Wilton Brands Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
33 Reviews
2.7
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    You must be assertive and confident to be successful here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are empowered to be a leader.

    Cons

    This is a sink or swim environment. If you are not self motivated you will not do well….Very little training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good environment for skill development.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the full cycle of business and product development. Good place to push and develop skills. Was giving the reins.

    Cons

    Difficult to incorporate new ideas, Wilton can be stuck in their ways. They have had a hard time retaining good talent and keeping up with the changing times of the work environment. Plans can change on a dime, often due to poor preliminary planning, resulting in lots of wasted time. Can be hard to focus with lots of projects simultaneously being juggled at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to balance quality more, rather than quantity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Creative and fun job

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    Current Employee - Wilton Method Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Wilton Method Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Wilton Brands as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Independent Contractors set their own schedule
    Marketing is provided by Wilton

    Cons

    Pay is low, most WMI's teach because they love to teach, not because they are paid well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Glass Half Full

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Supportive management, increasing career opportunities for those who work hard, half-day Fridays during the summer, a growing understanding for the digital space.

    Cons

    Projects are done on increasingly short deadlines, some of which suffer as a result. Can't help but wonder often how much better a product could have been if adequate time had been given to develop it, rather than fixing it in the aftermath.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Safe company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Employees are very nice and easy to work with

    Cons

    Not a very diverse company at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Over 10 years with company

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Wilton Brands as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The products are fun to promote. Lots of test kitchen "mistakes" to enjoy.

    Cons

    Very cliquish & high school-ish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps listen to the customers and workers, not to your own narrow minded ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Company in transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very creative and fun workplace. Casual environment with friendly co-workers. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    In transition and going through some growing pains. Doesn't have good procedures set-up for collaboration between departments

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good products and brand by disconnect between workers and management.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and people that work there are great people. Lots of energy to be creative and share ideas.

    Cons

    Very political to move up in the organization, not a clear career path to follow. Old school management style and HQ has dated facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time on the ground floor and walk around to see what is going on. Ask for more honest feedback and empower the entry workers to want to have a career.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of Products, but open to losing business from competition

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    Former Employee - Product Development Director in Woodridge, IL
    Former Employee - Product Development Director in Woodridge, IL

    I worked at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Great brand, awesome tent sale, HR team was good, great move package (at least it was before venture capital owned them), excellent distribution system, technologically advanced.

    Cons

    Division was shut down due to competition from China, and direct outsourcing by our customers. Brand is good but the venture capatilists rolling it all together and leveraging that much debt into one company can't be good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees is good but always can be better - don't forget about management trainee programs and bringing in young stars that make for future contributors.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting work and products, a lot of good hard working people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Summer hours, employee discount, some great people

    Cons

    not much flexibility in schedule, can't work from home, some people are very difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow flexible schedules - work from home one day a week.

    No opinion of CEO

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