Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
407 Reviews

3.3
407 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.  

    Exciting, Fast pace, and fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time

    Pros

    Job had flexible hours and there were many different job functions to do there

    Cons

    Lack of pay and hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked for the company for five years.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Woodbridge, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Woodbridge, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pride in the brand, working with an array of individuals, easy to move up if you're determined and hard working

    Cons

    District Manager not hiring quality General Managers, I went through three in my 5 years. Working retail requires working on weekends and holidays. For as much money as this company makes, they can afford to pay a lot better, and this goes with all levels, sales associate to general manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand and care about your employees. Listen and take feedback. Acknowledge when you're wrong and correct it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Great company, great brand

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time

    Pros

    More than any other company I have seen, Ralph Lauren is a meritocracy...if you get results, opportunities will materialize.

    Cons

    Very tribal culture, with opportunity for greater corporate cooperation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    if you dont love fashion, you wont love RL

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    Former Employee - Business Development  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    50% off Ralph Lauren product; younger people; NYC

    Cons

    very tense, out to get you work environment, no work life balance, face time is very important and there is no sense of community

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just because you're a fashion industry, doesn't mean you have to act like you are better than everyone else. there is nothing fun about this place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ralph Lauren has been the best company that I have ever worked for.

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    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Dawsonville, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Dawsonville, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    You get really great benefits plus you have the chance to be promoted with in the company its all up to you.

    Cons

    The hours can be a real challenge sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sweat Shop, Slave Plantation !!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Katy, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Discount and some of the people are kind, none in upper management.

    Cons

    They work you down to the ground, they never have anything good to say to you, you can't talk, you have to be moving at ALL times, they treat the staff very poor, they don't really give you hours and they don't give people LAWFUL breaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people with respect, and stop breaking the law with the 15 minute breaks and beating staff down with WORDS. I see why they hire kids, because they don't know any better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not the place to be.

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    Current Employee - Sales Floor Supervisor  in  Allen, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Supervisor in Allen, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Wardrobe Discount
    Fun co-workers
    Food provided at times

    Cons

    Late night markdowns every week
    Overnight floor-sets every month
    Lack of communication
    Archaic operating systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team and implement what is necessary to be more effective.

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

    Pony headed in the wrong direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    You are working for the top USA fashion reatailer in the world, you can't beat that. The Pony Player is undeniably the most reconizable icon of the industry.

    Cons

    During the past three years, many DM's and even a Regional have left the company, don't even mention general managers... by the dozen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnaround was not aproblem 5-10 years ago. Suddenly people are leaving or being fired, uh...let go, for the wrong reasons. A company cannot have consistency in performance when store management is changing on a yearly basis.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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