kate spade Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
114 Reviews
2.9
114 Reviews
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kate spade Co-President and COO Craig Leavitt
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54 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Have great benefits, plus a great discount, as well as a ton of growth opportunity (in 19 reviews)

  • Great employee discount on uniform and for family & friends (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • They bring in outside talent to fill upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Commission structure only started one month before I left, pay raises were not given (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    THE BEST

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

    I worked at kate spade as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and helpful
    All employees love the company

    Cons

    absolutely none! I loved my experience at Kate Spade.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place to grow and learn about the retail industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at kate spade

    Pros

    get staff, they really pick girls and guys who appreciate the brand
    awesome environment to be apart of

    Cons

    lots of on call hours in the off seasons

    Recommends
  3.  

    positive retail work experience, relaxed atmosphere in a lovely shop

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    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate

    I worked at kate spade part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    From a retail perspective, it's a great job. It's easy to clean the store at the end of the day, the product is so adorable it sells itself, and the people who work there are generally fun to be around.

    Cons

    It can be slow in the store, which gets boring from time to time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at kate spade full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still has a good benefits package and associate perks

    Cons

    long work hours high pressure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    This company gets numbers results, yet fails to support its employees in the corporate office.

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

    I worked at kate spade full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Safe environment. You get time off, you are allowed to leave after six (but you will not). Unlimited sick days.

    Cons

    My perspective is from the creative services team. This team was wildly mistreated by upper management. The team struggled through with loads of work, while other teams (buying, merch, store ops) were handed new head counts every quarter. It was extremely frustrating. It was sad to also see all of the people from Andy and Kate days jump ship. Sadly, the creative has in the recent year or so fallen extremely flat. The product stays novelty and colorful. The company has yet to decided if it is going to be a lifestyle brand, or really force its way into the fashion game. Neither have been greatly successful. (Try launching "bridal" with no gowns... Or sprucing up "black nylon bag displays" in the store...when merch refuses to buy any in color) The constant flex between creative and the numbers people is at every company. However, no one was protecting creative at KSNY. I was held at a lower position/title for scale range with no one above me within 3 tiers. So I was doing all of that work as well. Meetings with Craig did nothing. He bolstered the business teams. This is not a high fashion/ luxury brand. So, huge mistakes are made and no one has to take responsibility for the mistakes. That , in turn breeds a very lackadaisical work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More entry level positions are necessary for a company that is growing at this rate. Think pyramid. (and not an upside down one)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Probably not for me

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at kate spade part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    high end, good location, fun staff

    Cons

    earn hours based on sales

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Fun Company, Opportunity to Grow Employees Better

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    Current Employee - Associate Buyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Buyer in New York, NY

    I have been working at kate spade full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people! Great tangible benefits/culture! Fun product!

    Cons

    The company does not have good growth plans in place to keep employees satisfied and developing appropriately. There is a tendency to string people along with future opportunities that may not come to fruition and/or may not mean very much when given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While there are SO many great tangible benefits, there should be a better culture around valuing and developing people!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Living colorfully!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at kate spade

    Pros

    Good discount, wardrobing is nice.. Most of the corporate people are nice as well. Good rate of pay for the amount of work as a manager I have to do (which is really not a lot compared to previous management positions I've had at other more low-end companies)

    Cons

    Managers have to be full time (sale lead can be part time depending on the situation).. Store managers often get all of the perks of this company where as the rest of the team doesn't get any free stuff other than during holiday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth and give sales associate raises!

  10.  

    Kate Spade

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at kate spade

    Pros

    Great pay at kate spade.

    Cons

    Lack of hours at kate spade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more professional as a manager.

  11.  

    worst company ever

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    I worked at kate spade full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    there were no pros, the DM, and the SM, were very unprofessional. this is the worst run company i have worked for and i have been in retail over 10 years.

    Cons

    lied to by the store manager on a day to day basis. empty promises, this location the girls working there are cady and act like they are to good for everyone, there is not one genuine person there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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