kate spade Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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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. Fun!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at kate spade

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for! Fun company culture.

    Cons

    None, its a great company to work for.


  2. Great People

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at kate spade

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    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.


  3. Four Stars

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

    I have been working at kate spade full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at kate spade

    Pros

    Great perks such as employee discount and 20 days of vacation

    Cons

    departments don't work with each other

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. kate spade is a fabulous brand to work for!

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    Current Employee - Kate Spade Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Kate Spade Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the benefits of working at kate spade, part time and full-time are great!

    Cons

    kate spade specialty stores are ran differently than other retail specialty stores.


  7. An amazing company and great leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ecommerce Business Analyst in North Bergen, NJ
    Former Employee - Ecommerce Business Analyst in North Bergen, NJ

    I worked at kate spade full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent and caring management / executives

    Cons

    Same job, same experience very different salaries - my reason for leaving


  8. no place to go...

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

    I have been working at kate spade full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours, generous discount, aesthetically pleasant working environment. bright and cheery.

    Cons

    non- competitive salaries, poor sales incentive program, little to no opportunities for advancement in management, high turn around, little support from corporate

    Advice to Management

    low wage offerings and lack of career opportunities make it difficult to impossible to adequately staff retail locations with quality associates. they expect to attract shining stars that are fitting and committed to the brand, yet they under value their worth. most employees are there for lifestyle and discount benefits. accounts for high turnover. anyone who really needs money goes elsewhere.


  9. Busy Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Allen, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Allen, TX

    I have been working at kate spade

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Workers are energetic and happy to help customers. Very repetitive work. Really have to juggle who's working the floor and the cashier as that is dependent on the day's crowd.

    Cons

    As a new location, payroll was manual and often got fudged with timing. There was a few girls that enticed work drama and it didn't help that management was obvious in who their favorites were with the shifts they gave and giving said favorites max hours while everyone else was at a minimum, even though a majority of us said time and again that we'd love to take up more hours.


  10. Kate Spade

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at kate spade

    Pros

    Good discounts and easy to work with.

    Cons

    It is very slow at times only get about one rush a week.


  11. Felt Like Highschool

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    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer

    I worked at kate spade

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Sample Sales. The office doesn't close, which is also a con.

    Cons

    Long, crazy hours. Workers who were used to doing things one way, really, really young co workers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people for each department.



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