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52 English questions out of 52

December 30, 2020

What is paid time off like at Aldo?

Pros

You get holiday pay and PTO

Cons

Some days aren’t guaranteed you’ll finish a whole work day.

You get holiday pay and PTO

December 30, 2020

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August 7, 2021

Does Aldo offer massages?

Pros

Store discount was the only real pro besides the cafeteria which was accessible whenever you needed anything. But I mean coffee should be free for employees.

Cons

It was a Mean girls club, if you didn’t dress, act in a certain way you were pretty much shunned. Big cult vibe and freak “nice” energy. Expects you to work overtime without any pay on top of already being paid poorly

But I mean coffee should be free for employees.

August 7, 2021

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November 28, 2019

Does Aldo offer dental insurance?

Pros

- WFH - On site subsidized cafeteria and coffee service - On site subsidized gym - Employee discount in store - Standard employee benefits (medical and dental) - Summer Fridays

Cons

If you have no prior work experience in an office and no work standards to go off of, this place is for you. Aldo is a major employer and worth having on your CV but at the cost of your personal well being. This is fast (cheap) fashion, so expect fast paced. - Work/life balance: non-existent. Despite people saying that they are not doctors and saving lives (to allude to the fact that the work being done is not that serious), you are expected to perform tasks related to your job outside of your agreed upon 9 to 5 (that includes weekdays until midnight and weekends). Even if you complete your work within your contractual 37.5 hours, you will get pushback from upper management and your peers if you don’t do unpaid overtime. - Work environment: the work environment is not conducive to learning. If you are there, it is to execute your task pretty much like a robot. Co-workers spend most of their energy on pointing the finger when errors are made than they do coming up with solutions. The overall work ethic is unproductive. - Career growth: questionable depending on your views about career growth. Employees with titles below manager level move frequently from one role to another, but they are mostly lateral/sideways career moves.

Advice to Management

Prioritize your employees' mental health over making money

Standard employee benefits (medical and dental)

November 28, 2019

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December 27, 2021

Does Aldo offer family leave?

Pros

I met smart, beautiful people I’m still friends with today. They allowed volunteer days which made me feel apart of the community. There was some visible inclusivity in some areas like disabilities and age. Race as well but that was more of a façade (more on that in cons). If you make it out alive, you will have so many skills simply by virtue of having to sink or swim. There was never any hand holding or babying…even for interns. I got to play in a ton of tools and platforms and develop a generalist knowledge that still supports me to this day. There were many amenities on campus like a cafeteria, gym, nearby day care, car garage/parking lot with smart car charging stations and a bus stop in front of the building. They also offered free annual vaccinations and frequent visits by financial advisors and local farm to table companies.

Cons

The Product- The shoes hurt (yes even sneakers, flats and boots) and other than the Mr. B collection, they’re pretty standard quality. Hard to use the discount and be proud to purchase for friends and family members who complain you brought them foot problems. No one in the office wore Aldo including leadership and if they did they bit the bullet and wore bandaids or a gritting teeth smile to hide the pain. Values - love, respect and integrity were not practiced except for consumer-facing initiatives. If you work in the stores, the HQ staff will dog you behind your back and smile in your face at Club Elite. You’re family until you’re shown the door. In the end you realize you were the family and they benefitted from your humanity and creating culture. The whole HR team turned over last year. That says it all. Culture - everyone is proper and borderline robotic. Code switching was rampant. I felt like if I talked as myself I would be perceived as unprofessional. When Mr. B or David entered the room, backs were straightened; sweat peaking at the pores…this from intelligent, extremely tenured professionals who basically grew up with or raised the brand and in some cases the CEO himself. With regular staff, as others have mentioned, the mean girl vibe was too real! Finding a table to sit for lunch was like high school all over again. Oh and ladies, you better hope that along with the brains you have some looks / tolerance for inappropriate remarks or you’ll never be in the cool club. Unless you’re an “aggressive woman” which helps get you a step closer to joining the boys club but not a full membership. Diversity- show me Black or brown leaders VP and above in HQ and I’ll think about removing this comment. The stores are almost always diverse likely to pay less on salaries. HQ does not care to diversify their board or executive leadership roles; just those in District or Store manager positions to appear inclusive at the management level. And if you find yourself one of the “lucky” individuals that bring inclusivity to Aldo, expect to be exploited in magazines, on the website, in job postings anywhere they can make the case they’re an inclusive company. Direction - retail/ fashion, luxury/ affordable, franchise/owned & operated? After almost 5 decades, they haven’t quite figured out who they are and they own competitor brands that act in silos likely hurting total performance all to maintain their “global” positioning. Innovation - they always claimed to be on the leading edge of retail but it’s retail. It’s all fast follow; never trend setting. It felt very demoralizing to have innovative ideas that would increase brand awareness shot down due to short term IBIDTA efficiency requirements. Pay & Benefits - the worst. Be prepared to question your self value constantly. Oh, and for the “lifers” who only ever worked at Aldo. To see their faces when they get their titles and salaries at new gigs is Tik Tok worthy. Simple things like office location for HQ and transportation for commuters were seen as complaints when raised by staff. Vacation time was never fully used if you even had a good amount to begin with. And the kicker? New mothers were laid off while on maternity leave which…come on! Top down- they claim “work hours are 9-4” for meeting and decisioning, but you’re on leadership’s timeline. That means if they want an 8AM or 6PM meeting, no matter your level or location, you make room for it. If they want to move up or push back a launch, it will be done. Meanwhile the execs are on luxurious retreats where they come back with strategic initiatives that are volunteered to the teams to be executed without input or reality checking. They constantly overpay consultants to say the same things over and over with no follow up on the impact these contracts had on company performance. While I valued a lot of my time there and am thankful for the experience, overall working for Aldo added stress lines to my face and years to my life. Think President Obama pre and post presidency. There were a lot of people there that I knew were beautiful, laid back, normal in real life and only a shell of themselves in the office; always defensive and on edge under outrageous deadlines. I wonder all the time if in the end it was worth it and why so many amazing people still remain.

Advice to Management

Read what I wrote, fix it and you’ll be on your way!

New mothers were laid off while on maternity leave which…come on!

December 27, 2021

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October 28, 2021

Does Aldo offer employee discounts?

Pros

50% employee discount for shoes

Cons

Drama bw coworkers targets with no commission

50% employee discount for shoes

October 28, 2021

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