Perry Ellis International Reviews

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Perry Ellis International Chairman and CEO George Feldenkreis
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  1. Helpful (8)

    Nepotism at its Worst

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    Former Employee - Withheld in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Withheld in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are entry level or need to bump up your portfolio, there are a number of highly recognizable brands that you will work on. Budgets aren't large but creative concepting in all arenas is possible.

    Cons

    The family runs this ship like the gestapo. They hire friends, children of friends (favors) and their own family in leadership positions they are highly underqualified for leading to seasoned veterans taking orders on whims from people that have no years in the industry or working knowledge. The owner/founder is smart and despite his lack of bedside manner, you can respect what he has built and the insight he has. His son, however, who is put in position to be next in line runs the company like a dictatorship and leads by fear. If you disagree with his opinions you can be fired on the spot. He yells and screams and has tantrums like a spoiled toddler and if you are not male, jewish and hispanic, you will never be in his inner circle unless you are doing other kinds of favors.

    The family also keeps terrible, mean, vindictive old friends in positions of high power despite multiple complaints to HR about their leadership style, poor performance, extra-work causing spin creating, or abuse of power/underhanded activity. These people, when they find out their secret is out and you know their shortcomings, will use their klout with the family to get you fired. There's a lot of secrecy and skeletons in the coloset here and it is easy to step on landmines without realizing it - leading to your career demise.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership needs to change. Don't run your company like a monarchy giving it to your children (who have no degrees) to run. Nepotism is illegal in publicly traded companies and so are alot of your other business dealings that I won't go into. If multiple people have complained about the same problems with the same leader do something about it. If you can't or don't want to fire them, move them into a nother department or make it so people dont' report to them.

    HR is a joke and no one trusts them. It is well known that our exit interviews don't count for anything and aren't officially documented. The woman who runs this department is mean and evil but fakes being nice in front of your daughter who is head of the department. The people you trust most are the ones ruining your company and why you lose really good talent all the time.

    Miami office is stressful and insane because all the problem leaders are there all the time while the NY office gets all the perks, has summer fridays, less workload and more free time. Balance this.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Company name sounds appealing, if only it actually were

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doral, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doral, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere in most depts.
    Only place I know that most employees get to work at 10 and leave at 5
    If your lucky and your boss quits you can go from Senior to VP overnight

    Cons

    They don't promote
    Very common to not receive a yearly increase
    Only place I know that makes employees pay for coffee (free roaches inside)
    Management needs a filter when speaking
    Don't expect to leave early before a holiday
    NY office has summer hours only. Pro if you work there. For Miami and LA office they could keep dreaming
    You can't understand a word the CEO says.
    Speeches are threating and or without enthusiasm of the business.
    No money for raises yet they spend money on stupid things "grinding down the speed bumps"
    No professionalism
    Low moral.
    Management only values Sales team. All other depts don't do anything

    Advice to Management

    No sense of direction
    Brands are meaningless
    Constant reorganization
    No filter when speaking or sending company emails
    Learn to value all your employees

  3. Helpful (3)

    It Goes from Bad to Worst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    One of very few clothing companies in Miami
    Great place to learn, but definitely move on quickly
    There's a cleaning staff

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism
    Unprofessionalism is encouraged
    Bullying is management's favorite tactic to lead and create a culture of fear
    Differing opinions and new ideas are not embraced or encouraged
    Non-Hispanics are mocked for not "understanding" management's culture
    Wary of any "outsiders" who aren't just like them
    Nothing is confidential

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that they don't know everything

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Over promise, under deliver.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Planning/Buyer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Planning/Buyer in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well reputable company to put on resume.

    Cons

    Over promise, under deliver. Extremely monotonous work. No social interaction in work environment. The most corporate office setting you could imagine, cubicles, clocked work times. Promises of working on big accounts, end up crunching numbers all day.

    Advice to Management

    Create more of a company culture. Everything is robotic.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Overall worst experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros would be that you have a decent job in the fashion industry in Miami.

    Cons

    No company values lead to a high turnover. Every single person I worked with was so unhappy with there job the place was "toxic" there is no reward or career path. If you are thinking of appying or accepting an offer I would think about looking for other options.
    I was lead to think that they like to promote from within but its not true.. Not one person in all my several years from my dept was promoted or promoted to another dept. VERY political and if you are not part of the FAMILY nothing can come out of a career here it would just be a deadend JOB with no yearly % increase (even though they say you get a yearly increase when hired).

    Advice to Management

    Maybe if you valued the hard working overtime employees going above and beyond the recources provided people would stay. Thats why the company is in a finiacial rollercoaster.

    Don't deny a raise and then when the person quits thats when you counter offer..

  7. Helpful (1)

    PERY

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Designer in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stable job and income, good benefits and perks. looks good on resume.

    Cons

    not exciting, no room for growth, upper management is unqualified and outdated, micro management from senior and director positions. After HR works with you during your initial hire you will never hear from them again. They don't take surveys or see if you are happy in your current position. They don't plan potential career growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    keep your top talent! if they want to leave, find out why. bring in young, fresh new talent. especially in your MIS and Marketing department. unqualified employees go unnoticed, do anonymous surveys to get feedback about peers and track work productivity of those who are flagged. setup reward system for those who exceed expectations.

  8. Helpful (2)

    MOVE ON FAST IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER JOB OPPORTUNITY

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits (not the best) Great place to earn a salary and barely work!!
    Some very good employees (but unhappy)

    Cons

    False promises- Owners do not care about their employee and mistreat them- Non existing HR Dept- Person in charge of that Dept or others HR employees only look to the floor when walk around the company. Not even a word of greetings- Company is run by the family (Feldenkreis) and obviously they think they are God! They hire friends regardless if they do or don't what they are doing- Company only care about $$$$ not about quality of their products or designs- Very disconnected upper management- Fridays are expected with fear since is the "firing day"

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and stop been a disgrace on the textile business. Your reputation is already bad enough!

  9. Perry Ellis

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They paid a good salary. A very creative team.

    Cons

    Very disconnected supervisor. Unrealistic work load.

  10. Helpful (4)

    If you have any other job opportunities, then choose your other option and stay away from this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Director in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Director in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice company name to have on your resume. Nice people around you that try hard to do a good job and try to be dedicated but would like to be appreciated and recognized. Pay level is average. Growth opportunities are average. All depends on the specific office,location and position you are in.

    Cons

    Executive and top Senior level management do not recognize and appropriately reward your efforts. One Senior VP who had been there since the beginning of the company (30+ years) once said " They never appreciate anything" . You are always considered expendable and there is zero job security. There is no Human Resources department to protect your rights as an employee. Knee-jerk reactions to stock prices which causes lay-offs and reductions in force. Your career is a roller-coaster ride based on very subjective data..

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the hard work and efforts of your employees. Without them, you could not have your stable of expensive cars, planes and mansions. Get a real HR department. It could have long term benefits to support company growth rather than short-sighted decisions.

  11. Positive so far.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is very friendly and comfortable, the training is good but the benefits can be improve.

    Cons

    They don't promote within, they rather hire from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider treating your employee's like grown adults.

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