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I have been working at Checkpoint Systems full-time (more than a year)Pros
Not a good place to work unless you are one of the children of the directors. Advancement not based on performance, but rather based on your personal relationships with company managers.directors.Cons
When Checkpoint set up SAP instead of hiring professionals to set up the system correctly they had people that were not developers set up the system. These people had no real SAP knowledge or software development experience so the resulting system is a SAP that does not function correctly. The systems are so poor that even when they do hire people with SAP experience they are hard pressed to succeed as the Checkpoint version is so poorly executed and managed that most of the basic functions companies invest in SAP to use, are not functioning properly. Instead of correcting these errors by allowing developers in overseas divisions correct the errors, directors in service and finance has insisted these highly experienced individuals be locked out of the Thorofare system because they do not want the shortcomings in their divisions recognized.
Instead of advancing people based upon experience and education, directors advance those that will cover up their errors and hide them from auditors, internal and external. Anyone who questions these directors and tries to correct processes that do not conform to best accounting practices and damage profitability are fired. they have people in newly created management positions with no real computer skills or management education, but they receive these promotions because the directors know they will follow their orders without question, even when they do not make sense and actually hurt the companies bottom line. This is not a culture that encourages employees to be proactive in increasing profits, rather it is a culture reminiscent of old big business models that no large company I know of still follow because they concentrate salary expenses on managers that have not truly earned them in decades. I am surprised this company has not filed for bankruptcy protection again, the managers are so poor that profitability has to be greatly below what it would be.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Board of Directors-You cannot trust your internal management team to correct the problems with this company. Many of these people have worked together for decades and have no regard for the shareholders, they are all working in collusion to increase their own salaries at the expense of stock profits. They will all cover for each other so you need to bring in an external team to fix the problems. Hire an unbiased third party efficiency expert, I think you will find their report enlightening and if you act on their recommendations I would guess at least half of your acting directors would be removed and replaced with people that have actual management education and experience outside of the long time broken Checkpoint environment.
Allow your SAP experts overseas to access your internal SAP systems and ask for their help in correcting broken processes. Your current managers will never ask for the help they clearly need because they do not want others to know how poorly they are managing current processes. You have people ready willing and able to fix these core problems if your current managers and directors would get out of the way. Stop allowing them to cover up their poor performance at the expense of your stock holders.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO