Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
401 Reviews

3.3
401 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ralph Lauren has excellent employee benefits and offers a generous employee discount (in 37 reviews)

  • Great brand name, great discounts, generally great co-workes (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance, people who thrive at RL are people who make retail sales their career instead of a job (in 12 reviews)

  • Full time seasonal, as well as part time managerial/supervisor positions are non existent (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, great clothing discount. Work with some dedicated co workers.

    Cons

    disorganized, not a good work - life balance, very long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    High commission base and constant flow of customers

    Cons

    COmpetitive shop floor environment and bad middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for shop floor feedback and take action based on it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate at Ralph Lauren

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Freeport, ME (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Freeport, ME (US)

    Pros

    Coworkers were happy to come to work, often early as well as offering to stay late. The culture was warm, friendly, positive and constructive. Feedback was constant from peers and management. Structure allowed for in-depth learning and developing of merchandising skills quickly. Register Trained in 2 weeks. Coming into retail with no experience I felt fairly paid (by the hour). Company discount is huge. Asked to do in-house modeling, paid well. Breaks are incredibly flexible. Management was down to earth, supportive and assertive.

    Cons

    Training was simple. If you wanted to learn about each and every detail of the products it was up to you to really show you cared. It's a big ask of a company like Ralph Lauren because their brand is so diverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would encourage management to continue to do what they are doing, remaining consistent is difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience for college internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Friendly and focused environment. They really want you to be productive while having fun.

    Cons

    You always feel under dressed when you're walking in the mansion headquarters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience & company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Room for advancement. Great discounts & great days off.

    Cons

    The merchandise / products are expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company but not so great quality of staff.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Selling Manager  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Selling Manager in Miami, FL (US)

    Pros

    Benefits and discounts are great.

    Cons

    Opportunities to grow are very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention needs to be given to the talent within the company instead of outsourcing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor  in  Lyndhurst, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Lyndhurst, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Good employee discounts, no formal dress code.

    Cons

    The Internal Audit Department within Ralph Lauren is considered as a "revolving door" for a reason. The turnover of staff and managers is really high. The management do not care about the employees within the department and rather focus on politics to get the work done. All seniors and managers do the same exact work but they are just titled, and paid differently. No money is spent on training. The upper management only cares about their bonuses and lie to their employees if and when a valid concern has been raised. There is very little personal growth to speak about. I will never recommend the Internal Audit Department at RL for employment to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, provide appropriate training and provide them the growth they truly deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Working with Ralph directly. Gaining valuable design experience. Working with great minds and not so great minds......and being able to know the difference. The discounts. The cache.

    Cons

    The Emperor has no clothes! Sycophants making obscene salaries convincing each other that they all look great even while their AARP benefits are kicking in. Horrible cult of denial and truly wicked people who have been in power from the very beginning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience with OK benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Potential for international travel, lots of different cultures, good employee discount and staff sales.

    Cons

    Long hours, average to low wages, very little bonus potential without changing position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in yearly staff pay increases to provide a long-term incentive for staying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Needs more structured intern learning programs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Polo Ralph Lauren Collection Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Polo Ralph Lauren Collection Intern in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Exposure to runway experience and rich inspiration that builds up to a collection as well as some celebrity visits here and there.

    Cons

    Needs more structure and content for interns to actually be learning something or having some kind of creative input, not just organizing binders and pinning up sketches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although it was amazing to just have the exposure to design meetings and illustrators and the behind the scenes work of the collection, there weren't any creative work that was required of me and therefore learned nothing much more than just some organizational work...i have a line on my resume and that's about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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