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Eileen Fisher Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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  • Back to back meetings on a daly basis cancel out the company's well intentioned practice of work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • It's very difficult to start full-time with benefits (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eileen Fisher full-time

    Pros

    Eileen Fisher herself believes strongly in fostering an atmosphere where employees can thrive, and that by taking care of employees, this will reflect positively in the type of service provided to customers.

    Cons

    Takes a long time for decisions to be made


  2. "Retail"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eileen Fisher full-time

    Pros

    None... even the product is of low quality

    Cons

    Everything... low pay, high expectations and a back stabbing environment

    Advice to Management

    None.. they are too busy protecting their own job.


  3. "A normal retail job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its just a basic retail job. The manager seems like she really cares about the staff and the customers. They do a lot of customer outreach. Flexible schedules. The company cares a lot about being ethical and recycling, etc.

    Cons

    It is a retail job, so all the downsides come with it. This is a "just say yes" company. Which is good for the customer.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Still Love working at Eileen Fisher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I still believe in the company wholeheartedly. Working in a retail store we think the core values of the company are important to work and live by and are guided by the purpose manifesto set forth by the company. The fact that we are leading the industry in trying to be sustainable means a great deal ! The clothes are beautifully made and really are a dream for most women in an older age bracket. The design is stronger than ever and our fabrics are amazing. Our regional and district leaders are very much for us and are easy talk to. The benefits are great if you are a full time employee.

    Cons

    Lots of changes are happening in the company hopefully for the best, but there is a lot of uncertainty right now in what's going on. We need to be more advanced in technology which is being promised, but is slow in coming. There is a feeling in retail that the company up in Irvington doesn't really get all the hard work that goes into the running of a retail store. Leaders are overwhelmed with the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Make things happen more quickly. We badly need to be more technologically advanced. Listen to your retail employees because they all know what the customer is thinking.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company itself tries to do good. It has good intentions. They want to be open and transparent. The company is very into social consciousness and its impact on the environment.

    Cons

    They can't get anything done on a timely manner. They have committees and this team and that team. It seems no one is willing to make decisions for fear of not going along with the status quo. You can't disagree because then you're not a team player or being positive. Management leads from a place of fear. No one has anyone's back. Managers have been in the same position for years and they are not open to new ideas. If they don't care for you they will do their best to come after you. They talk the wonderful EF talk like trained parrots but that is all it is. There is a huge disconnect between culture and values and what going on in the actual stores. They are pretty much like every retail store out there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teams, subordinates and sales teams. Genuinely and honestly appreciate the work that's being done. It would be great if there was a management review system in place where employees could honestly speak about what's going on in their locations.


  7. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back relaxed environment, work life balance.

    Cons

    Conflicting priorities, too many initiatives occurring at the same time. lack of strategy and direction, Culture differences throughout the different locations.

    Advice to Management

    Let's get on the same page. Raise the standards of employees and quality of work performance.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people and collaborative environment. Great benefits and fun culture. Company has amazing intentions and is doing forward thinking work in the industry. Work life balance is amazing.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get things done. Salary not near competitive. Takes eons to be promoted. If you have a supportive leader, you're golden. If not, you'll be stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change. Make decisions, even if you make mistakes. Don't be afraid to promote people and new blood is new energy which will create positive momentum in the company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eileen Fisher full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great culture and very kind people. Loved to worked there. Eileen Fisher is a B corp. so you know it gives back to the environment and the community.

    Cons

    A little disorginized in some managerial aspects. Interview process take a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with your subordinates.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "proceed with caution"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eileen Fisher full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits if you are full time, generous clothing allowance every month, no commission on sales which avoids any disagreements within team, high pay for retail

    Cons

    no chance to advance in company if not on east coast, BAD management is a real thing in this company- EF supports when you talk the talk even if you cant walk the walk. Politics and favoritism end up placing sales associates in the worst positions. also, at the moment the company is not thinking about people before profits, they just cut benefits for part timers and are putting in loads of money into their sustainability cause

    Advice to Management

    please listen to sales associates- chances are that if they are not happy with a superior, action must be taken. regional managers! hire and promote people who are efficient not just eloquent.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eileen Fisher full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unbeatable benefits, friendly, supportive co-workers

    Cons

    Some of tasks and processes can be more streamlined.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote growth in your employees



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