Vineyard Vines

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Vineyard Vines Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
46 Reviews
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    Sales Associate - great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vineyard Vines

    Pros

    Many incentives to achieve high sales

    Cons

    Lots of bright colors everywhere you look

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics. its not what you know, its who you know.

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Leesburg, VA

    I worked at Vineyard Vines

    Pros

    Fun environment, great discount, great product, dedicated clientele. company is growing and positions are always being created.

    Cons

    In my experience there was alot of favoritism. upper level was very judgmental, if you didn't "fit the brand", you didn't get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vineyard Vines

    Pros

    Good salary and discount 65% plus clothes allotment twice a year.

    Cons

    Awful management poor quality, horrible clientele and poor company structure. They never ship the right clothes or they send all the wrong sizes or wrong styles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better store managers that are trained and can handle their staff. The management plays favorites and is sexist and don't know how to run a store.....

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

    High volume customer flow keeps one busy selling, but management may decide you are a cashier/restocker/custodian.

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Greenwich, CT

    I worked at Vineyard Vines full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, pretty store and in the middle of an affluent local. Shep & Ian actually make occasional appearances and are usually cordial and sometimes fun. The company stresses customer service and usually provides salesmen with everything they need to make the customer happy. Special events with music, drink and food happen a couple times a year. Generous clothing allotment. Decent starting salary for a retail associate. A generally happy attitude among employees. This brand is hot and business is booming. A great non-permanent job.

    Cons

    (Based on impressions from 3 years ago.) Even though business is booming, it benefits management and corporate exclusively. The retail sales associate is a dead-end job. You will be forced out within 5 years even if you do a good job as to avoid getting a raise, getting extra vacation days and having the gall to ask for a promotion. Unless you really fit the mold for their definition of a of a long-term vineyard vines employee, (white, upwardly mobile, materialistic, self-entitled, corporate strategy-fixated), or you have a close relative/good friend already established in the corporate structure, you will never, never, never be seriously considered for a promotion. "Annual" reviews sometimes occur once every 3 years, which means you do not know what standards management will use to rate your job performance. Standards also tend to change without your knowledge, and following protocol for one year may be used to enter a demerit on your permanent record. There are no annual raises. I received one fifty cent raise in 5 years. Training is limited to lower-level skills and corporate jobs are rarely mentioned as potential opportunities for associates. The only offers I ever heard being regularly talked about (but not offered) were for telephone customer service representatives. Middle management is very cliquey and actively prevent direct communication between low-level associates and the corporate office. It often feels like middle management purposefully works against the best interest of the employee. The relaxed, happy attitude that employees are requested to exude becomes tainted by the real management style of high-demand/high-stress/low-reward, which is the true ultimate goal of the company. vv customers are ultimately the only ones who live the "good life".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make annual reviews once-a-year. Provide more opportunities to learn skills that are not limited to lower level jobs. Provide programs that offer associates to opportunity to learn skills specifically needed by higher-level positions within the company. Give associates some small glimmer of hope that their dedication to selling the brand, clothes and lifestyle to customers just might be rewarded by a career within the company. Communicate what is happening with the company as a whole and how it may affect associates. Weekly announcements and meetings discussing the latest clothing lines and profit targets are important, but hardly constitute effective management/employee communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management killed my love for the store

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Vineyard Vines part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pays higher than minimum wage
    very high energy environment
    exceptional discount
    in store incentives
    free clothes every 6 months
    fun crew members

    Cons

    unorganized corporate... trickles down to the stores
    too much responsibility for district managers
    managers are young so they don't really lead like you would expect them to
    managers don't focus solely on their job
    managers are like children, they come to work to socialize and cash their paychecks
    everything is really expensive; quality does not translate to how costly it is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has been a sore subject at the Woodlands (77381) location. It seems like being friends is more important than running a business. Advice would be to focus more on the goals and have managers willing to delegate tasks and lead as opposed to socializing and standing around. Its easy to get off track and fall into a pattern of being unproductive and it all starts with the leaders. As a whole, the company has been growing so fast, so there are a lot of little things that have been neglected (stock room size, shipment and the mass quantity of it being received by the stores, chain of command, etc.) Focus on the existing stores and their issues before mass producing more stores and creating more problems. Vineyard Vines use to be exclusive when there were only a few stores. Now that there are stores 45 mins away from each other, they aren't as exclusive. Too many stores makes it not as appealing, especially when everyone can get it. They are getting too ambitious. Overall, this is just a train wreck waiting to happen. Shep and Ian run a big frat house with idiots running the show.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    I hated this place and the atmosphere!

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    Current Employee - Stock Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Stock Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Vineyard Vines full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I cannot think of anything good to say. It was a terrible work atmosphere created by the level of store manager, district manager and up.

    Cons

    They closed the store snd left us all unemployed for no reason and with no warning.

    The store closed May 31, 2014 and after a long battle with them and the labor department, I just got my final paycheck today: January 28, 2015. Obviously they don't keep their promises and try to cheat you out of the pay they owe you. The labor Dept disagreed and made them pay.
    But seriously!! 8 months to get my final paycheck! Wow! Sad.

    It's nothing more than a racist fraternity run by spoiled little rich kids.

    The clothes are ugly and you are forced to wear them.

    Human resources ignores complaints and lets upper level management support terrible behavior of store managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair.
    Grow up.
    Listen.
    Run a business.
    Be professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work when starting out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vineyard Vines

    Pros

    Really great benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    A little to lax at times but it's getting beter

    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The most Disgusting Company I have ever made the terrible decision to work for!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Vineyard Vines part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    No Pro's Just over-rated clothes!

    Cons

    Immature management
    It's unorganized and idiotic.
    It's a human resources nightmare!
    No training whatsoever
    No leadership from the store manager level and up.
    Favoritism flourishes
    Corporate turns a blind eye to all the wrongs being done at store level
    It's just an over-rated bunch of spoiled brats who have been willingly brainwashed into liking "fashion" that is poorly designed, poorly constructed, and cheap in quality.
    Price does not equal quality.
    Everyday Felt Terrible!
    This company is a looming disaster!
    The company must have people write positive reviews on here to boost their standing. It's a nightmare!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up!
    Be fair!
    Run a business!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Like being part of a family.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Vineyard Vines full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a very comfortable working environment. Casual attire. Friendly people. Great perks.

    Cons

    At times the work environment is too casual and the seriousness of business cannot be done. Some people are too friendly and there you question who you can trust and who you cannot. Management runs the the office like a frat house with sorority girls so you never know where you stand. Furthermore if you're not in the frat or the sorority you're career there is doomed. If you don't fit in with the people or the culture you will have a very difficult time surviving even if you do stellar work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the casual relaxed environment but make it more professional so work can actually be completed in a timely manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate - 3 summers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vineyard Vines

    Pros

    - laid-back, positive culture
    - friendly co-workers
    - easy-to-sell product
    - incredible discount
    - great looking clothes

    Cons

    -terribly managed and organized: schedules planned 2 weeks in advance, middle management unsure of what's going on
    -mystery of stockroom merchandise. We never know what we're getting.
    -constantly changing floor arrangement
    -no upward mobility & set salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perfect for part-time or summer job if you are not yet of internship age.

    Shep and Ian should create and share a strategic plan for VV that outlines its expansion goals and mission statement. Build company pride and integrity.

    Focus more on mid-level management, and encourage direct (rather than nice) communication.

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