Cinmar LLP
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www.frontgate.com Cincinnati, OH 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jan 30, 2014

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Paul Tarvin

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Lack of respect for workers

Marketer (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Cinmar LLP

ProsDiscount, pay is fair. Employees are good group to work with. Convenient to get to. Some good professionals.

ConsFavoritism in upper management. Hostile work environment. Lack of vision in Merchandise Management.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove relations with rank and file. Find better merchants and products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Unethical leadership

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I have been working at Cinmar LLP full-time

ProsSmallish company without a lot of red tape.
Able to make a difference with a great deal of autonomy.
Nice offices and mostly nice people to work with.

ConsA few bad apples can ruin the whole experience.
There are a couple of extremely toxic directors that are giving them a bad name and sr leadership is enabling them.

Not a healthy work culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementCheck into your director level managers for unscrupulous, hateful behavior.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning experience; get in and get out!!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cinmar LLP full-time

Proson-site cafeteria, casual dress, great discount, 1/2 day Fridays during summer

ConsEXTREME favoritism, Complete disrespect of employees, lack of communication from management to employees, no career path, and certain employees get away with things that would not fly in any other organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate company plans better. Allow employees to express concerns without criticizing them. Treat all departments and employees as a part of the team instead of favoring some over others, quit changing processes etc. and expecting employees to be able to react right away, listen to employees when they show concerns and areas of improvements - they are the ones in the "trenches"

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great coworkers, Bad culture

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Cinmar LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsCasual dress code
On-site cafeteria
Ample opportunities to take on responsibility
Decent starting salaries

ConsExecutives treat one another and employees poorly
Little reward for (or even acknowledgement of) hard work or jobs well done
Small raises
Undefined career path

Advice to Senior ManagementMost of the underlings at Cinmar are great, but unfortunately the executives don't treat them very well, so there's a constant underlying tension between the various departments. Management should focus on improving the company culture and fostering good relationships between departments. This sounds incredibly simple, but at the most basic management should treat each other better, especially in front of other employees-- and they should also treat their direct reports better. Less condescension and less yelling. Should also figure out more compelling career plans and should give more reward for work well done (or at the very least acknowledgment of good jobs).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Serious lack of leadership or planning

Ecommerce (Former Employee)
West Chester, OH

I worked at Cinmar LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsCompetitive salary
Great employee discount
Casual dress

ConsHighly reactive
Inability to develop a long-term plan and ride out the ups and downs
Serious lack of respect for employees from upper management

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management must respect work/life balance. Do not require employees to work overtime just to maintain appearances.

Be mindful of the trickle down effect. When the CEO treats his direct reports like children and reprimands them in public he is setting a precedent. He is indirectly giving the rest of upper management permission to treat their own direct reports in the same way.

Introduce a culture that fosters collaboration between departments and stand for something beyond short-term gains.

Develop a plan or "big idea" for the season and do your best to ride through the ups and downs, then gather your learnings and apply them to the next season, year, etc. Do not react to every bump in the road. It shows a lack of vision and a lack of commitment to an idea.

Respect your employees and trust in the experience that they bring to your company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing the business makes money with how they operated

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
West Chester, OH

I worked at Cinmar LLP full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCafe? I guess that could be a pro.....
being able to wear jeans all the time
flexability

ConsManagement, plain and simple is the biggest Con of that place.
Lack of leadership, in fact there is zero leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are the reason a company is successful, it's not b/c you have rich people buying the cheaply made chinese garbage that you sell. It's b/c you have employees who want to succeed and do more than be a number on the HR list. It's very obvious to all the employees that management simply cares about their own bonus. Directors don't care about the employees, they care about getting their yearly bonus, thats the only thing they care about.

Morale is another huge issue the company needs to worry about. All you get is go go go, more more more, nothing is ever enough for management there. Vacation? You don't get a vacation, you are still on call and need to work.

Promote from within, rather than always hiring from the outside. You have good employees there, but you continue to hire idiots who can't manage worth a darn. How can someone be hired in a management role without even completeing a 2 year degree? Yet alone, how can they get promoted to a director position without even having a degree?

Cinmar / Cornerstone ( who operates in the same building), is a hateful place to work. They treat the employees bad and keep the good ol' boys club humming right along. If you want a dead end job, work here, you are promised the world and get nothing.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Unhappy Employees and High Turnover Rate as Proof

Online Merchandising Manager (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Cinmar LLP full-time for more than a year

ProsSummer hours, 40% Off Products

ConsUnhappy employees, expected to work long hours everyday with no work/home balance, Extreme micromanagement, Very little trust for employees, Top-down management style, Lack of teamwork or team building, Little room for growth

Advice to Senior ManagementWhere do I start? The turnover rate was over 70% during the 2 years that I spent working for Frontgate/Grandin Road. Employee morale was very low despite my positive attitude and excitement to try to make things better. The executive team treated their employees like crap with very little respect for their personal lives. I heard the parent company was stepping in to try to figure out why so many people were leaving. Most of their employees are paid out to stay but that can only work for so long.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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