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Updated Feb 12, 2014

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Eric Nowlin


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    Not the worst?!

    Product Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThey pay in the upper percentile for new blood.

    ConsOnce your in, because they paid more at first, you're hard pressed to find a similar skill set elsewhere that pays the same. And if you get a big responsibility jump, they bump you at 7-10% increments for a bit, and you never get the big pay jump you should have received.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair. Strong culture message, very minimal action gets... bad vibes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good, but should be great!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    ProsAGI is the leader in the market, with only 8% of market share. The room to grow in unlimited.
    There is a lot of good people (not all). Solid growth, double digit, from 2009 through 2012. Very profitable margins. Amazing if you compare it with CPGs.

    The power of scale, international presence and a strong financial position makes AGI a hard competitor to beat if can align those factors to its favour. It can grow forever through acquisitions.

    ConsAGI lacks of a solid and homogeneous HR policy, everything is left to your boss. Because of it, in departments with a bad manager key talent with years of experience is either moving on, taking early retirement or leaving without a job. This is being specially notorious in the logistics area now (2012-2014) and AP before. Bad results due to bad managers can go for ever where no sound resolution is taken. A SVP of HR was replaced but nothing really improved.

    AGI is being 'taken over' by its owner Acklands in the US. In the mist of excellent results the president (Sean o'Brien) was let go and a new American president is in place. More VPs are American every time there is an opportunity and the executive team is becoming a figure on paper.

    To get promoted or supported it is more important your relation with your one up and who you know than your results. Your one up has total power over your future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for patterns in the employee dynamics and take action, you are loosing key talent.
    Recognize your true talent.
    Make processes simpler.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosculture and people, met great people

    Conscompensation is way too low for work you done

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    Great pay, decent benefits

    Financial Services Representative (Former Employee) Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    ProsIn some departments the management have obvious favourites

    ConsWorkload tends to be heavy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outdated Computer System, Disorganized Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPredictable hours, good work/life balance.

    ConsOvertime is expected, but not paid. Difficult, non user-friendly computer system. Company uses temps, free interns, and high school co-op students to avoid paying realistic wages and benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire actual employees and pay them industry standard wages and benefits and you will avoid the constant revolving door problem with temps and interns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsStable company, work hour is flexible for people in office.

    Consconservative with techniques, no pay or lieu for overtime

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some good but LOTS of bad

    Account Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros1. work life balance
    2. there are some very good people there (just not enough of them)
    3. The company itself will continue to grow as the competition is disorganized and fractured (but intense competition via internet over the next few years will place pressure on margins)

    ConsThe computer system is ancient. There are several computer networks that do not communicate with each other making the overall processes cumbersome and difficult. To get a complete history of a customer, you may dig through 6-10 different programs that do not share information making
    all aspects of the job more difficult.
    The culture is promoted as one of the best in Canada, and as long as you play the "happy smiling person" you are fine. But there is a HUGE disconnect between what they say they look for and what they actually promote. The moment you start to say "the emperor has no clothes" you are moved to "uncoachable" and your career advancement is dead. There is no accountability or personal responsibility from senior management; just smile, say the latest management buzzwords or repeat the company marketing words and you can be liked. And "liked" by your senior managers is vital. Being "liked" is more important than sales or job metrics or experience if you want to stay in the company.

    There are some great people who work in the company but in order to advance be prepared to agree to everything, question nothing, and network within the company (which is more important than doing your job well).

    The salary is acceptable but not as competitive at the Account Manager level. Also be prepared for aggressive growth targets every year, and failure to meet those target severely impacts your compensation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosintersting work with good balance

    ConsIt is a very sales oriented culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    THEY JUST USE YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosretirement plan, benefits, the work itself can be fun

    ConsArchaic computer systems; extremely time consuming, disorganized processes that involve little sense; completely disconnected managers that either don't have a clue of what really comprises a day at A.G. or just don't care (as long as their own career is advancing); back stabbing is the norm and is widespread; they try to come off as a modern, open, and encouraging atmosphere but everyone knows that you'd better not dare speak your mind; many visitors from head office (to the branch) will walk right by you as if you don't exist or perhaps even sit down in your chair and take over your desk while you were in the washroom - of course your mgr is too scared to say anything - just make sure that you still get your 12 hours work done in this 8 hour day; the lower you are on the totem pole the worse you are treated; the branch manager could be a complete and utter incompetent moron but as long as he's a 'yes man' that's all that seems to matter, especially if he's lucky enough to have staff that carries him along.

    This is the worst company that I have ever worked for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are a lot of good people there - you may be surprised at what they could contribute if they weren't treated like sheep. The people working with the daily processes are the ones who know the daily processes - consider listening to them. Don't put blind trust in your branch managers - they could be abusing their power in order to simply feed their own personal, fragile ego, regardless of what is good for A.G. - it's very easy for them to create an illusion for head office.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Partly satisfied

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge retail company in North America.

    ConsThough a large retail store in USA, not well known outside. Might be due to their type retail sales mainly to businesses and not to public.

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