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Perry Ellis International Reviews

Updated April 26, 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. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Sales Supervisor in Doral, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Supervisor in Doral, FL

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

    Pros

    Great Discount and possible transfer to other locations

    Cons

    Difficulty moving up in the company


  2. "Great company. Big business. Family values."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible portfolio of global brands
    Familial environment
    Major company with a south florida HQ

    Cons

    Going through a period of change adjusting to retail landscape dynamics


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Learn-n-Go"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MIS/Sales in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - MIS/Sales in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some people are nice and some provide a family like atmosphere.
    - Good learning opportunity of how a public.corporate company works.
    - Easy flexible schedule (for the most part).
    - Variety of restaurants in the area (lol).
    - Descent technological infrastructure.
    - Retail infrastructure is "ok".
    - Process of procurement is great.

    After having my guard up all my time there. There are a select few that I was able to trust. And only from those few is where I was able to learn the front-end and back-end of such a large corporate company.

    Cons

    - C-Level Management needs improvement
    - Too many unqualified people playing "Director", "Vice-President", "SrVP", "ExecutiveVP".
    - Too many people unwilling to embrace change to better the company due to arrogance. The typical mentality of "we did it like this for years why change it under my watch"
    - Too many people willing to backstab others to better their self-image for upper management acceptance.
    - They spend money in the wrong areas and not in the employees that want to make Perry Ellis great again.
    - They only pay their family members, and those who "leech" on the backs of C-level management personnel because they are of the Jewish Religion. So if your Jewish you're good.
    - The IT department works with old hardware equipment (servers, switches, routers, workstations, laptops, and wireless communication) yet claims its the "latest and greatest". Management Style needs improvement starting from the CIO down.
    - Retail IT Department is short staffed snd poorly managed. Support Team is great but lack time and resources.
    - Salary-wise they pay you as an entry-level employee but want Top Knowledge and years of experience to only land with a manager that will hold you back from improving the culture, improving cost improving process, improving functionality, and providing top-notch service to those internal and external.
    - Benefit-wise you are getting the bare minimum so that upper management can pay for their boats, cars, lavish vacations and for certain departments to waste money on expensive sales meeting presentations and also piss-poor marketing.
    - On site security and building management is just horrific. VP of Security and Facilities needs to step down as this guy is holding back the potential of others to improve the safety of all employees. Camera system is so outdated you can forget about playing back film from a day ago let alone a week old.
    - Politics and favoritism is the main culture at Perry Ellis.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of hiring outside help for accounting and financing you should hire a company to investigate the culture, the process and individuals.

    IT Department needs to be overhauled. From who manages what to who manages who. Too much separation between offices mainly (NYH, and MIA).

    Get rid of all the bad-apples (you know who they are).

    Change in process is healthy.

    Promote healthy teamwork.

    TRANSPARENCY IS THE KEY FOR ALL LEVELS OF MANAGEMENT !!!!!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Working here made me re-think my future in the fashion industry."

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

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

    Pros

    Working with many talented young people
    Good benefits (401k, medical, paid holidays and birthday, health initiatives)
    Looks good on resume

    Cons

    Your voice is not heard. The higher ups make all the decisions yet their opinions are incredibly outdated. One person in general was very rude to the point of it being considered verbal abuse.

    Advice to Management

    Be NICE.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in River Edge, NJ
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in River Edge, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perry Ellis International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, consistent weekly hours, management very helpful

    Cons

    merchandising belts is heavy work,


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Store manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. "Worst company ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good co-workers and immediate supervisor. Immense talent within the company and my particular group was especially hard working and dedicated because of our immediate supervisor's passion.

    Cons

    Always a fear of lay-offs, extreme workload with no pay increase (can go years without increase), HR team is horrible and as everyone else has mentioned, nepotism at it's finest.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "D&D Disconnected and Disjointed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    exposure to many customers, countries, product & approval processes. nice people

    Cons

    run like a jv sports team in high school. catty leaders of divisions, no growth-- don't even think about asking- it means you are threatening someones job as opposed to attempting to grow your role and overall business contributions. no communication between departments, strange full staff meetings where nothing is accomplished

    Advice to Management

    stop with the family first mentality.. put appropriate talented people in the right jobs. promote people... sounds like shocking thing to do..


  11. "Consultant to Chairman and CEO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Chairman & Chief Executive Officer in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Chairman & Chief Executive Officer in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Perry Ellis International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The leadership group was terrific.

    Cons

    Ensure constant, candid communication across the entire organization.


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