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American Greetings Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
205 Reviews
2.9
205 Reviews
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
Zev Weiss
98 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very Positive Experience in Creative Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative
    Former Employee - Creative

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, free coffee, creative freedom, great team meetings and productive feedback.

    Cons

    A lot of great design work was shot down once it got to the higher ups who seem to be out of touch with certain markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Communication, flexibility and support - Ability to schedule work around other commitments - great job for college students or second income

    Cons

    Would like more hours - weekly hours are subject to seasonality and shipments - Increase of assgnments to reach minimum 20 hours a week or better pay scale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As indicated above

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    American Greetings has alot of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at American Greetings as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Management is very accessible. There are lots of opportunities inside the company

    Cons

    Company has some old ingrained ways of doing things

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible hours.

    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time

    Pros

    I can work around my family's schedule.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement.

  6.  

    PTO Warehouse Inventory Hyster Driver

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - PTO-Power Truck Op  in  Afton, TN
    Former Employee - PTO-Power Truck Op in Afton, TN

    I worked at American Greetings full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great employees to work with. Laid back environment. People work as a team without haveing management shoving teamwork down your throat. It isn't required to work as a team but we did anyways.

    Cons

    Union Plant so the people who have been there for years don't do anything. The union allows employees that don't pull their weight to stay on without consequences. This is killing the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to properly train employees. Find a way to get rid of the employees that have been there for years that don't do anything. I understand if they are still doing the job but when they expect a newer employee to do their job as well as their own you are paying two people when you should be paying one. This is a major problem and needs to be corrected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Greetings full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Career oriented and family friendly

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, reassignments and job changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    American Greetings in a mall not so near to you ( if still around at all)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Greetings full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    benefits, type of work, co workers,

    Cons

    no raises, no job stability as the card buying puiblic has declined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep fresh products coming in , be competitive in the current marketplace and do not let greed be the driving force.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very flexible part-time, need to be independently motivated and team player.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PT Merchandiser
    Former Employee - PT Merchandiser

    I worked at American Greetings

    Pros

    Flexibility in servicing accounts schedule and easy to balance work and home life. Great people to work with when servicing team projects.

    Cons

    Pay is very supplemental and more conducive to mothers and students just looking for a little extra disposable income. Even if you can manage to service enough accounts to constitute full time hours the pay is not likely to be very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a National provider of paper based products I am honestly surprised that you do not have your own sister company to recycle the after season products that have not sold-you are in one of the few industries who could actually recoup money on your losses instead of filling landfills. To clarify-in spite of company attempts to recycle in the larger big box stores, alot of unsold product just gets thrown away when the season is over.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It has allowed me to develop various skill sets and make a difference.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    Challenging environment; flexible; ability to interface with different departments; great people who care about the business, the customers and the employees; upper management aware of the deficiencies and working to improve;

    Cons

    often the goals are unrealistic and not based on solid data; sometimes the data is made up to support senior management direction; not enough research before new initiatives or it is non-substantiated; inconsistency in management direction between key managers; inadequate tools and systems to meet the goals consistently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved and find out what is really happening in the market, the departments and the field; react quicker to the need for technological needs.; streamline upper management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consistency is key

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - American Greetings Contractor  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - American Greetings Contractor in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    no micromanagement, to a point
    pay is decent
    some really sharp/talented co-workers
    everyone is likable for the most part
    great work/life balance
    easy commute, as long as you live on the west side

    Cons

    - management is severely inconsistent in it's practices and attitude
    - sometimes you will run across an extremely effective manager, and sometimes the polar opposite, it depends on who walks through the door that day
    - impractical deadlines bordering on the impossible if you don't manage them yourself and possess the forethought to start work on something before it comes to managements attention
    - there is very little information sharing between departments, no one plays for the same team at AG

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - promote communication between departments and teams within departments
    - recognize talent when you see it and work to cultivate that talent
    - properly train your managers to manage, and be consistent about it
    - recognize problem employees, work to correct their behavior, or fire them and replace them. There is way to much dead weight at American Greetings.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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