Perry Ellis International Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Perry Ellis International Chairman and CEO George Feldenkreis
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Pros
  • Great place to learn, but definitely move on quickly (in 4 reviews)

  • Decent benefits (not the best) Great place to earn a salary and barely work (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • not about quality of their products or designs- Very disconnected upper management- Fridays are expected with fear since is the "firing day" (in 5 reviews)

  • It's sometimes run too mom and pop for such a large organization (in 3 reviews)

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  1. former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Depts are Very controlled by management


  2. Corporate Office

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    Current Employee - Designer in Hialeah, FL
    Current Employee - Designer in Hialeah, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are like family, everyone is friendly. They are flexible about work hours as long as the work gets done and you do a great job. Both differ depending on what department you work in.

    Cons

    Upper management is the companies own worst enemy. Every opportunity to change is too little, too late. Creativity is very minimal. Compensation is much lower than the national average, many years without any bonuses for most of the company. Shaky future for the company.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A big joke!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Not terribly busy or stressful, minimal supervision, mostly because nobody cares

    Cons

    Lazy staff, management that has been there forever and has no desire to progress/try something new/promote anyone, terrible compensation and no chance for advancement, promotion, learning or bonus. Budgets are constantly cut, management blames their subordinates for bad performance, and it honestly seems like nobody really knows what they are doing or cares about much more than collecting paycheck. The company is doing so poorly that you have no job security regardless of how well you perform...

    Advice to Management

    There is no hope for this place...


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  5. Pretty good place to enter the retail world.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Balanced hours with great customers. Store management is great. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Company managent not the best. Are very picky about raises.


  6. Finance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pembroke Pines, FL

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

    Pros

    Small office so everyone knows everyone. Easy to get support on many topics

    Cons

    Minimal people and opp to grow. Not many food opportunties in the area,

    Advice to Management

    Everyone can benefit the team. Give everyone a chance to prove themselves.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Poor company, poor management

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    customer are excellent and is a great place to meet great hardworking people

    Cons

    company does not care about employees, everyone in corporate wants to be a boss, way too much gossip from area managers and corporate towards stores staff, corporate employees would come to the stores and flirt with store associates. Really disgusting place and environment

    Advice to Management

    management in store are excellent but the loose way too many people. Corporate never follow up on store and there is a huge gap between corp and store staff. Corporate employees will come to store and gossip, this has to end. Corporate needs to take store staff in consideration too and fulfill their needs. Every department is not supportive to store staff


  8. Helpful (14)

    Nepotism at its Worst

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    Former Employee - Withheld in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Withheld in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Company name sounds appealing, if only it actually were

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doral, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doral, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  10. Helpful (4)

    It Goes from Bad to Worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  11. Helpful (3)

    Over promise, under deliver.

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    Former Employee - Sales Planning/Buyer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Planning/Buyer in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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