Original Penguin

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Original Penguin Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great *Most of the time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Current Employee - Key Holder

    I have been working at Original Penguin part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company that treats its employees well. With small store teams leads to a family-like dynamic. Free pieces every quarter and 70% off apparel!

    Cons

    Upper Management is often sloppy in execution, and like to run into things with guns half cocked. For instance, every new shipment we get there is a 90% probability something is not ringing at the correct price. Floor sets and windows change almost weekly, and accidentally shipping things to the wrong stores. Along with long and often conference calls that usually just pertain what the upper management want to hear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and reward the store teams more, and be as a company more active with the front lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Original Penguin has helped me grow so much.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Original Penguin part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    We get free pieces. Four free items per season. We also have an amazing discount! 70% off on full price merchandise (not including accessories). The environment is very relaxed. The staff as well as the managers are great and always there to help. We are taught to give great customer service, which is something that help us out in so many ways for the future.

    Cons

    Your hours depend on how much the store is making, but I'm sure that's in every retail store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think Corporate should check on the Store Managers more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to gain experience with.

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

    I have been working at Original Penguin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company has always had a laid-back environment to work in. Flexible scheduling is always a plus, and so is working with great people who love their jobs.

    Cons

    Management can be a little disorganized depending on who you're working with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to have a universal set of standards that everyone goes by!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Values nothing. Low pay. Cheap product. Dead-end job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Original Penguin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    70% employee discount and most of your co-workers.

    Cons

    Where do I start?

    1) The consumer is getting robbed, plain-and-simple. There's a reason we're given 70% off, because the clothes are made in China and are cheap to make. Same price-point as a J. Crew, but 1/10 the quality. Buyer beware.

    2) Low-ball wages and dependent on how well you're friends with the management. A lot of hires based on friends of current management, regardless of how unqualified they are. A LOT of quality people in both corporate and retail have left due to the ineptitude of Original Penguin and their low-ball offers.

    3) Extremely high turnover and unhappiness due to inept Managers--most notably the West Coast regional manager who hires friends.

    ONLY WORK HERE IF YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT PAY OR HOURS, AND JUST WANT SOMETHING TO DO WHILE YOU GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the mirror for all your problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working at original penguin is a great cam environment.

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

    I have been working at Original Penguin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The enviorment is not as fast paced as some of the retailers in new york.

    Cons

    the pay is not as good as some of the retailers in new york.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A growing retail company with lots of potential.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Representative in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Representative in Orange, CA

    I worked at Original Penguin part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Growth has been shown annually; retail branch of Perry Ellis International; mostly a mens line but slowly growing into womens and kids as well.

    Cons

    Since it is an upcoming company, the structure and organization at the store-level still needs development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate and study the brand representatives, as well as their managers, to clearly understand how your company is being ran at the "lowest level" because if the foundation is not there, then your company will fall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I expected WAY more out of this comapny

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA

    I have been working at Original Penguin

    Pros

    They do give employees clothes to wear the brand and not spend money from their pocket.

    Cons

    Communication skills are low, leadership skills are low, understanding of company rules/standards are low, want 100% from the company will not do the same for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being professional, promoting people after close observation and show good leadership skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Sales Supervisor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Original Penguin

    Pros

    Flexible and friendly staff; basic retail work

    Cons

    executive management is erratic and unorganized

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