kate spade Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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kate spade Co-President and COO Craig Leavitt
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Pros
  • great discount, and noone really cared what you were doing (in 19 reviews)

  • Employee Discount (that's if you like the brand) (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management did not care about employees (in 12 reviews)

  • Commission structure is not favorable to a full-time employees (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Awesome Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at kate spade part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is such an emphasis on a culture of customer service and team atmosphere. The pay and benefits are also good.

    Cons

    The company is growing so fast it sometimes seems the top-down communication is lacking, and we do not know what we are supposed to be doing.

    Advice to Management

    Have more transparency with your employees.


  2. extremely good atmosphere!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Buyer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    discounts are extremely nice and the people are great

    Cons

    long hours working and you have to travel a lot

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  3. Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at kate spade (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    ery focused on infusing the work place with the spirit behind the Kate Spade product. Great benefits. Salary is fine. Generous employee discount.

    Cons

    Change strategy and direction too much.


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  5. sales associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at kate spade part-time

    Pros

    the company is awesome, they pay well and have great perks. they do quarterly wardrobing and have a great employee discount.

    Cons

    my only con is personal, my manager really wasn't that nice to anyone. she was hard to work with and most of the employees were afraid of her.


  6. Helpful (1)

    The discount is awesome but...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome discount, lots of perks, quarterly wardrobing options, hourly gets paid weekly

    Cons

    Hard to get raises, doesn't promote from within, doesn't focus on training, lack of support from corporate

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and spend more time choosing canidates, lead with passion and love not with fear


  7. Shared Service Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at kate spade (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package including vacation

    Cons

    Very high turn over rate due to the company's restructuring


  8. Love it!

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing employee incentives! Very teamwork oriented. A lot of room for creativity. Great training program. It's a great part-time second job for anyone who loves the brand.

    Cons

    Commissioning can be difficult. (However I do believe they are switching off of a commission structure soon in which case I hope they raise the hourly pay). Proper communication from corporate could use improvement.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Four Stars

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at kate spade full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits, flexible schedule, challenging but rewarding work.

    Cons

    Very cliquey work environment, general unacceptance of personalities/personal style that deviates from the 'kate spade girl.' Very unproductive HR department, stingy raises and low potential for pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Be more accepting of varying personality types and personal style/expression that doesn't conform with the 'kade spade girl.' Be more aware and proactive in rewarding good work.


  10. Fun!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for! Fun company culture.

    Cons

    None, its a great company to work for.


  11. Great People

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great People, interesting work, great time off and good benefits.

    Cons

    Not any at this time

    Advice to Management

    Better recognize high performers.



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