Warnaco Group

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Warnaco Group Reviews

Updated 4 October 2014
Updated 4 October 2014
43 Reviews
3.3
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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warnaco Group full-time

    Pros

    Typical corporate environment. Overall great place to work. Benefits and compensation were up to par with what was in the industry

    Cons

    Little room for career advancement. Overall travel was quite extensive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Continues to be an invigorating challenging and educational organization with a welcoming corporate environment.

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Warnaco Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great corporate environment, focussed on challenging your mind as well as your body. Excellent management group open to share and help mentor personnel. Upper management fosters open door policy.

    Cons

    The down town location is a challenge to get to and being in a high-rise with many other companies is a constant task for parking and vendor access. All the security that comes with being in alive studio facility limits free access to grounds. Lunch options are 15 min walk away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep personnel in the loop to foster a greater sense of team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Traditional Corporate environment...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wovens Designer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Wovens Designer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Traditional corporate environment with good salaries, benefits & profit sharing.

    Cons

    Once you hit the glass ceiling - that's it. I was hard pressed to find challenges in my role after a few years & there was a lot of re-structuring in design department on an on-going bases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there are no way to promote a designer, they should be allowed to switch categories to allow for new skill development & freshness in the product line (ie...knits designer & bottoms designer switch positions).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lot's to Look Forward To

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Great people in the ranks.Met some great people who have become good friends.

    Cons

    Executive management and their HR cronies! What a joke! The CEO thinks she’s a role model and has no clue about what the rank and file really think. We've watched her push great people out and fill exec ranks with her cronies and others of little substance and no vision. The product and quality got weaker and weaker as process and margin became king so she could sell out.. Day-to-day business was crashing but new business (countries) and off price masked the realities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You got the last laugh and walked away with the big money but hopefully people will know the truth and you won't be able to repeat this performance. iUnder new leadership we WILL clean this up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding but short

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Retail Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Warnaco Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Field locations are given independent decision making authority to satisfy customers. Corporate support is good and encourages questions from the field.

    Cons

    CEO doesn't practice what she preaches, always looking out for number one while pretending to care for the little guy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide feedback to the top when message is not resonating with the intended recipient. When in the field, interact with employees more to get candid feedback.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Legal intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warnaco Group

    Pros

    The discounts were great. They generally were 50% off.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons.

  10.  

    No winder it was bought out by PVH

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Warnaco Group as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great brands, lots of potential

    Cons

    Bad management and work atmosphere. All different brands were so isolated from each other and there was no team spirit. All workers including management talked about each other, it made it hard to build relationships and trust your colleagues. There was no monthly reviews or meetings at all with the head of different sectors, my senior said to me before "sure no one knows what they are doing, its about figuring it" when I asked for guidance on a project. There was also nowhere to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate better. Build a better atmosphere so workers like coming into work. Stop talking about employees when others are in earshot. Organise regular meetings and assessments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Milford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Milford, CT (US)

    I worked at Warnaco Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment, good employee discounts and you will work with great people.

    Cons

    The position was in CT, 60 mile commute each way from NYC

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