Pros: 160 hours of paid time off is the only life saver
Cons: no advancement opportunity unless you're a specific demographic
There are no opportunities in Fashion Design outside of New York City (and potentially California). As a New York native and BFA in Fashion Design with New York fashion design experience, I can personally attest to the lack of opportunities for growth and advancement with this company that touts itself as a fashion brand. Granted I am definitely overqualified and I accepted a position in the company's call center (only due to geographic location), I personally spent 9 months watching un-degreed personnel advance and receive promotions while after a total of 5 positions I applied for, I have been denied advancement. Management and trainers are biased. If you are from a small town, or if you are a recent high school graduate, or if you are part of a specific demographic (which I choose not to address-you can determine what this is for yourself), you will excel. There seems to be a gang mentality whereby if you are not a part of the "crew" (I will allow you to define this "crew" for yourself), you will not receive much other than the most detestable phone calls from the most deplorable people-if you choose to work for a call center. After accepting employment, I was offered 19.5 hours of work. Then, the company will proceed to offer extra hours and minimal overtime hours to ensure that the staff works 6-7 days a week. After requesting full time status, the company offered 32 hours of work. Being a native of the fashion capitol of the world, and currently studying to earn a Master's degree in a STEM career, thankfully I am able to put the company in it's proper perspective, I am increasingly aware of what I have gotten myself into in that I have chosen to be a part of it.