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American Greetings Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
57 Reviews
2.0
57 Reviews
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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.  

    Enjoyable work, unrealistic expectations

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great job... Out of college

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

    I worked at American Greetings

    Pros

    Autonomy of schedule
    Great merchandisers in store
    Good structure overall

    Cons

    Pay pay pay
    Work life balance
    Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Jor Beadle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    You must be a robot

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

    I worked at American Greetings

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible company to work for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Lack of long-term strategy and weak senior management will doom company's chances of surviving in a meaningful way

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

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/family/life balance is great. No one works all that hard. The benefits are expensive but decent.

    Cons

    Lack of long-term strategy, weak senior management, lack of compelling career paths, and general inertia are problems. Mediocrity in many areas with some exceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a more compelling and believable vision. Need more compelling career paths. Realize most people know senior folks only care about the $ at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Key Holder

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

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

    Pros

    Discounts, working alone, location, co-workers, music

    Cons

    Management, No room for growth, wearing all-black,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow others to express their opinions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Greetings

    Pros

    Nice family / work life balance.

    Cons

    Layoff!! There are always Layoffs!!! So don't get comfortable.

  11.  

    Wouldn't recommend this place to friends

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

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    AG store and Starbucks in the building

    Cons

    Negative environment. Hard to move internally. Never met the CEO or any other executive member in my 4 years there. Very disconnected from employees. Little fish in a big pond atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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