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  1. "Wonderful place to be!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, CT

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Over 20 years walking through those doors to my other family. Warnaco worked hard to give a great atmosphere to their employees. High Level employee's were not afraid to get their hands dirty and dig in the trenches along side anyone. Great work/life balance and awesome people to work with. Teams within departments worked with teams in other departments for one common goal. HR department consistently worked hard at coming up with new incentives/fun activities and better benifits. Sad that they made the decision to sell.

    Cons

    There of course are always cons, but really not big enough to input here. The cons would be relevant to the person and/or situation.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to give. Company no longer exist. I will say, 95% of Management was always available, always knew your name, most knew the value you gave to the company.


  2. "Growing Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company was growing rapidly with great talent.

    Cons

    Growth was so large it was hard to manage and maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about the merger/acquisition.


  3. "Was a great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great Benefits, pay and opportunity for advancement. Was a great time in my career, best move I ever made.

    Cons

    Company acquired by a competitor, many people lost their jobs, local office shut down. Wish it could have lasted longer.

    Advice to Management

    Very approachable, people could approach the CEO no matter what level they were and many were known by name. Fairly big company with a small company feel


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  5. "Great Place to Work with Many Opportunities"

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

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Compensation package was fair
    Opportunities existed globally

    Cons

    Lack of firm leadership & direction
    Operated with the minimum making implementing improvements difficult

    Advice to Management

    Instead of selling the company to PVH they should have grown the company through acquisition(s).


  6. "Good people great Teamwork"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior SAP Basis/Lead Operator in Milford, CT
    Former Employee - Junior SAP Basis/Lead Operator in Milford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Atmosphere was professional, but also great people to work with. Teams worked together to accomplish goals.
    Training was encouraged and offered to increase performance and development.

    Cons

    Business Politics, availability of funds to expand to meet customer needs

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Laborer in Huntingdon, PA
    Former Employee - Laborer in Huntingdon, PA

    Pros

    Busy job, always doing something.

    Cons

    Working 7 days a week for months at a time

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover, terrible management, too many meetings"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and a decent discount on products.

    Cons

    Management not great within department - found managers to be quite unprofessional. Examples included doing things like participating in and encouraging petty and/or negative gossip, complete disorganization, and constant tardiness. Also, I think one manager had a psychiatric disorder; this person was insanely paranoid and borderline abusive and really contributed to a negative atmosphere. There was a high turnover of employees within this department, and I think the managers really contributed to that. Growth within the company not great. Also the constant town hall meetings, department meetings and various HR-organized gatherings (picnics, ice cream parties, karaoke parties, scavenger hunts, workshops, etc. etc) were quite tiring and time consuming, eating into the time that would have been well spent working on projects. Unfortunately, declining any of these meetings or events was very frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Management training would probably help with some of the issues. Psychiatric evaluations for managers not a bad idea either. Also, less meetings would probably help with people being able to meet deadlines.


  9. "it was a job that i got to go to every morning for the past 12 years."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in Huntingdon, PA
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in Huntingdon, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    i got to learn some new work skills while i was at warnaco,got to know some really good hard working people at warnaco also.

    Cons

    there was never any down size at warnaco,because we all got along,there was one down size at warnaco and that was when we all lost our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    upper management was pretty good, because they were aways there for the employees when they needed any help with any issues.


  10. "A couple years ago it was really bad to work here...slowly improved from 1 star to 2.5 stars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) Occasional free samples

    2) Decent salary & benefits...however, I suspect that this will be downgraded somewhat now that WSG was bought out by PVH Corp (Rumor has it that WSG was actually more generous with compensation).

    3) Half-day Friday's in the summertime (however, you can only enjoy this perk if excessive, last minute projects are not dumped on you).

    4) Within the last 1-1.5 years, many of the horrible managers/superviors/director were fired and replaced with (some) better management team members. It helps to finally be able to come to work knowing that there are nicer & approachable leaders. This was absolutely not the case when I was first hired 6 years ago.

    Cons

    1) False sense of security. After 3 months of starting work at this company, major layoffs took place. From there, layoff's were taking place every year and just about every quarter. I was lucky to have survived all layoff's until WSG was officially bought out by PVH Corp earlier this year.

    2) NO WORK-LIFE BALANCE. This, of course, depends on which department you work in and what kind of supervisor you work under. In my personal experience, I had supervisor who was ironically approachable and "nice to your face", but showed absolutely no respect when it came to anyone's time (examples: had a horrible habit of interrupting you while your trying to get work done, would schedule "lunch" meetings, but always too cheap to provide lunch...and my "favorite", this person would start lengthy meetings when it was actually time for me to leave and catch my train). She did ultimately learn to stop with the late meetings (and that's because we had it out during an HR intervention plus I rubbed it in again when she gave me a bad employee review). Ultimately, this kind of supervisor played a huge role in regards to me hating my job during the time I had to work under him/her. If I had skills in "sucking up to the boss" like most corporate drones do, then this probably wouldn't have been a problem.

    3) At one point, all of the upper management team members were are all brand new and completely clueless with process, product or basic etiquette (there was a director who saw no wrong in YELLING at the top of his/her lungs at his/her subordinates...and would do this in plain view or audible distance. It took years for HR to recognize this as an actual problem and finally fired this person).

    In general, most managers were much too focused on finding ways to feed their own egos while feeding their subordinates with petty criticisms/down talking. After berating you for everything that you did wrong, most would turn around and preach the usual script, "...don't take it personal, it's business and you're doing a good job." Seriously, what kind of reverse-psychological-mind-game is this suppose to be?!

    4) There is a very small number of coworkers are actually trustworthy and worth having friendships with. Do take this with a grain of salt as this is my personal opinion....however, I've had the pleasure to witness some really poor habits from most of the fellow, non-management staff who genuinely do not offer one another any real respect (i.e. will cut you off when you are still talking, do not clean up after themselves in common areas such as print stations, kitchen or restrooms.) Also, far too many people spend too much time with whining/complaining about things, yet, will not offer any creative solutions to fix the problem... or they will spend hours contributing to petty gossip than actually working.

    (P.S. Jim Gerson has been the president of the swim division since around 2010, not Martha Olson)

    Advice to Management

    Being that you guys are the prime examples of what a "team member"is suppose to be, I suppose if most of you could get that ego of yours in check, stop micro-managing and maybe learn how to be a decent human being that it might help boost morale and productivity amongst your team. After all, you are not in the business of making pacemakers nor are you in a line of work that saves lives. It just a swimsuit.


  11. "Great benefits, huge employee discount, friendly staff and executives."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In general, it was a pretty laid-back atmosphere. Most people were friendly and most executives were approachable. Employees, for the most part, were treated like people. Occasional "thank yous" like ice cream parties would pop up.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a disconnect between different divisions and departments. This was especially evident in the IT world. Collaboration overall could be much stronger. Fairly high turnover, especially in the design areas, would put a strain on resources and morale.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do more to keep talent, especially in the design areas as well as IT. This could be done by offering more competitive salaries and higher than insulting 2-4% annual raises.


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