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Gildan Activewear Reviews

Updated April 17, 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. "Bought us and closed us"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor Pick Packer in Newton, NC
    Former Employee - Auditor Pick Packer in Newton, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    didn't get to know them, short time with them

    Cons

    did't have a chance to know

    Advice to Management

    Think of the people working there.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Gildan"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only positive about this company is that they pay you.

    Cons

    Poor ethics and poor morals. They do a horrible job running their business and they treat employees like crap.

    Advice to Management

    Change your ethical practice. Poor job running the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "WARNING! Do not work here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero.

    Cons

    Employees are mistreated and underpaid. Management is conniving, devious, and unprofessional. HR department is incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    I can't help those who won't help themselves. Once you realize you're not the most intelligent person in the room then the healing can begin.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Environment"

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

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

    Pros

    I would strongly recommend not working here until major changes are made. Company has a lot of potential, but needs to recognize its weaknesses and create a better environment for its employees

    Cons

    Politics, unprofessional / unethical upper management (not all, but some key players), lacks structure, zero training, culture is awful! Constantly putting out fires

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Everyone is miserable


  6. "Look Elsewhere"

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    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


  7. "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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. Helpful (5)

    "Beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Management in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Management in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Offers competitive compensation and benefits
    -Stunning offices in the heart of downtown Montreal
    -Good financial standing

    Cons

    -Poor management
    -High turnover
    -No communication
    -No work-life balance
    -No one is happy; very demotivating, depressing environment
    -No regular feedback

    Advice to Management

    Take employee concerns into account; there is a reason there is so much turnover, especially in the HR department.
    Very little promotion from within, even when it's well deserved.
    Initiatives are started but never followed through.
    Yes, you compensate your people well, but at what cost? You continue to lose strong employees and soon, given your reputation within the Montreal job maker, it will be tough to keep replacing them


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Unprofessional and unethical culture. Use "fit" to bully staff."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -location, offices, and the females wear very revealing outfits to the office, if that interests you.

    Cons

    -Sexist, Racist. Only Italian Males from Montreal can get promoted from within - but when they need actual skills to fill a role, they need to recruit from outside (and can no longer hire from within Montreal due to their poor reputation). They only

    A quick search on linkedin should give you an indication of their turnover.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is great, however has Senior Management in place who give him blatantly and intentionally misinform him to suit their own agendas.

    Only a few things can hide for long - the sun, the moon, and the truth. They will crash in a few years, when the misinformation eventually results in actual failures. Also stop using "lack of fit" to give senior management carte blanche to bully employees and give others preferential treatment.
    Disgusting environment, can't wait to get out.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Complete lack of respect and disregard for the staff. Avoid unless you just want a party check."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Offices and compensation (if you ask for it). But nothing else. Worse employer I had.

    Cons

    Mistreatment of employees. Promises broken, ridiculous over time (and consistent, not peaks and valleys), stressful and unhappy environment because of the pressure on employees. This is all on senior management.

    Advice to Management

    This concept of work and do as your told doesn't work anymore. Respect the human asset, and realize the turn over means something.


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