I worked at Draper's And Damon's full-time (More than 3 years)
They are very flexible with their employees. PTO and they encourage to volunteer for the local community. The average employee is very team oriented. A large portion of the company is over 40 therefore, everything tends to be more stable and respectful. People stay at this company for many many years. The VPs are approachable and have extensive careers in the apparel business, and they're willing to teach their employees. They've formed a very tight knit culture within the company. They follow strict procedures and are overall a well organized company. I loved the people and the culture at this company one of the best places to work in the apparel industry.
Unfortunately some lower level managers have never worked anywhere else, and they lack industry standard and procedures knowledge. People have long tenures at this company which at times might make the overall business operation stale with no innovation. The company tends to isolate itself from outside procedures and knowledge. All new projects are formulated and established like one does at a high school or freshman presentation (e.g 100 steps process) Sometimes the processes are so restraining and strict that they inhibit growth in innovation, ideas and overall "freshness" Mid-level managers tend to over delegate tasks leaving them with little to no actual work, some might get somewhat lazy. These same managers are also the first ones to jump in and take credit when associates do a good job. Also because of the long tenure, it is extremely difficult to move up. Drapers and Damons is the place where one goes to learn the old ways the industry worked.
Advice to Management
Focus on your mission statement. Spend a little and remember that price reduction doesn't matter if you aren't selling. Add value to your product. Go back to your core values.
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