I worked at Gildan Activewear full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
-Offers competitive compensation and benefits
-Stunning offices in the heart of downtown Montreal
-Good financial standingCons
-No work-life balance
-No one is happy; very demotivating, depressing environment
-No regular feedbackAdvice to ManagementAdvice
Take employee concerns into account; there is a reason there is so much turnover, especially in the HR department.
Very little promotion from within, even when it's well deserved.
Initiatives are started but never followed through.
Yes, you compensate your people well, but at what cost? You continue to lose strong employees and soon, given your reputation within the Montreal job maker, it will be tough to keep replacing themDoesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 5+ weeks – interviewed at Gildan Activewear.Interview Details
Long hiring process. Applied online, never heard back. Then through a recruiter, interview appointment was reluctantly given (I guess the so called Recruitment advisor had better things to do). During the interview I realized she did not read the resume, which these days is fairly common practice. Like most other HR interviewers, she only wanted to hear about my past work. Never asked if I enjoyed or not, which is a very big clue of how a bad choice will eventually be made. She heard I had done something very similar in the past and based on this I was sent to the technical interview a good 10 days later, while the position I was applying for was basically uncovered (a very junior employee was there coping to cover for a departed employee).
The whole attitude was very snobby. I felt from the beginning the attitude "I am doing such a big favor to you to be here right now hearing what you ad to say instead of being browsing the internet on my computer...". Same can be said when I received the first low ball offer: this is all we can offer she said. My reply was that among the 2 I was not the desperate one in need to get into that position. They had in uncovered. So my counteroffer was 20% higher an got accepted right away by the IT director who had much clearer than her the need to fulfill immediately that critical position.
A very unpleasant experience with a rookie. I should have followed my instinct that were telling me "you see more than you think about a company already from the interview". My employment is going to finish soon as I finally have found another job which pays better and is finally with a reputable company.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
- HR interview was absolutely incompetent, maybe she should sell perfumes downstairs at The Bay. Technical interview was hands on and still easy if you did the job before. I was interviewed by the person covering for the Sysadmin who just left the company in unfriendly terms and received little coaching. I had to tell him "no offense but let me show you something you should do right away, even before hiring me or anybody else...". Answer Question
Low-ball offer well below industry average. Just a try from an HR rookie who hoped to look good to her boss. Made a counteroffer 20% higher which was accepted right away.Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
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For casual day, Gildan Activewear has you covered -- from top to bottom. It makes T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, and golf shirts for private-label use, as well as socks and underwear. Steadily fighting for market share (alongside its primary rival Fruit of the Loom) in several segments of its business, Gildan sells its products to North American and European wholesale distributors, screen printers, and embroiderers. The company makes its merchandise in Central America, Canada, and Mexico. Brothers Gregory and Glenn Chamandy co-founded Gildan in 1984. While Glenn remains...