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Gildan Activewear Reviews

Updated April 25, 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)

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  1. "Follow the procedures"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear (More than a year)

    Pros

    All is based of procedures, great quality systems, great environment, people-convinient decisions,

    Cons

    Not balanced work load. Not standarized work duties. Management confuse you sometimes. Lot of audits thru the whole year.


  2. "Hopes this is helpful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away!!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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...


  6. "Customer Service is run by morally corrupt people"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    Average pay for work done

    Cons

    Terrible management in the customer service department. I was a young guy in a department of 95% middle aged, miserable women. Very mean, gossipy people work there. Terrible work environment. Management will play favorites if they don't like you and do whatever they can to get you fired. I was told 3 weeks before getting let go that I was not going to lose my job. I think my manager lied about my lunch breaks to try and get me fired. Terrible people. Please don't ever work there unless you want to hate your life.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and stop sucking.


  7. "Look Elsewhere"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can learn a lot, but even that is restricted.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, not flexible, they care more about bottom line and budgets then the actual employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stay more informed and show less favoritism


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not keeping up with the times"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to travel frequently for customer visits and are able to keep a good work/life balance. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    The company is about 10 years behind the technology curve. Laptops are old and need replacing and IT is not willing to listen to process improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Quit focusing on your bottom line and start focusing on making life easier for your employees. New laptops and some IT support would have a positive impact on the bottom line through increased productivity.


  9. "Gildan"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    you have the best managers, team leaders, and overseers in the whole plant.

    Cons

    i haven't had any downside.

    Advice to Management

    i don't have nothing to say but i loved working there and thanks for the opportunity for working for your company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inventory Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -401k Match
    -Stock Plan
    -Fast Paced Environment

    Cons

    -Below industry compensation
    -Not a lot of opportunity for internal advancement

    Advice to Management

    Need more structure and defined opportunity for career progression.


  11. "Sales Analyst/Accuont Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Gildan Activewear (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love the people I work with, and the environment is fast-paced and challenging, so you're never feeling stagnant or bored. You can apply for an inexpensive membership to O2 Fitness (ESAC), which is only $9/month, and I can typically get away at lunch to go work out because there is a gym close by. There is a lot of room for upward movement in Sales, so work hard and you will be noticed.

    Cons

    There is very little training, so if you are not self-motivated then this may not be for you. You pretty much get thrown into everything right away - kind of a sink or swim atmosphere. They do not allow sitting on yoga balls in place of chairs or stand-up desks.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on training new employees and there will be less turnover, especially the young ones that come to Gildan straight from college.


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