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Perry Ellis International Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Security, Good Benefits Good job to work if not management (in 7 reviews)

  • Lots of great people at the corporate level (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Too many people willing to backstab others to better their self-image for upper management acceptance (in 18 reviews)

  • There was no room for growth in my department (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A tough place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Doral, FL
    Former Employee - Creative in Doral, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the worker bees are great. If you get the opportunity to prove yourself, you can go a long way.

    Cons

    Management rules by fear and sets unrealistic expectations for goals. Don't expect to make a bonus here- it rarely happens. Moral is terrible and it makes for a stressful working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people. If you here the same complaints about upper management and do nothing about it then shame on you!


  2. "LOW MORALE ON THE EMPLOYEES"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good employees discount. Easy jobs. Nice co workers. Plenty time to use your cellular and take care of personal matters!!

    Cons

    Employees are not happy. Turn around is huge. Very poor HR dept.(none) . Upper management is awful, they only care about themselves and how not to work and get the credit.
    CEO is new and has a terrible personality , He thinks he is God.

    Advice to Management

    Look more at the small positions and recognize their work. Sell the company to people that know how to handle a business properly.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Low employee morale and no opportunity for growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good entry-level opportunity to jump start your career

    Cons

    The culture at the company is based upon politics and favoritism, and has absolutely no form of "team" culture. Low pay, terrible management, many layoffs, and no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees first.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Store manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The discount was pretty good. Also I was able to have some freedom to come up with my own strategies.

    Cons

    Everything. The management was HORRIBLE. They were all intertwined and did not care for the employees at all. Asked for unimaginable things and then threw my team and I under the bus if anything was even slightly off. Locked my assistant and myself out of all systems forcing us to work 7 days a week and then when my assistant broke her foot I was expected to work open to close until further notice, help was finally offered one day and then revoked. After I left a full staff was already trained to come in. This coming from a manager that increased sales 32% in under a year. I felt I was selling my soul.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees first and care, even in the slightest, that is where you can start. You will never hold top talent if this is the way you treat your employees.


  5. "Worst company ever"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing pro in this cheap company

    Cons

    From CEO to designers they all need to runaway

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild the core values of yourself and will be reflected into the company.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Poor company culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For a new college graduate, the pay was great. Your not really micromanaged in the merchandising department ... I can't speak for any other department. If your an independent worker and prefer not to work as a team.. The merchandising department is perfect for you. If you become friends with a manager from another department, it's super easy to transfer departments.. Experience or no experience.

    Cons

    If your a recent college graduate, the Merchandising team is not a place to build the solid foundation that your looking for... Look at other companies. The Miami Headquarters has very poor company culture. Upper management are either best friends or hate each other. Managers talk about their managers to other associates on their team. If your mid-senior level, you basically make all the rules, you can leave as early as you'd like, take a month off of work, leave early ever Friday. There's no professional training and your peers train you ( same level or entry level), it's very hard to have a manager sent down and actually explain the business to you. The office is NOT culturally diverse.. Only one ethnicity is celebrated to the point where it's unprofessional. When you work late hours your team mates just walk right pass you .. It's unheard of to see a how team stay late together to accomplish a goal or meet a deadline. The last Town Hall meeting was completely delivered in the Spanish language only. Some task that the Buyers have to complete at PEI would be completed by MA's (Merchandise Assistants) at other companies. Pay is low.

    Advice to Management

    I would think about who your hiring to take on upper management roles... Can they deliver? Do they have the ability to teach and/or lead a team of people in a positive direction.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "RUN... Don't Look Back"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part of working for PEI is the people who work there. Your peers. NOT upper management.

    Cons

    The family thinks and runs the business like communists. They manage by fear, intimidation and insulting. I truly feel sorry for certain people in the HR Department who truly want to make a difference, but cannot because of certain "others" in HR who have no idea what they are doing. Shady HR Leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Start to take care of your people or the activists will completely take over and knock you out. Treat your employee with respect and stop the menacing threats.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Run for your life!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great sales associates that kept me sane throughout my horrible experience. Free clothing however cheaply they are made.

    Cons

    The MOST horrendous upper management I have ever had the displeasure of working under. Bottom line scum.

    Advice to Management

    Your horrible and your company will fail as a result of that.


  9. "Every two years"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Merchandiser in Commerce, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Merchandiser in Commerce, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good insurance, good cammute

    Cons

    There is no advancement, unless you quit. Every two years they bring new, vps or directors that have zero qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the true jewels that have served you relentlessly for over 2 years and brees them


  10. "loyalty"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People who work at PEI are great, hard working and dedicated

    Cons

    Bad management skills from upper management , no clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    Need to take care of the people who stay with the company in good times and tough times, no loyalty at all.


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