Unrealistic expectations, micro management, keeps you on the constant state of anxiety.
Current employee (Current Employee) – Canada – 5 April 2017
Management from top-down is absolutely unforgiving and has zero tolerance for new and fresh ideas to problem solving. As a new employee, you are taught the Aritzia way to talk, to write, and even to THINK. There's only one acceptable way to approach any problem and you must never deviate from the Aritzia way, or else it'll be deemed wrong. Even though it's supposedly a "creative" company, it's definitely very backwards and highly conformist in many regards.
Work-Life balance is non-existent. It's heavily implied throughout the culture that the more hours you work = better performance and company loyalty. It's very common to see people in the office from 8am to 8pm on a daily basis and then log in from home to continue to work.
CEO is controlling, disrespectful, and difficult to work with. His business model is ludicrous and unsustainable, the only reason why his company has had a successful run is mainly due to luck and good fortunate. With a flick of a finger, we, the lowly employees are to cater to his majesty's every whim.
No work-life balance, disrespectful management, high intensity and high strung work environment