American Greetings

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American Greetings Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
211 Reviews
3.0
211 Reviews
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
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Review Highlights

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
  • Lots of senior management promoting growth and innovation, but the business itself does neither (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.  

    Greetings

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice environment, good people, somewhat flat organization, our department was far from the flagpole

    Cons

    the bosses up top have no idea how to keep up with technology or how to accept that someone working under them understands the world. Egos abound

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Key Holder

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Greetings part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discounts, working alone, location, co-workers, music

    Cons

    Management, No room for growth, wearing all-black,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow others to express their opinions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lack of long-term strategy and weak senior management will doom company's chances of surviving in a meaningful way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/family/life balance is great. No one works all that hard. The benefits are expensive but decent.

    Cons

    Lack of long-term strategy, weak senior management, lack of compelling career paths, and general inertia are problems. Mediocrity in many areas with some exceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a more compelling and believable vision. Need more compelling career paths. Realize most people know senior folks only care about the $ at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Greetings

    Pros

    Nice family / work life balance.

    Cons

    Layoff!! There are always Layoffs!!! So don't get comfortable.

  6.  

    American greetings outlook

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    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Osceola, AR
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Osceola, AR

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the tasks are easy to complete

    Cons

    when holidays come around its a little more challenging to complete the task

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Well maintained company with excellent employee incentives and developed internal structure.

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    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Johnson City, TN

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, strong company values, well maintained benefits.

    Cons

    Hours can be difficult to manage at seasonal time. Demand is high for quality work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain a flexible schedule for lower level employees. Maintain positive relationships with Area Supervisors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty good large company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, OH

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

    Pros

    The people / culture is pretty good. Nice mix of creative and business-oriented people. They develop their employees pretty well, which made this a great 1st job out of grad school for me. There is a sense of corporate pride.

    Cons

    Nepotism at the highest levels, which sets a bad example for those of us not related who want to work our way up. A fair amount of corporate bureaucracy. Business relies on antiquated IT systems. (i.e. green text on the computer screens!) Pay is a little below average it seems, so top talent seems to leave frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate nepotism at the top.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoy working for this company

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    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Set own hours, when work is complete, go home. I don't have to wait for a specific time to punch out. That is a plus

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of work to be done in a specific amount of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Broad company with multiple opportunities to get around and see new things. Making an attempt to improve company culture.

    Cons

    Not a good company for older people or younger people outside the company. Insane level of politics. Just don't do it. Not worth your time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Indifferent

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    Current Employee - Design Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, unbelievable talent in the building. There is all sorts of resources that can help the creative department that just aren't available to most companies.

    Cons

    Corporate structure and antiquated systems stifle any chance at opportunities that are presented in the retail market. Any firm decisions take months and dozens of meetings with little accomplished at the end. The simplest requests for changes and any process improvements require months of negotiations with multiple departments with very little accomplished for the effort expended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your managers, update systems to move products/processes quicker. Streamline meetings to get away from "American Meetings" and back to American Greetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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