Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.2 394 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Polo Ralph Lauren Chairman and CEO Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

(244 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ralph Lauren has excellent employee benefits and offers a generous employee discount (in 37 reviews)

  • Great brand name, great discounts, generally great co-workes (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance, people who thrive at RL are people who make retail sales their career instead of a job (in 12 reviews)

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

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    Sales Associate (Current Employee)

    Prosvery flexible, great ability to move within the company, great people, great product

    Conschange their mind on policies frequently

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent place to work

    Sales Associate/Cashier (Former Employee) Orlando, FL (US)

    Prosappreciated for your work, flexibility

    Consnot the best pay, very little room for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak up the favoritism towards some employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Beware of the Digital/eCommerce team

    Digital (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsVery competitive salaries within the Digital team. Most people are relatively friendly and smart. Looks fantastic on a resume. Inspiring brand heritage. Great 50% discount at RL and CM - with many larger discount opportunities through the year. Early access to all of the sample sales. Easy to fly under the radar, if that’s what you’re looking for. Nice emphasis on volunteering and giving back.

    ConsThe Digital team is a mess. Well over 150 people have left within the past 18 months. It is far too VP heavy, and none of them can get along amongst themselves, which translates into a hostile and competitive atmosphere - think 60% Cruel Intentions, 40% Mean Girls. Just about everyone within digital is miserable, even those who have started within the past 6 months. New hires start out as nice, optimistic and easy-going, but are transformed into defensive, miserable creatures within a matter of months. Culture throughout RL favors pretty boys. Zero respect for ecommerce and digital throughout the larger RL organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your digital business!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not good.

    Production (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsThe name on your resume for future job opportunities. That's it. Nothing else. Wish I could offer more positive feedback. Sorry.

    ConsEverything else. Been horrible since day one.
    The turnover rate is so high because no one with any amount of intelligence sticks around for very long. And so you are left with......the scraps.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire COMPETENT employees. Do not hire people in a rush just for the sake of hiring someone,
    Impossible to get rid of employees who quite frankly should never have been hired in the first place. Very hard to work with people who simple do not GET it.
    Also- there is a VERY high focus placed on senior management and above. No attention or appreciation given to those who are lower on the totem pole. HR is there to protect the company, not the employee.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    really nice atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prostraining, volunteer opportunities, great people

    Consyou're bound by the rules of your senior manager

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    awesome

    Sales Associate/Cashier (Former Employee) Commerce, GA (US)

    ProsGreat coworkers in a wonderful atmosphere

    Conssome rude and impatient customers that think they are better than you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPass out more blue bags!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fashion College

    Director (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsEveryone seems to have worked at Ralph Lauren. It's a great learning ground. There is a lot of process in place that sometimes results in red tape but overall was a great learning experience.

    ConsLow salaries. Corporate politics. Red tape. Scarce resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet your people do what they do best. Don't micro manage them. Trust them. Once budgets are approved, let people run with it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pleasurable but frustrating due to inconsistency with management.

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Beverly Hills, CA (US)

    ProsNice place to make new friends. People are friendly, for the most part, unless however you have a disagreement with someone who steels your client/sale, then it's up to you to fix your problem because management refuses to get involved. They ask that you resolve sales problems amongst yourself.

    Conswork-life balance is horrible. Random days off. Never get a Saturday, it's mandatory to work Saturdays. Forget experiencing what a weekend is. One week you will have a Tuesday and Friday off and the next week you may have Monday and Thursday. After a while you feel like every day is a Monday. It's horrible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are no perks. You are forced to purchase their clothing and wear only their brand to work. They do not provide a uniform, you must purchase everything and they force you to wear everything from their store. Management should treat their sales staff with a little more dignity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Somewhere in the middle of a good and bad company.

    Sales Associate/Cashier (Current Employee)

    ProsManagement is friendly, and there is fairly good amount of autonomy among employees while they are doing their jobs.

    ConsWages are stagnant, and do not reflect volume of a store.
    There is no real room for advancement if you desire it.
    Full time seasonal, as well as part time managerial/supervisor positions are non existent.
    Time off policy is out of whack.
    Sales goals are often unrealistic, and unattainable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen when your employees have suggestions, and don't just say that things just have to be done in one specific way.

    When complaints are made, don't forget about them. If it is not something you can fix personally, send it up the latter to district, regional, and corporate supervisors etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disorganized and Frustrating Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Lyndhurst, NJ (US)

    ProsGood work life balance (in certain departments), good employee discount, very casual dress code (jeans, etc.)

    ConsCompany is overall very disorganized. Everyone directs you to someone else when you have a question and it's very hard to get any answers. The management in my department is not good at all and I don't feel like I am learning anything. Not a lot of vacation/personal time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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