Grand & Toy

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Grand & Toy Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
22 Reviews

2.5
22 Reviews
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    Accounts Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    Pros

    Reputable company, great middle management and friendly working environment

    Cons

    Out-dated technology & software, increasingly competitive market that is not congruent with current bonus structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in technology and capital. Put maximum effort into expansion categories.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great people who care about the customers although poor senior management continues to drag the company down.

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    Current Employee - Sales Business Account Representative  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Business Account Representative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good benefits and reasonable comp plan.

    Cons

    Extremely poor, almost incompetent, senior management with absolutely no long term vision. Every decision is made based on increasing the bottom line in the next 30-90 days. No raises for years and years. Support has been completely removed with quality people laid off to be replaced by lower salary people. Few to no advancement opportunities. Do not listen to their employees or their customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a long term plan and stick with it. Have a vision that extends past the next 3 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Grand and Toy retail store manager

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    Pros

    They are trying many different things to turn things around.

    Cons

    Going through hard times, mass layoffs with little notice. Owned by Office Depot which also isn't doing well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    great promotions if you stick with it

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    -very large company.
    -everyone needs office supplies
    -hire within

    Cons

    -declining industry
    -slow to make decisions
    -not enough support from the USA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leverage officemax

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Poor Canadian leadership at a shrinking company in a declining industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    At the highest level, the marketing strategy is defined by two customer segments - small and large. If you are good at selling a plan attached to this - even if it has no real metrics for success or failure - you will have a long tenure with little professional satisfaction. The Business Development and Sales teams are the only reason that any salaries are paid. Work for them.

    Cons

    Absent leadership with no accountability to the the parent company. Money is lost year after year with no change in senior leadership - only job losses for those who are required follow their direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing senior leadership (Director and above) need to be accountable to hard numbers. Ensure that at the start of the year, senior leadership has put in place a detailed plan, created with the knowledge and buy-in of employees. Break the plan down to quarterly goals and allow employees the ownership and respect to see these goals through without disruption or priority change.

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    Struggling company - very challenging place to work

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    Current Employee - Category Manager
    Current Employee - Category Manager

    Pros

    They have a lot of good people and a strong infrastructure. Organization has a lot of unrealized potential and could regain a lot of their market position witht the right management.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment. Layoffs have gutted the "working staff" but have left management completely intact. There is literally no one left to do the work and those who remain are at the end of the rope. The prevailing sense is that management feels everyone is replacable and if you are not happy with the conditions they would be more than happy to find someone better to replace you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are great but they don't do the work of the business. If you work your staff to death they will continue to leave along with your only hope of regaining the companies strength.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    great peoplegreat peoplegreat peoplegreat people

    Cons

    slow promotion chartslow promotion chartslow promotion chartslow promotion chart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen the store associateslisten the store associateslisten the store associateslisten the store associateslisten the store associateslisten the store associateslisten the store associates

    Recommends
  9.  

    Easy going fast paced environment with opportunity for professional growth for those outside of sales (account managers)

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    Current Employee - Ecommerce Coordinator
    Current Employee - Ecommerce Coordinator

    Pros

    Growth opportunities.
    Great coworkers and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Mediocre benefits you pay for yourself.
    Work like balance for sales support associates is not great.
    Under average salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to walk the talk.
    More communication from upper management. Tend to find out about changes after they've been implemented or decided upon.
    Keep your employees in the loop and not only can we better support new strategies, we can provide our expertise to ensure good decisions are made.

    Recommends
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    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good training, great co-workers and good teamwork enviroment.

    Cons

    Unrealistic pressure and expectations. Not enough recognition given to those who are trying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More encouragement to employees

    Doesn't Recommend

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