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Updated October 4, 2017
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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. "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

  3. "The company itself is good, but management is a total failure."

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good discount, small store so there aren't too many tasks, nice customers.

    Cons

    If you wanna have a part time job in which the manger keeps talking down on you and making you feel bad all the time then this is the way to go.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the store hires a new manager who knows how to treat his employees better.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "Outlet Store - Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Cypress, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was really great, manager was understanding, duties were easy, fun environment to work in, great discount on clothes

    Cons

    Some people were lazy, sometimes the store was really empty so it was boring, and most customers were really messy

    Advice to Management

    Keep on staying in touch with each store, it really helps to keep getting advice from the higher ups so we can ensure we're doing things right


  10. "OPG"

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    Current Employee - Sales Supervisor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Supervisor in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    70% off merchandise
    30% off accessories
    30% additional all Perry Ellis promotions

    Cons

    No longer carry women's clothing.
    Growth opportunities are very limited.
    Secret shop (mystery shopper) is heavily judged against you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't heavily judge secret shoppers against the person that got shopped, a lot of them do tend to lie. Upper management should get to know their employees better which helps with communication.


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