Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
473 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ralph Lauren has excellent employee benefits and offers a generous employee discount (in 43 reviews)

  • Great discount, company has a reputable name to use for future references (in 36 reviews)


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

  • Full time seasonal, as well as part time managerial/supervisor positions are non existent (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    In Geneva (Switzerland) : Top-down, control freak, individualistic competitive, bad office culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Planning Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Production Planning Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Growing company.
    The well known and famous brand attracting employees.
    Good for people for whom it is important for the self esteem (or to pride themselves) to work for a worldwide fashion company.
    2 staff sales events per year, a sample sales events and other smaller events during the year where you can have big discounts.
    A small gym inside the building.
    Very nice offices. Free coffee machines.
    Very good and cheap company restaurant.
    Surrounded by nature so I is good for break at mid-day.
    Close to the french border.
    Steady work place if you keep low profile and lf you adhere to the company's culture
    Top-down , obey and execute style of management which is good if you don't like to be asked to take initiatives. Environment that fosters Hard skills.

    Cons

    Control freak, suspicious atmosphere.:
    You will be subject to remarks, suspicion, or even subtle threats if you physically visit another department.
    Silos company: Department are spread in 5 floors. Few informal communication: each group stays between themselves.
    Speak up is not recommended and you should communicate by email to have proofs. You can only rely on few number of people and be discreet.

    No leadership:
    Top-down , obey and execute style of management.
    Management methods using fear is the rule. People reach management positions because of their seniority in the company and/or hard-skills competences and the majority do not have the skills to manage people. They do not receive training on this purpose. They do not accept, not interested in, and do not know how to deal with feedback or different styles of personalities.
    It is common that employees go to their desk, do not say hello to other employees they don't know, and sit without saying a word all day long.

    Work activities:
    Task oriented repetitive actives where you accept to keep low profile and accept to be used under your qualifications. No employees development programs. No (as far I as know) training budget for staff.
    Individualistic and competitive environment where teamwork behavior is not promoted: My manager secretly put me on competition with another colleague asking us to carried out the same task in order to compare us.

    26 different information system. ( installing SAP starting July 2014). Which will lead to staff reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A complete waste of time and skills

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1 hour unpaid lunch break

    Cons

    19k after taxes, terrible managment, the hours were from 10-7, stressful, no room for growth, expected to purchase clothes from Ralph Lauren and wear at all times despite not being given an allowance or any type of assistance. Desperate for new employees and will hire the most unqualified people to work there. Management favors the top seller in the store and will treat everyone else poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire 16-18 year old teenagers because these are the only type of people who can afford to make such little being a sales associate.

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

    A robot factory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    They feed you good. Free coffee; and they trust you to pay for your own snakes. Vendors outside so you don't have to go out

    Cons

    Worst place ever; treated everybody like robots. Not human there especially during Christmas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so hard on the temporaries, they are human to. Don't be quick to fire temporaries and during Christmas season don't work everyone until they can't stay anymore.

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  5.  

    there are too many politicians.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discount on retail price.

    Cons

    People are selfish and erogant senior managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes! The RL empire is getting rotten.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Bicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Bicester, England (UK)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The sales advisors are like a family.

    Cons

    Rude customers
    No recognition
    Very limited if any progression
    Management don't care about anything but themselves and making the store look good
    High employee turnover
    Awful pay and they never paid my last month!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay
    Actually care about the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pure Abuse

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can't think of one good thing, well they give you earn time off but, you have to use that time to make up hour when they cut hours, so really you can't save them for vacation time away from this place. And you really need the time off sometimes because this Place DRAIN the life out of you.

    Cons

    Scheduling, the schedule should be made a month in advance but it's a daily schedule changing by the hour, no Work life balance. the daily post and changing of the schedule have you where you can't interview if you'll looking for another job or if you need to go to the doctor and you will after all the HARD mental work this place does on you, at Ralph Lauren you don't have a life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post a schedule a month in advance like stated in handbook and not change in every day. stop making people feel like they have to paid vacation time back just to get hours that have been taken from them. And give people lawful breaks.

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

    Worst job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Foley, AL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Foley, AL

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    NONE. Just another Wal-Mart want a be.

    Cons

    company has lost their way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    All a Façade

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

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your next employer will know the type of hell you went through and that you can now tackle any job.

    You learn the tools to run a successful business (which you can use when you jump ship to a real luxury store)

    Cons

    Corrupt management.

    Clueless buyers who never visit the store (and thus do not know what to buy).

    Poor structure.

    No accountability (esp at management level).

    Frequent, mandatory meetings at 8 AM which serve no purpose.

    Stressful environment coupled with poverty level pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like they're children at school. Focus on facilitating business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heartless people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good design and company discount (but I will never buy their brand anymore)

    Cons

    Very disorganized and superficial. I had the worst experience there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the management kept treating people like they do now, I honestly think the brand will not last long. It still thinks it is a prestigious brand and lacks humility. I will not recommend anyone working for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ralph Lauren Childrenswear is the worst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ralph Lauren sounds impressive to other people who have no idea what a terrible work environment it is.

    Cons

    This place sucks horribly. Childrenswear can't seem to keep employees for long since it's such an awful place to work. The managers have no idea how to manage and will blame you for literally everything that isn't your fault. No one knows what they are doing. It is completely disorganized and everyone is rude. They only promote people they know personally/are friends with. They freak out if you are a minute late. There is no work life balance. They expect your life to revolve around them when they act like you're disposable and don't value you at all. No one has your back. Pays lower than other companies. No room for growth. Can't wait to get out of here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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