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Grimco Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
34 Reviews

3.4
34 Reviews
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Bob Hummert
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    Terrible Place to Work

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

    Pros

    If you are new out of school and want to get into sales. It is an okay job.

    Cons

    If you are smart and have any experience this is not the job for you. Must be a lemming!! Must like being controlled and micromanaged and must like not getting commission or bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to be Walmart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its okay (3 stars). Rated 1 star because the reviews below this one are clearly written by HR department.

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

    Pros

    Good sales training. Great job to find out if sales is really what you want to do. Corporate seems to care about employees to a degree.

    Every single person that I work with at the branch level cares about doing the right thing by their customers. Grimco is a great company to do business with, we will go above and beyond to help our customers and usually this is supported by management.

    Cons

    Few senior employees outside of corporate. Sales people at the branch level come and go rapidly. We are talking retail levels of turnover. Pay is below average, but livable, and they have resorted to writing fake reviews on glass-door. 5 days off during first year (no sick time) is unacceptable.

    As the company grows, less and less freedom is being offered to reps as far as pricing. Grimco does a lot of research into what it believes the pricing should be and wants people to stick to this. I am worried that this might lead to Grimco becoming noncompetitive in regards to pricing.

     Web ordering is being pushed hard and will result in fewer employees. This is currently being denied by management, but will be inevitable once inbound call volume drops to a certain point. They will likely keep their best sales reps and drop the rest. I honestly do not have much of a problem with this, as this is the company simply trying to be competitive by minimizing payroll. This will also allow them to pay their best sales people better. Its a good move for the company, maybe not a great one if you are looking to work here.

    Hitting numbers is pushed hard, but this is to be expected in a sales job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at why you are able to keep so many people in Fenton for so long, and then look at how you can transfer how you treat those employees to the branch level.

    Handle the coming downsize with class.

    Teach HR reps to write fake reviews better. All of the lengths were similar, the topics were similar and the criticisms were interview level of non-answer bull feces. Also, perhaps the "Title of your review" section should not have the exact same sentence structure and punctuation in each one.

    I would recommend Grimco to a friend as its not a terrible job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unethical and poor business practices.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Professnal  in  Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Professnal in Springfield, MO

    Pros

    An educated person has no business working for this group. There are no opportunities for advancement and the "manager training" is just a ruse to make employees think they have options. The President sent an email indicating that HR send people to this training and I quote "Even though they will not be managers."

    Cons

    The managers are overworked and react in abusive ways to their employees. There is no job security for anyone after five years. They cut long term employees to free up payroll. When you are "Let go" it is done over the phone, with zero notice. You are then told to leave immediately. This causes you to forfeit your vacation/PTO time. If you apply for unemployment, they deny it. Lastly, they hold a non compete over your head, even if you never signed one. If you dare to say goodbye to your customers, they threaten legal action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a management 101 course. Treating people like a commodity is shameful!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place is a scam.

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

    Pros

    Weekends and MAJOR holiday off (in case you thought Christmas Eve was a major holiday, think again... Even though it is seriously the slowest time of years and you sit around twiddling your thumbs all day).

    Cons

    Turnover in TERRIBLE in every branch. The fact that this isn't a big, flashing red light tells you right off the bat that they don't care or aren't paying attention at all.
    If that doesn't show you how much they don't care, your PTO will. Don't be fooled with how they word "vacation time," because that does not include any sort of sick or personal days. Your "vacation time" is your sick time. Enjoy it because they don't pay nearly enough for you to enjoy any other time.
    Just like the rest of the reviews tell you, they will butter you up with the pettiest raises in the first year. You will think, "That isn't much, but they seem to give them often enough," then all of the sudden, once you really start taking on a lot of responsibility and working hard, the recognition will be thrown out of the window never to be seen again.
    To say management is unprofessional would be a gross understatement. They talk about inappropriate things all of the time and have a noticeably "chummy" relationship with HR, so no one feels comfortable talking to them about issues in local branches.
    Contrary to the 2 or 3 reviews on here that aren't even close to anything else on here (probably written by upper management and/or HR) promotions are given based on the "buddy system" and in no way based on merit. Therfore, if you like the work hard and get recognized for it, you can just start looking elsewhere right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what's going in in your branches. Listen to your employees. They are the direct liaison between you and your customers (you know, the ones that bring you that almighty dollar).
    Show that you actually care about your employees. They are more than just a number. They have trusted you with their (and their families) well-being.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management, No Time Off, No Career Growth

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

    Pros

    This job is 8 to 5 Monday through Friday with an hr lunch.

    Cons

    The company does not give employees but 5 days off the first year and no sick leave.

    You work really hard to be given a tiny raise at the end of the year and earn no commission for rapid growth. They expect you to come in at 7:30 and leave after 5 to show you care. They believe in telling you the things you should work on. Forget getting praise after your first 3 months there.

    The management becomes management by default. They usually fall into the position because they are the last man standing or they have been there the longest. When this happens, the person over your is generally not always fit to be a manager. They discuss things that should be private between HR to the entire branch. Grimco does not close. Ever. For anything. If there is a tornado warning, snow storm, flood warnings, or anything else that suggest employees should stay home.. Forget it. You wil be going into work and your pay will be docked if you do not. Generally speaking if you aren't in the "in" crowd or willing to move you will be a sales rep forever, with no new pay incentive.

    If you do have a problem with your management, do not go to HR seeking help. More than likely you will just be asked to leave. Integrity is not a value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote, and value the talented people you have. Perhaps you would not have such bad turnover if you provided simple things to your employees. Five days off the first year of employment and no sick days is a huge indicator to how little the company cares. Do not encourage people who send emails bragging about themselves and their work.

    Hire and promote people that deserve it. Do not promote someone just because they have been there the longest. Keep in mind, a good sales person does not make for a good leader. In addition to that, once someone is a branch manager, perhaps you should not grade their work based on individual sales but the branches sales. This would eliminate the branch manager constantly stealing your customers instead of helping you grow.

    When there is a warning out from public officials and law enforcement ASKING people to stay home due to dangerous weather conditions, show that you care by not making your employees go in anyway. Chances are, their customer will not be in anyway, and if they are there are over 20 other locations that will be open across the country to take the three phone calls for the day. IT IS NOT WORTH RISKING SOMEONES LIFE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    BEWARE! CROOKED MANAGERS!

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

    Pros

    8 to 5 Monday-Friday
    Upper Management (minus some regional managers)

    Cons

    Micromanage (Your manager will look over your shoulder every second of every day)
    Managers in branches are very quick to point out your mistakes and no coaching on how to fix them. Some thing that reports and looking at the "numbers" is enough to coach you.
    Will give you goals to reach and if you reach them, they still harp on you.
    If they do tell you something to work on and you do it, you still will be harped on or even terminated!
    Don't expect to move up within the company. There is a lot of "buddy/buddy" things happening.
    Did a funnel project that cost MILLIONS and hurt for the beginning of the year growth so managers were under distress and let go people they shouldn't have!
    The manager at my branch was very unprofessional and inappropriate at time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new branch managers that can manage! Not ones who are good at sales. Keep them in the sales position. Managers are suppose to coach, not put down and say look at the numbers. Regional managers need to make more of a effort to come to branches to see the teams and provide coaching. Also have the managers look at not the numbers, but what all the person does for the branch!

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

    Company on the decline

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

    Pros

    its a job, i guess.

    Cons

    micromanagement

    no recognition for hard work unless you're in the "in crowd"

    no growth

    no one takes responsibility for their mistakes

    horrible customer service

    they only value top customers and could not care less for the smaller ones

    salary does not match up to work load

    young managers (25-27 yrs old) have no idea how to manage people

    only the mediocre work here and actually stay here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value every single one of your customers, big or small, that's true customer service

    value your employees and pay them a respectable salary

    do not put a young kid as your manager because he will start dating a subordinate and give her better treatment than the rest of the people under him (true story)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    micromanagement!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    organized
    good marketing
    good website
    good product line
    market leader

    Cons

    like working in communist china

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be micromanagers don't reward tattletales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top salesperson, lowest paid.

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

    Pros

    A consistent schedule.
    No issues with HR.
    HR is actually very efficient and reliable.
    Entry level job for a few college kids with no where else to go.

    Cons

    Commission structure is a joke. If you want to make any money on it, you have to basically kill yourself to get it.
    Base pay is not up to par with current times.
    Company stuck in a 1985 mindset with no room for innovation. They were scared to get a Facebook page and Twitter page originally because they were afraid of all the negative feedback they would get from their customers.
    Unwilling to change in the least bit.
    Management is very two-faced - As in they literally believe that they can lie to you and you will accept it regardless of facts.
    The corporate culture is the "good-ole boy" mindset. Only males at the top, and they hold on to their power with a strangle hold.
    They value the person that will literally make Grimco their entire life.
    They will sometimes expect you to work far beyond your salaried hours with no compensation in return. (As in until 2am in some extreme cases)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your workers! You are already having major staffing issues throughout the country, and more will be coming soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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