Collections Etc.

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Collections Etc. Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    No frills, no drama

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I worked at Collections Etc. part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very little need/opportunity to interact with fellow employees, hence no drama. You are basically in a cubicle in a giant room with customers being fed back to back to your phone line. Extensive training for their phone system. A place to keep your head down, do your job, get paid & get out.

    Cons

    Location was out of the way. Constant incoming calls can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be reasonable and fair (if a bit impersonal.) Perhaps have one or two employee perks (pizza party, mutual goals) or some other team building so the job is less isolating. Otherwise your lack of being difficult or too hands on makes your company a fine place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Service not included

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Collections Etc. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the supervisors and managers did seem to care for you as a person and tried to get to know you. The work was not difficult. Employee discount was nice if you could find something that you actually would want. Training was more than sufficient to do the primary tasks. It was highly seasonal in nature and that could lead to some days that were really easy.

    Cons

    Where to begin. 1) The customers experience seemed to take a back seat. After we were had to offer cross sales, upsales, and a (albeit a nice program) VIP type program for discounts to the customer, we then were forced to also offer 3rd party programs simply for the company to try to make an extra buck. By the time we were done offering everything, the customer may have forgotten why they called.

    2) There was a lack of consistency when it came to customer issue resolution. It really just depended on who happened to be at the other end of the phone when you called for assistance from a senior/supervisor how you were told to respond. There would be times where you would be told to do one thing and call back, set it up and explain it to the customer, call back and get someone different who would tell you they wouldn't do that and then you were left handling an increasingly irate customer.

    3) Highly seasonal work did lead to many times where you are asked to leave due to no volume.

    4) No real room to grow/for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Stop the insanity of pushing the customers via sales pitches.....especially the 3rd party one. While offering something is often a nice gesture for you to do, doing it after every item they say they want and offering them a program that makes most of its money from people forgetting to cancel is not wise judgement.

    2) If there is a policy in place about how a situation is handled, stick to it. There can be occasions for subjective decisions to be made, but being told one thing by one supervisor and then having another supervisor tell you something different is annoying to your employees.

    3) Offer more incentives again. Even small things can cheer up someones day and allow them to generate greater output.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very nice enviroment and room to advanced up in the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Collections Etc. part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They give you good training, and they seem to help you when you are very new. They make sure that they give the information you need to succeed. They give you advice to improve your job. The management and the office staff do the best they can to help you. I like that it is a smaller company at this location. Everyone there is friendly and the management is willing to listen to your concerns if you have any.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to other call centers in the area. The other problem is they have went to a paperless enviroment. I feel that even though everything is done on computers we still need the catalogs in front of us and the choice to use scratch paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow us to have scratch paper so when we are taking orders and we jot down the order numbers or other codes and that way we won't have to ask the customer to repeat it twice if the system is slow or acts up. I understand that fraud is a big issue with the Credit Cards but give us one piece of paper and we can turn it in to the front when we are off the phone if they don't completely trust us about the customers info we are getting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Horrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Picker/Packer in Melrose Park, IL
    Former Employee - Picker/Packer in Melrose Park, IL

    I worked at Collections Etc.

    Pros

    Honestly, there is no pros about this company.

    Cons

    Everything! The employees are rude and everything seems like a competition when is not supposed to!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    It was degrading in the last 3 years

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I worked at Collections Etc.

    Pros

    There were good, hardworking people. Flexible hours and the best - work from home benefit!
    The work was interesting.

    Cons

    Upper management has very little respect for people, their knowledge and expertise. Upper management does praise people for good work and the commitment.
    In the last couple of years the executives made some bad decisions based on external recommendations and it just took one year for company to get to self-destruction mode.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your own people who helped you to grow the company. Appreciate people, appreciate doers, not talkers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting worse every day

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I have been working at Collections Etc.

    Pros

    There are good people at middle management level. Some departments are well operated and trying to keep employees satisfied. You are lucky if you work in that department and don't have contact with Executives

    Cons

    The owner is one of those 'monster' bosses. Rude to everyone. In meetings behaves like a spoiled child, doesn't listen to anyone, only wants to talk about what interests him at that particular moment. Cuts people off, acts in a very demeaning manner.
    In general, Executives operate in the mode of squeezing as much as possible from people without any concern for their well-being. More and more work is piled up on exisiting people, new hires are not allowed, people are pinned against each other. Pay raises have been cancelled three years ago, all other benefits cut. At the same time everyone is forced to contribute to the owner's favorite charity.
    I wouldn't recommend anyone get a job here right now - people are leaving in bunches. It's a very tense, stressful and unsatisfying environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to people, their efforts and opinions. Reward efforts fairly. Take a sensitivity and communication training course. Staff up with professionals and listen to their professional opinions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Collections Etc.

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work there that are very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. They also have a great relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    The pay is quite poor. Compared to the industry norm, Collections definitely ranks low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the company has great potential to become a great place to work. However, there should be a re-evaluation of some of the processes.

    Doesn't Recommend

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