Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. assistant merchandiser

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    gain a lot of experience

    Cons

    too much work for one person


  2. An awful company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in York, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in York, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Good discount from day 1
    Lots of hours available
    Christmas bonus was amazing
    Customers are generally nicer to you

    Cons

    Too many staff
    Managers are lazy
    Long hours
    Repetitive job
    Watched constantly
    Paid to the second you work
    Clocking in system is strange, work really strange hours as it's computerised.
    Cannot take a 30 second break without a manager growling at you

    Advice to Management

    Do some actual work instead of sitting around in the office all day talking.


  3. Bad

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

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

    Pros

    There was a good discount, and honestly that was all. Everything else was average.

    Cons

    They are high end, but they act like they are the only store in the world. Also, they're racist. Pay is low, management sucked.


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  5. Low Growth

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    Former Employee - Account Analyst in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Account Analyst in Greensboro, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment and nice people

    Cons

    Low salary, and too many policies. Career growth is stunted by top-heavy management. Also have a preference to hiring women over men.


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    sales associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It pays for the rent

    Cons

    Overtime is unpaid , expected to work longer without any prior notice, you have to pay for your own uniform ,


  7. Not a good company for career growth

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

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

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

    Pros

    Big name, co worker are super nice

    Cons

    Very disorganized and non sense changes all the time. Upper management doesn't care about our career growth and can't retain people. Can't have different opinions because people are punished to express themselves. Very corporate. Odd for place for fashion industry.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be organized and strengthen marketing strategy before handing assets to design department. Need to work smart, not work long hours.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Logistics Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC

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

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

    Pros

    clothing discount that's about it.
    holidays.

    Cons

    No career advancement or training to develop skills. Pay is 30-40% lower than market average. You are supposed to reduce costs by 10% yet you have NO INCENTIVES. No bonuses. Benefits are average. Managers only love prospective employees from Michigan or University of Tennessee. Culture is geared towards race.

    Advice to Management

    reward your employees, give them a reason to want to come in every day.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Management is incompetent and petty.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

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

    Pros

    I worked with some really great people, but none of those people were management.

    Cons

    Management was extremely incompetent. Any time there was a spot open for a new manager instead of picking the most knowledgeable and deserving person they would give the position to their friend which only perpetuated the already disgusting level of incompetence. The management treated the job as if it was a club hangout for their friends. If you didn't suck up to the managers they made it well known that they didn't like you and would reprimand you for absolutely no reason. They would not only pull you off the floor and take you into the back office to yell at you, but would do it in front of customers that you were currently helping and on multiple occasions the customers expressed disgust at the managers behavior and would say that they should never ever be in a position to manage other people because they're abusing their power and the people underneath them.

    Advice to Management

    If you have members of your staff who show initiative and pride in what they're doing you should cultivate and groom those people for management positions, not your friends because you constantly lose great employees who were sick of working at a place where the managers feel the need to rule with an iron fist and an empty head.


  10. Toxic corporate culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren

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

    Pros

    Employee discount. Fun events. Great name on your resume.

    Cons

    Politics and your personal/economic status indicate your potential. No corporate management training for employees taking on direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers well. Don't tolerate negativity and internal politics.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Very disappointed with this company. You cannot advance with this company.

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You will meet many nice people and develop many friendships.

    Cons

    1. No leadership 2. Managers only concerned with getting their bonus 3. Worst pay on Madison Ave. They claim to be luxury retail but pay like Gap. 3. They pay sales associates on Madison Ave Flagship (Mansion) $12 and $13 per hour here in New York City. 4. Sales associates constant fighting over sales 5. Negative Atmosphere which comes across to customers 6. High Turnover due to associates leave because the company will lower you pay if you don't sell a certain amount each year. They will drop your hourly rate depending on your yearly sales amount.

    Advice to Management

    I worked at the Madison Ave. Flagship store (Mansion) and there is no management. The managers do not focus on the needs of the sales staff. The place is a ZOO



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