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E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator

The Bradford Group Niles, IL

Coordinates addition and removalof products on site. Required tasks include: · %Manages timely new productadditions in coordination with…

30+ days ago

Ecommerce Analyst

The Bradford Group Niles, IL

· Issuingdaily, weekly, and monthly financial reports for marketing channels and thee-commerce business overall · Performingad-hoc…

6 days ago

Advertising Intern - Fall

Bradford Group Niles, IL

** * Copy fitting, editing, proofing and writing for various print advertising jobs. * Provide basic design revisions on ads. * Learn the…

30+ days ago

Marketing Associate

Bradford Group Niles, IL

** * Returning customer or new client acquisition selections/segmentation, creative efforts…

30+ days ago

Software Quality Assurance Analyst II

The Bradford Group Niles, IL

40% - Test Case Development 50% - Execution of test cases and scripts 10 % -Performance Reporting * Attend business…

30+ days ago

Project Manager - IT

The Bradford Group Niles, IL

We are currently seeking an experienced Project Manager tojoin our team! This individual will be responsiblefor managing the delivery of solutions…

30+ days ago

Ecommerce Marketing Associate - Search Marketing

The Bradford Group Niles, IL

We arecurrently seeking a highly motivated Ecommerce Marketing Associate to join ourInternet team. The Ecommerce Marketing Associate will be…

10 days ago

Associate Software Developer -.NET

Bradford Group Niles, IL

** * Responsible for end-to-end development, enhancement and maintenance of our internally developed systems utilizing object oriented design…

30+ days ago

Database Supervisor

The Bradford Group Niles, IL

DatabaseSupervisor needed for architecting, implementation, and management of Databaseson open systems platforms such as Windows and Linux/Unix, DB…

30+ days ago

Sr. UI/UX Designer

The Bradford Group Niles, IL

We are aDynamic,fast growing E-Commerce division is seeking an experienced Web/UI/UX Designer fordesktop, mobile. This candidate will work with…

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    A Long Journey to Nowhere

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Niles, IL
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    I worked at The Bradford Group full-time for more than 10 years


    A good place to learn the fundamentals of direct marketing. Full stop.


    One need only open the tabloids (Enquirer, Star, Globe etc.) to see the kind of lowbrow trinkets this company produces on a short timeline to the landfill. It was not always so, the company produced many delightful porcelain objects in its early days. That the company has survived this long speaks to the power of the original vision. However, once the founder died, the surviving family, with the collusion of the 2 top officers, converted the company into an "annuity" to throw off a multimillion annual income for this select few. Nothing wrong with that, but the implicit promise was that the loyal employee would share in this wealth. That explains the long tenure of many employees. Of course this never came true. The “sweatshop” tone expressed by many of the reviewers is a direct result of this scheme as very little re-investment in modernizing the business has been made (to protect the owners’ income); systems are archaic and inefficient; new products are formulaic, uninspired and issued relentlessly; new talent is rarely rewarded or retained. The worst injury has been the cynically systematic removal of the original key employees who helped build the business and subsequent replacement with grade “c” talent. Retention of the tenured or sharing in the real wealth was incompatible with the final, desperate move to extract money from a burned out shell of a company through a sale that never came (who wants a collectibles company?) and finally the last resort of forming an ESOP. So they were discarded. And now that Bradford has gone ESOP, there is no chance for the remaining long term employees to benefit. All in all, a sad story of a once great company, picked clean by seemingly benevolent but ultimately ruthlessly greedy ownership. Learn the craft of direct marketing quickly, then move on. This is not a long term play.

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