Perry Ellis International

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Perry Ellis International Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
65 Reviews
2.4
65 Reviews
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Perry Ellis International Chairman and CEO George Feldenkreis
George Feldenkreis
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is a great place to learn from all aspect of design and production (in 3 reviews)

  • great place to learn, you have to wear many hats because of the limited amount of resources (in 4 reviews)


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

  • Senior management like the gossip and like to micro manage (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall worst experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    MOVE ON FAST IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER JOB OPPORTUNITY

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Director  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Director in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Like working in a fish bowl

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and great if you are a hamster who enjoys running full speed in the wheel with no family or friends to get in the way of working non-stop.

    Cons

    Micromanagement and an overall distrust of everyone and their abilities to do their job. Nepotism, and a constant "fire drill"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision, stick with it, and own it no matter what the consequences. And stop pawning off bad decisions on those who didn't make them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Are you looking to have a used car salesman as a boss?

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As the title suggests, this is a great place to work for a family (Feldenkreis) that couldn't care less about their employees, product quality, or corporate atmosphere. Everyone from the directors to the interns feel the dread when working here so at least you can commiserate with absolutely everyone. But do you want to work in a place like that?

    Cons

    Distrust of employees from the start (they must have been screwed over before because the level of distrust is extreme), extremely underqualified friends and family (Feldenkreis) members are put in high level positions which makes working here look like a day at the DMV, stingy benefits (I have many stories of how they have tried to get out of paying health benefits from their amazing FLORIDA based health insurance, FLORIDA based, absolute lack of quality in fabrics and factories (they have some tie with factories in China that are great at looking at your designs and deciding to send their own designs), absolutely zero brand integrity, etc, etc, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're sinking Original Penguin and doing a disservice to Perry Ellis' name. Sell those two companies and stick to selling Cubavera shirts. Building a brand is not your forte.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential many years ago. Soon to be gone.

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    Former Employee - Executive  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Executive in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many good team members, if they are left to execute on their own. Decent pay, decent discount on many brands. If you have a manager to buffer the ranting and bad decisions and directions of the top execs, you are lucky

    Cons

    CEO, COO, Treasurer run the company like a dictator state. They think they are still in Cuba. Bad decision makers. Prejudice, favoritism, and nepotism run rampant. Raises are given by the top execs, not performance. HR is non existent because it is run by the family. Every decision is made by the family. Shareholders beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Do't listen, think they know everything. Stuck in the 60's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Railroaded by HR

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    Current Employee - Retail Planner  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Retail Planner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the team you would be lucky to get a group that is fun and open to ideas for simplicity,as there are many systems to track and gather information from.

    Cons

    HR staff is very disconnected and not helpful in fact they try their best to make matters worse, they do not try to help rectify or give you solutions to rectify instances they past blame rather than hear out the situation, I felt as thou I was just another employee and not a part of a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into processes or put processes in place that makes your employees feel their self worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company to work with!

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

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Learn how to work with stupid management and non existing HR Dept.

    Cons

    Senior managers (owners) are vey volatile, no respect toward good employees. They do not want to hear the truth of anything . Family/ friends members working with the company should be pay a salary to stay home. They are hurting the company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not worth it to give any advice, Let them sink the company by firing all the good people and keeping only the worst employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst job of my 30+ yearcareer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time

    Pros

    The pay was not bad.

    Cons

    Sociopaths at the Executive level. Inconsistent application of rules. Abusive perosnalities. I would rate zero if I could.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice becassue people like that do not change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work!

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

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time

    Pros

    Great team members, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    CEO uses scare tactics to run the company, constantly threatening people's jobs. Very tense environment especially when he's in the office. Pay is not great and there are no bonuses. Little to no advancement from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build up morale and stop threatening employee's livelihoods.

    Disapproves of CEO

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