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American Greetings Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
121 Reviews
3.0
121 Reviews
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
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121 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Job Flexibility, Work Life balance, Lunches and organized events within the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, strong company values, well maintained benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The Chicago office has some of the worst senior management that I've ever worked with/for/under (in 9 reviews)

  • Most upper management positions are held by individuals who have been with the company 20 (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to work for, but finding the right "fit" in the area you work in is important.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Creative culture and diverse employees. There's a degree of "fluidity" to gain new knowledge and develop new skills if you desire amongst different departments/groups.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve of the systems and the nuance of products. A year is what it takes for me to feel comfortable and competent on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Annual goal-setting and self appraisal can be streamlined, as they typically don't reflect reality and employees' day-to-day priorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    flexible hours, training, customers,

    Cons

    little hours at times, commute,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Happy worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work without being supervised, On your free time, great company, in & out kind of job.

    Cons

    Not enough hours, more of a hobby/side job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More hours please,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoyable work, unrealistic expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Merchandiser

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time

    Pros

    I loved the flexible hours-set your own, working by myself, greeting and helping customers

    Cons

    Strict time restraints are set and expected. The public is very disrespectful of displays, making messes. It is impossible to clean up, organize, stock, do inventory and orders in extremely small amounts of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You spend more on training, just to see people quit because of ridiculous time constraints. Instead, give more hours to allow successful results, in order to gain employee retention. In the long run, you'll pay less for training. (I was putting in over 30 hours per week to train and clean up what was left when there was no one to do the job for the first 3-4 months, then cut to sometimes 5 hrs per week. My travel between stores equaled more than that. The average store demanded 2-3 hours per workday, sometimes more.)

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No communication and bad attitudes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    Chance to work independently. Its nice. to see all the cards,especially the funny ones.

    Cons

    They dont monitor their trainers. Mine has a bad attitude,and brings her problems to work. There also is no talk about what is really expected of you. They do not give you a chance to do things yourself at first. Everyone learns different. Store management,especially at Targets,have superiority complex,and even the regular service desk employees ( who have their target job as a first job) are rude and disrespectful. The hours are bad if your in training because you have to work around the hours that the trainer wants you to work. Not enough hours. The trainer i had told me that they didnt know what tthey would do with me( if they were going to keep me)...but she let it slip out that they " needed me"for seasonal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monitor the people you have in charge. Communicate to your potential/ current employees on their progress so they can keep their jobs and improve. If you say you can answer questions , then be availible for that. Also, do not get upset, or make someone feel dumb for asking a question, especially if they are new.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    don't apply

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    you have a bit of flexibility

    Cons

    not enough hours to buy one meal!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep changing supervisors, and get anonymous feedback on their work with employees

  8.  

    Great creative opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to the greeting card business. Open and honest communication. Some opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Benefits are so-so. Could stand to be a bit more technologically advanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade technology. Keep the creative staff happy with the right tools to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Not micro-managed. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Better pay, more flexible hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is one of the most unorganized and wasteful companies around.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Weekly paychecks. Can select the days to work.

    Cons

    Horrible management team. They tell you one way to do the work and then later retract those instructions and add new ones that rarely make any sense. After working a year I still do not know what I am paid per hour. I was told one thing but have not been able to compute the hours at the salary I was quoted. They enforce direct deposit and we do not get a stub to see what we are being paid. All store revisions are very unorganized. We throw away perfectly good products on a regular basis because they don't want to store the seasonal products instead of donation to a needy organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees rarely hear any words of encouragement or any type of praise. We are always told what we do wrong but not ever praised for what we do right. Very low morale due to no positive feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Merchandiser

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Denver, CO

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Love the flexibility to get my job done during the week. The training is great and if there's ever a question, my Territory Lead was always there with an answer.

    Cons

    The plan-o-grams corporate send out are not always clear. They didn't always send enough product to complete the set the way it was designed. And for everyday product, restock for the vantage row is slow to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more hours to complete projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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