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Original Penguin Reviews

Updated August 9, 2018
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  1. "Assistant Manager Review"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Original Penguin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Staff and good hours. Great Discount

    Cons

    No room to grow and very quiet traffic.


  2. "Boring Job"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Original Penguin part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid higher than minimum wage

    Cons

    - only got 12 hours a week
    - manager showed clear favoritism to a woman who stole sales
    - there was no push to be better at your job

    Advice to Management

    If you are hiring people you trust, let them try to make your shop and company better.

  3. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Original Penguin part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on who your manager is, you may or may not have a lot to do. The manager always had me fold, restock, or fill clothes. She always found something for me to do. However, the assistant manager only cared about selling. So, if there were no customers we would just talk or go on our phones.

    The Pay is great and the clothes are not bad.

    Cons

    Not too many people know about the brand so you may or may not get many customers. If you work in an outlet store it will be busy; however, the full price store will have a couple hours with only a couple of customers "looking around". There would be some days where I wouldn't make my sales goals.

    After the holidays there will be A LOT OF RETURNS!!!! (NEGATIVE SALES)

    Advice to Management

    Promote Student Discount to boost sales


  4. "Nice place to work. Except for management."

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    Current Employee - Key Holder in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Original Penguin part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good discounts. Fun team to work with.

    Cons

    5 of my employees already quit cause they couldn't stand the manager. I'm only staying because I've already built a good relationship with other co-workers. The company itself is okay, but sadly this store location can't find a good enough store manager who knows how to talk to people properly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Shady Management & Shady Company"

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

    I worked at Original Penguin part-time

    Pros

    Discount was decent i guess

    Cons

    Sexual harassment from managers, dishonest HR representatives & managers, no opportunity for growth, too slow of a store & too overpriced

    Advice to Management

    Shut down smaller locations so inappropriate stuff doesn't happen to employees. Stop being shady towards employees. Stop just hiring anyone off the street


  6. "Are you looking to have a used car salesman as a boss?"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Original Penguin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As the title suggests, this is a great place to work for a family (Feldenkreis) that couldn't care less about their employees, product quality, or corporate atmosphere. Everyone from the directors to the interns feel the dread when working here so at least you can commiserate with absolutely everyone. But do you want to work in a place like that?

    Cons

    Distrust of employees from the start (they must have been screwed over before because the level of distrust is extreme), extremely underqualified friends and family (Feldenkreis) members are put in high level positions which makes working here look like a day at the DMV, stingy benefits (I have many stories of how they have tried to get out of paying health benefits from their amazing FLORIDA based health insurance, …

    Advice to Management

    You're sinking Original Penguin and doing a disservice to Perry Ellis' name. Sell those two companies and stick to selling Cubavera shirts. Building a brand is not your forte.


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - General Manager in Miami, FL

    I worked at Original Penguin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great discount! Corporate listens to your needs. Amazing partnership with upper level management.

    Cons

    Not everyone is on the same page. Communication is the worst. No one really knows what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with each other before letting g info trickle down to the store level.

  8. "Original Penguin"

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    Former Employee - Sales Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company
    Opportunities to grow within the company
    Staff is great
    Great discount
    Nice cloth

    Cons

    Poor management
    No sales, no hours
    No benefits


  9. "Fun Place to work !!!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends

    I have been working at Original Penguin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great employee discount!!! fun environment to work in, and you get rewarded for sales achievements.

    Cons

    Slow paced store, and you may get bored on the job but it depend on location.


  10. "Good company, but they need some improvements"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great discount on the clothes and you get some free pieces every quarter.

    Cons

    They tend not to pay very well and aren't very good at keeping their most valued talent.
    Corporate can be disorganized on somethings.


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