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Checkpoint Systems Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
39 Reviews
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  1.  

    My 26 year career @ Checkpoint Systems was Great! Growth thru various R&D & Field Service Technical EAS/RFID roles.

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    Former Employee - Manager Regulatory Engineering in Thorofare, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager Regulatory Engineering in Thorofare, NJ

    I worked at Checkpoint Systems

    Pros

    Leader in EAS/RFID anti-shoplifting Radio Frequency passive tag security systems. Great people, Cool technology!

    Cons

    R&D budget was funded less than most companies designing high tech products.
    MBO bonus plan can limit innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out why employees leave CKP & grow a culture that retains top performers.
    CKP has much more potential than their $13 - $15 per share stock performance, if they fuel & incent creative new solutions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    National Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales in Thorofare, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales in Thorofare, NJ

    I worked at Checkpoint Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The ability to tie Labeling Solutions with EAS/RFID systems. Compelling LOBs that compliment each other.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has delivered value to shareholders by reducing expenses over the last 2 years. Unfortunately, senior leadership seems unable to deliver innovation to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board of Directors needs to transition to a new CEO who has a background with Innovation versus a CEO whose expertise was a CFO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Too many distractions

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    Former Employee - Field Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Service in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Checkpoint Systems

    Pros

    Interesting technology to work on. My direct supervisor was great. I knew him my entire career at Checkpoint. He was caring and easy to work with however the Area Managers are so overwhelmed with other responsibilities there is little bandwidth left for them to address individual issues.

    Cons

    There is very limited vertical mobility for the individual technician within the Operations organization. A sharp technician can reach the upper limits within a relatively short time if they are ambitious. Beyond that there are few opportunities to move up into an Area Mgr type position as these slots do not open very often. There are opportunities to move out of Operations into other areas but these frequently require relocation to the Thorofare, NJ office which may not be suitable for many.
      The salary structure within Operations needs to be addressed to better fit Checkpoints evolving technology. RFID is becoming evermore prevalent in retail environments. They have many Technicians who are very proficient with the RFID technology and someone with 10+ years won't be compensated any more than a Tech with the same tenure but without the RFID expertise. Compensation needs to be brought in line with skill set. Along those same lines Operations Mgmt has tolerated many marginal employees far longer than they should have. Their inability to complete projects or resolve relatively simple technical issues inevitably gets saddled onto those who can. I realize this can be an issue in almost any organization but when you have a good handful of long tenured guys (10+ yrs) whose abilities have not progressed beyond what a 2 yr employee has should be a red flag and be acted upon.
      About 3 yrs ago Checkpoint Operations Mgmt implemented a new Service distribution model. The new model did away with individual geographic areas for each Technician to be responsible for. In its place now a group of Techs are responsible for a much larger geographic area. Many tasks such as call distribution were supposed to be automated so that back office people could focus on other internal things to speed billing and other functions. This system has not worked and resulted in chaos instead. It is the single biggest reason I left the Company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Senior Operations Mgmt., realize what is not working and fix it. For Executive Mgmt. consider changing your travel meal policy to a flat daily per diem instead of the current system which treats grown adults like children and borders on the absurd.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Always a dynamic place to work, sometimes leaving you wondering who runs this place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thorofare, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thorofare, NJ

    I have been working at Checkpoint Systems

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with. The staff here cares a lot about getting the job done and it is very refreshing. There is also never a shortage of work to be done or projects to get involved in. Additionally, there are many activities that you can get involved in outside of just your job.

    Cons

    While the company values are clearly stated, there is very little leadership to the middle management from upper management. It often seems like no one is directing the staff at all. The last decade or so has seen quite a few CEO's and that has been reflected in a number of started, but not completed, projects. It can be very frustrating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Finance in Thorofare, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance in Thorofare, NJ

    I have been working at Checkpoint Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not a good place to work unless you are one of the children of the directors. Advancement not based on performance, but rather based on your personal relationships with company managers.directors.

    Cons

    When Checkpoint set up SAP instead of hiring professionals to set up the system correctly they had people that were not developers set up the system. These people had no real SAP knowledge or software development experience so the resulting system is a SAP that does not function correctly. The systems are so poor that even when they do hire people with SAP experience they are hard pressed to succeed as the Checkpoint version is so poorly executed and managed that most of the basic functions companies invest in SAP to use, are not functioning properly. Instead of correcting these errors by allowing developers in overseas divisions correct the errors, directors in service and finance has insisted these highly experienced individuals be locked out of the Thorofare system because they do not want the shortcomings in their divisions recognized.

    Instead of advancing people based upon experience and education, directors advance those that will cover up their errors and hide them from auditors, internal and external. Anyone who questions these directors and tries to correct processes that do not conform to best accounting practices and damage profitability are fired. they have people in newly created management positions with no real computer skills or management education, but they receive these promotions because the directors know they will follow their orders without question, even when they do not make sense and actually hurt the companies bottom line. This is not a culture that encourages employees to be proactive in increasing profits, rather it is a culture reminiscent of old big business models that no large company I know of still follow because they concentrate salary expenses on managers that have not truly earned them in decades. I am surprised this company has not filed for bankruptcy protection again, the managers are so poor that profitability has to be greatly below what it would be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board of Directors-You cannot trust your internal management team to correct the problems with this company. Many of these people have worked together for decades and have no regard for the shareholders, they are all working in collusion to increase their own salaries at the expense of stock profits. They will all cover for each other so you need to bring in an external team to fix the problems. Hire an unbiased third party efficiency expert, I think you will find their report enlightening and if you act on their recommendations I would guess at least half of your acting directors would be removed and replaced with people that have actual management education and experience outside of the long time broken Checkpoint environment.

    Allow your SAP experts overseas to access your internal SAP systems and ask for their help in correcting broken processes. Your current managers will never ask for the help they clearly need because they do not want others to know how poorly they are managing current processes. You have people ready willing and able to fix these core problems if your current managers and directors would get out of the way. Stop allowing them to cover up their poor performance at the expense of your stock holders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad employment experience

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Thorofare, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Thorofare, NJ

    I worked at Checkpoint Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits offered, including 401k. Very laid back work environment so you can do quite a bit of personal business during work hours with out a problem.

    Cons

    Management hires and promotes friends and family instead of those with the skills to actually do the job, making the work environment more of a "club of friends" then a professional environment. Office politics make competently doing your job almost impossible, as upper management ignores problems with performance and simply shuffle the problem managers from one job title to another when performance is a problem, instead of addressing the shortcomings and hiring people with the skills to get the job done. The same managers that have worked for the company for decades are still running the show, making their way of doing business outdated and financially detrimental as they have no real management experience other than the very limited scope offered them in life-long careers in the same company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your HR hiring practices to ensure your HR department is actually trying to find the right person for the job instead of doing favors by hiring friends and family. Also ask them why you are using a temporary employment agency that requires Checkpoint to pre-screen individuals, a job your placement agency should be doing. Also ask your HR department why they refuse to accept direct applications from temporary workers, they are paying a fee to a temporary agency because they are telling people directly applying to apply through the temporary agency, this does not make good fiscal sense. Review the skills and education of your managers, these are the same people that brought Checkpoint to the brink of bankruptcy in the past and are managing in the same way they always have. If you do the same thing that you have done, you will get the same result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Nightmare experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Checkpoint Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing good. Never join this company

    Cons

    Everything is bad. Right from Top management to the employees. Each of them just want to point out the mistake and want to be happy by making others cry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand the employees. Dont leave the decision on your representative like your business head.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture of blame at Checkpoint

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Representative in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Representative in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Checkpoint Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay was attractive at first but then you're expected to work overtime for free.

    Cons

    Low experience managers with poor leadership skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Checkpoint is so poorly organized its amazing it's still in business at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good option

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Checkpoint Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    The people seem nice. Broad exposure to the different types of electronic article surveillance.

    Cons

    Pay is never on time, with no real idea of when invoices are going to be paid.. Even 45-day net checks would routinely break 60 days. At this point, everything is over 90 days. The schedulers do not have a firm handle on when equipment is arriving, so time is wasted waiting for installs. This is how a full weeks' work ends up becoming 1 days' work. As a contractor, you can't make ends meet like that, especially if you don't know if you're going to be paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the pay issues. Hire competent schedulers who can manage the issues and not waste time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    old company got lost

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Checkpoint Systems as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    good people work there for long time

    Cons

    bad leadership
    no vision
    poor management especially in new business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sold the company when you can

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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