The Jones Group

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The Jones Group Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
146 Reviews
2.9
146 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance- everyone leaves at 5pm on the dot and summer Fridays year around (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits (401K matching, medical/dental, wage works) (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is aloof and not as involved in operations as they should be (in 9 reviews)

  • many late days, lack of communication, too much politics (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Depends on the Division....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at The Jones Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Do a great job and you can get promoted fairly easy
    3pm Fridays ALWAYS if you are not in sales
    Benefits are priced fair, good amount of vacation and sick days, and nice discount on merchandise
    Some divisions are organized and ran very well
    Great name to have on resume for future career advancement
    Can learn A LOT if you are in a WELL-RUN division

    Cons

    Very long working hours if you are in sales...upper management doesn't care about work life balance and not having enough employees to complete ALL the work required
    No proper titles to associates who have larger responsibilities vs. associates who are at same level....leads to HUGE egos, extreme rudeness and bullying.
    Upper management and HR are in close relationship...very biased, confidentiality can be questioned
    HORRIBLE organization and management of certain divisions and nobody seems to care of the effects on employees...not even Presidents/CEOs of divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Presidents and CEOs to underperforming divisions is to LOOK at the BIG picture and how SEVERE your employee turnover is as well as how sales have decreased. You have to be willing to make the necessary changes (firing of long-term employees who are dead weight and are making a very generous salary) to get back on track. They also need to consider how serious the effects of mismanagement in a department is and how it has played a role in their division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Replenishment Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Replenishment Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at The Jones Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    professional, friendly environment. Strong in communication

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Upper Management are not approachable

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hands-on, learn a lot, great internship experience

    Former Employee - Design Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at The Jones Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    internship program is very organized and dedicated to helping interns get the most out of their internship

    Cons

    not a lot of cross-learning across departments.

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  5.  

    Was a good place to work til changes started over 2 yrs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at The Jones Group

    Pros

    Learning Center when you were able to attend, good benefits, time off and discounts.

    Cons

    Favoritism, area supervisors looking for gifts, unable to get help in learning new requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to ask the workers about supervisors as some of the reviews were prejudiced and fabricated. What was once a family became an arena of divide and conquer with everyone looking out for their own job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Top-heavy, company grew too large, nice people

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

    I worked at The Jones Group full-time

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Numerous 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not so great

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Administrative  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Jones Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good starting off point; get your foot in the door; get a big corporation on your resume; learn a lot

    Cons

    any real learning you might want (ie learning about the fashion industry) you really do on your own; i learned a lot about excel; the particular department i was in had a few bullies who talked down to you, were outright rude at times, and had been reported to HR multiple times but nothing was done; i reported her to my manager and she then stopped talking to me like she was a child. Not an enjoyable work environment but manageable until something better comes along

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your "lowest" assistants, they are getting the brunt of the bad vibes and can give good advice on improvements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    I worked at The Jones Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Every 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Coordinator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Jones Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    job security is incosistent a lot of restructuring in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the people that are dedicated and hardworking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Don't do it

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Jones Group full-time

    Pros

    There are great co-workers and teamwork

    Cons

    Terrible managerial skills, positions aren't clearly defined, too many lay-offs going on and compnay not keeping it's employees up to date.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Jones Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Takes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create more incentives for retaining talent. Cut out the fat paychecks at the top level. Hire better leaders!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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