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Gildan Activewear Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Gildan Activewear President, CEO, Director Glenn J. Chamandy
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Pros
  • You get to travel frequently for customer visits and are able to keep a good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • I love the people I work with, and the environment is fast-paced and challenging, so you're never feeling stagnant or bored (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long Hours, Underpaid, Overworked, (in 5 reviews)

  • Some of the other upper management were also rude and did not have good social skills, not even a simple hello even when spoken too (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "picker operater"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    Good people lots of work

    Cons

    Hard to advance and point system


  2. "Customer Service & Sales Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service & Sales Analyst in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Customer Service & Sales Analyst in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, 401K, 8-5, lunch hour, yearly employee ratings, possible bonus

    Cons

    No flexibility for working remotely, no continued training opportunities within some departments, etc.

  3. "Forklift operator"

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    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Eden, NC
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Eden, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours. And also good incentives, with opportunities of growth throughout the company.

    Cons

    Hard to advance throughout the company, a long time to process promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Give people opportunities to advance positions within the company, instead of just picking someone who has been there the longest.


  4. "Forecasting"

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

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    Fellow analysts were a delight to work with

    Cons

    Long hours
    Forced to work weekends
    No growth oppurtunities


  5. "Unethical"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I liked and admired my supervisor very much, as did all of the people who worked for him, and then they threw him under the bus.

    Cons

    I was hired as part of a special team to work on an order for Dollar General. After working several months some machines arrived from one of Gildan’s Caribbean plants. We were ordered to cut the labels out of Fruit of the Loom shirts and heat transfer the Gildan label onto it. I complained to my supervisor, who was hired just for this project and he assured me that it was legal. When other people questioned this also, our supervisor had a meeting with his boss and the head of the Charleston office who both said the legal department in Canada had oked the work. Not only did we put their labels in Fruit of the Loom shirts but we were then ordered to send them back to Dollar General with other shirts from another company, the colors did not match, the display boxes looked cheap with three of four shades of the same color in the same boxes. We complained to our supervisor who then complained about the presentation but was again told to just do the work. About a month after we shipped the goods some lawyers came down from Canada. Dollar General and Fruit of the Loom threatened to sue and they made our supervisor the scapegoat. The day after the lawyers left he was called down stairs and escorted out of the building. Even though he had nothing to do with the order except follow orders, he was fired. Slowly they got rid of all of us that worked on this project. The company wanted everyone who worked on this project out of the building. We did what we were told and then they fired us when Fruit of the Loom threatened to sue.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie and blame others for your mistakes.


  6. "Good To Gain Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    Experience, good coworkers, fast-paced, great benefits

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Value employees more


  7. "Hopes this is helpful"

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    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    Company is having good growth opportunities in it's many acquisitions.

    Cons

    The IT infrastructure is so fragmented. Too many systems. Corp needs to integrate these extra IT systems more expeditiously. Reporting is poor. Rely too much in excel in analyzing or developing Mgt. reports.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your IT systems!!! So that these fragmented systems from the past company's acquired can be integrated into one reporting system. Invest in better reporting software, i.e. Crystal or Business Objects then using Hyperion excel.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    Analyst level employees are good to work with, very young and fun.
    Not much more Pros

    Cons

    Upper management does not treat workers like people. Forced to work overtime especially weekends, budget more important than life itself. Low pay for work. Favoritism within departments is ridiculous, no promotions for meaningful results. Just for how brown your nose is. Sales and forecasting departments are worst with having terrible leadership at manager and director level.


  9. "Great Place, Minus a Few Bad Apples"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Some fun company activities
    Some of the employees were okay, pretty down to earth.

    Cons

    Human Resources department management, were rude and disrespectful. They looked down on other departments and employees in lower positions. The turnover in the HR coordinator position was ridiculous. Some of the other upper management were also rude and did not have good social skills, not even a simple hello even when spoken too.

    Advice to Management

    Humble yourselves; just because you are in a high position, does not make you better than anyone else. Gildan was a great place to work, besides a few bad apples. Set an example and contribute positively to Gildan's culture. It is okay to smile and say hello sometimes...


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the opportunities

    Cons

    The culture isn't that great. Not a lot of importance in team building.


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