Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
474 Reviews
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474 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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    • 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.  

    Good if you want a stable and safe job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good job security and benefits.

    Cons

    Employees are not promoted based on their performance or results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacking Leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working for Polo can be a good resume builder.

    Cons

    Senior management are not good leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make changes at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A complete waste of time and skills

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    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Retail Sales Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Manchester Center, VT
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Manchester Center, VT

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great discounts
    Hopeful for promotion
    Easy job

    Cons

    Managers are disorganized, not on the same page
    Inefficiently run
    Hours are terrible
    No work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like trash, they are your front line, your money makers and they have useful and good ideas to bring to the table to help them make you money. LISTEN.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dawsonville, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dawsonville, GA

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Good hours, pay and management

    Cons

    Work was often stressful and not a lot of room for growth in positions.

  8.  

    Fast-paced, busy environment

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

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

    Pros

    Suitable for someone who likes to be busy, suitable for those of school-leaving age as part-time work whilst at college, sales team was hard-working and cohesive.

    Cons

    Incredibly high turn-over of staff, felt like you had to protect members of staff from sometimes rude/degrading management but then certain members of management also took on the role of protecting the sales/stock room team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time in new employees, they are placed in a daunting atmosphere and many are coming in to their first ever job. Team them with staff who have been working long-term for a couple of days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Tough Environment, High Standards

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Liked being challenged to learn and do more with the high standards & expectations

    Cons

    A lot of politics within the organization
    Need to "drink the Kool-aid" to be really successful there
    Difficult work environment with very little support and guidance by upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to help mentor individuals to help them learn & grow
    Morale very low, need to create a better work environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stock Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Stock Support in New York, NY

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Ralph Lauren is a wonderful company to work for. They have awesome products and every associate is wiling to help with whatever is needed

    Cons

    There are sooooo many different styles of polos and they are really hard to decipher sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being awesome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    very fun environment and tended to be relaxed, as long as work was being completed to a high standard

    Cons

    sometimes poor communication about personal development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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