Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • We got a good employee discount even though I only liked their socks (in 43 reviews)

  • Great customers; great product; great discount (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Often more concerned about profits than employees work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Being a part-time employee getting paid a quarter above minimum wage, a Union was something I did not want to pour my money into (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Director of Production

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging pace and great design. Extensive sourcing capabilities and strong QC makes the job easier. Always looking for new avenues and products to further expand the brand

    Cons

    A lot of pressure to make deadlines which are shorter and shorter. Demanding and fast paced environment that is not for the weak. Extremely competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Try to listen employees more often. Communication always increase productivity. Training is always good and improves employees motivation/dedication


  2. RL Great Place to Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting, no down time, always new things to learn

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, they seem to be expensive when I checked around

    Advice to Management

    Watch direction


  3. Good, but not great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition. Great people. Good family discounts.

    Cons

    Decisions are top down from global headquarters, giving little wiggle room to implement innovative ideas to further elevate the brand in the markets overseas. Corporate bonus incentives only at senior director or above.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate and empower your talented people. Your employees may grow bored waiting for directions from New York.


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  5. strong brand. odd management.

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

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The Company has a movie-like history and (on paper) an incredible culture. It still feels like Ralph travels the halls and shapes the brand because he actually does.

    Cons

    There is a job for absolutely everything and it's difficult to have anyone do something not listed on their job description. A corporate company where you often hear "no" and a fashion company that falls under all the generic stereotypes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming the people above you and demand change. Lead by example and teach your staff from your experience instead of mindless dictation. Talk to someone you've never met in a hallway. If you've been there 5+ years and a promotion is not on the horizon, leave because you're not getting one and your screwing up the promotion structure for others. Lastly, don't charge your employees for gift boxes.


  6. Benchmark of Fashion Retail

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Professional in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent luxury selling environment. High quality clothing for various budgets means that one is able to sell to various levels clientele without much push back because of pricing

    Cons

    The People that are placed in management lacked the selling skills necessary to push to brand to new levels. The sales reps were responsible for bringing in most of the business while management received all of the accolades

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the way the retail business was operated years ago when the customer was the first priority. That's when RL was RL. No one or no luxury retail company was close to our level


  7. Decent

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Resumé credibility Appropriate funding for projects Ralph Lauren is a good guy

    Cons

    Inefficient corporate infrastructure and multilayers of approvals

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the layers of approval - you waste valuable time trying to please multiple egos


  8. Supportive Sales

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

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Guaranteed 40 hours, Co Workers & Managers are very helpful & treat you like family, pay is decent the breaks are good & interacting with the different customers are amazing

    Cons

    Stock employees uniform never changed like how sales associates did


  9. Great Brand & Company but it has its weaknesses

    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent company and brand. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely corporate environment and is hard to move up. Senior management needs to step up their game! Horrible lay offs recently.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    Feels like grad school

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fashion Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fashion Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fluid environment despite clear structure, always evolving structures and responsibilities, wide range of design challenges with plenty of support, growth is steady

    Cons

    Pay is okay, lots of characters (but still all real at the end of the day), experience can be dependent on area in company


  11. Helpful (1)

    pos

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - POS in New York, NY
    Former Employee - POS in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    discount and co worker easy going

    Cons

    long horus and pay bad hours

    Advice to Management

    na/



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