Mawi Reviews

Updated 16 Jun 2019

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Mawi Managing Director Tim Awan
Tim Awan
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "former employee"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Sales in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mawi

    Pros

    there seems to be a personal vendetta against the company being made by the same person. i worked there for two years and I never saw the things that this former employee is saying. the company was going through a massive change while i was working there. the owners were married and they split up. they managed to keep the business going while they dealt with their personal affairs quite well in the office and run the brand. they won some awards, had the best celebrities wearing their designs and sold well. the business in the last two years took a hit and was losing money when i left. the survived it and had been going for well over a decade, i think 15 years which for any fashion brand is a major acheivement without a backer. all the staff got free jewellery, they were able to purchase jewellery at cost (i dont know of any fashion brand which allows that) and worked in a casual and relaxed cool work envoirment; the two offices they have were well set up, well serviced and fun places - especially with Mawis jovial character.

    Cons

    i have worked in many fashion brands in east london. most of them are small businesses. you have to work long hours, low pay, stressful conditions and only the tough survive. people think they are coming into a glamourous role.

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  2. "Toxic environment"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A huge pro is that since leaving here I have gone on to carve a successful career and have since always used Mawi as an example of somewhere I would never want to work again and for directors I will never want to encounter and to become anything like. Working here was a lesson learnt and never to be repeated.

    Cons

    Utterly horrific environment. There was a fierce culture of bullying and fear. Discussions were never had, instead employees were shouted/spoken to so badly in front of the entire team - daily humiliation. There was zero respect shown by the directors to their staff. People were terrified t speak to one another. Wages were poor and not paid on time.

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  3. "Admin"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mawi full-time

    Pros

    Pros are zero in that place. Pros are that everyone posting on this site seems to have similar experiences there and yet there's one random posting here saying there is a vendetta - what a laugh. That poster must be the owner or one of his flunkies that sniff similar potions together, otherwise why would there be so many other views that have opposing views to that one ? Not difficult to understand is it ? behaving like a decent person and see how the company might change and how the reviews on here will. Have put one star everywhere on here as can't post with putting no stars.

    Cons

    Office is smelly due to dead rats under the floor, and the owner smoking at his desk in the communal office. Under market wages which often are paid days or weeks late but owners find money to pay for their own social lives and the dog walker and his and her rents and mortgage while staff have to wonder when and if they can pay their own rent. If have a medical appointment and get in half an hour late loose a half days wages. Don't get paid at all if off work sick. Holidays are a nightmare to get the owners to agree to. Owners argue in the office in front of staff and speak to staff like slaves and idiots.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place I have ever worked"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mawi full-time

    Pros

    Mawi is lovely and the jewelry is wicked

    Cons

    The CEO is vile and bullies the staff. I can't believe he hasn't been sent to a tribunal - he ruins the brand from the inside out You are expected to reach ridiculous and un-achievable demands and targets in a day which mean you then have to work overtime with no pay. This place will give you a breakdown - avoid at all costs.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awful place to work"

    1.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mawi full-time

    Pros

    None what so ever terribly in organised

    Cons

    Unprofessional never paid salary on time

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional, unethical company"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mawi full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Small but friendly team Bigger spectrum of responsibilities in any job role you have Potential of gaining experience in high end jewellery Collaborating with well known brands Free samples every 2 months

    Cons

    Awful management treating stuff like slaves Underpayed or promising to give you a raise by setting unrealistic goals Interns working for no pay or expenses covered for almost 6months Expected and almost bullied to work overtime

  7. Helpful (2)

    "DO NOT INTURN OR WORK AT THIS COMPANY, EVEN IF YOUR DESPERATE"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mawi

    Pros

    The staff were great , sad they are bullied by owners.

    Cons

    The directors are the worst!!! Their behaviour is disgusting, they mistreat staff and blame staff for their mistakes and shortfalls. They use and abuse you. You will learn nothing here expect for how not to be treated. There should be a ban on this company for hiring any more people. No one should have to ever deal with these directors.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "production"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mawi full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a lot of learning and one is pushed to do their job better. Time to time they do some nice things for the staff but top management were extremely moody, one has no idea how long they will hold their jobs no matter how hard or smart they work.

    Cons

    One of the top management has a very volatile temper and has no leadership skills. Only bullies people to get the job done, if you struggle to get the job done then you are screamed at in front of the whole office

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "Stay Away!!!!"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mawi full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Job centre is next door Theres a Nando's nearby Theres a Starbucks near too They have a kettle My desk was nice There are some good shops around (although you won't get paid so spend wisely!)

    Cons

    All I can say is stay away! my interview here was positive we discussed the role in detail as this was also my past role and I had a lot of experience in this position everything sounded great and the studio seemed nice although I realised nobody was talking to one another I just assumed at the time they were busy/had deadlines or were listening in! it's open plan. I started two days later I was promised a salary of £25k to start asap so I went for it, my first morning I had a meeting to discuss what projects were coming up but I was talked at for about 20 mins regarding their cash flow problems (alarm bells started ringing) I did wonder how they would pay me at the end of the month but naively assumed that money would be already allocated. The first task I was asked to do didn't relate to my new role and it wasn't a learning task it was a big task thrown right in at the deep end, I was a little confused as this wasn't discussed in my interview and wasn't related to the job role at all however it was something I had done before but had not been mentioned anywhere on my CV, I got on with it hoping to impress and imagining they wanted me to see all aspects of the business. This went on for 3 days by which point I asked to speak to somebody about my role, I asked to speak to somebody as I had just been briefed on the months ahead and my tasks and not one single one related to my role in anyway shape or form and was never discussed prior to me starting or in my interview even if I had grasped the new tasks I would never have had the time to do it on top of all the other tasks. I expressed my concerns calmly and asked why the role had changed significantly and almost completely and I was shocked to say the least by the irrational childish response I received, I was shouted at in an unprofessional and actually quite frightening way and told that this was life and 'yeh the role has changed but deal with it' considering my professional and calm approach I was utterly shocked. Most importantly I received zero training I wasn't even told the passwords to the various systems used, and when I asked nobody knew them, when I asked to shadow another employee as I was asked to they told me 'no' I asked if maybe I could later or tomorrow and the same response. I must say the other employees/interns were lovely on a personal level but were too busy and scared to help for fear of missing their own deadlines or being bullied by management. Nobody talked to each other unless management were out of the office. Obviously I left and I am still waiting to be paid.....

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Do not work for this employer"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mawi full-time

    Pros

    Staff occasionally given gifts of jewellery for birthdays, leaving or special achievements. Staff are also offered to purchase newer season jewels at wholesale price. Whatever role you are in, you will be pushed and learn a lot, which in the current job market is valuable. When I was employed here, the biggest pro by far were my colleagues. Every department stuck together and helped each other through, even when under considerable pressure and against all odds. Friends for life. Now, the company has shrunk, so I am unsure if this is still the case.

    Cons

    On the surface, the company seems slick, professional and successful. Do not be fooled. Despite all efforts and advice from the staff, Management (or lack thereof) continuously make the same mistakes. Wages are the lowest they can possibly be. Interns taken on for a minimum of 3 months but given no money for travel or food. There are occasions where full wage not paid each month. No sick pay and holiday allocation a battle. No over-time paid or time in lieu given for evenings or weekends worked. Each staff member does the work of three, with most juggling 3 roles at a time with no support. High expectation from management, who barely works 4 hours a day, and uses intimidation and bullying, including borderline racist remarks, to back staff into a corner to get his way. If you refuse demands - you are named the "rotten apple". If you leave - you are named the "rotten apple". Essentially, 'the fault never lies with management'. If you read down through all the comments on this page everyone says the same, bar one.

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