American Greetings Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
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Pros
  • Job Flexibility, Work Life balance, Lunches and organized events within the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, strong company values, well maintained benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • The Chicago office has some of the worst senior management that I've ever worked with/for/under (in 9 reviews)

  • Most upper management positions are held by individuals who have been with the company 20 (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Device Technician

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    Former Employee - Device Technician in Brooklyn, OH
    Former Employee - Device Technician in Brooklyn, OH

    I worked at American Greetings

    Pros

    Hours, good people to work for and great attitudes

    Cons

    Moving to a new location not easily accessible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. I enjoy working for company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    The job is a Flexible job

    Cons

    Sometimes customers make a big mess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company to work for overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    Independence, flexibility in schedule, great work environment

    Cons

    Merchandisers aren't paid much, so we have a lot of turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Demanding job with physical work

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    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Detroit, MI

    I worked at American Greetings part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a good job to have if you are looking for flexible hours and days. Its good for working around another job, school, or family obligations. You get to work independently or with a team depending on the job. Good online training program.

    Cons

    Not enough time given to complete tasks. You would have to take on too many accounts to get reasonable amount of hours. Upper management not accessible or helpful when needed. Starting pay is too low compared to other jobs of this type.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign reasonable amount of time to complete tasks. Realize that the merchandiser is the face of the company and gets the product out on the sales floor. Don't treat them like they are disposable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Annual layoffs and lots of hierarchy

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    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with! Good pay with fun products to work on.
    Its not everyday that you try to have serious meetings about farts :)

    Cons

    -Layoffs every year for "restructuring"
    -No obvious career path or room for growth
    -Culture is poor with too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees that work so hard for you. Its not easy to get find good creative people, and if you work them to death they will leave, and then the products will suffer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    It is what it is

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    Current Employee - TRS/PTM
    Current Employee - TRS/PTM

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    If you're looking for a flexible schedule, this is a job to consider.

    Cons

    For field associates who do all the "grunt" work, compensation is low as compared to other merchandising positions. This is only a part time job so there are no benefits and there is no advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First the company "thank you" trinkets are a waste. If upper management really wanted to invest in their employees, we would be compensated better ($$). If you receive little or no support from your immediate supervisor, there is no one else to help you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Flexible schedule

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    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    The schedule is very flexible, perfect for someone with kids. You can pick the time of day you work

    Cons

    Hours fluctuate each week, busiest around holidays. Pay is not great and limited upward mobility opportunities .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loyalty should be rewarded with higher increases, based on performance of course

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company to work for, but finding the right "fit" in the area you work in is important.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Creative culture and diverse employees. There's a degree of "fluidity" to gain new knowledge and develop new skills if you desire amongst different departments/groups.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve of the systems and the nuance of products. A year is what it takes for me to feel comfortable and competent on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Annual goal-setting and self appraisal can be streamlined, as they typically don't reflect reality and employees' day-to-day priorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. amazing company

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    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    flexible hours, training, customers,

    Cons

    little hours at times, commute,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great culture, analytical job.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Greetings as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture of AG is amazing. From Starbucks runs every other hour with friends to the awesome employee events. AG focuses on employee happiness, and they're good at it.

    Cons

    Be careful of what department you decide to work for. They tend to recruit marketing and management majors for departments that have an all-analytic job description. Though I loved the company, looking at excel documents all day wasn't all that hands-on and creative. That being said, I had many friends who loved their jobs, which had more of a that creative feel. Go with fit, not just whose interviewing you for a job on their team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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