Buyseasons Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
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  1. Solid place to gain experience for mid-level developers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - .NET Engineer in New Berlin, WI
    Current Employee - .NET Engineer in New Berlin, WI

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly fun, friendly, hard-working and talented peers. Being a costume and party supply retailer means that emphasis on fun has its benefits. Laid back culture, very casual dress, relaxed environment all make for a very low-stress work environment.
    Very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Management is floundering trying to figure out how to be profitable amidst a tough market with strong competitors and a constantly shifting seasonal tide and are taking it all out on the things that make the place fun and slowly sucking the life out of the company that got it to where it was successful.

    Advice to Management

    Quit freaking out about what's going on within the company and figure out how to sell the inventory you're purchasing. People are too reactionary and have no idea what the pulse of the market is like. Make the place fun again and your employees will remain happy and loyal.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Rampant nepotism

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Berlin, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Berlin, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, free parking, safe environment.

    Cons

    Rampant, shameless favoritism for people who worked with management at Kohl's regardless of current employees'/contractors' skill set (someone who was a great producer on my team was let go because top management's friend needed a job - usually they just made spots, not took them), no follow-through on promised training, out-of-touch management, non-uniform treatment of employees, management says they want to take risks and refuse to take them, untrained or undertrained - and overworked - employees, non-employment related benefits (prizes, money, parties) given with contractors intentionally ostracized while still required to attend. I read these reviews and didn't listen - glad I moved on.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with employees regularly to ensure goals are met & follow-through with promises made at interviews. Analyze potential/current employees' skill sets thoroughly before discarding valuable employees to get friends a job.

  3. Great factory summer job for college students.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equipment Warehouse Operator in New Berlin, WI
    Former Employee - Equipment Warehouse Operator in New Berlin, WI

    I worked at Buyseasons part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Can work overtime
    -Get 3 breaks during the day
    -Good people
    -Good environment and atmosphere

    Cons

    -Long hours. 11 hour days 7am-6pm usually 3 days a week
    -Can get very boring
    -Lunch break is only 30 minutes and don't let you leave during lunch or your breaks
    -Stand all day long
    -Low paying. Start around $8.00

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to leave for lunch, and increase pay. Split the 11 hour shift into 2 shifts.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Workplace Enviroment

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

    I have been working at Buyseasons

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

    Pros

    *Has a great upstart mentality still and is stable.
    *Company seems to be on an upswing.
    *Incredibly relaxed environment with really good benefits all around.
    *Flexible Schedules for most employees.

    Cons

    *The pay is on the low side compared to other companies in it category, but it makes up for it in benefits, opportunities, and flexibility.
    *The company is a little behind on technology when it comes to the way they operate.
    *Seasonal periods can be stressful, but they are short.
    *A lot of the staff is a little leery from the past layoffs still, but new management is trying to make up for the previous management team's mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    I would look into making sure your pay rates are more competitive and get some better talent in the sales and marketing side of the business.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Has potential, but failing to keep up with the times.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - .NET Engineer in New Berlin, WI
    Former Employee - .NET Engineer in New Berlin, WI

    I worked at Buyseasons full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Dedicated employees, decent benefits, good location, fun atmosphere, interesting projects, successful startup, unique products, decent culture, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Old fashioned development practices, bureaucratic, slow to change, legacy technology, not much of a voice, stubborn in some ways, some off hours work

  7. Helpful (1)

    I thoroughly enjoyed working at BuySeasons, Inc.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buyseasons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge company, small feel. Family atmosphere - people really care about each other. And it's FUN!!!

    Cons

    In the process of becoming a little more corporate, however once that is all figured out it will be an even better place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Numbers are more important than people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in New Berlin, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in New Berlin, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Honestly, the best part is the 50% discount

    Cons

    -management is not organized
    -low wage, raises are a joke
    -no room to advance within the company
    -sexist upper management

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more listening and less telling people what to do. Also more proactive preparation vs. recovering from emergency situations that arise

  9. Helpful (2)

    Started Great and the last two years company went down hill fast

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buyseasons 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

    Discount on product, free lunch during the Halloween season and a lot of overtime

    Cons

    New management that do not care about the employees, very hot in the building during the summer. The management tells you one thing and then they do the opposite. Your a number not a person

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with some respect and listen to them they are what made Buyseasons its not to late

  10. Helpful (1)

    Challenging business environment

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

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people in the trenches

    Cons

    Lack of investment in staff

    Advice to Management

    Train your people

  11. Helpful (2)

    Sinking Ship, consider employment elsewhere!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Executive in New Berlin, WI
    Former Employee - Executive in New Berlin, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Costume culture, nice employees, ecommerce, digital marketing, good benefit package

    Cons

    Experiencing a major contraction with dismal hope of regaining market share
    2 waves of layoffs, one massive (90+)
    Gutting departments
    Ousted CEO
    New CEO/VPs with plans to cut everything in sight in order to make company profitable
    Disingenuous about their investment in employees/job growth potential
    Blame culture
    Poor communication between teams

    Advice to Management

    Take accountability for your contribution to the companies downgrade vs blaming it on staff. Be pro growth vs pro cutting.

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