The Jones Group
3.0 of 5 116 reviews
www.jonesgroupinc.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

The Jones Group Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.0 116 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

The Jones Group President, CEO, and Director Wes Card

Wes Card

(55 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work life balance- everyone leaves at 5pm on the dot and summer Fridays year around"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Good benefits (401K matching, medical/dental, wage works)"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management is aloof and not as involved in operations as they should be"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Long hours and minimal work-life balance"
    in 6 reviews
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    Top-heavy, company grew too large, nice people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood benefits, company-match, average pay, trying to set itself apart from others by offering classes. Company values feel like words the marketing team made up. However, people are nice to work with and many are very hard-working.

    ConsNumerous changes in management and downsizing creates an uncertain working environment. Management comes down to individual people and their skill sets. Too many people and too many levels slows down the development process. Having multiple people doing the same things does allow you to take your vacation time. Little growth. HR seems to be making up their own titles (probably to set their cap on salaries) so be aware when comparing with other companies. As in many places, some people are favored for unknown reasons. Office politics? Hope you have an office with a door for your own sanity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are still there and not beaten down, try to recognize people for the extra effort they are putting in. Even if the upper echelons of management have sold their souls to the Board or whoever will get them their next position, we do look to you for leadership. What you DO provide, we see and appreciate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was my dream job and I miss the job. Sorry to see company change.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New City, NY

    ProsIt used to be the company--classes, training programs, great benefits, bonuses, and employee discount.

    ConsEvery division has different rules. You could have the same position in one division and leave at 3 o'clock, while in another division you might work through a state of emergency snow day. To top it off you might sit next to the person who can leave early. Managers are part of a cliché and do not see the big picture easily. The atomsphere lends to bullying and favoritism. Design and its elements are always chaging to no avail, while directors never change and you see many people losing jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Jones group always had excellent values overall. However, I have witnessed top managers being abusive by imitating a persons disability. By making an employee stay on a day which state declared an emergency. By suggesting that a vendor should comply with company wishes because they were "boyfriend' to employee.

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    great place to work

    Retail Coordinator (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Proslearning and training and great compensation, meet a lot of people

    Consjob security is incosistent a lot of restructuring in the company

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep the people that are dedicated and hardworking

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to start out (and then move on), super corporate.

    Production Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood work/life balance.
    Mgmt and culture vary by division, but overall a sometimes fun, sometimes dull work environment. Mgmt can be very supportive and encouraging in letting associates take on new projects/tasks.
    Great training and learning opportunities for entry level.

    ConsTakes forever to get raises and promotions. Previously had a culture of bringing in outsiders to fill positions instead of promoting from within. Getting somewhat better at this.
    Company is under new ownership, so a big re-org is going on. Layoffs will continue until it's finished.
    The job can get somewhat prefunctory, so many depts and everyone focuses on their silo.
    Salary, vacation, benefits are pretty average.
    HR Dept is worthless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more incentives for retaining talent. Cut out the fat paychecks at the top level. Hire better leaders!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay Away from "Gloria Vanderbilt" division

    Production Coordinator (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Benefits are good
    - 3PM leaves on Friday year round
    - Salary is reasonable

    Cons- Upper managements are all devils and control freaks
    - OT everyday, very long working hours. (12 hours avg.)
    - Horrible office culture and they treat ppl very rude. Lots of politics going on
    - high turn over rates, the ppl working there are either stay for 20 years or less than 2 years. Upper managements have no clue what's going on outside the world. They are like communist.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay far far away from this place

    Replenishment Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosholiday bonus and the coffee

    Constoo many CEO's does a company need? I think they have 20 of them

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo much Management and not enough workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great launch pad to other areas of planning, exposure to cross-functional teams

    Replenishment Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsEmployee discounts for most brands under the Jones umbrella; great team & management; Summer Fridays

    ConsLong hours and minimal work-life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to create more opportunities to advance from within

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Devil Wears Jones

    Senior Art Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood Benefits, Mostly nice people to work with

    ConsWas a pretty nice place to work until 2011.Terrible upper management. Too many cooks. People dictating design who know nothing about it but have power. People brought in from the outside as VPs and executives who were unqualified and receive the "Golden Parachute" after they screwed up the company. Seems like they were stealing. Unbearable place. Everyone miserable

    Advice to Senior ManagementNow that the company has been sold do not follow in the footsteps of the last group of incompetents.
    Nowhere to go but up

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Customer Service

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsDiscount 40 percent, even on sale items

    ConsThey used to be a good company to work for, but after the restructuring in 2009 the company made serious cuts to jobs and benefits. This contributed to loss of morale and didn't feel like a family company anymore. Those in higher management positions expected more, but hardly recognized those who went beyond company goals/standards. There are DSM's who showed lack of leadership, hardly did proper store visits (some even went shopping instead of performing a proper visit), there was lack of communication between upper and lower management. The idea now that corporate perceives to retail workers is, they believe any one who's with the company to long is 'complacent' and would rather bring in new people, instead of believing in the tenured employee's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBelieve in the worker's you do have, motivate them, give incentives, promote within. Stop trying to format your company like the rest of retail; listen to the workers, they know what works and what doesn't, they are the ones who get to know what the customer's need and want.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A LESSON LEARNED

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosif seeking to learn what a monster corporation that is all about making money is like, this is the place to be.

    ConsLoyalty, hard work and creating a good wholesome environment for the REAL workers in the company are not something they are concerned with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a SOP for your departments to follow and STOP modifying it without making your entire department aware of these changes. We work under you and if you keep changing/ adding or assuming we know what you are thinking it makes it impossible to follow you. Your incompetence makes the entire department look and act sloppy. Also, all the finger pointing when things don't run smoothly, only lowers morale and doesn't help anyone. Here is a thought for upper management... how about considering stepping aside and allowing the new talent to flourish instead of getting rid of it every few months when the balance sheets don't add up? I think this is worth considering, since the company's present situation happened under your watch I think someone should be taking a long, hard look at your performance instead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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