Bell Nursery Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
16 Reviews

2.5
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    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser

    I have been working at Bell Nursery part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The best is the fresh air, exercise, and social interaction you get. Independent working mostly and flexibility. :) Have not been yelled at for being newbie like and making dumb mistakes.

    Cons

    Not enough training into the design and care and feeding of plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people and train the depot how to water. Maybe a better way to print labels, make your own? Tagging takes a long time, finding a printer that works, scanner, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fine for short-term

    Current Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Bell Nursery part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good for students, people who enjoy seasonal work, and for those who enjoy plants and being outside. The management is mostly flexible regarding work schedules. It is a good job for bridging the gap between career jobs.

    Cons

    The pay is low, and hours are kept to a minimum so that employees are not considered full-time. There are no benefits other than having a job.

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    This is a seasonal position which I have now worked for 3 summers.

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    Former Employee - Seaosnal Merchandiser  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Seaosnal Merchandiser in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Bell Nursery part-time

    Pros

    Good rapport with Home Depot store employees.

    Cons

    Seasonal.
    Some communication problems since this employer has merchandise in stores in several states.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some computer glitches could be fixed, but has been consistant improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bell Nursery Needs to pack up and leave Home Depot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bell Nursery full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The only positive is that you will be able to find jobs with other vendors within Home Depot

    Cons

    Management talks out of both sides of their mouths, No training, No consistency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management knows....when Bell is out of Home Depot they will be out of a job

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

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    Former Employee - Mid Management  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Mid Management in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Bell Nursery full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    No money handling and no nights. They help pay for mileage when they add it correctly. They supply minimal company tee shirts, but they are sometimes used.

    Cons

    Upper Management lies to you all the time without exception. Poor pay and no raises ever. They promote backstabbing and gossip. They pit one person against others and they have favorites.You must work in driving rain, with no provided rain gear. You must work in unsafe conditions. They reprimand you for taking government allowed breaks. They give you your schedule late, and change it on a whim. They will call you in on your day off. They rarely thank you for a hard days work and think nothing of criticizing you in front of others. They will fire you without notice. This is very hard dirty work including very heavy lifting without help or safety gear. You will be working around harmful pesticides. You will be doing work that Home Depot associates are responsible for. If you get a Christmas bonus, it will be from the dollar store. No employee discounts ever. Healthy plants are thrown away on a daily basis, and you can't take them home, and you can't donate the to hospitals, schools etc. Hard to keep workers more than just a couple of days due to the terrible work conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are not even sure if the Home Office in Maryland knows how the Ohio market employees are abused by the Ohio Regional Management, because we were treated well when we visited Maryland for meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Demanding supervisors, 6 day work week, crappy pay, little positive feedback.

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Bell Nursery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The plants can't talk back.

    Cons

    Bad pay
    Overload of work
    Unclear expectations
    Conflicting messages from supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the hard workers--don't make them beg for raises--set clear expectations and occasionally praise work instead if only remarking about the negatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent when you are in a pinch

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser

    I have been working at Bell Nursery part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work outside,flexible schedule, usually decent people to work with

    Cons

    Crazy management, Never know when the chopping block is coming for you but you always know its coming, it gets hot, having to constantly say that you dont work for home depot, if your seasonal you have .001% chance to move up to full time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a possibility for advancement. and not hire so many people if your going to cut them all half way into the season, bump the pay up and cut the starting hire requirement each season from 700 to how many you actually want to keep by the start of august.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Driver  in  Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Seasonal Driver in Newark, DE

    I have been working at Bell Nursery part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overtime pay during "busy season."

    Cons

    During "busy season" worked 7 days/week for more than 12 hours a day (Had a 90 hour work week once). No raises based on performance. At one point was told by managers that all drivers would be moved to full time and given benefits. Waited the required period of time only to have the full time status revoked and no further talks of benefits with no explanation given.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bell Nursery part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working outside with the plants. You were always busy. Time went fast.

    Cons

    Isn't wasn't fun working in the rain. But usually if it rained you got the day off so that wasn't so bad. Working when it was 100 outside was though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Not all what you think it is

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Merchandiser in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Bell Nursery for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to be outside and get to keep moving.

    Cons

    Not enough staff when needed. Expect entirely way too much when not enough staff. Some management is verbally abusive. Management talking about merchandisers to other management. Way too much gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train management on communication. Ask current staff their opinions. Not a lot of respect. You would get more out of your staff if there as more respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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