Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
416 Reviews
3.2
416 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    awesome

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

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers in a wonderful atmosphere

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pass out more blue bags!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Management At A Retail Store
    Current Employee - Management At A Retail Store

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You have a lot of opportunity to move up in the company

    Cons

    The retail hours are long and late.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ok company. Great for your résumé

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

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can learn a lot, but you have to find ways to learn within your job. It's a large company, but each individual brand is like a small company. The discount is great, when they offer an extra discount .

    Cons

    There are a lot of executives, most have little to no experience in the department they are managing so there is little support for growth unless you transfer or leave. I would like to take classes but there is no tuition assistance or reimbursement in the company. Colleagues and managers are not very trustworthy, and continually cause drama and backstab everyone. I can't say I would want to come back to work for this company if I left.

    This company is very political...... Friends hire friends, and don't you dare question it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managing isn't about being mean or demanding respect, it's about leading and teaching. Get involved, be on time, and know what you are talking about. Be a positive influence and reward your employees for their hard work, since we know they did all the work for you to get that bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great experience to be a part of a huge crazy family

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

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time

    Pros

    learning what makes an iconic brand work, working with beautiful materials in collection, possible to have balanced work/life ratio. very little evolution happens here- ralph sticks to what ralph does best, which is great for classists.

    Cons

    very political, and because of the size of the organization it takes 25 people to make one decision- but once you learn how to navigate the politics, it's great. limited opportunity to grow once you get to mid management- most people stay for a looong time.

    Recommends
  6.  

    I learned and grew due to my excellent development focused manager.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Large budget for development. Design driven company with strong focus on quality. Your experience is largely based on your manager and others you need to work with on a daily bases. You need a strong supportive manager to advance your career. There are some excellent managers, but also a lot of poor ones. There is no guidance or training for managers, which means there are no standards on how a manager should develop or treat their team. This is open to interpretation and the discretion of each manager, which can be good or extremely bad.

    Cons

    Employees with unprofessional working styles and poor treatment of others lower on the hierarchy are tolerated. The company creates an unsafe environment for open discussion about these issues. An employee will fear retaliation for bringing these issues to HR.
    Hierarchical structure where you are treated and respected based on your title. There is a strong internal culture, which needs to be respected and followed in order to develop your career here. If you operate outside the “cultural rules” you will not succeed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I had great expectation and the company is way different from the image of the brand

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Great brand, very successful organization

    Cons

    You don't get career advancement unless you're in a close friendship circle (despite of competence). Too many duplicates of activities and reports. Form is way more important than substance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You probably need a change in upper management bringing people in from outside rather than keeping the circle of friends so against any innovation

  8.  

    Inconsistent but overall... okay.

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    Current Employee - Sales Professional
    Current Employee - Sales Professional

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    401k and benefits are great additions. Some great managers, some not great ones.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company even if you are motivated to do so. Upper level retail managers try to keep sales people in sales, only, and for as long as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Satisfied, but I don't feel as if I'm growing.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Greensboro, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Greensboro, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great discounts on the brand, if that's your style. Company provides an abundance of community support. Direct manager believes in work / life balance.

    Cons

    There is hardly any communication between departments. Training is extremely minimal to non-existent. Not much respect shown between managers, very unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs much improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Eh alright...has it perks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Flexibility with scheduling while I was in school. If you're full time---forget it
    -Able to take time off when needed (except major holidays)
    -Employee discount
    -Meeting diverse people from around the world
    -Steady flow of customers so not too boring

    Cons

    -Mediocre pay for the amount of work expected
    -Have to harass the customers with millions of questions to complete a sale (cashier)
    -Stayed busy and hectic steadily
    -So many "rules" to follow in order to uphold the brand
    -Not much room for advancement depeneding on your position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and grow up...your workers are not slaves. Keep the drama and gossiping to a minimum. Consider more effective training techniques and employee incentives. In doing this, you may reduce the turnover rate.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Rationalistic Approach work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Employee discounts on the merchandise
    Friendly work environment

    Cons

    High turnover rate for both staff and management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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