Theory Reviews

Updated 10 July 2014
Updated 10 July 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    a challenge brining in a company from the states to london and creating a clientle and profit

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Theory

    Pros

    happy environment, relaxed and at times fun

    Cons

    budgets each year increase by 30% making it unachievable, no pay rises or advancement or growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great support, not enough training, advancement and broken promises

  2.  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at Theory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere of the company is great. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Overall it is a great working environment.

    Cons

    There were a lot of instances where the days felt long because there wasn't anything to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worst place I´ve ever worked as a tech designer.

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    Former Employee - Senior Tech Designer
    Former Employee - Senior Tech Designer

    I worked at Theory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee discounts, some skilled and wonderful co-workers. Interesting location - Meat Packing District.

    Cons

    No infrastructure or clear pre-production process to support employees, which causes the tech department to end up with overwhelming amount of responsibilities. Set up for failure - you are expected to do the "right thing" - read the ever-changing management´s mind - while churning out insane amount of work. Unmanageable and unrealistic expectations, with no appreciation for the efforts. Management "asks" its employees for "favors" of extra workloads, etc. with empty promises. It is common for employees to stay til 10pm all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is no longer a tiny moms n pops shop. Take some management classes and establish a clear process.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    From Small, Growing Company to Corporate Control

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

    I worked at Theory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Product is exceptional
    -Passionate People
    -Clothing Allowance
    -Discount
    - Beautiful Stores

    Cons

    -Moving to a more corporate atmosphere
    -Uniforms recently implemented; forced to wear improper fitting clothes with no aid for tailor/dry cleaning
    -Went from consistent corporate communication/feedback to little to none amidst multiple changes
    -Not enough people working on Visual and Marketing team to support stores
    -Not enough staff to support the operations/sales balance
    -Over-extending management by under-staffing stores; managers working over 10+hours consistently because they don't have adequate coverage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many understand the need to move to a more "corporate" atmosphere to grow the business. Those who arrived a few years ago are used to a company that operated under a "family owned" feeling; managers ideas were encouraged and supported; staff was allowed to be creative to sell the product; we had touch-bases with higher level executives to discuss the state of business at each quarter. We've now moved into a business where no voices are truly being heard; bandages are being placed over poorly made decisions with minimal planning; staff is frustrated at the lack of acknowledgement for their successes; follow-up to the ideas being asked for is non-existent; Many are trying to roll with the punches but patience is wearing thin. You can't change the culture overnight and not expect the amount of people who are running not to run. People have put in their time and are being overlooked. Upper management is constantly stressed and on edge, taking out their frustrations on staff. Listen to your people. The reason theory staff was always so passionate was because they felt they had a voice, they felt the staff above actually cared about the people in their stores. The introduction of a new President started out hopeful, but has instead left many jilted and feeling like we've reverted back to a bunch of people here to fold clothes and ring a register. The draw of working for Theorywas that it used to offer more than a typical retail job. It was a lifestyle, a passion, something we all wanted everyone to love as much as we did. Now it's just a paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great nurturing environment.

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

    I worked at Theory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great brand concept, clear design direction.

    Cons

    Rare full time job opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at Theory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. fashion the company suggests to the public is the ambiance found within the business

    Cons

    1. has become highly corporate so there is not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand but too political, don't invest in/develop employees

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

    I worked at Theory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great brand and nice discount

    Cons

    Salary, doesn't care about employee development, senior management is always stressed out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in developing employees and strive for a more positive environment with less stress since it filters down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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