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. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Perry Ellis International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like low pay and little to no career advancement opportunities, this is your kind of company.

    Cons

    Ownership has no idea how to run its better brands and puts pressure on brand management to run a profitable business on the cheap (no advertising, razor thin workforce, refusal to invest in stores)

    Advice to Management

    Sell the Original Penguin brand to a company that knows how to run an upscale brand, stick to selling slacks at Macy's & outlet stores.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Bad Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -met excellent co-workers and made good friends -learned to build tough skin and workout problems on my own

    Cons

    -micro-managing, director(s) claim they're open to suggestions yet that's not true. Uncalled for manual work and paper waste is a result of managers "being open to new suggestions", yet the company claims to be "eco-friendly" -excessive fowl language from director(s) -directors have random gossip meetings while expecting employees to not speak -directors have no sense of confidentiality -HR department is not there for the employees but there to protect the company -managers lack people, ethics, professional skills. They're hired solely because they're friends or family of upper management leading to power trips -recognition is made only on mistakes -ample amounts of intimidation by directors to their employees

    Advice to Management

    Confidentially survey your employees on the performance of their managers and directors. Employees are scared to speak up because of management intimidation.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Assistant in Doral, FL
    Former Employee - Purchasing Assistant in Doral, FL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility allowed when needed by certain directors big enough company to grow, only if allowed to transfer to other departments

    Cons

    Favortism is shown to senior employees by managers and take advice for hiring and promotion procedures. You are scorned and screamed at for non related issues and then apologized in private or over the phone when director finds out you want to report this to HR. You are always discouraged from going to HR and afraid to lose your job. Personal information is quickly exposed by management, exapmles: personal matter, salary and end of year review. sbu is very unprofessional and run by intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    Management should review all communication of director and should take a no tolerance approach where unfairness and unethical behavior. Emails, messenger and phone records should be reviewd. Good employees should be rewarded not punished.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place to work

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice offices in grace building on 42 CEO is involved in the business

    Cons

    -staff is rude -management belittles employees -management does not know how to manage -quick turnover -outdated computer systems

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and hire professional motivational staff


  6. Helpful (2)

    Poor management

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

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Beacuase you work in your own you have the opportunity of learn a lot. Met some excellent people

    Cons

    You are not recognize for a good job HR Dept do not represent the employees but only the owners Senior management like the gossip and like to micro manage In order to keep your job you must be a puppet on the owners hand. They dont like to hear the true of any situation. This is clearly a public company run by family. They hire only their family and friend even if they have no knowledge of the job. Security Dept is run by a person that think he is in a concentration camp. They hide cameras all around. E mails are screen as well as phone calls. There is no loyalty with the employees that have worked for many eyars. Recently they request for all over 60 years old to leave the company only to hire young, unexperience cheaper labor., Employees are requested to work over 40 hrs hours a week without compensation

    Advice to Management

    There are some good people in high position, they should be empower. Teach senior managers in how to treat employees with respect Do not hire more family friends, they are killing the company


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not a good place to work!

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

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Build up morale and stop threatening employee's livelihoods.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worst job of my 30+ yearcareer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Worst company to work with!

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

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Railroaded by HR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (3)

    Potential many years ago. Soon to be gone.

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

    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 Management

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



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