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Ardene Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2019

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2.9
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Arden Dervishian
60 Ratings
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  • "lack of communication between corporate and store management (ie dress code rules)(in 27 reviews)

  • "Too much stock, we were a liquidation location, so it was crazy sometimes(in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "O.K. For a Student Job but not Forever"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Ontario, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ardene

    Pros

    - good hours - not stressful - able to socialize if you get along with your coworkers - generous employee discount after working there for 1 month... 50% off of accessories, 30% off of clothing/shoes/swimwear, and 15% off of any clothing reduced by 50% off or more - reasonable break times - kept busy throughout shift - always get time off as needed [with the exception of the blackout periods] -...

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    Cons

    - The dress code can be difficult to dress for. You are understandably not allowed to wear anything with logos/slogans representing other companies. You are not allowed to wear hoodies, anything that doesn't cover your shoulders entirely, leggings with a top that doesn't entirely cover your bottom and in the front, no ripped jeans, and no light wash jeans. Skirts and shorts have to be a certain length. No cleavage or...

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    Advice to Management

    1. Put more trust in your employees. 2. Ditch the blackout periods. 3. Allow more sensible footwear to be worn [i.e. Sketchers Go Walk Sneakers]. Fashionable flats that are good for your feet are upwards of $100. 4. Embrace employee individuality and lighten up on the piercing/tattoo/hair colour rules.

    Ardene2015-10-14
  2. "Poorly Run"

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    Former Employee - Keyholder in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ardene full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Store discount, coworkers, not much else

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, unorganized, staff shortages.

    Ardene2019-06-25
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I expected"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ardene full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Generous discount Ardene foundation Some of the product is great

    Cons

    Benefits are extremely expensive Only get paid holidays if you don’t work them—if you work the holiday you forfeit the extra 8 hours Mistakes with pay take far too long to resolve Pay is not competitive Bonus program is not motivating Allocation is a joke—you can sell out of dressy tops and get replenished with flannel Everything is intensely micro-managed—no need for an entrepreneurial mindset here! Communication...

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    Advice to Management

    Allow your district and store teams to have more control. They know their market. Get allocations functioning! You can’t make money if you don’t have the right things. More of the wrong things isn’t helpful. Spend money in the right way. Invest in your stores and the talent that runs them not pointless advertising. Focus your advertising on delivering a brand awareness, here’s who we are and here’s where to find us rather...

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    Ardene2018-11-13
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate Staten Island"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ardene part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great enviornment and employees to work with.

    Cons

    Ardene has a limited budget that they are explaining to each employee. Their limited budget and lack of sales is not the reflection of the employees, it is the reflection in marketing and advertising. Well a variety of departments. Anyway, you have limited hours, and you hire more people. Not smart. People are leaving due to lack of hours and these are dedicated people who were there for the opening. Wheb the holday season...

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    Advice to Management

    Understand local placement as well as broad placement. Know your surroundings and the patterns in retail and create realistic expectations. Listen to your employees and understand the difference between gossil and general knowledge.

    Ardene2018-08-24
  5. "Fun at times"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ardene for more than a year

    Pros

    fun cool co workers employee discount

    Cons

    low pay rude manager hard hours

    Ardene2017-11-15
  6. "Sales Associate/ Former Third Key"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ardene full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Manager and Co-workers, very chill location, good with schedules! Hella good discounts. 30% off for foot wear and clothing, 50% off accessories, jewellery, and 70% off items we give an extra 15% I'm pretty sure idk how I forget rn. So since theres always good deals on in the store, the store discounts are crazy. The work is not hard once you get the hang of it. District manager is super nice, is ALL about customer...

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    Cons

    As of recently, the stock loads have been insane where they have sent 80-100 boxes of stock not even during holiday season and because we are such a small location we have NO room for these boxes to go so it gets very stressful when the average boxes were supposed to get is about half and even less than half if anything I feel as though the location I am in, head office just pretends it doesn't exist considering the...

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    Advice to Management

    Find a better way for bringing in stock. Possibly where certain stores that are of certain sizes of square foot, get certain amounts of boxes that can actually fit the back rooms and that is manageable. Keep all stores up to date, don't make newer locations and leave older ones behind with outdated signs, and overall look of the store.

    Ardene2017-11-08
  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ardene full-time

    Pros

    There is a small family style environment

    Cons

    At times they are understaffed

    Ardene2017-02-01
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Company."

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ardene part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the only ways to follow the dress code is by wearing jeans and a t-shirt, which at least is comfortable for me. There's a fair employee discount, and somewhat flexible hours.

    Cons

    There are more cons than I can count. First of all, their product is terrible and breaks in a couple washes. The piles on every table are often a foot high, which looks terrible and customers inevitable create a mess when finding something. We get too much stock, so our change rooms are always full of boxes, as well as our backroom. You'll be expected to do a million things at once. Typically I have to keep half of...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire more workers, make workload manageable. Create incentives for long-time employees. Monitor the environment of the store, do not allow sexual harassment and bullying to go unpunished. Especially when a $5 shortage on the till will get you in trouble more than threatening someone or soliciting sex from a coworker.

    Ardene2016-10-26
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ardene

    Pros

    Discount, merchandising, always busy, enjoyed stock day

    Cons

    Only one employee on floor most of the day, company expected the world without offering additional hours, always recovering tables and change rooms

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should stay in contact with store managers to offer assistants and guidance...offer training, more than just reading a store manual.

    Ardene2015-02-26
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away unless you want to be in pain"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ardene full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Employee discount if you can last 3 months.

    Cons

    To pass the dress code you can only wear trendy flats, and I'm sure we all know how impossible it is to find trendy flats that you can walk around in all day. I'm shocked that this company has been operating for so long and still does not realize or care about the immediate or longterm health of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that employees are not mannequins, we have a job to do and we can't do it with a smile if are feet are battered and bruised and are knees are aching. Let employees wear tennis shoes, or some other type of shoe that is trendy AND comfortable.

    Ardene2013-05-26
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