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French Connection Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Lovely people on the teams, good chance for bonus pay, decent uniform allowance (in 9 reviews)

  • 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)

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

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Struggling company"

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

    I worked at French Connection full-time

    Pros

    Good corporate experience. Nice clothing allowance. Travel and independence.

    Cons

    Low pay. Poor company culture. Crappy travel per diem. Corporate mentality that is mundane and boring for a fashion company.


  2. "Public Relations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at French Connection full-time

    Pros

    the employee discount. Full time staff gets a very large clothing allowance and store staff gets a monthly allowance and 70% off full price items.

    Cons

    disfunctional, unorganized, the entire PR department no long exists, messy, they fire people without any internal communication, London makes all the rules and nothing they decide fits the US market. This is for store and corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Stephen Marks must retire or hand the reigns to someone who can revive the company. There's no way its making any money.

  3. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at French Connection full-time

    Pros

    great exposure, clothing allowance, business trips

    Cons

    micromanage at its worst, no balance between when off the clock and on the clock, unrealistic goals,

    Advice to Management

    stop micromanaging, better communication, and provide associates with realistic deliverable.


  4. "French Connection"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at French Connection full-time

    Pros

    One pro was the free clothes.

    Cons

    There were no cons here.


  5. "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


  6. "The Good Old FCUK days"

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    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


  7. "FCUK"

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    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.

  8. "Beware"

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

    I worked at French Connection full-time

    Pros

    - Some great people work in other roles
    - Salary, Benefits, days off, and clothing allowance are good compared to other companies

    Cons

    - Upper management is rude and impossible to work with. They turn what is a great and fun job into a stressful nightmare.
    - Clothes are terrible quality


  9. "Good team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    clothing allowance, decent pay, good hours

    Cons

    stiff sale goals, extensive cleaning after shifts


  10. "Great company"

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    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


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