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Gildan Activewear Reviews

Updated October 22, 2017
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Gildan Activewear President, CEO, Director Glenn J. Chamandy
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. "Great place to work with great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time

    Pros

    People, hours, location, and management

    Cons

    Felt like the work was very banal


  2. "Customer Service & Sales Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Hell hole"

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

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

    Pros

    No pros at all. None!

    Cons

    They don't really care about their employees


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "We need to do better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting, Cutting, Cutting is the mantra but it not just fabric. We are cutting costs yet not doing our due diligence and as a result we are hiring the wrong people on the cheap and getting suppliers who may not be right.

    Cons

    We have leaders who can fix this but they are not engaged so bad things are happening under the surface. Rio Nance....

    Advice to Management

    Mr. Chamandy....come and deeply visit.

  8. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is always on time.

    Cons

    Other than manufacturing, the company lacks direction and corporate culture. Stay away.


  9. "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.


  10. "Engineering manager"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Pedro Sula (Honduras)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Pedro Sula (Honduras)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, nice working environment, oportunity to growth.

    Cons

    May not grow to the top, old school boys club in manufacturing headquarters


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