Vermont Teddy Bear
I worked at Vermont Teddy BearPros
Easy way to make extra money during the holidays
Not really too much else. That's the only pro I can think of.Cons
If you are a smoker, you have 10 minutes to walk to the farthest part of the property. You can get fired for smoking in your own car!
There is no room to move from seasonal to full or part time.
Long commute from Burlington.
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Vermont Teddy BearPros
It is a fun place to work in the summer time since the company is not very busy. There is Bocce and BBQ's and the people who work here are generally good people who share common lifestyles and interests.Cons
In the busy season (October-May) we are required to work longer hours even though there is no financial compensation for working extra time. It was implied that "turning the walls" (working in other departments such as the warehouse) would increase overall profits which would in turn end up in our year end bonuses. However, year end bonuses have been canceled so now we are required to work extra hours with no hope of financial compensation. For example, I worked 4, 17 hour days during Valentine's Day Peak, but was not compensated in any way.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Senior management needs trust their employees, allow them or their managers to make decisions and end the system of micromanagement that has been in place here for so many years. We have lost a lot of good employees over the past few years, most of which have not been replaced. The fact that people are leaving should speak for itself. There is no promise of advancement and the pay scales aren't very good. A 2-5% wage increase is barely enough to cover cost of living increases which leaves employees in the same position they were in a year before their review. Increase wages, instill confidence and command respect or continue to lose qualified, hardworking employees.Doesn't RecommendDisapproves of CEO