Planner Ladieswear and Outerwear (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 24 April 2018
There was a lot of reports to pull and because it was a 'smaller' company there was no major brain/engine to aid in this situation. They were committed to building a system/software to aid the planners but I did not have that while I was there. Management was strong in the upper levels but my manager was not able to help me because she never used the systems we were all expected learn and use. WE were given laptops so we could from home...not to take them so we could spend a day in the comfort of our own but so that we could work longer hours. The discount is amazing and the physical space was beautiful. There is coffee and tea and an event every so often which is amazing to blow off some steam and get to know your coworkers.
Beauty Adviser/ Counter Manager (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 3 November 2017
If you have seen the movie Mean Girls, then you know exactly what it would be like to work at this place. If you haven't seen the movie then go watch it please because it would truly save me from writing a lengthy review.
VM Coordinator (Former Employee) – Renfrew, ON – 27 September 2017
Holt Renfrew is a great company to work for, but was lacking in career opportunities for internal employees at the time. Overall work life balance could have been stronger and there was too much division within the head office in between various departments.
Buyer (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 13 September 2017
Overall poor corporate culture with no work life balance. High turnover in every dept. Majority of existing management share same dictatorship style of running teams. Salary and benefits are top heavy with executives/management reaping better rewards than average employees. Favouritism and unequal treatment are common practice with too much emphasis on physical appearances to fit in within the company culture.
Loss Prevention Officer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 28 August 2017
Holt Renfrew has a "tight knit" family. This means if you work on the sales floor, expect the team member who has been there for a year to make a lot more commission than you, not to mention hourly wage.
Former beauty advisor (Former Employee) – Ogilvy Montreal – 25 August 2017
Ogilvy is the worst place to work in Cosmetics in Montreal. Worst management I ever seen. Doesn't solves issues, no communication, no respect for the associates, talked down on you. All they give you is a call list everyday. No advancement possible. If you want to be miserable and bored, go work there.
I wouldn't ever go back! Management doesn't know how to handle issues within the team. Allows the woman in Creed perfume to bully other employees for sales. Never addresses the problem. They have lost a lot of good employees for that reason. Horrible environment and you are never appreciated ever! Do yourself a favor, don't work there!
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Yorkdale, ON – 1 August 2017
Environment and management are probably worst aspects of this company. Employee turnover rate is 50% at all levels including sales to corporate. Really unpleasant overall but rewarding if you are independent and prefer retail
Sales Consultant/ Merchandising (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 13 June 2017
• Accomplished numerous “Perfect 10” monthly shops for providing the “Extraordinary Experience” to clients by delivering exceptional services such as special orders, purchase call-backs, VIP event pre-sale and personalized letters • Achieved an average weekly sales of $15,000, surpassing the Q2 sales goal by 200% through generating a mass client base following utilizing various social media outlets to promote new product lines and in-store promotions • Developed in-depth knowledge of various luxury brands and consumer trends through tailored PK training with merchandise buyers to implement strategies for various product lines, displays and signage for maximized in-store footfall and consumer engagement
great at the start - supportive entrepreneurial culture but over time became a bottom line, unsupportive management style.
Designer Specialist (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 10 June 2017
I liked working there for the product and selling environment was very conducive to creating and working your own clientele. the perks of working there included, trips to Italy, discounts, special in-store events and the team itself, mostly great people doing amazing jobs.
meeting interesting people / great product / fun events
Management style was a little demeaning and condescending at times.
Business Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 24 May 2017
Everyday is something new. Nothing is properly planned.. We're constantly being informed of last minute events. Horrible management, totally dis-respectful to staff. Constant babysitting and micro-managing.