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Acme United Chairman and CEO Walter C. Johnsen
Walter C. Johnsen
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  1. A pretty good start when you are desperate for a job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocky Mount, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocky Mount, NC

    I have been working at Acme United full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    get paid every week, have the opportunity to learn skills in a warehouse location that could be beneficial to you in the future. gainng experience that helps you reach certain goals in the work field, guaranteed 40 hours a week

    Cons

    I would have to say the pay rate per hour is the biggest problem to me, the minimum wage has not increased in North Carolina.


  2. Personal Bank.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acme United

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Brand Names and History. Great distribution reach.

    Cons

    They have driven most of the products into the ground while at the same time paying C level people outrageous salaries. Company is very insular. Says it is innovative...it is not. Has good distribution. C level management knows nothing of marketing, retail, ecommerce or consumers. Avoid this place. It is publicly traded but tightly held by the top people who basically use it as their personal piggy bank.

    Advice to Management

    Sell out to a PE firm who will put some smart people in to build the company and the brands.


  3. Helpful (1)

    inept

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    Former Employee - Marketing Vice President in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing Vice President in Fairfield, CT

    I worked at Acme United full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some sharp people and decent products

    Cons

    President and CEO in reality,could care less about employees


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    constant turmoil

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT

    I have been working at Acme United

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible in work schedule, some great co - workers

    Cons

    very poor decision making, based on impulse, not on hard research, this firm has reached it's max


  6. Responsible for all national mass retail

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acme United full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Flexibliity, Long term product management developed killer products. Central service staff is very loyal and saves lots of issues for senior mgmt. Use to pay very well for high end efforts and performance, very questionable now. Most of the staff is friendly, but senior management style incubates a shifting blame game that makes everyone on edge and nervous,

    Cons

    Very poor communication, No one at the top with Decisive leadership, Senior management wildly vacillate from total hand off, until 3rd quarter, then micromanage's and blindsides staff till the enf of the 4th quarter.. President doesn't even know if is doing this to employess.Very poor proactive skills, Chairman is very weak with clients and has no depth, experience, or skill set in work with national major retail landscape. No pre testing of any products. Senior management does not managing or focus on operational details which could save major headaches. VP never returns sales reps calls, and most customers tend, now, to only tolerate the operations.

    Advice to Management

    Sell out to real CPG firm that really offer expertise in the business. This company is held back by the senior team and will remain so until they either get substantive C-suite leadership coaching, or move themselves out of the way. They are way over their heads.



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