My custom module has certain categories that are linked to certain customers and should return that customer's company name instead of the category name, I have written a plugin like this:

public function afterGetName(Category $subject, $result) {
    $customerCollection = $this->customerCollectionFactory
        ->addFieldToFilter('custom_category_id', $subject->getId())

    if ($customerCollection->getSize()) {
        return $this->customerRepository->getById($customerCollection->getFirstItem()->getId())->getAddresses()[0]->getCompany();

    return $result;

This works perfectly, but when I clear the cache the server starts using 100% memory and will slow to a crawl. I have narrowed it down to the $this->customerRepository->getById call, but I don't see how this seemingly results in an infinite recursion. I have tried using an AddressRepository instead, but that somehow breaks all $customer->getCustomAttribute calls.

  • Couldn't you just get the customer from the currently logged in session in that case? – Christoph Farnleitner Jan 13 '18 at 0:32
  • The customer that's linked to the category is usually different from the currently logged in customer – Kaascroissant Jan 13 '18 at 11:20

While I still don't understand how using customer or address repositories in a $category->getName plugin breaks your entire Magento installation, I managed to make it work by making a custom customer collection that also includes the default biling address' company, which allows me to simply call $customer->getCompany.


namespace {Namespace}\{Module}\Model\ResourceModel\Customer;

 * Class Collection
 * @package {Namespace}\{Module}\Model\ResourceModel\Customer
class Collection extends \Magento\Sales\Model\ResourceModel\Order\Customer\Collection {
     * @return $this
    protected function _initSelect() {

        return $this;

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