Wilson Design Source Supply Reviews

Updated 10 Dec 2019

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  1. "Friendly company"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Despite the really early start it also means a really early finish, leaving you more time at the end of the work day

    Cons

    Everyone is too quiet, almost feels like talking is forbidden

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  2. "Ok!"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experience working with international fashion retailers. Nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Managers have their favourites who get to go on trips etc. It would be nice if everyone got a turn.


  3. "A great team of people."

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
     

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply

    Pros

    A great team of people to work with and a sociable environment where I was lucky enough to make real friendships. Variety of work within the fast paced design team. Always busy with plenty of projects and there are opportunities for ambitious design graduates to progress their careers.

    Cons

    In my time there the company was expanding at a fast rate which offered up challenges. The management staff were always striving to work through these challenges with an aim to resolve these.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "THE WORST PLACE I HAVE EVER WORKED"

    1.0
     

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply

    Pros

    You will work with some amazing people on your level - real friends which help you get through the day

    Cons

    Avoid at all costs! This is not the job or company you think it is. Firstly you are taken into a nice showroom for your interview to Wow you, promised to work on some of their bigger accounts/brands yet when you start you are put on Sports Direct team to “learn” and then move up. This never happens. SO expect fast disposable fashion as your real job here. One of the biggest issues is there is no HR person or team. No one to turn to if you need help or advice, leaving management able to bully and gossip about their employees. Management gossip about owners & other employees openly in the office. Sometimes to other employees which makes you wonder – what do they say about me when im not here then? Management once gossiped about a girl in the office not realizing she was there. They got called out by her and did nothing except try and laugh it off. Another more serious incident was a girl called in sick realizing she was pregnant and this was shouted out by management in the office, word got around before this girl had a chance to announce it herself. She was treated as though she was selfish for being pregnant and not thinking about her job and career path. Most shocking treatment! Other gossip resulted in another girl being ambushed by management and targeted as a formal complaint for someone else’s gossip about her. There was no evidence or warning to this girl, ambushed, shouted at and bullied into signing the formal complaint. There are also a couple of mean girl types who seek management as friends so beware, the only reason you put up with this place is the few nice people on your team who are real friends. No management training – They are people who started at the company when it was really small and have been bumped up quickly with no people or management skills. They act as though they are the “originals” and everyone else deserves to be treated badly as they are new to the industry. They underpay and treat Design Assistants as interns and quote “THIS IS HOW I WAS TREATED AS A DESIGN ASSITANT”. A lot of who struggle financially and could earn more working in a supermarket now a days. One girl got into debt by working at this job! You get no sick pay either. So that severely affects your income when you are really ill, it then spreads around the company because people can’t afford to be ill. Management constantly throw people under the bus to the owners, only give negative feedback or telling’s off, expect lots of overtime (even when its due to lack of work delegation on their part), some working up until 10pm and you get no thanks and often that work is then wasted and thrown in the bin due to the buyers not actually wanting to see that anymore. There is no team when it comes to them except the management team. You are on your own! You are treated as a robot by other robots with no emotions. You have no life outside of work and are expected to fill out a workload every morning and evening so they can check up on you. There are fake appraisals to boost the horrifically low team moral. Owner quoted a girl saying this while verbally abusing her in his office, while her manager sat and said nothing. (Throwing her under the bus) Resulting in her crying and eventually leaving. He quoted in stronger wording “YOU ARE A POO DESIGNER AND WILL NEVER MAKE IT”. She left to a much better company within a few weeks but got a bad ref from them, they tried to sabotage her better job. This was verbal personal abuse and she couldn’t take action due to having no HR in the company and being there for less than 2 years. (You can seek advice from ACAS but you can only take legal action after 2 years of employment) This place makes you depressed, frustrated and very unhappy. They try to knock everyone into pawns and if you are a strong individual then you will clash. It leaves everyone questioning - Do I want to even be in fashion anymore? (Note. Don’t give up! This place is nothing like the real industry. But they enjoy taking in newbies and taking advantage.) Low pay across the company and favoritism promotions from the owner. Someone who starts there as a design assistant straight from Uni could win over the owner and be promoted quickly to junior and then designer over other juniors and designers with years and years of experience. Very strange system. All secretive and not made as a celebration to the team. (more than likely cause it will upset others with longer experience) Don’t expect a good ref. Anyone who manages to escape and have a decent enough job to go to will be given a bad reference as management hate the fact they are stuck there and others are leaving to do better. Especially if it’s a big/good move – the jealousy sets in. You end up wishing you had left sooner and see it as a massive black hole on your CV.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid!!"

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

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply

    Pros

    pretty much everyone who is not part of the management team are lovely people! There is a gym in the building that can be used for free!

    Cons

    Horrendous place to work! Management are rude/ unprofessional/ back stabbing/ lazy/ power driven and sly. You will be publicly screamed at no matter what you do - even if it's what you were told to do in the first place! You have to write down exactly everything you have done that day, including the amount of emails you have received and how long it took you to reply to them and chances are managers will tell you your not doing enough even though they do nothing but shout at people all day long. Don't tell your manager anything in confidence because they will gossip about it and soon the whole place will know. Your not allowed to eat your breakfast at your desk, your only allowed 1 cup of tea before lunch time. You will be given no support or training for your job and you will be wrong in everything you do. You will constantly see your colleagues verbally beat down on a daily basis. New graduates are employed because they are impressionable and they will take the poor salary but they are exploited on a daily basis.

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    "Terrible environment to work in"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The design team were lovely, there are some really great people working there, just a shame the environment doesn't allow them to shine.

    Cons

    Everyone is overworked, the team is managed badly by stressed out management who just want to avoid conflict with the owners who have ridiculous demands. The management have no work/life balance and think that everyone else should be available to work late very night. Very disrespectful to the design assistants, who are put through months/years of cleaning or filing work before they get the opportunity to try some design work. Those who want to work hard and try to be creative are stifled by the bullying atmosphere. It could be great, it promises to improve but doesn't. The staff turnover is very high. No proper training given or reviews/ appraisals. Poor wages.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Poorly run design team makes it difficult to work effectiveley"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    co-workers are nice. salary is ok.

    Cons

    The design team is very disorganized and communication is poor. Heads of design give vague and incomplete breifs that make it difficult to do the job properly. Heads of design are not able to effectively manage the current number of employees. The company grew a lot in recent years. Instead of bringing in a propper management team, they elevated people to management based on seniority, despite having poor leadership skills. They are nice people and work very hard, but if the heads of design can't communicate and delegate work propperly, need to work until 7.30 most days, and still don't have time to properly support their team, something needs to change.

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  8. "Great company and great group of people"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment full of inspiring people. Lots of opportunities for professional growth, especially if you enjoy learning-by-doing and show initiative on any tasks or projects.

    Cons

    Small team with a large workload, but that also keeps it interesting (in my opinion) and fosters collaboration.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not good for carrier building"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sourcing Manager in Dhaka
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co workers are hardworking, nice,helpful . Salary is ok. Financially strong.

    Cons

    The management is unprofessional and rude, doesn't bother to snap out anywhere anytime. They only understand what they think is correct. Argument is a regular thing so do abusive words and mails. Employee dissatisfaction and turn around are high, there are incidents of firing whole liaison office employees. Management is re-active, not proactive and everyone is working to satisfy the boss no matter its correct or not. Due to financial solvency doesn't bother to invest and thus creates lots of opportunity. However due to lack of professionalism , most go in veins. No business strategy.

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  10. "Inside Sales"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Inside Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wilson Design Source Supply

    Pros

    Great company with great team environment. Nothing could be better. manager fully supportive. great balance of work and life and education

    Cons

    none come to mind and great team to work with. the only con is I wish I could have worked there longer

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