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River Island Clothing Reviews

Updated 17 October 2018
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River Island Clothing CEO Ben Lewis
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  • "below minimum wage if under 20, 8 hours a week to begin" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Quite long hours and can get very tiring" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at River Island Clothing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great communication, great organisation and fantastic discounts

    Cons

    Long hours and constant changing dates of sale launch

    Advice to Management

    Be better prepared to market changes


  2. "Not what I expected"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at River Island Clothing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -big name company to work for

    Cons

    - chaotic and disorganised software delivery process
    - don't treat contractors properly
    - inflexible - ie do not let you work from home and make a fuss if you need to

    Advice to Management

    sort your processes out, redress the balance of uk/non uk staff as the culture is shifting

  3. "Great part-time job"

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    Former Employee - Part-time Sales Advisor in Trafford Park, England
    Former Employee - Part-time Sales Advisor in Trafford Park, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at River Island Clothing part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -40% staff discount on all clothing and free uniform allowance.
    -Nice staff and supportive managers.
    -Decent job variety e.g. often moved around to different sections/trained in different areas

    Cons

    -Gets very busy during peak times e.g. Christmas and sales.


  4. "Great Organisation"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at River Island Clothing part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely fun people and great management

    Cons

    None, I had a great experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep going !


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Highly recommended"

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    Former Employee - Sales Advisor in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Sales Advisor in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at River Island Clothing part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at River Island Buchanan Galleries, it has allowed me the flexibility to study whilst earning money in an environment I have thrived in. I have built great relationships, and with the support of the management team built on my retail knowledge which has supported my degree. They continually share best practice and encourage you to progress within the business should the opportunity arise. They guide us through decisions, allowing us to have a say before anything is implemented. This ensures that we are engaged as a team.
    If the opportunity ever arises I would love to return after my gap year.
    Great staff discount - 40%
    Uniform allowance quarterly - 100%

    Cons

    Behaviour of peers - aslong as you don’t allow yourself to be easily influenced by the negativity of your peer group you will enjoy your time here.
    Pay could also be more in line with industry standard

    Advice to Management

    You have a great way of taking people with you and gaining buy in along the way. Continue to share the great wealth of knowledge you all have in the retail sector, the people who want to further their careers in this industry will thrive on it, as I have. Don’t allow the negative comments of some of the staff be a reflection on you as it couldn’t be further from the truth. I can’t thank you enough for your support over the years.


  6. "Sales assistant"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Rotherham, England
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Rotherham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at River Island Clothing part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Uniform, discount, friendly staff, good pay

    Cons

    Not enough hours but that’s not the fault of the company


  7. "Fab place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at River Island Clothing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff discount, exclusive access to sales, uniform allowance

    Cons

    Lack of overtime available, high expectations

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales advisor"

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    Current Employee - Part-time Sales Advisor in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Part-time Sales Advisor in Manchester City Centre, England

    I have been working at River Island Clothing part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the staffs at river island

    Cons

    The management is poor as the managers aren’t very good under pressure


  9. "Depends what you're looking for"

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    Current Employee - BAA in London, England
    Current Employee - BAA in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at River Island Clothing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Canteen, great office, lots of social activites

    Cons

    Over stretched, long hours, expect overtime without pay, hierarchical culture, location zone 3


  10. Helpful (1)

    "What you see is what you get."

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    Former Employee - Retail Assistant in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Retail Assistant in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at River Island Clothing part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    • Low effort if you are conscientious
    • Employee demographic are young people — good for building experience and learning social skills
    • Staff discounts and bonuses are quite generous

    Cons

    • Very busy hours with minimal rotation, making for overworked employees
    • Stressful in and out of management – low stress threshold meant very passive aggressive remarks and conversations
    • Poor micromanagement of employees
    • Disappointing skill floor. Not much experience to build upon once you master the basics

    Advice to Management

    Hire better management. Don’t scrounge off on and hire more competent employees to fill out weekly totals and work. Finally, understand people want to get the job done. Make more effort to make seminal connections with your employees.


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