Anderson Merchandisers

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Anderson Merchandisers Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
189 Reviews
2.3
189 Reviews
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Anderson Merchandisers CEO Charlie Anderson
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92 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I love getting the free movies sent to my house (in 18 reviews)

  • somewhat flexible work schedule, independent work (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Incredible mismatch between the amount of work expected to do and the time allowed to do it (in 9 reviews)

  • Sometimes dealing with part time employees can be difficult (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was good while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Training Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Training Specialist

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

    Pros

    Promotions from within are great if positions are available.

    Cons

    LOTS of busy work. Company seems to be struggling with its identity and what its market is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of long term about what issues may arise from running to bid on EVERY possible project that comes your way. Do not assume every associate will be able to complete every job if even management is unaware how to complete it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Re-alignment?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Independent working environment. Flexible hours. iPhone implementation works well.

    Cons

    Low wages. Not enough hours allotted to complete activities. Re-alignment has caused many issues, including travel concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realistic goals for field personnel would be appropriate. Shipping of sales supply is intermittent and often packaged poorly. Reimbursement for travel is a headache. And, again, too many activities to realistically accomplish in the fewer hours available;
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    diappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - District Manager in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    direct management understands the role and is supportive

    Cons

    upper management is not transparent, misleads the fiels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have the difficult conversation, be honest with your employees. Better communicate to the field the expectations. Look at work/life balance. Ask for feedback. Seriously review salary, especially ft associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The work is enjoyable and there are always tasks to complete with little supervision.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Bentonville, AR

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the shifts are flexible and there is not a lot of micromanaging. The tasks are assigned and with the technology provided they are relatively straightforward and can be accomplished in the allotted times.

    Cons

    There is a high turnover rate and there are not always enough associates for each store to be able to complete all of the work without requiring associates to work more hours than normal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    being effectively your own boss throughout the day, having a set deadline for completion of tasks, having the variety of your weekly schedule, constant change, never boring

    Cons

    far to many tasks to be completed in each day, unrealistic goals and demands on re[s to complete, wanting 100% execution and accuracy, yet knowing that this is not attainable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the realistic opinions of reps, things are not always no excuses just results pattern, work closely in field and spend time seeing what happens during a full working week.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    In store Retail Media Merchandiser Position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Media Merchandiser in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Retail Media Merchandiser in Portland, OR

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the ability to be self-directed and not micromanaged. Received free movies during the holidays, and free movie t-shirts during many new releases.

    Cons

    Company seemed to make random decisions and changes without complete situation analysis, assigning special projects and making changes that made the job harder and didn't appear to bring any benefit. Organization and communication were often lacking between in store reps and district manager. Lack of benefits or flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Propose your plans to the employees who are actually in store before implementing them, there is a LOT that you guys don't understand when your not working the floor day to day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Right hand doesn't know what the left is doing…and it all falls on the sales field to get it done.

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

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working independently is the best part of the job, no one is physically breathing down your neck. The pay is probably better than I would find elsewhere just starting out. Having several stores allows you to meet & work with lots of different people. I love getting the free movies sent to my house…"Fox" is extremely generous with movies & t-shirts!

    Cons

    Complete lack of coordination & communication coming from home office down to the sales field. We are left to try & figure out what really needs to be done. The amount of projects handed down is completely unrealistic. It is humanly impossible to complete what they want done in the time given. I don't understand how the clients are happy with the results. The sales team has to figure out a way to tackle the "important" projects and either lie or answer unable to complete for the rest. And come Monday conference calls we hear about how we are falling below the expectations. Very disheartening and typical of "stuff" rolling downhill. If home office was better prepared and kept us properly informed there would be less disappointments. The amount of mistakes that come with the direction is embarrassing. I think home office also gets greedy with the new clients/projects and does not think about how it"s going to work out with the projects already scheduled. While this is not the worst job in the world, be wary when reading the overly positive reviews on this site, I guarantee they come from upper management who are told to write them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice I give to management would be ignored as I am just a lowly peon. All they have to do is read these comments and use some common sense if they want to make positive changes in the company and have a happier work force. ( I am giving a positive rating to business outlook & friend recommendation as it does seem like they will continue to move forward, so the jobs will be there, it just depends on the person as to how much of the stress they want to take on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Anderson Merchandisers is a great company.

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

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers full-time

    Pros

    You have a lot of flexibility in hours as well as you are always learning new things. You are constantly busy so time flys. You get the opportunity to work in several retailers.

    Cons

    Projects can be challenging...but who doesn't love a challenge?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Projects need to be made simpler. More information further in advance would be nice as well as clearer instructions for completing projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Layoffs and Liars

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Working with different retailers . Have the ability to make your own schedule and travel to some extent

    Cons

    Have been told from Retailers that starting in January 2015 they will only have part time employees. This company never does the right thing for there employees The tasks that are asked to be completed are not humanly impossible in an 8 hour day. Management coachs employees to work off the clock to complete. Any promo or shipper is sent to your personal home for storage with no compensation to do this We are talking pallets of items. I have to take my personal items and store them outside to accomodate this It happens all the time, they found it is cheaper to send to each rep and who cares if it inconviences there personal space . I dont think they understand the legal ramifications that they are setting themselves up against. The benefits and pay are a joke with what they ask you to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, and give them better pay and benefits Stop creating a Hostile work enviroment and stop breaking labor laws. I

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    work very hard and receive next to nothing I'm return...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Buena Park, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Buena Park, CA

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Steady job, 401k plan, flexible schedule except Tuesday mornings being mandatory. Free new releases from studios when we reach/exceed sales goals for that release.

    Cons

    Too much demanding work with unrealistic time frames assigned to 1 employee at a time when you can have anywhere up 8 stores to complete in 1 work week and only 2 people working all stores in territory, you could have anywhere from 60-90 different activities in core stores and at times still have to rush through them in a day and then there's still more work to be done! This company takes its hard working employees for granted and for as much as you do to excel in sales and surpass company goals, you will never see anything useful I'm return. Part time employees do not get paid time and a half for holiday work, only full time employees get that benefit. You work on holidays and don't get to spend as much time with your family during those times which is a bummer. Schedules change rapidly without notice at times and paychecks come late in the mail (I would suggest doing direct deposit). This company makes you feel as if you are expendable, even though they are the ones who are begging for employees because the work load is far too demanding for the current employees and the employees of its major retailers that they service. If you want to have a stressful life then this job is perfect for you. I would steer clear though if you have a soul and wish to enjoy working for an employer who actually cares for its employees and not just about making money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your part time employees benefits, usually we work at least anywhere from 25-35 hours a week and even more during the 4th quarter of the year, technically we are full time employees at 32 hours in the state of California. Everyone at HR headquarters in Texas, please spend a month or two in the stores that your TSL's and SM's service, see what the demanding work environment is like before adding more onto the task list, really get a feel for the demands of consumers and the employees who work with them to make their shopping experience better. If you could see what it's like with product, blitz installations, client services activities and working with the retailers, then you might realize a thing or two about how we are viewed by customers and Walmart employees. I want you all to experience how stressful this job can be and how it can be difficult to meet standards at times with the situations that arise. Oh and please stop working us like dogs, we should be getting paid more doing this line of work, especially since it is very physical and requires you to rush through everything rather than finish activities efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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