A look at lifestyle brand Tory Burch (plus advice on how to get hired there)

Tory Burch launched her first boutique on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan in 2004. While the company’s headquarters is still in  New York, the brand’s influence reaches across the globe. Learn all about what it’s like to work for Tory Burch, as well as how the Tory Burch Foundation is helping to empower female entrepreneurs.

Tory Burch rundown

Industry: Apparel & Fashion

Locations: Tory Burch’s headquarters is in New York, New York, but the company also has offices in Jersey City, New Jersey, McDonough, Georgia, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

Founded: 2004

Founder and CEO: Tory Burch

The Tory Burch Foundation

In 2009 the company launched the Tory Burch Foundation with a mission to support female entrepreneurs.

“Empowering women has been part of our brand DNA from the very beginning,” Burch told Ladders. “Our Foundation was written into my business plan. It really is at the core of who we are.”

The foundation invests in the success of women-owned small business in three different ways:

  1. Access to Capital
  2. Entrepreneurial Education
  3. Mentoring and Networking Opportunities

Tory Burch Fellows Program

The foundation created the Tory Burch Fellows Program in 2009 to provide concrete support to women entrepreneurs. This support includes a trip to the Tory Burch offices, a one year fellowship, a $5,000 grant, and an opportunity to pitch your business plan.

Entrepreneurs looking to become a Tory Burch fellow can apply online. The foundation chooses 50 entrepreneurs to be a part of the program each year.

“The community we are able to create with the women of the program has been incredibly inspiring,” Burch said. “Most of these women are solo entrepreneurs, starting and running their businesses alone, between taking care of children. It’s so important to create spaces for these women to connect and support each other.”

Applications for the fifth annual program just launched on the Tory Burch Foundation website.

Tory Burch funding

The company has had one round of private equity funding, announced on Jan. 2, 2013. General Atlantic and BDT Capital Partners were investors.

How much do Tory Burch employees make?

The average salary for a Tory Burch employee is $132,391 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Tory Burch Jobs

Tory Burch is currently hiring for a variety of open positions, including a Senior Data Scientist and a Senior Corporate Counsel to join the team in New York. Find a full list of open roles on Ladders’ Tory Burch Jobs page.

What the CEO says about getting hired

Burch is a strong advocate for embracing ambition, so she wants her employees to be, too.

When asked what advice she would give to a candidate interviewing at Tory Burch, she told Ladders that she would recommend that candidates “embrace [their] ambitions and all that [they] want to achieve!”

Office Life

“From the beginning, Tory was intent on fostering a company culture based on kindness and respect,” reads the company’s website.

Buddy Values 

It’s clear that much of Burch’s inspiration for her company comes from her parents. When Ladders asked how she would describe her office culture, the executive credited her mom and dad for inspiring the spirit in the office.

“My parents taught me to be entrepreneurial in everything I do,” Burch said. “It is something I believe in passionately and we encourage in our employees.”

Burch even created “Buddy Values,” which were named after her father, Buddy Robinson, as a way of creating a collaborative work environment at the company.

The values are as follows:

  • honesty
  • kindness
  • passion
  • humility

Town Hall Meetings

The company hosts Town Hall meetings in order to celebrate company success, set future goals, and bring engaging speakers to the office. Company leaders also record podcasts to keep employees informed about the business and what’s to come.

Employee Appreciation

The company offers benefits and perks, including a 40% discount, sample sales, and half-day Fridays for corporate and DC employees during the summer.

Employee Benefits

  • Health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Occupational accident insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance bonus
  • Supplemental workers’ compensation
  • Maternity & paternity leave
  • Work from home
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Sick days
  • Paid holidays

Employee Perks

  • Employee discount
  • Gym membership
  • Company social events

Tory Burch employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from one-star reviews titled “One of the Worst Companies I’ve ever worked for” to five-star reviews stating that Tory Burch is “the most incredible professional experience.”

The reviews agree that the job is demanding during busy times. But many reviewers agree that despite the hectic nature, the company culture and management is worth it.

“The best part of working at Tory Burch is the leadership,” one reviewer wrote. “My direct boss always encouraged me to grow and evolve professionally and personally. I consider myself very lucky to have been part of this incredibly talented and genuine family.”