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Conair Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
33 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company still operates like it did in the 80's

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Conair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot by using my own resourcefulness.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Once you are in a job, you are stuck. Petty behavior among top management, you are embarrassed to be seen with them at client meetings. Overall, very unprofessional. The human resources department is basically nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a human resources department and teach your managers how to develop people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Take the good with the bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Conair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people, no-cost breakfast and lunch, decent profit sharing, great options for investing your 401-k

    Cons

    Salaries are below market, some departments get away with murder while others are held to strict rules. People leave the company and their positions are often not filled while their colleagues are expected to pickup the workload without additional compensation. Hostile workplace. Really unfair across the board. If you're used to corporate America, this will be a tough transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain good people, get market salary information and bring people up to where they should be instead of giving them the basic raise. Just because you're a friend of the family, doesn't make you qualified for the job and definitely doesn't qualify you for a higher salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I love designing and the people plus environment make it a pleasure to come to work every day.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Conair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    design environment is open and you are not limited in your creativity

    Cons

    very corporate atmosphere and not many areas to be promoted within the company because upper management doesn't leave or promote many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to promote better from within and keep employees longer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at Conair as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn a lot on the job

    Cons

    Can get tedious at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Take the good with the bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Conair full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch, pretty location. There are some really nice people, but sometimes that is not enough.

    Cons

    Keep your head down and work. There is no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate, listen, and younger is not always better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wouldn't recommend this company to my worst enemy!!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Conair full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    local to here I live, free breakfast & lunch, profit sharing.....that's it!

    Cons

    OLD thinking and way of working..The Owner of the company and almost everyone working for him has an OUTDATED way of working. They all work harder than smarter. Old furniture, computers, technology, building, mindset (I can go on an on). They are threaten by out of box thinkers, new/creative ideas. It's their OLD/OUTDATED way or the highway. Some (not all) people in UPPER management are bullies, it can be a very hostile environment to work in and HR can do nothing about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the Company into the 21 Century, find out the REAL problems and solve them. Train people in basic Microsoft office (and any new software in the last 5 years), hold people accountable and reward new/creative idea and suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Service Representative

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in East Windsor, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in East Windsor, NJ

    I have been working at Conair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 401k, profit sharing, job is not that difficult with years of experience

    Cons

    The place is a complete joke. Abusive incompetent supervisors, management, bullying and feeling of entitlement by certain employees always takes precedent over a good work ethic, quick, efficient, problem solving and dedication. Management needs to learn to praise those who really deserve it and not fear those who are pushy and arrogant.
    My advice to anyone who has a good work ethic and sincerely cares and wants to be appreciated, avoid this place like the plague!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and grow some testicles for g-d's sake! The way things are run right now there is no incentive for any employee to do more than bare minimum. This place could be a great place if it weren't being run so blatantly backwards. Unfortunately I don't think this will ever happen. I wish The CEO would take a real interest in how things were run at locations other than in Stamford, CT and visit and take a closer look at their supervisors and managers at his other locations...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OK, just kind of boring

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in East Windsor, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in East Windsor, NJ

    I have been working at Conair full-time

    Pros

    Annual raises, flexible, good cafeteria, company store, co-workers, ample parking, convenient location, free coffee and tea. Overall it's not a bad environment. Great to gain experience.

    Cons

    No windows basically anywhere so it has a bit of a "prison" feel, low base salary, "down" periods that get boring, work can get tedious, many older employees (only a handful of young people)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an elevator installed for handicapped employees, reward exemplary performance more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Temporary Forever

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    Former Employee - Temp in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Temp in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Conair part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, $0.25/hr pay raise every quarter, good benefits. Christmas bonus. They will get you forklift certified if you work hard.

    Cons

    They only hire from a temporary pool of Apple One employees. Don't work 2nd shift if you want to get hired on, because they will give your openings to 1st shift temps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management, nothing really to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Ever seen the movie Brazil? I feel like I'm stuck in a surreal Kafka story.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Creative in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Conair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    free breakfast and lunch
    decent medical, dental and vision
    9 to 5 hours
    semi casual environment for the Creative dept.

    Cons

    Not encouraged to think outside the box
    Not respected for your knowledge or skills...they are more interested in sheep who fall in line and do what they are told. Promotions are based on tenure and social relationships not ability or knowledge.
    Not interested in your opinions or suggestions
    Slow to change. Slow to install new processes, better technology, etc.
    Office is run like a 1950's factory. Just go to your desk and do your job.
    Poor workflow and little to no actual process for graphic arts production. Everyday is flying by the seat of your pants.
    Social cliques are very prevalent and I would even argue there are elements of a hostile work environment. One Art Director was fired for trumped up reasons because she didn't "fit in" in her group.
    Management is very inadequate. ALL of the Creative managers are lacking experience and/ or training on how to ACTUALLY manage.
    Poor understanding, education and skills for many employees yet they get promoted anyway. Like I said, just go to your desk and do your job...don't rock the boat...and you get promoted if you stay long enough.
    Family operated. Some of them actually work hard. Some don't show up at all.
    Decisions are based on what people think will please their superiors (especially the owner and his sons) not on any kind of actual market data, tested methods, or higher education. Employees lie to get a job completed early to make themselves look better.

    You can't go against the family. Even....no ESPECIALLY when they are flat out wrong. You're expected to just do it with a smile. Long live the King!

    In short, ALL the bad things you think of when you hear the word "corporation" come to mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I get it. Your company makes household products...you are not an advertising agency. However if your going to bring your graphic arts production in house (to save money) you should learn how the industry works, hire quality managers and quality staff and do it right! The great irony is that you brought graphic art production in house to save money but from what I've seen you waste money in THAT department every day through lack of a process, poor management and employees with inadequate training and skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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