American Greetings

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American Greetings Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
209 Reviews
3.0
209 Reviews
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
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98 Ratings

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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
  • Lots of senior management promoting growth and innovation, but the business itself does neither (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big mistake!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible hours, rewarding work when complete, independent work environment

    Cons

    Horrible outdated equipment, unkind, passive agressive management, website and telephone support system not capable of meeting the needs of employees. Lots of crashes and times that you cannot even log in. Plan on spending lots of time on hold to a far away country waiting for help for your outdated technology to actually work in order to do a job that you are not given enough hours to do reasonably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and build up your employees starting at the bottom. Don't throw away so much product and instead pay the little guy more for the extremely hard work they do. And if that cannot be done, then at least donate the wasted product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    not the same

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, on your own, and if you love organization then this is the place for that. if you need more time with your family then this is a great place. it gives you that flexibility.

    Cons

    not enough time, team leaders are very conspiratorial and backstabbing, and if they don't like you they find ways to take you out of your stores. some of the area supervisors have this attitude that they know it all. they have some form of a click together. they are very demanding for such small pay and no hours. it's a shame that this company is the most wasteful company ever. they throw too much product away instead of reusing it or dropping the price down. i don't agree with throwing product out. i agree with reselling it for a smaller price or reusing the product for next year or taking it to a 99 cent store for reduction and still get a tax write off for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    why don't you find better ways to give more hours to the vendors, and hire more empathetic area supervisors. how about stop throwing product away and give only what is needed in the store. don't waste product. makes me sick! figure out how to get your tax write off without throwing product away!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a place I would recommend.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    Culture outside of the IT department

    Cons

    So many levels of management, good ole boy club

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  5.  

    Does not treat employees good

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible schedule, no other pros

    Cons

    no place for advancement, under staff, little training, very little pay for work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of upper management changes or has been moved to India

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This is an old, family business and very hierarchical.

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    Former Employee - Lettering Artist in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Lettering Artist in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very creative people and good technical tools.

    Cons

    Not innovative or market focused. Marginal chances for advancement and mediocre compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let creative people be creative and pay them for their talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    American Greetings, means "All about Greed"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Wheeling, WV

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

    Pros

    It was a nice company to work for at the begining.

    Cons

    The company was not giving enough work hours. There is no communication between the supervisors and workers in the Pittsburgh, PA area. When a problem arises nothing seems to be done about it. The supervisor never shows up when is suppose to. The pay and advancement is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To train supervisors with more of an emphasis on people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thanks goodness THAT's over.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My division was very casual, I could wear jeans every day, and we had free soda.

    Cons

    They are very fickle about who they value as employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poisonous - Headed for the title of Worst Place To Work. Ever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    This is a review for what is now known as Papyrus-Recycled Greetings located in Chicago.
    Wonderful people, young and old who are a pleasure to work with.
    Everyone works hard to get their jobs done.
    Located downtown with excellent transportation options.

    Cons

    Recycled Paper Greetings is dead. AG killed what once was a lovely company to work for. Job security is always an issue and stressful to one’s life. The attitude is be thankful you have a job which creates very low morale. The hours are not flexible AT ALL, except for management. Can be difficult to get time off. Don't get sick since the health benefits won't cover much and are very expensive. No diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest. Be modern. Stop treating adults like children. Think about what you're doing and the horrible, humiliating environment you're creating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's time to move on

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    Very creative environment
    Starbucks inside of the building
    Inspiring building with lots of art and color
    For some, the move to Westlake

    Cons

    The work environment is not very inclusive
    Management team lacks leadership skills
    The benefits are horrible and expensive
    Lack of diversity in thought and ethnic background
    No career path. You get stuck in the role you are hired in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your current associates if you want to get more. Network with your peers outside of the company to learn some of their best practices.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Toxic.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American Greetings

    Pros

    Just to be completely clear - this review is for the Chicago office of AG. It's also referred to as Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, or PRG.
    The Cleveland office of AG seems to have everything together. People seem happy for the most part - morale is okay overall. And I worked closely with several people in Cleveland who were just awesome. Seriously - really great people. I'm blessed to know them.
    The Chicago office, however, does has some perks that are nice. It's downtown. There are some really great people that work there. Some of the best, and possibly most interesting people you'll ever work with actually.

    Cons

    The Chicago office has some of the worst senior management that I've ever worked with/for/under. Very manipulative and "read-my-mind"/"kiss my butt". There's constant turnover - and very low office morale.
    Most everyone obsessed about leaving or fantasized about being let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so insecure and passive aggressive - or in one case, two-faced and overtly aggressive. Great leaders aren't made of that stuff. You were put there for a reason (and I want to think it wasn't to run that place into the ground - but I'm not completely sure). Trust your employees to do their job and do it well. Also - it's okay to offer constructive feedback and offer/provide direction instead of expecting people to read your mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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