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Updated June 11, 2015
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
Zev Weiss
31 Ratings

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

  • flexible schedule, truly just a part time job (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of long-term strategy, weak senior management, lack of compelling career paths, and general inertia are problems (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper management was our challenge (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Hours are hit or miss

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Core Merchandiser in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Core Merchandiser in Durham, NC

    I worked at American Greetings part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part you can choose your own hours. Work by yourself. Pick up hours by being on revision team.

    Cons

    Don't give you enough hours to complete activities by the end date. Can have anywhere from 2 hours to 30 hours around major holidays. Ex Christmas. Can have 10 small accts with an hour at each place.

    Advice to Management

    Favors to employees they like to give better accounts too. Calls you in to go to stores that aren't yours at last minute.


  2. Only the strong will survive!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible hrs., it's a paycheck! Work on your own time. Limited supervision, Great for self starters.

    Cons

    -lots of work, little pay, working before and after major holidays. A few hrs scheduled per week. This is more of a part, part time job. No advancement!

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to get out more. Work in the field a few times a month to have a thorough understanding of the struggles in the field.


  3. Another number

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contract Artist
    Former Contractor - Contract Artist

    I worked at American Greetings as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great to be a part of such an established company

    Cons

    Add as many bosses as coworkers and became just another number at American Greetings


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  5. not worth it, do not waste your time.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser

    I worked at American Greetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work on your own. You pick the day you will work, within the time frame given. That is all I can think of as a pro.

    Cons

    Low pay, low hours, and store management can really cause hassles. I see they are hiring for the position I had last year, at a lower pay rate. That's really not worth it. Lots of waste. Lots to do in not enougb scheduled time. Very low travel pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better and give more time to complete tasks.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Enjoyable work, unrealistic expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Merchandiser

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.)


  7. Great job... Out of college

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor

    I worked at American Greetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy of schedule
    Great merchandisers in store
    Good structure overall

    Cons

    Pay pay pay
    Work life balance
    Management

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Jor Beadle


  8. Helpful (1)

    You must be a robot

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

    I worked at American Greetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is well known with a good history behind it.

    Cons

    Large turnover, job is not secure. If you make a suggestion that management doesn't agree with, you will be terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. There are excellent ideas coming from the people who actually do the work. Listen to them.


  9. Helpful (2)

    No communication and bad attitudes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Horrible company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PT Merchandiser in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - PT Merchandiser in Dallas, TX

    I worked at American Greetings part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only positives I can think of were the flexibility of the hours, as well as getting to see the beautiful cards. Some of the ladies I worked with were very nice.

    Cons

    I had to work so much off the clock it was unbelievable. They scheduled a tiny amount of hours for an exorbitant amount of work.
    The manager I had assigned to me was an inflexible and bitter woman.
    The pay was very low.

    The store managers were often hostile to me and didn't seem to appreciate the vendors at all.
    And there was so much more physical labor than I had expected.


  11. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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