Perry Ellis International

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Perry Ellis International Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
73 Reviews
2.5
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Perry Ellis International Chairman and CEO George Feldenkreis
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Review Highlights

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
  • Upper management refuses to approve hiring of interns, yet more and more development being throw at us (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Over Worked and Under Paid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Order Filling in Seneca, SC
    Current Employee - Order Filling in Seneca, SC

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work is simple
    You're provided benefits
    Work hours are 7-3:30, 5:30 or 7

    Cons

    They pay you just above minimum wage and it is NOT a living wage. There's no room for advancement and if you're working 8 hours for a few weeks, good luck getting your bills paid.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Perry Ellis has offered me flexible work hours and much experience in the retail field. Everyone is nice and accommodating when training and everyone pitches in to help you learn the job.
    Another up side is your ideas are considered. Corporate like to hear new ideas and ways to improve the company.

    Cons

    I've currently had no bad experiences while working at Perry Ellis. However it seems that your experience will vary depending on which location you work at. One of our sister stores has what seems like a bit more of a hard team to work with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International

    Pros

    I love my co-workers
    The name isn't too shabby on the resume
    Summer Fridays (leave at 2) in the NY office

    Cons

    Family owned company, so there is a gross display of nepotism
    We are highly underpaid
    No raises for the past 2 years
    Upper management refuses to approve hiring of interns, yet more and more development being throw at us
    The owners don't know anyone's name, they don't care about you.
    The CEO is like 100 years old and just doesn't have the mindset for the fashion business in this day and age. We keep acquiring irrelevant companies that really bring the brand down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us a raise, give us more holidays, better benefits, try to increase morale, learn your employees names

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Forever Changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Grand Prairie, TX

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Perry Ellis is a growing company so there is a lot of room for growth

    Cons

    The company is very "old fashioned"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the advise of the store teams they work with the customers on a daily basis they know what your customers are looking for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It Goes from Bad to Worst

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that they don't know everything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over promise, under deliver.

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    • 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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create more of a company culture. Everything is robotic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everything that's wrong with Corporate America

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady pay check. Health and dental benefits. 401K. Good discount on Perry Ellis products although nothing really interesting to buy but Penguin.

    Cons

    Toxic environments. The higher ups are frustrated and take out their frustrations on their employees. The people that they hire are not given the opportunity to learn and have the tools they need to grow and do good for the company. They hire you to do the work that they can't do and don't expect you to stay long and they treat you as such. Its an every man for himself situation. Take this job, by all means. But keep looking. This company is not growing or evolving and will eventually sink further into irrelevancy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Carry on....

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

    Ok company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Planner
    Current Employee - Retail Planner

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, benefits are good

    Cons

    Upper management does not value employees. Morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove CEO and appoint someone who can set a real strategy

    Disapproves of CEO

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