Nina McLemore

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Nina McLemore Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
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    Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Nina McLemore full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good teamwork and nice people

    Cons

    Work-life balance difficult during holiday period

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Miserable Experience.....Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Nina McLemore full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some nice and smart people (not sure why they stay). Free food during sales meetings (when there are leftovers)

    Cons

    UPDATED REVIEW FROM OCTOBER 2014......In the last 3 weeks, the CFO, Head of Retail Operations and Head of Fabric left the company.....While Nina, the CEO and President, is incredibly charming to her customers, she yells, screams and insults her employees.......... By her own admission, she believes in "management by fear." This leads to high turnover which is unsettling to employees and extremely disruptive and inefficient for the business. Employees are miserable...the only time they are somewhat less miserable is when Nina is traveling...Nina's system is outdated and unreliable, but she is cheap and won't upgrade.. Given this, the processes are extremely manual, which results in significant errors....both in internal accounting and external dealings with customers (late or incorrect shipments). Employees spend more time fixing mistakes than trying to improve the way things are run. Also, Nina has had issues with New York's Department of Labor investigations. And, she doesn't pay her vendors on time, which impacts productivity (late fabric shipments, delayed production). The office itself is absolutely disgusting...the chairs are ripped, and the carpeting is stained. Nina refuses to throw things out, so the office is filled with old paperwork and old samples. I think Nina's customers would be dismayed at her office and how she treats her people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely change your management style. Invest in your business. Be decent to your people. Attrition is expensive and hurts your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful Place To be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nina McLemore

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Favoritism, no proper training, high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites, pay overtime

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad and Toxic Place. An example of now not to keep good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    I worked at Nina McLemore full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Some nice people (not sure why they stay).

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Nina Mclemore, the company's President and CEO is by far the worst manager I have every worked with and spends her days yelling, criticizing and insulting her employees - either in front of others or on email - telling them how they can't do anything right. She doesn't believe she does anything wrong and, instead, expects her employees to take the blame for her own mistakes and oversights. As a result, there is almost 50% turnover - almost 20 people have left in the last 7 months. The company has had DOL issues and has incurred penalties, as she hadn't filed state taxes in 6 years. Nina refuses to invest in systems to support her business; her current system cannot support the business and is breaking down on a daily basis. The Company doesn't even have a POS system (even though it has 10 stores), so unsecured customer information is kept in piles and books throughout the office and the stores. (Also, all positive Glassdoor reviews were written by either the CEO or individuals she asked to write them. The "Store Manager" review mentions the difficult work-life balance during the holiday period, even though the holiday period is actually the slowest for the business.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time writing your own Glassdoor comments or asking others to write them and, instead, read what people are writing. There is a reason why you have a 50% turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Temp in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Temp in New York, NY

    I worked at Nina McLemore part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good beginning for students/graduates trying to get their foot in the door in fashion industry
    Relatively tight organization that can allow new employees to have bigger space to perform than average

    Cons

    Managers can be more professional and understanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decision and management from management team can be done with more communication with employees

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good company, high-quality product.

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    Former Employee - Temp in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Temp in New York, NY

    I worked at Nina McLemore part-time

    Pros

    Great quality merchandise and the experiences managers are quite friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Some mangers are too young and unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with experience to manage teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nina McLemore full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    some employees are very friendly and easy to work with

    Cons

    bad management , out dated systems.

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

    Expected so much more, but received very little...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Nina McLemore

    Pros

    A very diverse environment where for the most art employees were able to get along with each other. Management was not very strict on time and attendance. Company is very generous when it comes to offering jobs to people, whether it be and outsider or a friend.

    Cons

    Where do I begin...the "office" was highly disorganized. Boxes, clothes and miscellaneous supplies cramping up the work space.
    Lack of communication within all departments. Little to no training. Lack of team work but if someone screws up on their own projects, they will not hesitate to to burden others with trying to fix it. Tense and stressful work environment, it seems like everyone is afraid to voice their opinion when things go awry. Ridiculously outdated computer programs/systems.
    Plenty of older employees who will bother you with troubleshooting the computers and copy machines. Turn rate was very high; for every one person that was hired, 2 to 3 disgruntled employees parted ways, leaving a messy work load with no communication left behind.
    Managers acted as if it is a privilege to work for the company. Lots of shouting matches and nasty attitudes between Upper Management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remember that in order to run a business successfully you must development a team of people who are knowledgeable, positive and shares the same vision.Yelling and screaming creates a horrible work environment for all employees and low morale equals lackluster productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Unhappy Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nina McLemore

    Pros

    Gets your foot in the door of a fashion company and there is room for upward career movement because the company is so small. There are also some really nice people, if you have the time to get to know them. The CEO is a very smart woman with a lot of experience and you can learn from her.

    Cons

    All employees seem unhappy and dissatisfied with job. Communication between people in different parts of the company is always a problem. Additionally, there is little to no technology in use (besides basic computer programs) so there are always problems with orders, organization and inventory. People become very stressed out because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees' ideas, they have some good ones. Also, please invest in technology that keeps track of inventory. Offer more employee bonding events.

    Doesn't Recommend

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