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Pros: - Beautiful building. - Everyone is very nice. Cons: - You silently stare in the eyes of a co-worker for 10 minutes every morning (this is not a joke). - No flexibility with work hours. - Required to attend 3 day long pep rallies, work weekends, and sales meetings after hours with no pay compensation. - Whether or not you are a consultant you must go through an extensive consultant training program. - Things move at a snails pace, everything requires the approval of a lot of different people. - You are forced to share your feelings and personal life, with a microphone, in front of 250 people. - Overbearing environment. - It feels like a bunch of kids are trying to act like adults and play office (doesn't feel like real work, you constantly do things and think "why are we doing this..." with the answer always being "it builds connectivity/affinity). - You do exercises and attend meetings more than you actually work. - You are encouraged to take on new roles and accountabilities and are not compensated other than a pat on the back. - People tell each other "I love you" way more than is comfortable (this started after my first month, very uncomfortable). - They want to enroll your friends and family into their programs, they never stop asking. - Starting pay is well below the average. - A lot of workers (at least half) are married/ family, there is a heavy bias because of this. - Zero tolerance for working remotely/ flex schedule (very "breakthrough"). I have not felt this uncomfortable since High School.
Current CEO: Gerald L. Storch Status: Closed The toy retail giant first started in 1948 as a baby furniture store. The founder, Charles Lazarus, initially added a cradle gym to the inventory. It was a strong seller, prompting him to add tricycles and books to the line-up. Lazarus discovered that while furniture was a one-time purchase, parents would become repeat buyers for toys because they break or the children lose interest in them. The toy retailer has since grown to more than 875 stores operating in 35 countries and jurisdictions. Toys R Us careers are available around the globe and there is more to working for the company than manning the retail floor. The toy store also requires buyers, accountants, analysts and human resources personnel. Marketing specialists help keep the customers visiting the stores and transportation teams are necessary to keep the merchandise moving from warehouses to store shelves. Management knows that the company cannot continue to grow without quality employees. In addition to providing a variety of employment opportunities, the company encourages people working at Toys R Us to continually learn and grow. Teamwork is highly valued and cultivated through an environment that includes trust and respect. The Toys R Us culture values diversity, believing that excellence can only be obtained by embracing our differences. They believe that the unique qualities each employee brings to the team will promote creativity and drive innovation. The performance-based culture is intended to encourage employees to openly communicate with each other and work as part of a larger team. A leading retailer, Toys R Us benefits are in line with other retailing giants. The company offers health insurance for individuals and their families. In addition to basic health insurance, they provide coverage for dental care, vision and prescription medications. They encourage a healthy work-life balance with vacation, sick time and personal days. A generous, one-hundred percent match on the first four percent that is invested in the 401k plan allows the team members save for retirement. A 529 College Savings Plan is available to help employees save for their children’s education expenses. Committed to its employees, Toys R Us also offers assistance programs designed to make life a little easier for the team. They offer professional counseling and referral services for people struggling with legal problems, financial challenges or addictions. They also have some impressive services that are rare in the industry, such as financial support for employees trying to adopt a child and resources for childcare.
Current CEO: Richard Johnson Status: Active Unlike many companies, Foot Locker didn’t start out as a new idea for an entrepreneur. Instead, the origins of Foot Locker can be found in other established companies. In 1963, the F.W. Woolworth Company decided to purchase Kinney Shoe Corporation. Shortly after this acquisition, management split up this store into a number of specialty operations. One of these was geared to appeal toward the athletic market. With this move, the concept that is Foot Locker came into being. Part of the reasoning behind this entire approach was that if a particular specialty concept failed to take root, it could be merged into another idea and a different tactic could be attempted. Fortunately, for people that enjoy the variety of shoes that Foot Locker offers, the plan was a success. For both the customer and for individuals looking to devote their energies toward Foot Locker careers, it continues to be the most successful venture in Woolworth’s original idea. For the employees working at Foot Locker, this means job security and many opportunities to devise a fulfilling career within the organization. Not only is the workforce contributing to the success of the organization, but they are also providing a valuable service for the people who frequent the stores. Committing to a career with Foot Locker, the Foot Locker culture has become a way of life. Fashionable and high quality footwear is a mainstay within their lives and Foot Locker provides an opportunity to express this inner desire. People that excel within the company tend to be independent thinkers that like to succeed in all they undertake. They take responsibility for their actions and understand that effective communication is important in achieving their objectives. Striving to be the best that they can be is a hallmark that Foot Locker embodies. Depending upon the type of work a person seeks, there are a number of viable options available for everyone. In addition to providing exciting work opportunities, Foot Locker benefits help people achieve their life’s dreams. Compensation takes many forms and each is meant to improve the overall life experience for each individual. If someone opts for the retail experience, the joy of working with a variety of people and helping customers find their ideal shoe cannot be matched by other job opportunities. For office and management professionals, working in the home office allows a chance to put specialized skills to good use.
Current CEO: Martin Waters Status: Active Due to an embarrassing encounter in trying to purchase lingerie for his spouse, Roy Raymond decided to start his own company. Aimed at providing a comfortable environment for men to browse various undergarments, the first Victoria’s Secret was opened in San Francisco, California, in 1977. After finding success, Mr. Raymond sold his interest in the company to The Limited in 1982. The store continued to expand and become more popular, ultimately becoming the largest American retailer that specializes in lingerie. Today, there are over 1000 outlets throughout the United States and the store continues to earn profit for the parent organization. With such a widespread operation, there is an obvious need for employees to help the company achieve goals. Victoria’s Secret careers not only focus on helping the company earn profits but also allow interested individuals to express their creative instincts in their daily job responsibilities. One of the key components of the organizations success is the ability to design and showcase desired fashion for the marketplace. With fine tailoring of clothing and cutting edge marketing efforts, working at Victoria’s Secret allows individuals to continually challenge themselves. Such success allows people to grow in their careers and truly make a difference for the consumer. Victoria’s Secret culture embraces an ethos of social responsibility. The management of the corporation operates in a high moral standard that is not only good for the company but also the communities in which they operate. They strive to be stewards of their community and leaders within their environment. This type of attitude is infectious and results in more positive business standards throughout the organization. Maintaining this philosophy allows every employee to improve upon their strengths and provide greater value for both the company and themselves. As with any career, finding compensation packages that provide for the well-being of the individual is important. With this understanding, Victoria’s Secret benefits are designed to offer health and welfare components that offer improvement in one’s life. Flexible insurance and savings plans help employees gain the security they need while planning for the future. A number of lifestyle benefits help each individual obtain a healthy balance of work with the demands of their life. With tuition reimbursement, time off with pay and various discounts on merchandise, employees gain value from their effort toward their position. These additional compensation packages motivate each individual to be the best at what they do.
Current CEO: Sonia Syngal Gap was established in 1969 in San Francisco as a single clothing store. Since then, it has expanded worldwide; in 1987, it branched out internationally. The Gap chain of clothing companies includes Banana Republic, Old Navy, Pipeline and Athleta. There are over 3,000 company-operated Gap-affiliated stores worldwide and over 134,000 employees. Banana Republic culture includes a strong emphasis on corporate and social responsibility. At Gap, and at Banana Republic specifically, an effort is made to integrate recycling philosophy and packaging, shopping bags, boxes and other packing materials all contain a high percentage of recycled products. Similar to other Gap-affiliated retail companies, Banana Republic benefits include full medical insurance coverage for employees and the ability to have coverage for spouses, domestic partners, children and other family members. In addition to medical insurance, vision and dental insurance is also available. Other benefits include life and disability insurance, on-site health clinics, counseling services, and Weight Watchers memberships. Additionally, Banana Republic employees receive discounts to local gyms. Banana Republic and Gap, Inc. also encourage employees to continue their educational goals and offer tuition reimbursement and career development benefits. They support online education, classroom course and on-the-job training. For employees working at Banana Republic, the emphasis is on putting the customer first. Employees are encouraged to think beyond the clothes and to come up with creative solutions to big problems. Diversity is embraced and celebrated as part of the overall Gap culture, and employees have the opportunity to interact with and learn about a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Banana Republic careers cover a wide range of employment paths. Not only is Banana Republic and Gap located in the United States, but they are also located in Europe and Asia. Employment opportunities exist in clothing design, distribution, retail store locations and store management. Additionally, since Banana Republic and Gap have an extensive online presence, positions are available in IT and Web design. Additionally, Banana Republic and Gap have a program specifically designed for college-level applicants. Opportunities exist for college students to enter into an accelerated retail management training program, be accepted into field apprenticeship positions, participate in inventory management programs and experience a summer headquarter internship program.
Current CEO Jay Schottenstein Status: Active Under the capable hands of CEO Jay Schottenstein, American Eagle Outfitters has flourished, maintaining a lead in retail sales of clothing and accessories. The 70-year-old O’Donnell has been with American Eagle Outfitters since 2000. He has since served as a member of the Board, Chief Operating Officer, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and CEO since November 2003. Mark and Jerry Silverman founded American Eagle Outfitters in 1977, a Retail Ventures, Inc. subsidiary. The Silvermans, owners and operators of Silvermans Menswear, sold their ownership interests in 1991. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, American Eagle Outfitters moved its headquarters to Pittsburgh. Currently, there is an online store and more than 900 U.S. and Canada retail locations. The first Middle East store in Dubai, at the Mirdif City Centre, opened in March of 2010. American Eagle Outfitters culture reaches out to all nationalities with the American Eagle Outfitter’s brand. Low-rise jeans, graphic T-shirts and Henley shirts are very popular as the brand targets males and females ages 15 to 25. American Eagle Outfitters careers are successfully launched and thrive as the retail clothing brand keeps abreast of trends, both established and yet to come. For example, new executives who had joined the company in the mid-90s reached more women and more people between 18 and 32 years of age. During the following five years, revenues topped $1 billion. The year 2006 brought the aerie logo brand to the public. The intimates sub-brand targeted 15 to 21-year-old American females. Dorm wear, loungewear, active apparel and sleepwear joined the wide range of lingerie. In August of 2006, a fitness line, aerie f.i.t., soon became the first stand-alone aerie store in South Carolina. Currently, there are 147 aerie stand-alone stores in the U.S. and in Canada with hundreds of employees. People working at American Eagle enjoy one of the most generous and competitive benefit packages possible: - paid training programs - Flexible work schedules - Generous salary options - Competitive base pay Additional American Eagle benefits include these and more for qualified employees: - Paid time off program - Six paid holidays - Life insurance - Short and long term disability - Medical and dental insurance - Generous merchandise discount - Profit sharing - Matching 401(k) - Employee stock purchase plan with company match To encourage career growth potential, qualified associates enjoy an abundance of benefits that include future planning perks, health/wellness programs and options in insurance coverage. Additional benefits are available to those who qualify.
Current CEO: Martin Staff Status: Active In 1998, French fashion designer Max Azria launched a premier clothing design house in Los Angeles. BCBG Max Azria collections feature apparel, fragrances, and footwear. Well-known labels include Runway, BCBG Generation, and Max Azria. The company offers designer clothing in multiple price ranges. Max Azria Atelier is a collection of expensive couture dresses. Clients include celebrities and luxury class buyers. The Miley Cyrus BCBG trademark is a more affordable alternative. It is available through a partnership with Wal-Mart. The company also owns the Herve Leger label, which was re-launched in 2007 with new designs. There are over 9,000 retail establishments spread across the globe. Points of sale are located in 45 countries spanning five continents. Major offices are centered in the Los Angeles, Paris, London, and seven other provinces. It is a big supplier of jobs for the US labor market. More than 10,000 people are employed with BCBG. BCBG Max Azria careers are available in many different fields. Professions within the corporate offices include accounting, administration, design, production, marketing, and sales. In addition, there is opportunity to specialize in specific product lines. An e-commerce direct merchandise manager in the shoe and accessory department prepares seasonal merchandise, forecasts fashion trends, and supports online stores. There are also positions for designers and buyers. Associate coordinators of textile design are responsible for the production of various print designs on fabric. Associate buyers rank styles, maintain purchase orders, and work with suppliers. These types of jobs generally require a college degree and some prior related experience. Working at BCBG offers retail opportunities as well. These jobs can involve managerial positions for different regions and districts. An applicant would need prior success with sales, training, strategy development, and marketing. It allows for travel to different cities. The lowest level jobs are for in-store sales associates and cashiers. BCBG Max Azria benefits are standard for the retail and design industries. The chosen profession and department determine the exact benefit offering, so it varies greatly among employees. Significant product discounts are given at the start of each season. The Max Azria culture inside the corporate offices is fast paced and deadline driven. Employees must be able to complete a requisite amount of work in a short period. Good coping skills and the ability to perform under pressure are critical. The opportunity for advancement is good for those who are motivated to succeed.
Current CEO: Daniel Kulle Status: Active Forever 21 is a retail clothing chain with stores in over six different countries around the world. The company mainly caters to adult female consumers and offers a variety of clothing styles that represent American and Korean fashion trends. Forever 21 stores sell a variety of apparel items, including swimwear and lingerie, as well as apparel accessories. The company also operates a number of Forever 21 spin-off brands and stores, including 21 Men, Forever 21+, Forever 21 Girls and Love 21. Employees working at Forever 21 may find themselves involved in a variety of tasks, including customer service, stocking, purchasing and visual organizing. As the chain operates most of its stores in shopping malls, many of the company's employees are trained to focus on customer service operations, as well as on stocking clothing and accessories. The Forever 21 culture is focused on keeping up with changing trends and then offering them to the public before their competition. As a result, purchasing agents must have experience in spotting and defining trends for Forever 21 and their associated stores and brands. Retail employees and purchasing agents must also work together with visual team members in order to create an overall atmosphere of high fashion and inviting comfort. Some of the key Forever 21 benefits for employees include paid time off for vacation and sick leave, as well as 401(k) investment options. These benefits may not be available to entry-level or retail employees, and other benefits, such as healthcare options, may only be offered to management and executive employees. Those seeking Forever 21 careers may also enjoy a discount on merchandise from retail stores, as well as other stores that fall under other Forever 21 brands. Additionally, employees of Forever 21 have the chance to be surrounded by cutting edge fashion, and they may have the chance to see new products and trends before the public. In terms of financial compensation, Forever 21 retail employees find themselves receiving pay that is on par with national averages for retail employees, with managers and co-managers making slightly more. Forever 21 follows the traditional pay scale of similar companies, paying executives and corporate employees a significantly higher wage than retail employees. Purchasers are found to make slightly above average when compared to the industry as a whole, as well as when compared to retail employees and retail managers and co-managers.
Current CEO’s: Carlos Alberini Status: Active Guess was founded in 1981 by four brothers, originally from France, who had recently relocated to California. Two of the brothers, Paul Marciano and Maurice Marciano, are currently co-CEOs of the company. The company burst onto the fashion scene in 1982, spurred on by an intensive advertising campaign that featured top models of the day, including Claudia Schiffer and Laetitia Casta. Although some stores were initially reluctant to carry the new stone-washed style of denim jeans, Guess quickly became the most popular brand of jeans during the 1980s. They were also one of the first clothing brands to introduce the concept of designer jeans. Although the company experienced a slight downturn in the 1990s, a new upscale image has bounced Guess back into the world's eye. The brand has expanded and now includes clothing divisions for men, women and kids, as well as accessories such as watches, jewelry and fragrances. The Guess headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, but with stores and outlets located across the country, numerous Guess careers are available in a variety of locations. Some of the possible career opportunities to be found at Guess include: - Store management - Merchandise planning - Web analysis - Sales management - Store design - Paralegal Students who are majoring in fashion or graphic design can also find internship opportunities with the company, giving them a leg up on their future fashion careers. In addition to competitive compensation packages, Guess benefits include a high quality health care plan, special incentives for good sales numbers and plenty of vacation time. Guess has a commitment to company morale and has plenty of bonuses and perks for employees including advancement opportunities. The Guess culture is laid-back and friendly, sassy and fun. Many of the stores have a casual, nightclub vibe to them, making working at Guess a great opportunity for those who like to have a great time while they work. Employees are happy and feel valued by management, respected and encouraged to do their best. Challenges that employees face are generally those that are felt by the retail industry as a whole, but the company commitment to their employees is considered to be above average. Potential employees who want to make a career in the fashion industry and who enjoy helping customers would do well to begin their careers working for Guess.
I have worked for Zales for over 4 years and have seen the company grow from being on the eve of dissolve to back to profitability. Its great to be with a company that really took a hard look at itself and realized the course that needed to be taken to bring back the organization to a viable and competitive company.
Limited Brands Overview Limited Brands, established in 1963, is a multi-billion dollar retailer who owns the following popular brands: Victoria's Secret, White Barn Candle Company, Bath and Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, and La Senza. Limited Brands, whose headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio, has over 2,600 specialty stores located across the United States. The brands sold by Limited Brands are featured in franchise locations around the world. In addition to a wide array of products sold in the stores, many of the brands are also available online. Limited Brands Job Information Limited Brands has over 90,000 associates working as Store Associates, Sales Specialists, and Managers among many other important positions. Limited Brands offers their employees competitive wages in a fun, laid-back environment. They offer a variety of optional benefits that employees can choose from like medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug programs, as well as Life Insurance, Retirement savings plans, merchandise discounts, tuition reimbursement, and many other great perks.
Current CEO: Julian Geiger Status: Active Aéropostale is a major retailer of young women's and men's clothing and accessories. The company has recently branched out into the adolescent market with Aéropostale P.S. stores. The company operates over 1000 mall-based stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. It has recently expanded into the Middle East and Asia. Aéropostale was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in New York City, New York. Sales associates, sales leaders and a comprehensive management staff are employed in each Aéropostale location. Sales associates working at Aéropostale are responsible for general merchandising and cashiering duties. They are expected to have a high level of interaction with all customers. Sales associates may assist customers who are searching for garments or may provide fashion advice to interested customers. Aéropostale has an excellent development training program in place for sales associates. Talented sales associates may be able to earn promotions into positions as sales leaders. Sales leaders are responsible for overseeing the sales floor and providing support to sales associates. They often act as trainers for new sales associates. Individuals interested in management opportunities can foster long-term Aeropostale careers. Each store employs a management staff made up of an assistant store manager, store manager and general manager. Each member of the management team is responsible for a wide variety of store and employee oversight duties. All managers are expected to emulate the Aeropostale culture, which values a customer and employee friendly workplace. Managers are required to hold regular training sessions for sales associates. They are expected to select and groom employees from their stores for management positions. Aéropostale also employs training, regional and district managers. The company's career development system is designed to give motivated employees with acumen for leadership the opportunity to advance into high-level management positions. Training managers work closely with new management staff. They assure manager progress and may perform employee evaluations. Regional and district managers are responsible for the oversight of a group of stores in a given geographic area. Individuals in these roles travel extensively between stores. They oversee the management recruiting and training process. The majority of individuals who work at Aéropostale are employed on a part-time or seasonal basis. They are offered an employee discount at all retail locations and can participate in career development programs. Eligible full-time employees receive an Aeropostale benefits package. Qualified employees receive excellent sick time allowances, comprehensive health care insurance and tuition reimbursements. All employees can participate in an employee assistance program.