Theory Reviews

Updated 13 October 2014
Updated 13 October 2014
10 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.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Theory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people were very interesting to learn from.

    Cons

    They treated you like you didn't matter. You didn't get paid fair- although I've heard they have changed the pay due to lawsuits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your interns and remember they are people too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unprofessional and treat employees like crap!

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

    I worked at Theory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The discount and clothes are pretty good. You only get the good discount on 5 pieces per season though.

    Cons

    Horrible hourly; management; micro managing; misplaced responsibility; no employee appreciation; over worked employees; being talked down to; no incentive for doing over and beyond your expectation, but definitely penalties if you don't; senior employees are treated and paid like new employees; no trust; attitude is given when you ask to go on a 10min break or lunch break; favoritism is ramped; misplaced aggression from management; job threatening is constantly spewed by management... I could go on!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and take responsibility for your store and don't all the blame and pressure on your under paid and over worker employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worst Worst place I ever worked at. I wouldn't work there for a million dollars!!!!!

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great "BRANDING"
    Great "NYC DISTRICT" HQ are located in the Meatpacking district ....
    Amazing Facilities Manager :)

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else is bad. They have no cubicles so everyone is exposed. NO privacy.... You are cramped up in one area sitting 2 or 3 inches away from a co-worker that is involved in a completely different role then you are. I have counted 5
    Supervisors do not train you. Supervisor will make decisions for your on your career without even letting you know what their plan is for you. They don't consult with you to advise to you that they will be moving you to a different location. Upper management is simply stated in one word: MESS
     IT SUCKS!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees and Appreciate them. Don't treat them like crap! Upper Mgmt needs to have "CLEAR Communication" and respect other people's time. Have better time management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    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 (more than an 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
  8. 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 (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
  9.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great brand concept, clear design direction.

    Cons

    Rare full time job opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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

  11. 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 (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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