Anderson Merchandisers Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Anderson Merchandisers CEO Charlie Anderson
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Pros
  • received free movies occasionally from studios (in 18 reviews)

  • somewhat flexible work schedule, independent work (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Have been told from Retailers that starting in January 2015 they will only have part time employees (in 15 reviews)

  • Incredible mismatch between the amount of work expected to do and the time allowed to do it (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    District Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Associates and technology. Weekends are mostly free except the occasional project here and there. Almost no overnight travel, most associates within 3 hours away.

    Cons

    Highly fluctuating business. Some weeks there is way to much work than humanly possible and other weeks there is almost no work and few hours to be had. Makes it hard to keep part time associates. Many unnecessary web conferences to typically just going over a document word for word that is then email for you to review. Just send me the document and let me read it, I don't need a web conference for every little project.

    Advice to Management

    Set up minimum hours for part time associates. if we hire them promising 15 to 20 hours a week then only give them 4 we can't expect them to stay. Setting minimum hours would also incentivise the upper management to secure more business to meet those hours. Limit web conference for large complex projects, not everything!


  2. wonderful company family friendly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bentonville, AR

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    family friendly easy to move up the ladder very friendly management all the way to the president of the company.

    Cons

    lots of hours to work around holidays but well worth it


  3. Helpful (2)

    Retail Media Merchandiser

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Media Merchandiser in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Media Merchandiser in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers

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

    Pros

    Great group of hourly coworkers. You can earn extra money from October through December.

    Cons

    Company does not provide enough hours to fulfill the required responsibilities. Extremely stressful environment for those employees who are conscientious about their work. You will rarely see your District Manager. Normal contact is by phone on a "mandatory" call once per week; you must be on this call even if you are not available or are not scheduled to work the day of the call. Totally ineffective at building morale or teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your full time employees to gain better understanding of what works and doesn't work at the store level. Make your DM's spend time working alongside of hourly employees so that they have the ability to assist with solutions, instead of frustrating hourly employees by a lack of concern and/or understanding of the challenges being faced daily. Provide a resource tool for employees to vent when they cannot get proactive help from DM's. Develop both pt and ft employees instead of hiring totally new teams each year.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Job

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

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you travel statewide, independent, work with a leading innovative company.

    Cons

    traveling can get tedious. use of your own car means extreme wear and tear.

    Advice to Management

    provide oil changes as a show of appreciation for car usage. Tune ups and oil changes are costly.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good job below average pay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in San Juan, PR

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company very innovative and likes been one step ahead. Traveling and meeting different people almost everyday. Feels like your part of something professional.

    Cons

    I've been in the company for 3 years now and haven't seen one raise and i started below average for a Territory Sales Lead at 9.25 an hour. The mileage cover by the company doesn't cover wear and tear of your personal car and its hard on your pocket when oil and wheel changes comes around.

    Advice to Management

    Read reviews and hear what your employee need and make them a little more happy.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Decent Company Overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Branford, CT
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Branford, CT

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High pay compared to the retailers we work in and in relation to what the job requires in terms of skills, flexible hours, distributed workforce environment which means no direct supervision from management. Free movies from various studio partners throughout the year, sometimes dependent on performance as measured by execution of placement of various promotions.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload for a given week far exceeds the under 40 hour requirement; Company rarely approves overtime and will often commit to more work from many partners than can feasibly be accomplished in one week and then commits to hardly enough the next, instead of working with our clients to balance the workload between weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Establish some form of measuring feedback from the Sales Field to help ensure we are capable of delivering the high level of execution that the Company expects and uses to secure contracts to avoid loss of contracts and burnout of field associates; also measure overall satisfaction of the Field with regard to how projects are planned and executed and the general feeling of the entire field.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Territory Sales Lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not much Pros to comment besides having the ability to travel to different store locations and meeting different people. Benefits for gas reimbursement, travel hours, and your usual 401k and medical and dental insurance. You get some holidays off except Thanksgiving

    Cons

    Poor channel of communications between Corporate, Management of all levels, all the way down to the Territory Sales Associates. Expect to be blamed for any failed assignments and projects when it's reason is out of your control District and Regional Managers are ineffective in solving solutions on store level. You're pretty much alone and easy to blame for any issue of what goes on in store level. They only care about looking good in the company. If you have any issues with the job or any disagreement with management, Do not expect the HR department to help you at all. The reason for that is because they have access to the field so, it gives management the opportunity to manipulate the situation. It's mandatory to work on Thanksgiving and Black Friday which is the worst time of the year due to huge crowds. Your compensation especially doesn't match the amount work that you do in a week. They provide little sales tool to help you sell promotions in a given store. A huge con is trying to make the stores and your company happy at the same time. One minute the company wants a project done and store refuses to assist you on that project. When that happens, you are now in a tight spot b/c one party is not happy. As a result, you are the main person to be blamed b/c your District Manager is not taking any responsibility for store issues. As a new hire, you will encounter this situation every week especially with difficult stores. Every worker gets an iPhone 5 to do the work activities with poor battery life which affects work efficiently b/c of constantly having to run to your car to charge your phone.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communications between all channels. Also, listen to your Territory Sales Leads b/c we are the reason that this company is still running. Be more involved in store level issues which is where the bulk of problems that the field workers face everyday. Also, be aware that this company rating is poor for a reason. The workers are not happy which in the long run is not good for business. For purpose of professionalism, it would be better for all worker to use Tablets (IPADS) instead of IPhones. The reason for this is because to store management, it looks like we're not doing our job but, merely just texting. Also, it's hard to do show solicitations and LOA on a small screen.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Stay clear of this incompetent company. Unable to make payroll

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

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers full-time

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

    Pros

    I don't think there are any for this company and upper management will not change to ensure they are taking care of their employee base

    Cons

    Company did not make payroll for numerous employees. Ignorance is not an excuse. Making payroll for your employees is a basic responsibility. As for benefits they are slim to non. As well as expenses are reimbursed at a low rate of .32 a mile and paid monthly

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP!!!!!! Time to take better care of your employee base. Hold accountability to your upper management. Ops and hr staff. Your mistakes are way to many and to often


  10. Retail merchandiser

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

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    No micro managing Great work schedule (_if you prefer mornings)

    Cons

    Average pay and Little growth opportunity


  11. Typical merchandising job

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

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers

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

    Pros

    Same as every other merchandising company, part timers have it better then full timers.

    Cons

    Midnight launches then 5 am resets the next day, territory kept changing, part timers who weren't trained.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who have retail experience. Had to train people who never worked in a retail environment and didn't want to get dirty or brake a nail.



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