Polo Ralph Lauren Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
408 Reviews

3.3
408 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.  

    Not the place to be.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Supervisor  in  Allen, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Floor Supervisor in Allen, TX (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Wardrobe Discount
    Fun co-workers
    Food provided at times

    Cons

    Late night markdowns every week
    Overnight floor-sets every month
    Lack of communication
    Archaic operating systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team and implement what is necessary to be more effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pony headed in the wrong direction

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

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    You are working for the top USA fashion reatailer in the world, you can't beat that. The Pony Player is undeniably the most reconizable icon of the industry.

    Cons

    During the past three years, many DM's and even a Regional have left the company, don't even mention general managers... by the dozen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnaround was not aproblem 5-10 years ago. Suddenly people are leaving or being fired, uh...let go, for the wrong reasons. A company cannot have consistency in performance when store management is changing on a yearly basis.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stayed too long at a company too big

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandise Planner  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Merchandise Planner in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is a nice feeling of job security and a decent employee discount. The people that work there are generally nice but it doesn't offset the office politics.

    Cons

    Compensation is poor when compared to similar companies in the field. Lots of turnover of the staff and management which leads to a low moral on the floor and departments disorganized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    good supervisor but if upper management can't support you, it's not a place to grow

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Designer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Designer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    had a good VP and mentor but although i got promoted and did very well it was extremely difficult to move into another division

    Cons

    it was extremely difficult to move into another division despite exceeding expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be good to those who devote themselves to your company, don't take people for granted and treat them like they are replaceable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An alright second job at 16

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Leesburg, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Leesburg, VA (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -30% off factory brands
    -50% off full retail labels
    -nice mall

    Cons

    -felt very micromanaged
    -monotonous tasks, often boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -give employees more freedom and trust

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great for high school students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Women's Sales Associate  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Women's Sales Associate in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, great co-workers, great for teenagers with spare time

    Cons

    Doesn't always promote from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just walk around and suck on your thumbs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Polo Ralph Lauren full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate at Ralph Lauren

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Freeport, ME (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Freeport, ME (US)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren part-time for less than a year

    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
  10.  

    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)

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren as an intern for more than a year

    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
  11.  

    Great experience & company

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

    I worked at Polo Ralph Lauren

    Pros

    Room for advancement. Great discounts & great days off.

    Cons

    The merchandise / products are expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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