Reformation Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated 22 Aug 2018

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Reformation Founder & CEO  Yael Aflalo
Yael Aflalo
33 Ratings

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Growing company with a great mission"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Reformation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome mission and amazing employees - all very smart and committed to take company to the next level. Open and transparent work environment- access to all team members. Ref talks, dog friendly office, great discount and perks!

    Cons

    It takes the right person with a growth mindset to join Ref - if you are NOT someone who does not like working in an entrepreneurial and innovative company this is not the work environment for you.

  2. Helpful (5)

    "No direction"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pattern Maker in Vernon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reformation full-time

    Pros

    Clean work environment, all needed equipment.

    Cons

    Management has no experience in this industry.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Key Holder"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Keyholder 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reformation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers and a relaxed work environment. Working in store is very easy, and the people who work there become like a family. Great compensation, and understanding store management about work-life balance.

    Cons

    Miscommunication with corporate management occurs, and lack of ability to grow from a store level.

  4. Helpful (34)

    "Great concept. Terrible culture."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reformation full-time

    Pros

    The IDEA of Reformation is beyond great. The people that come to work at Reformation have the same expectation that the public does; young, innovative, bright, energetic people coming together to make effortless and cool clothes but with a socially conscious and inspiring spirit.

    Cons

    The company does not uphold any of the perceived values in it's corporate culture, especially with regard to the actual day to day treatment of the employees. The work environment is anxiety ridden and toxic, driven primarily by the at random firing of any person for any reason at any time. The turnover is shockingly high; even departments like HR could have three department heads within one fiscal year. This instability and negativity creates a stiflingly unhealthy environment that is both unmotivating and detractive to not only personal but team success potential. The experience working at this company is only worsened by the lack of strategic direction. It would be one thing to cope with a work environment as referenced above, but with at least some semblance of leadership, guidance, and consistency. The company genuinely feels lost from a top level, most likely hindered by the pervasiveness of turnover, but also from a seemingly more macro level as well.

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  5. Helpful (24)

    "HORRIBLE PLACE TO WORK."

    1.0
    Former Employee - Leadership in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reformation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the product is cool, sometimes inspiring.

    Cons

    the leadership, especially the CEO Founder, is a joke. There is a HUGE lack of respect for others, privacy, and frankly, the CEO is not balanced. One minute you are liked, the next, you are on her list to be fired. Its a horrible place to work. The only people that survive long term are those that are submissive and can deal with the craziness of the work environment and the Founder.

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  6. Helpful (37)

    "DOES NOT PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reformation full-time

    Pros

    It is hard to write too many pros about Ref, but one thing they do well is hire smart, talented and ambitious people. Truly some of the best people I have met in a work environment. That said, it made it that much harder to watch these bright young people come to Ref and start to lose their minds at around 6-8 months and then leave. The CEO hires well because she wants to have the best and brightest, the only problem is she doesn't let anyone actually use the skills they were hired for or have any creative ability so, once they figure that out, they leave.

    Cons

    Lets just start by saying that the bad reviews on here are, in fact, very very accurate. There is a non existent Leadership team - they all left within six months of each other last year (50% of them lasting less than a year). HR is also non existent because the team they brought in to help with the morale issues and insane turnover rate ended up getting fed up with doing the CEO's dirty work and left - again all within six months of each other. Ref hires young people because they know they can pay them less and work them harder. Getting a raise or a title change is like pulling teeth. The only way to even be remotely successful at Ref is if the CEO acknowledges your existence, the VP stops tapping her foot long enough to learn your name and COO likes you - because honey, if she doesn’t, you won’t last long. Overall Ref has created a toxic work environment that has been further cultivated by the CEO's inner circle...imagine Devil Wears Prada, West Coast edition: No one can be trusted, everyone is pitted against each other and teamwork is not rewarded. When I see posts about women empowerment and ‘my meow my choice’ tees, I am almost dumbfounded that a company could promote something that is so opposite of how they actually practice. The CEO is a businesswoman who knows what sells well - thats it. She doesn’t empower women, she brings them down to level where she can control them and then she lets them go when she no longer finds them useful.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "The Good and the Bad"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Reformation full-time

    Pros

    I've worked here for a couple months now and have had a great experience thus far. I have had two great managers who both genuinely cared about what I wanted for my career. My current manager always checks in with me to make sure I'm doing well in life and in my job. Ref is constantly changing and moving and I like the fast paced, busy environment. It can take some time to get to know people but everyone is friendly. Since it is a very open floorplan, you can see a lot of what is going on in all departments, whether thats merchandising, design, production, tech, etc. All full-time employees get 50% clothing discount which is AMAZING but then you spend a lot of $$... We've moved to a new office and get some other office perks as well. But it's nice to work in a office with friends and people you vibe with while doing work!

    Cons

    I will say, you do have fit the culture vibe. That's not to say "you cant sit with us" and everyone here is the same. You have to have the same culture mindset to be successful. It works for some people, and it doesn't for others which is understandable. We're trying to get better at figuring out the right vibe and being completely transparent about how we work here. Basically, you need to be okay with an intense work environment that doesn't have too much organizational structure. You have to be able to "go with the flow" at times but at high speeds. But there are lots of different types of personalities here, they just need to be able to vibe together. I think management has trouble letting go and delegating because they want things to be perfect.

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  8. Helpful (25)

    "Production Assistant"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Reformation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a cool brand. I really love the clothing & the Reformation ethos. At first, it was great to be apart of a brand that I believed in & was passionate about.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment & culture. Poor managerial skills from from all of my managers (turn over rate was really high so I had 3 different ones). Super stressful/tense environment & the pay was crap.

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  9. Helpful (36)

    "Stay away!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Reformation full-time

    Pros

    The company hires smart, fun people; work environment is unique and funky cool; business model (if it actually was operated properly) is great.

    Cons

    First off, yes, all of the good reviews are fake. It is well known at the company that people are told to write positive good reviews (or else...). On the outside, this seems like a great company and great place to work, until you realize that the whole place is run by a dictator who feeds off making others feel insecure and defeated. She changes her mind everyday causing significant rework and confusion, loves finger pointing and is the most condescending person I have ever met. Even if you don't have to interact with her directly, she touches everything so her horrible energy permeates every role. Every week someone is in the garden crying, someone else is fired without warning or logic, and someone else is moved from one role to another without any say or discussion. The CEO has very high aspirations for the company, but she will ultimately fail. You can't treat people like dogs and survive for long. Additionally there are some serious ethical issues with some of her decisions and with how she treats business partners (lying, not paying...)

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  10. "Great opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Reformation for less than a year

    Pros

    I've never been in an environment where the managers cared so much about whether or not you were happy and felt fulfilled with your job, and like you were moving in the direction you wanted to. They expect the best of the best here, so you will be expected to prove yourself, but if you have the skills this shouldn't be an issue. Appreciative work environment, attentive managers, volunteer days, sweet coworkers, free lunches on Fridays, dog friendly:)

    Cons

    Work/life balance can get a little off sometimes, but I feel like most people end up working overtime these days, no matter where they work.

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