Wilton Brands Reviews

Updated January 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Bigger Company than you think. Like others sat -- overworked. Standard increases .

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible. Employees can trash on the company and CEO during the so called "Town Hall Meeting" - however the CEO trashes right back. Others say the CEO has to be realistic.
    Trying to think of the pros....Many, but not all of the people are the BEST people you wish to meet. One of the best Human Resources Department you can meet throughout your employment. Great Keurig coffee.

    Cons

    Some departments very snobby. If you are business cordial to everyone you are looked down upon since you are speaking to those others dislike. If you are not liked well in the beginning its hard to change the attitude. Fortunately i did not receive this treatment but saw many who did. Too much management turnover. Unrealistic timetables as as others said in their reviews here. Poor raises for those that deserve it. Some departments get the standard raise for all, no matter what the employee effort is or goals accomplished. The back pay for raises prompt. Some departments have the review months LATE. . If you are in the office realize that things can change with what seems like no planning. .

    Advice to Management

    Adive to ALL first. DOCUMENT everything. SAVE your emails. Stop acting like grade school. Treat employees with respect. Don't walk by them when they say hello to you. Quit putting 100 percent of the blame on the economy.

    Realize that employees know MORE than you think.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Culture, Poor Leadership

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many excellent, passionate, smart people that are a part of this organization

    Cons

    Unacceptable senior management behaviors, lack of collaboration, weak leadership, inability to deliver innovation to the market


  3. Helpful (1)

    It once had great esprit de corps, but now it's very "suit" oriented.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL
    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are wonderful, products great. Distribution team is very competent; same for IT folks. Nicely done website. Many consumers in love with Wilton products/experience.

    Cons

    But, they're owned by an equity company that's "optimizing" Wilton to flip it. Product Development cursed by in-fighting. Sellers describe it as a "toxic" atmosphere. Very short-term focused.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Listen to consumers. Get your executives out of the 20th century and into the 21st. Tell people about your strategy; get their buy-in & engagement. Don't keep it a secret then pummel those who don't know it. Answer their questions about it, because they want and need to know. Lead; don't "cattle drive"!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    abandon ship

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The company strives for growth through acquisitions. New CEO seems like a nice guy, seems engaging. Every few weeks you hear about someone else being promoted to a manager of something, however this makes for a top heavy organization.
    Summer Hours, Wilton lets employees go home at 1pm on Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You are suppose to make these hours up during the week but few if any actually do.

    Cons

    The company is not structured to absorb the acquisitions, they rely on the current staff to do their normal jobs and devote the time and effort needed to assimilate the acquired company. Few are rewarded for their contributions to these acquisitions. Many timelines are Unrealistic, in some cases they calculated the the length of the project by telling you when the next project will start, so no input from the people working the project was considered. Many people are fed up and can spot the iceberg in the distance and have decided to abandon ship before the crash, unfortunately this means they are leaving people that are already overworked and stressed taking on more responsibilities.

    Many managers cave to the squeaky wheel, which always giving even more work to the people that actually accomplish their projects.

    Wilton's starting pay is ok, but annual raises are between 2.5% an and 3.5%. Considering one does more than 3.5% more work each year, it seems they could loosen the purse strings for those that earn it.

    Depending on where you are sitting some of the cubicles are small and old and dirty.

    Advice to Management

    If management asks the right questions, they would get the right answers. The people supporting this company know a lot, and they are in many cases ignored because it does not support the full steam ahead strategy the company is set on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Painful

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are wonderful and all hard workers

    Cons

    You can work as hard as you can, do the most with the minimal to zero resources allocated, try your very best - not that it will ever matter.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Big time corporate branding

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like working from home. But took away our flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Have lost the ability to be creative, too busy filing reports.

    Advice to Management

    The new management doesn't know the history of the programs. They need to listen and respect the workers that have been on the job 25+ years instead of listening to outside consultants.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company with potential falls short

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer hours and casual workplace atmosphere are nice benefits.

    Cons

    Many senior management are out of touch with the logistics of lower level jobs. Lack of communication between co-dependent departments causes stress and animosity among co-workers. Because of poor company performance over the past few years, layoffs were made resulting in unrealistic expectations from overworked employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment of interdepartmental cooperation and teamwork. Listen to your employees, their ideas & suggestions- have confidence in their abilities and knowledge. Provide your employees with the appropriate tools necessary to perform their job effectively and efficiently (you will need to spend some $$ and hire more employees)


  9. Helpful (1)

    Stressful

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

    I worked at Wilton Brands (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Company product line is fun to work with. Always looking for something fun and new to produce.

    Cons

    Very stressful. A LOT of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees more


  10. Disorganized

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Geographically desirable, at least for me.

    Cons

    Do not get paid on time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay freelance workers on time.


  11. Helpful (1)

    It was good for a while, but then egos and politics got out of control.

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The colleagues are great! There's still a "family-owned" feel to the Company. For the most part, people are friendly and helpful with a "get it done" attitude.

    Cons

    Most of the executives are very good, but there's no reason to allow a "Jerk" to wreck it. Cool ideas and rah-rah pitches (inside and outside the Company) are no substitute for real competence.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Check out the facts. Don't be swayed by fancy talk and twisted information.



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