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    One of the most challengine jobs I've had that comes with its fair share of painful moments.

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Horizon Hobby full-time (more than 3 years)


    Relaxed hours

    Fun event travel

    Not micro managed


    Poor management in place

    Unrealistic expecations

    Can be the worst place to work and also the best place the next day.

    Very reactionary management. One little thing could mean Armageddon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people

    Learn your market by doing. Not reading.

    Retention of employees needs a look

    Don't overload your employees with meaning less reports.

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Horizon Hobby Interviews

Updated Oct 27, 2014
Updated Oct 27, 2014

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    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Recruited online: Long somewhat disjointed process – many starts and stops prior to getting to the point of, "Ok we really want to move forward". Once that was out of the way the process was a phone interview with the hiring manager and an onsite interview shortly after.
    The onsite interviews were professional and gave some enlightening insight of the function and dysfunction of the company. I was left with the following impressions:
    The people care very much about the company, there is a real sense of pride and there should be as they occupy a dominate position in their core market. I met with about 10 people.
    Their core market the mainstream professional Hobbyist market - is like taking a time machine back to 1984 - very segmented very old school and very loyal. Unlike other consumer product segment, this segment hasn’t had to worry about selling to or the presence of a Big Box Store.
    What has changed is that “Drones” with camera’s - have now hit the scene. This segment of products is starting to creep into the more mainstream retail. Horizon recognized this and now finds itself wanting a part of the action.
    From the interview process, it was very clear to see that this time machine effect on their market has also resulted in a time machine effect on the company: They look like a consumer products company from 1984:
    There has been limited investment in business systems, if you were employed in 1984 – you could walk into Horizon today and probably see the same system you used then.
    In many cases, they let customers dictate to them – as opposed to them leading the customers
    Their new product development process is essentially, whatever the product managers “feel like doing next”. I got the sense they may be too dependent on suppliers, which they do not control.
    Ordering and distribution systems that one would take for granted in a CPG company, simply do not exist.
    I left the interview with the sense that - they want a piece of the action - but are paralyzed by their lack of experience of what it will take to get there. Many of the questions were phrased (and justifiably so) in a way that highlighted their current challenges / opportunities and there definitely was a dichotomy among the interviewers as to the “Right” solution to any current opportunity. There was a overwhelming sense of an internal battle going on between the “we can’t” / “that won’t work” crowd and the people who were optimistic and open to change – a change I believe they will either work to achieve themselves or one that will happen without them.

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Website www.horizonhobby.com
Headquarters Champaign, IL
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1985
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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