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True Religion Brand Jeans Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great discount and employee incentives for top sellers (in 30 reviews)

  • Great work environment and excellent coworker dynamic (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Everybody looks out for themselves resulting in no room for growth or the ability to advance in areas you would like to learn (in 8 reviews)

  • Terrible Pay unless your a manage, No room to go up unless you leave to a different store (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at True Religion Brand Jeans full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is filled with some amazing, talented people.

    The offices are gorgeous and an awesome work environment. The location is great as well.

    There is so much potential in this company if it's course is corrected.

    I would return if there were some major changes to how things are run at the top tiers.

    Cons

    Those amazing, talented people are constantly asked to do asinine things by out-of-touch senior management and then are criticized for executing as asked.

    The current CEO is an improvement over the old one, but many of the other senior executives are engaged in a big ego contest, jockeying for political positioning, and undercutting each other to pursue their own agenda, rather than operating in the interest of the company, the employees, or the customers. They don't listen to their own team in their respective areas of expertise and don't give leaders ownership of their areas of accountability.

    Senior management doesn't own up to the decisions they make - people are constantly being thrown under the bus. They repeatedly promote the people who are able to dazzle them with sound bytes and impressive-sounding but irrelevant metrics and acronyms, and overlook the strongest talent.

    The company is extremely out of touch with the current market - they are selling an off-style, inferior quality, off-trend product and calling it "premium" simply because they are setting the price too high. Other, cooler brands are selling better product for less. Expensive doesn't mean premium.

    HR is clueless and people at all levels from store associates up to C level executives are routinely let go same-day, with no notice. Talent is overlooked and social climbers are promoted.

    They recently laid off about 25% of the company so it's not a good prospect for employment unless you're desperate.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a new, more relevant, cooler product offering. Get someone with a stronger vision to evolve the product and brand instead of spitting out a different version of the same product over and over. It needs to be radically different and fresh but also true to the brand's roots.

    Stop relying on stitching and pocket flaps and embellishment which are repulsive and develop a new product which is going to excite new customers. Invest in quality fabrics and fabrication instead of cheap denim with too much stretch.

    Approach the business as if it were a startup, because it basically is.

    Cut the product line to 1/4 of what it currently is - do fewer things but do them better.

    Divest as much of the real estate as possible and write off the loss - at least 1/2 of the stores are dead weight and upgrading them to a new look and feel would be far too expensive.

    Listen to your employees - the board of directors and C-level are tone deaf and are out of touch with the market, the customer and the company.


  2. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wrentham, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wrentham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Discount, Great Product styles are always new and interesting huge spectrum of customers

    Cons

    some customers get really disrespectful because they assume they have privilege for shopping at at high end store, customers also aren't accepting of your help as an employee feeling of being "stuck" in sales associate position with no further opportunities

    Advice to Management

    make sales associated feel as though there job is important


  3. "GENERAL MANAGER"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - General Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at True Religion Brand Jeans full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to be creative and have clear communication with corporate and executives due to the company going through changes due to restructure from upper management

    Cons

    Too many changes causes confusion and little to no structure. Some of the other management were great leaders and some were untrustworthy and lacked values or care for the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Great company to work for but get ready for changes! If you can deal with adversity with a positive attitude then this is a great company for you.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "New CEO is smart but Middle Management is Ruining the Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech and Design in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Tech and Design in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at True Religion Brand Jeans full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    For one thing David Conn is no longer the CEO. The new CEO is very experienced and smart in the apparel industry. However, too much damage has being done by the previous so now it's going to be hard to save the ship!

    Cons

    Middle Managers are ruining the company. They create their own rules for power game and competition, overthrowing the ceo's guidelines and promises. The HR department is too weak to protect employees from getting unfair treatment and voicing their problems.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of company rotten from the middle and lower level.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Disconnect between upper management and middle management."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance and Accounting in Vernon, CA
    Former Employee - Finance and Accounting in Vernon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at True Religion Brand Jeans full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with many ex-Deloitte employees who are smart and talented, provide you with sufficient resources to help you complete your job, and they offer a solid 401K plan and health benefits.

    Cons

    Culture is not fully embraced by the whole company. Middle management from prior to buyout still run the company as it was before and not adapting to culture changes. Not all departments are treated equally, if there is a half-day or culture event, don't expect the accounting or finance team to join. There seems to be an obsession with working long hours and not embracing a work-life balance with this company; leaving at 5PM is often seen as being lazy and looked down upon.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with middle management to buy in on the culture C-level executives are promoting. Talk to your accounting and finance staff to see what they need to succeed or what can be done to make them feel respected.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Key holder"

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Key Holder in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at True Religion Brand Jeans part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Discount
    Sales associates and some managers are very friendly and helpful
    Not a very competitive atmosphere, which is nice..I worked in all of the stores in NYC and the atmosphere is very negotiable, sales associates are respectful.

    Cons

    Most the store Managers are horribly disorganized and are a walking train wreck. They are mean, take their anger out on sales associates and honestly seem very bitter.
    The store is always understaffed, yet anyone barely gets any hours. most of the time they are in need of managers, yet hire a bunch of part time employees instead and give each over laughable hours .. Like 13 hours a week.
    the theft in the store is insane, the regional and store managers act as if we should rip the clothing out of the customers hands.. WHICH IS DANGEROUS! Always try to go by the handbook while addressing theft, the customers can be shady at these stores.

    Advice to Management

    If you hate retail and are bitter about being 40 and not moving up in the company, go somewhere else.. You are ruining the environment for the staff. Also stop being cheap with promoting people to full time or key holder positions, you are letting great people go elsewhere for jobs,,and it's taking a toll.


  8. "A company that doesn't really honor its employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at True Religion Brand Jeans part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quality products, and the hours are maleable towards schedules. Overall, a friendly environment with a healthy and positive selling competition between he sales associates.

    Cons

    Upper management is estranged and uninvolved. Management does not follow through with training/development. The company does not offer time and half on holidays, and makes you work all holidays. The company does not offer any form of sick time/vacation to any part time employees, whether sales or management. The pay can be much more for the amount of work that is asked of associates/management.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your sales staffs are properly being developed in the store level, as many of the management teams honestly do not care or work with them.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Extreme Change is not always a good thing...."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at True Religion Brand Jeans part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun coworkers
    Having fun with customers
    Laid back atmosphere
    Employee discounts

    Cons

    Political favoritism amongst the managers
    2% commission from a measly 15 hour a week shift
    No room for growth
    Micro management from the higher ups

    Advice to Management

    I know the company has been sold off and that Jeff Lubell is no longer the CEO of TR, but can you at least keep up with the integrity of what Jeff left behind?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Management is a Mess"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at True Religion Brand Jeans full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great discount (though I heard it's been lowered), clientele are cool, big sales are fun.

    Cons

    Heavy theft with limited coverage, upper management is shady , commission creates hostile work environment between associates, constant paperwork that is meaningless, charge sends are a headache, outdated equipment, general managers are either micro-managers or never around, district managers never praise hard-work, stock room will always become a mess, dealing with irate costumers daily due to the 7 day return policy.

    Advice to Management

    Extensive general manager training, longer return policy, communication, couch team rather than blame team, take responsibility for poor business ethics.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "True Religion is in overall a DECENT place to work for. There are better companies."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Incentive
    Good Discounts
    Good Clothing

    Cons

    No room for growing within own store
    Promotions are really hard to come across unless you have a certain 'look'. Not even based on skills/performance.
    Not a great starting salary, close to minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to communicate with each other more often and contain weekly follow ups with associates.


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