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Levi Strauss Overview

San Francisco, CA
10000+ employees
1853
Company - Private
Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
We believe that clothes — and how you make them — can make a difference.

Since 1853, we’ve been obsessed with innovation to meet people’s needs. We invented the first blue jean. And we reinvented khaki pants. We ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We're 'In Good Co.' with Ray and Ben, two employees who switched job gears to play their part in developing an industry game-changer.

    In Good Company: Job Flexing with Project F.L.X. - Levi Strauss

    We are nothing without our people. The people who are driven each day to build upon the long legacy of Levi Strauss & Co. Since 1873, our jeans and those who contribute to their design and production have been an inspiration - and a symbol - for unwavering originality.

  • Authentic, iconic and always at the center of culture — Our annual report spells out why Levi Strauss & Co had its best year in a decade. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQwBt

    Highlights From Our 2017 Annual Report - Levi Strauss

    posted by: LS&Co. Unzipped Staff Editor's Note: The following excerpts come from our President and CEO, Chip Bergh, in a letter to shareholders from our 2017 Annual Report. Read the full report here . This year was a turning point for Levi Strauss & Co.'s business, with the highest annual revenue growth rate this company has delivered in a decade.

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Levi Strauss – Why Work For Us?


 
ASK ANY EMPLOYEE
what makes Levi Strauss & Co. different, and they’ll tell you. It’s our values: empathy, originality, integrity and courage. These guide every decision we make and every action we take. And they fuel our commitment to drive profits through principles.

We integrated our sewing factories decades before it was required by law. We established the first code of conduct for apparel manufacturers, ensuring the people who make our product work in a safe environment and are treated with dignity and respect. And we work to build sustainability into everything we do.

This is an exciting time for Levi Strauss & Co. We’re building on our heritage to move the company forward, to be as innovative and relevant to today’s consumers — and tomorrow’s — as we were when we invented the blue jean more than 140 years ago.

Our history is pretty impressive. But we know our future is even brighter. We hope you’ll be part of it.
 

 
undefinedTHERE ARE A LOT OF PERKS
to working for Levi Strauss & Co., not least of which is that you get to wear jeans (or khakis) — and not just on Fridays. Nope! Every. Single. Day. (I mean, since we’re making this awesome apparel, shouldn’t we be wearing it?)

Here are a few more highlights of working at Levi Strauss & Co.:

  • Health: We offer competitive benefit options, and employees can handpick the medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans that are right for them. Plus, we were the first Fortune 500 company to grant domestic partnership health benefits.
  • Time off with pay: Everyone needs some time to recharge! Employees get a certain number of personal days off each year (depending on location and tenure), plus paid holidays.
  • Product discounts: To make it even easier to create an amazing work wardrobe, employees get a discount at all company-owned retail stores and ecommerce sites. Plus, we occasionally have special employee-only promotions.
  • Sample sales: Several times a year, employees can purchase samples from our brands at a significant discount, with all proceeds benefiting local community partners — so you can shop and do good at the same time.
  • Corporate discounts: We offer discounts at companies such as Apple, Microsoft and AT&T Wireless. Depending on what office you’re located in, there also may be discounts available for things like transportation and nearby gyms.

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FOR MORE THAN 160 YEARS
undefined, we’ve been giving back to the communities where we have a business presence. It’s a legacy that started when Levi Strauss made a contribution to a San Francisco orphanage back in 1854 that we still support today. And as we like to say here, giving back never goes out of style. Here’s what that tradition looks like today:

Employees & Community

  • Community Day: One day in May, employees get out from behind their desks for a global day of service. In 2014, employees participated in nearly 160 projects in 80 locations across 46 countries.
  • Community Involvement Teams: All year round, our employee-led Community Involvement Teams partner with local charitable organizations to identify needs, plan activities and create volunteer and donation opportunities.
  • Matching gifts: Employees in the U.S. can request that their personal volunteer time or charitable donation be matched by the Levi Strauss Foundation, up to $2,000 per fiscal year.
  • Paid volunteer time: To encourage employees to support charitable organizations with their time and talents, we offer full-time employees up to five hours per month (60 hours per year) of paid time off to volunteer at a charitable organization of their choice.

Our Foundations

  • Red Tab Foundation: The Red Tab Foundation, an industry first, was started by a Levi Strauss & Co. employee to provide a financial safety net for company employees, retiree and their families. The nonprofit is primarily supported by donations from individuals – including employees and retirees, descendants of Levi Strauss and other company shareholders.
  • Levi Strauss Foundation: The Levi Strauss Foundation is LS&Co.’s main philanthropic arm in the community. The foundation supports community partners that push the frontiers of social progress for underserved communities where we have a business presence.

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undefinedWE CARE DEEPLY
about doing the right thing. It’s why we’re working to build sustainability into everything we do. Here are just a few ways we’re accomplishing that:

  • Durability & Reuse: Our approach is grounded in making products that last — starting with the first rivet-reinforced blue jean more than 140 years ago. But if you’re finally ready to part with a pair of jeans, we partner with companies such as I:CO and Goodwill to help make sure they don’t end up in landfills. They could even end up with a second life as insulation.
  • Life Cycle Assessment: We commissioned a scientific life cycle assessment of two products from cotton seed to landfill. With the data we collected, we developed a method for our designers to quantify how new designs impact the environment so they can create the most fashionable styles more responsibly. Perfect examples? Levi’s® Water < Less™ and Dockers® Wellthread™.
  • Water Recycling: We’ve recently worked with one of our suppliers in China to create a way to recycle the water used in the finishing process over and over again. As a result, we made 100,000 pairs of Levi’s® women’s jeans with 100 percent recycled water, saving 12 million liters of water. We’re working with other suppliers now to scale this new technology.
  • Responsible Farming: We are a Pioneer Member of the Better Cotton Initiative, which is committed to helping farmers grow cotton in a way that’s healthier for communities and the environment.
  • Chemical Management: We were one of the first companies in our industry to establish a Restricted Substances List. And we are committed to doing our part to achieve zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020.
  • Green Facilities: Our S.F. headquarters, Levi’s® Plaza, is certified LEED Gold and features insulation made from more than 25,000 pairs of jeans.

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undefinedINNOVATION IS IN OUR DNA.
LS&Co. was built on game-changing industry firsts. We invented the rivet and the jean category in 1873, and we’re continuing to pioneer apparel innovations today. In fact, we recently opened a state-of-the-art innovation lab in a historic building a few blocks from our S.F. headquarters.

Here, a few dozen experts in sewing, pattern-making, finishing and chemistry are focused on hands-on testing and developing prototypes — pushing the boundaries of denim by concentrating on innovations in color, fits and fabrics as well as wet and dry processing techniques.

But we’re not just innovators in product design. When it comes to social progress, we have a long history of firsts. Of leading. Of making a difference.

  • We made the first blue jeans for women.
  • We integrated our factories before the law required it.
  • We were the first multinational apparel company to establish a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for our manufacturing suppliers.
  • Our leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder with employees to share information about HIV/AIDS, even before the deadly virus had a name.
  • We were the first Fortune 500 company to grant domestic partnership health benefits.
  • We launched Improving Workers’ Well-being, a program to improve the lives of apparel workers outside the factory walls.
  • We were the first company in our industry to establish global guidelines for water quality standards for our suppliers.
  • We were one of the first companies in our industry to establish a Restricted Substances List.

Ultimately, it takes more than one company to make a difference. By sharing our approaches with others — and they with us — we can make progress together.

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    I worked at Levi Strauss part-time

    Pros

    You're experience relies heavily on management, but pay was fair, easy to grow in wage and position, they give you great depth of product knowledge and history.

    Cons

    The worst part can be the customers, you may have to deal with amazing people, or you may have to deal with self-absorbed scum of the earth. People don't understand that you're just the messenger and have no say in policies. Depending on location you may have to deal with stressful and fast-paced environments, but if the management is good then it won't be too stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Some management tend to be out of touch with the problems that face it's employees.

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Levi Strauss Photos

Levi Strauss photo of: Making sure our jeans measure up at the innovation lab.
Levi Strauss photo of: Collaborating in an open workspace.
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Levi Strauss photo of: The Dockers® team plans for future seasons.
Levi Strauss photo of: It's all about collaboration at LS&Co.
Levi Strauss photo of: Denim gets distressed at our innovation lab.
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Levi Strauss Interviews

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Levi Strauss (Portland, OR) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Applied online and recieved a call from the Store manager a week or so later to come in for a face to face interview. Very nice lady and she asked relevant questions regarding customer service, leadership etc. She was not working off of a script, she knew her stuff and clearly had many years of retail experience. Overall an excellent interview and a great company.
    They use a 3 tiered approach to hiring. You interview with the Store Manager, then if you pass you get a 2nd interview with another store manager. If you get past that you get an interview with a district manager. Then they all get together and decide whether or not to make an offer.
    The process unfortunately is just too drawn out. I applied for, interviewed three times and accepted a position with another company while still progressing through Levi's process. Had they been able to coordinate this better, I would have been happy to accept. But my other offer was with another very solid company so I did not let it pass on the hopes that Levi's was going to work out.

    Interview Questions

    • Several questions regarding my management and communications style as well as customer service, training etc. Just be prepared to give examples from your own experience.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    If you have the patience for the process of getting hired its a great company! Go for it.

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Levi Strauss Awards & Accolades

  • World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2014
  • Most Admired Apparel Companies, Fortune, 2014
  • World’s Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere Institute, 2014
  • Best Places to Work, Human Rights Campaign, 2014
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
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