Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Great company; high expectations

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

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren

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

    Pros

    - Great corporate company culture
    - Sense of team unity

    Cons

    - Demanding
    - Occasional long hours

  2. Rigid corporate culture, poor pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    hours aren't too ridiculous; vacation policy is fairly generous; employee discount (if you like their stuff and can afford it); some very nice people

    Cons

    The culture at HQ is very buttoned-up and conservative. Management is very, very top heavy. Senior management always seems paranoid; little room for innovation or questioning the way things are done. You will feel pressured to buy the brand to fit in, even though your salary doesn't allow it. Very high turnover of smart, young employees who don't fit with the rigid corporate culture (and find better pay elsewhere). 401k package is below average for a company of its size (6 years to be vested?!); health insurance plan is not great.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. Great employees will leave if you don't pay them what they deserve. Loosen up the culture a bit. Allow younger employees to have a greater voice/visibility. Relax the dress code. Invest in the quality of your clothes. Make CEO Ralph Lauren take a $1/year salary...the dude is already a billionaire from owning a controlling stake in the company!! Cut his huge annual salary/bonus and spread the wealth.

  3. Director of Design

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    Current Employee - Design Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Design Director in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits and shopping discount are good and competitive.
    I have many many talented people who are not utilized properly for their skills.

    Cons

    The salaries for designers are not competitive and the longer you are there, the less you make.
    They rather pay more for people outside the company rather than promote the employees they have.

    Advice to Management

    The company is very top heavy.

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  5. It was really great

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was cool working there, you feel free.
    The coffee is good.

    Cons

    I don't really know any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real, go for it

  6. Graphic Designer for Ralph Lauren Media

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    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are great
    Pay is fair
    Opportunity for growth/moving up

    Cons

    A lot of production work
    Not a lot of variety
    Not much creative freedom

  7. Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren

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

    Pros

    Great boss. Good benefits. Discount was decent.

    Cons

    Good run, until getting laid off due to new senior management

  8. Nice atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Central Valley, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Central Valley, NY

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

    Pros

    The discount is very good, and it gets better around holiday season. You get a good amount of hours. They accomodate your scheduling needs with no problems. Small raise after about 3-4 months. If you set your availablitily for weekends, you will definately be working weekends.

    Cons

    Sometimes push you to bother customers ultiple time which I was uncomfrtable with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  9. does things right, but not the right thing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues. Exposure to the inner workings of a global company. Opportunity for entry level employees to deepen their understanding of the business at a rapid pace. Generally, four years at RL is four years at an IVY when attempting to move throughout the industry.

    Cons

    Segregated by brand/division/category which hinders individuals ability to see the big picture and creates fragments in the global message for the company and down to the brand level. Many look at the business the same way- excel pivot tables, best sellers based on marginal unit sales, power points promising to grow the business by millions based on far from concrete numbers, or basic logic- in other words, if the analysis doesn't fit the desired outcome, its largely ignored and instead insignificant trends are exaggerated, leading to misled development within design and mounting inventory issues. Ralph Lauren plays it safe- do things right and you will coast along just fine, go further to do the right thing (take a risk or two)... you will be marginalized. The pay in below industry standards- but this might be due to the fact that there is a ton of duplication in responsibilities from the corporate office down to the regional offices.

    Advice to Management

    Consumer appetite is driven by individual motivations that are largely unpredictable-emotions, passion and subconscious desires. The economics of retail are not driven by the laws the govern physics and mathematics; our consumers are influenced by emotions, aspirations and unpredictable behavior patterns- applying a scientific method will not work. Free your employees from chasing the formula that fits all and empower them to think creatively and trust their gut.

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    Ralph Lauren Can Open Doors but Limit Personal Growth

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

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working at a corporation as long-standing and financially stable as Ralph Lauren can be an incredible experience, you have the opportunity to work with all of the biggest names in the industry from top retailers to the best vendors across the globe and because of the very cushy financial situation you are able to work on a lot of development which can be great for learning and general experience.

    Cons

    There is a lot of creative oversight by upper management which can be good but can also be incredible scattered and often times different people are pushing for development in completely different directions, managing this oversight leads to a lot of over-development which is time consuming and can really kill morale. It also means that a lot of time is spent on inter-office politics rather than intelligent and thoughtful development.

    Advice to Management

    While working at Ralph Lauren is really an amazing experience, the cache of the brand is not enough on it's own to retain talented, hard-working employees.

  11. Long time, little movement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trim Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trim Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working here for any time has benefit that it can feel like a family. It's a way of life and culture is consistent across departments.

    Cons

    Despite getting promoted in my 8 years I felt very much underpaid and over worked. It's common in this industry but a dissatisfying side of surviving at RL.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees & motivate them for growth accordingly

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