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French Connection Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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French Connection Chairman and Chief Executive Stephen Marks
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Pros
  • They have a generous staff discount for their employees, although some items are restricted so we can't use our discount on them (in 8 reviews)

  • Lovely people on the teams, good chance for bonus pay, decent uniform allowance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • HR and head office are appalling (in 11 reviews)

  • Unorganised company, poor training, poor pay (in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "The Good Old FCUK days"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at French Connection (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There clothes are amazing and I was able to work with an amazing staff for many years.

    Cons

    They don't give raises unless it's through promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on top of your numbers because corporate can be harassing


  2. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    The people were cool at times

    Cons

    no good music at all

    Advice to Management

    wake up


  3. "FCUK"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    CLOTHING ALLOWANCE. Store manager was amazing as was most of the staff he hired.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company closed all their stores in the US.


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  5. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, products that you feel comfortable selling, I still shop there even though I don't work there anymore.

    Cons

    Long hours during holidays, expensive products


  6. "Wouldn't work here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at French Connection part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good for gaining experiences. 70% discount on two tops/dresses and one bottom each month. 30% off everything else.

    Cons

    Long hours for a low pay. Inflexible schedule. Unachievable sales goals

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more if you expect them to take care of some many different tasks. Be nice.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Learning experience, very draining"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at French Connection full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great fashion and great discount. Depending on the store there was great harmony with the staff and management.

    Cons

    Long hours, corporate breathing down your neck, a lot guidelines and outdated computer software that is seriously outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to do a better job managing the two New York stores, it felt like we were against each other instead of being a team


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a 5 star, not anymore!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at French Connection full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    once the greatest job in retail now one of the worst

    Cons

    Key players resigned....VP of Retail was the best mentor, and business innovator ,very motivating-left for different opportunity, head of e-commerce and planning was a great business partner-just left, key store managers and visual support all resigned...more to come which is too bad as business will never bounce back under new leadership which is awful and uncaring

    Advice to Management

    Bring back and promote all who resigned as new leadership is very chaotic and causing extra work for stores


  9. "It was ok"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at French Connection part-time

    Pros

    They used to have employee spending allowances but not sure if they do anymore- great employee discounts, nice clothes.

    Cons

    They were 20 something stores during my time there made me feel insecure about the job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good experience if you are looking to further your career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jamaica, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jamaica, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at French Connection full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great discount but not worth the experience

    Cons

    Everyone is on a power trip. No one cares about their employees, everyones out to protect themselves and get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Do the opposite of "cons"


  11. "Amazing company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at French Connection full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Short lines of communication
    Motivates, values and connects with employees
    Good benefits
    Trust in the management team on the particular needs of the business
    Constantly looking for ways to improve
    Promotes from within
    Positive outlook and attitude

    Cons

    No raises in three years but it's understandable considering the current economic situation
    Very few stores in the US market

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work



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