "doesn't believe in managers," which means there is a complete LACK of management. People are forced to fend for themselves with little to no support from others who are also just trying to survive.

    This doesn't even begin to cover all the problems you would face if for some unjustifiable reason you decided to accept a job here -- I haven't even touched on the fact that they forced people to take personal days if they didn't t risk driving in the snow storms last winter to work in the office where they could be monitored; or the fact that the company no longer allows anyone to save anything to their desktop, insisting instead that they save all their work to the inane Microsoft web platform "Sharepoint" that is slow and completely outdated; or the fact that requesting a budget for any sort of marketing effort that might actually benefit the struggling brand is denied without hesitation.

    Honestly, I could not be happier to be gone. My best wishes go out to those still struggling to get out…

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company already. You don't know what you're doing and you're hurting other people in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    New Place, Looking Up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun, exciting, and unique place to work. It is very open and everyone is able to communicate freely. It is a place that there is no need to suit up, it is a very comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Structure! Forward movement! It was the beginnings of the company, but seemed to need a stronger framework to press forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maclaren full-time

    Pros

    generally nice co-workers, good location, cafeteria in building, informal dress code

    Cons

    inconsistent management, poor communication, bad temper on some higher ups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow employees to make decisions on their own, listen to all the consultants you hire to improve the company instead of getting angry at their suggestions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    So many things wrong with so many parts of
     the company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maclaren

    Pros

    They made a great product and people continue to praise it globally.

    Cons

    Owner still thinks word of mouth is all the marketing he needs

    Too many people are running departments they're not qualified to manage. Having worked there a long time does not make you an expert in all things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of you need to get a back bone. Trust the people you've hired to do their jobs. You'd benefit from a board of directors with stake in the company's direction. Too many course corrections hinge on the CEOs mood of the day and can have huge financial implications. Owner and his wife need to get out of the minutiae of the day-to-day. How about letting market analysis, forecasting, emerging trends and smart creative drive or at least factor into decisions. It's sad and actually pathetic when the absence of one individual can seize and immobilize an entire department.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    This company has no direction, no training, no culture, and will probably be out of business any day now.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren full-time

    Pros

    I was able to get some great experience on my resume to help me land a better job.

    Cons

    Upper management has absolutely no clue how to run a business. You are over worked and under compensated!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Professionally disgraced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist/Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Specialist/Manager in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good (non-management) team camaraderie
    - Moderate work/life balance but only because owner is not aware of people's schedules
    - VP of Ecommerce, VP of Marketing and Directors are/were good, talented, kind people
    - Internal creative department and Creative Director and Product Development junior team are all very nice, hard working, creative people

    Cons

    - Owner and Design Director are in a conspiracy of their own
    - No respect for employees; professional growth or projects managed
    - Worst benefits ever!
    - Awful location. Not safe for women at night.
    - Mindless organization and product development with zero sight on the big picture, competition and what it takes to be successful
    - Zero professional development and collaboration with any employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice that anyone can give. The Owner, his wife and the Design Director are terrible human beings with no respect for any one but themselves. That includes the new "CEO" who is the owner's personal friend and attorney. They are the only ones who have any say whatsoever and clearly from the demolish of the company and bout 85% of the entire company either fired, laid off or quitting in the last 6-9 months, this isn't going so well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't even think about working for this Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing/Ecommerce  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing/Ecommerce in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The "little people" need each other so much that everyone gets along pretty well. Fair amount of work flexibility* (key: there isn't a lot of work going on so inevitably - there's some flexibility)

    Cons

    There should be rules in the world that prohibit people like this to own a business.

    The husband and wife team that own this company should stay away from it.

    The owner himself is a complete lunatic. This is not an exaggeration. He is out of control.

    He has these random break downs in just about every meeting and he won't talk to you ever until he needs something and then he calls you into a meeting out of the blue only to rant tangents about his nonsense of running social media and becoming the next Chanel.

    He changes his mind constantly but it's in an insane, incomprehensible mannor. Hires and fires people at random or when they don't nod their head and just say "yes" to him like his Creative Director does. She is another major problem and has become as bad as he is.

    They haven't designed strollers in over two years - they are just recycling old product and trying to market it as new. They can't even keep their stroller suppliers in China because they won't and can't pay their bills.
    They just laid off a bunch of people and the Creative Director is now in charge of marketing but she has no experience. She picks fabric.

    The other reviews you see here are 100% on par. It's a revolving door with 100% turn over every year except for some of the design teams and the person in charge of Creative who is nice guy. He does pretty much what he's told to do and doesn't ask questions so not a whole lot gets done.
    The Creative Director who doesn't really "create" anything does exactly what the husband and wife tell her to do including their personal needs and wants for them and their family.

    It's like a chicken farm. Bring them in in plenty, promise them the world and when you're done with them - just chop them up and throw them away until the next round comes in.
    *** NEW EMPLOYEES BEWARE*** They have hired, fired and continue to let valuable employees and management leave and try to hire new people, tell the story like Maclaren is the best, nothing better, premier, luxury, world class, etc. and it's all rubbish.
    Benefits? Awful, awful, awful. They tell you again how great they are or all that they can offer and it's the worst benefit package I've ever heard of and if you have a partner or spouse and from what I hear, children? Forget it! I could probably buy benefits privately and do better!

    This company will never be successful and from what I've learned - hasn't been successful since early 2000's.
    It has not paid it's bills to many vendors worldwide from consultants to ecommerce and infrastructure, designers, factories. I think they even stopped paying their heat and air bill last year because their wasn't enough money. They blamed it on the "system" but, the rest of the building was working just fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away and sell the company now before you keep ruining the lives of nice, qualified, good, hard working people. Key advice! You are not a luxury fashion company!!!!!! You're nothing like Tory Burch or Hermes or Chanel or anyone close to this so get over it. You're a stroller brand that is failing and should stop hiring any more people with pipe dreams to be the next Christian Dior or Burberry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Mistake - Career killer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Still trying to figure this out!

    Cons

    Awful and very expensive benefits!
    Turnover approaching 100% annually in many departments. Due to turnover, the company is run like a perpetual startup, making the same mistakes over and over again. A brand that had been unassailable in the market is now playing second fiddle to other companies, this will not change with current management and the lack of a clear, coherent strategy that is shared and understood throughout the organization. Chronic layoffs in a culture of fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner should stay away from the daily decision making - poorly concieved and executed decisions based on whim and fancy - no real business sense anywhere, surrounded by "yes" men.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company to Avoid at all costs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dory Design  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Dory Design in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Its hard to think of any pros for this company. Perhaps 5 years ago the product was ok. It is a company that is privately owned and the owner has very little business ability and has constant arguments with staff.

    Cons

    The company is in perpetual turmoil there is over 100% turnover almost on an annual basis. 5 Marketing Directors in 4 years!. Now the owner thinks he can do it himself with his Design Director who knows nothing about Marketing. Design Director is not to be trusted she does exactly what the owner tells her to do and fires everyone he does not want to work with. This company has a terrible health plan (with two kids you will pay over $10k in out of pocket costs) . I came because there seemed to be a great opportunity. Once you arrive you realize that the company has financial issues they don't pay any of the bills on time. They have had 4 Finance directors in 3 years. The current CFO is the worst yet. Maclaren is being sued by at least 5 companies for non payment of bills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the company team meetings where we are told we are A players and make the CEO take a sabbatical for a year. Bring in experienced, professional management not some lawyer from the UK who is intent on sacking more people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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