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30+ days ago

Training Specialist

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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26 days ago

Graphic Artist

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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30+ days ago

Director of Marketing

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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12 days ago

Marketing Specialist

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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30+ days ago

Sales Representatives

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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30+ days ago

International Sales Representative

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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26 days ago

Internal Audit Manager

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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5 days ago

Assistant Buyer

Hobbico Chicago, IL

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1 day ago

Operations Coordinator – new

Hobbico Champaign, IL

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Hobbico Reviews

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    Old Cuture Not Suited for Growth

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Hobbico full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    All that being said...it is a place that is "by the people for the people." The relationships that I built with my co-workers was tight and personal. Among ourselves we supported each other and grew as a solid team that could rely on each other to answer questions and formulate ideas on how to be successful. The products that we sold were interesting and fun. Working with my client base was enlightening and fruitful.

    Cons

    The culture of the company was sales forward to a fault. The company often put customers second to their own ambitions. They used various techniques and strategies "against" the customers that I found "questionable", all in an effort to fatten their bottom line. These shady techniques were often provable through common sense and simple mathematics. If you questioned these methods you were treated like a second class employee.
    This attitude trickled down to the office staff.
    The company was always "first" above:
    1) Quality pay, heck, fair pay, for the staff even through numerous years of double digit profit gain and plenty of takeover expansion. Most employees worked there for ten or more years with very little in pay raises to show for their efforts. Many I know were responsible for millions of dollars in sales annually and couldn't afford to buy even a simple home.
    2) No "benefit of the doubt" was considered for any business actions or negotiations when proof was evident or common sense dictated it was a good idea. Management style was "do as I say" and anything contrary to that was shut down quickly...again, even if was contrary to best practices.
    3) Even after it was demonstrated on numerous occasions that I and others put the needs of the company first, we were doubted and held under thumb. Smoke and mirrors was prevalent. We all worked hard and acted as ambassadors for the company and were treated as if our input was less than valuable.
    The company did not foster listening to the staff where new ideas were concerned. Even if they helped save the company money, time or wasted energy. I was actually told "we have enough people with ideas around here." The company did not foster professional or even personal growth. Enough employees experienced this over years and years, that most did the bare minimum and ceased trying to contribute to the culture of this self-serving environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees fairly. Not ridiculously, just fairly. You will see better results and more contribution across the board. Listen to your employees. They are the reason you are successful. They bring a myriad of experience to the table and have come from a variety of different industries, educations and backgrounds. Respect your customers and operate your business with integrity. They are the sole reason that you are there.

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