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I worked at MZ Berger full-time (more than an year)Pros
Jewish Holidays, Sick days, and personal daysCons
It took me a long time to even think of writing this. When I got out of here, I ran fast and never looked back.
It is true, to get noticed and get higher in the company you must sleep around. If you are female, some of the higher ups (Even the CEO) will regularly linger around your desk at random times of the day "talking on the phone" but they are really there to check you out. HR... won't help you at all and they know exactly what goes on. This place has had so many lawsuits by former employees for sexual harassment.
Hard work gets you nowhere. I pride myself on being a hard worker... unfortunatly they will just throw a lot more work out at you and they will still say you aren't working hard enough. You will never leave on time, even though you've done plenty of work for the day. You will be called into your bosses office and they will go over all your work that still needs to be done for the week and ask why you felt the need to leave "early" (when really you jet left on time). By the way, need to come in late or leave early (like actually early before the work day ends) for something important like a doctor checkup, don't be surprised if you are threatened of being fired. I'm young so I rarely need to go to many doctor visits within a year. My doctor happened to notice some irregular lumps so she wanted to get a CAT scan done ASAP. I gave my Boss 2 days notice that I would be about 2 hours late so that I could get this procedure done. Boy, was I given a hard time over this. Things like "I should've scheduled it earlier in the day", "I better not fall behind", and "there's plenty of people who would love to have my job".
Standards are so low here. There's more concern with getting more quantity of watches done in a day than actually quality and designing something nice. There were so many times when a boss had said "it's for Walmart. They don't care, these watches are cheap anyway. Just give them more options and they will be fine". And putting together presentations... for big companies like hot topic, Walmart, Sears (the list goes on, they are so fortunate to have them as clients), wow the way thing are thrown together are embarrassing. I never presented anything in that manner even in college. I don't know how the companies don't laugh in their face during meetings... or maybe they do. You will never know because even though your work is being presented, you will never be asked to join meetings or to even brief your boss on your work before a meeting. It's too much since it would show a little appreciation or importance to the work you have done and they must always talk down to you here.
Lastly keep dreaming about a raise (or a decent one). Around the time of my one year mark, I had grown a lot in the company and was given a lot more responsibilities. It was very fair and understandable to ask for a raise as i felt I deserved it (especially with the awful pay I had started out with). Well, my boss proceeded to explain that the company actually can not afford much as far as raises (but in fact MZ Berger is a million dollar company). I started to explain why I deserved a raise and went over my normal work day with her and how much my responsibilities had grown in a year. In response she told me she would try her best and proceeded to lecture me on my spending habits and asked how much my credit card bills were. She told me I should save my money and not shop as often and mentioned that my parents should help me if anything.
Oh, Also don't even think about internships here... Useless as well. The first intern I was told to "train" was so desperate for a full time job and she was a good, hard worker. When I told my boss about her progress, her reply was "You know I don't care about how she will do. We will never hire her, the company doesn't want to pay. Just make sure she helps you with all of your work. Make sure she's always busy."Advice to ManagementAdvice
None, It would be a waste of my time. Keep running your company like you do and hopefully you'll run it to the ground.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO
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