Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
433 Reviews
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433 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ralph Lauren has excellent employee benefits and offers a generous employee discount (in 42 reviews)

  • Great discount, company has a reputable name to use for future references (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • disorganized, not a good work - life balance, very long hours (in 13 reviews)

  • Full time seasonal, as well as part time managerial/supervisor positions are non existent (in 20 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job for high school and first year college students

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Edinburgh, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Edinburgh, IN (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great employee discount 50% on 4 items each month, and 30% on everything else. Good atmosphere for young people.

    Cons

    No commission, or incentives to make sales. Depending on management, you may be treated like a child or quite frankly just another number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like adults. Use better training for employees. Training videos are outdated and corny. Compensation could be increased a little bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    assistant manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Tannersville, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Tannersville, PA (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the product and discount were nice

    Cons

    compensation was all over the place. as the assistant manager of hr it was very easy to determine other managers pay. my salary was far less than others in the same position. I asked for fair compensation several times and was told no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay people what they are worth. don't take advantage of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    recruit people to reflect
    t a luxury business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great discount for friends and family

    Cons

    have to fight to be recognised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at the pool of talent dont carrry on losing them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sounds better than it is...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company name is great for your resume!
    Opportunity to learn many systems / software (PDM, Sourcing 2000, etc.)

    Cons

    Cliques are the key here. The more higher ups you know the better your chances of advancing. If you kiss up to your direct upper management you will stay employed even if you have no idea of what you are doing. Its no wonder the Rugby brand no longer exists. Many are pretentious and unfriendly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Brand

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employee discount on merchandise is generous. Every month associates can purchase up to 5 items of their choice at 50% off , as part of their personal wardrobe. The hours are flexible, and the atmosphere is friendly. Training is provided, even for the inexperienced, as long as you embody good customer service skills and behaviors, this retail gig is easy.

    Cons

    Benchmarking associates is just a term they use when they deliver performance appraisals. When it comes time to fill internal positions, most often they hire external candidates. General managers don't mentor the ASM team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    General managers should trust and allow their ASMs to run their specific departments as smaller units of a store. Lead by example by working side by side with them, rather than riding on the ASM team's contribution. This consistent behavior will change the negative office culture and the store's depressing morale into a positive environment built on trust and collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Typical Retail Job

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Alpine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Alpine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    General retail sales environment. Stock process is fairly efficient and allows for expedient inventory flow. Quick on boarding and recently renovated PoS.

    Cons

    Inefficient scheduling and hypersensitivity to the possibility of overtime. Commonly schedules employees for 4 hours shifts at a time, and generally schedules have 5-7 days a week. Lunch breaks were a common deterrent for management to give employee's proper shift durations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Confer with trusted employees and better manage the schedule. Help employee's maintain a good work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    You stay because of the brand, not because of opportunities to advance or learn.

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    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous employee discounts, kind employees, well known and established brand.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to advance if you are not part of a good division, no lower level bonuses, management is a bit out of touch with average employee needs and goals, pay not great, unless you are senior director or above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider better increases to retain better talent, compensate well at the bottom as well as at the top, provide real opportunities for growth and learning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    hourly wages are very low as compare to business worth

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Greensboro, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Greensboro, NC (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    due to job security and low percentage of jobs in the city

    Cons

    culture is friendly and good working environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revisit hourly rate and it should be competitive to market and healthy rate enhance performance and productivity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was an overall positive experience and great for those who have a creative, self-starter attitude.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the ability to come up with my own ideas around how to get the results and team I wanted. There was a wealth of reporting and information at my fingertips to understand the business,

    Cons

    There was a lack of training materials and tools to use in the field. The home office also didn't support field development strongly enough. There was poor two-way dialogue between stores and home office, resulting in a disconnect between the two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the field with the necessary tools to run the business and create consistency across the brand Listen to your people and create a sense of urgency around supporting stores in any way possible to achieve results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful company to work for, difficult to move up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst - Account Services in Greensboro, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst - Account Services in Greensboro, NC (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition, casual work environment, great people for the most part, great benefits, ok annual raises (at least we get one), job security -- this brand isn't going anywhere. On site training to further development provided (Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Acess Classes, Time Management, Business Writing, Etc.)

    Cons

    Pay is ok, very difficult to move up -- blurry lines on what it takes to move up. Wish there were more corporate offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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