Curtis 1000

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Curtis 1000 Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
Curtis 1000 – Houston – “Lovett Hall”

Curtis 1000 – Houston – “Lovett Hall”
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2.4 19 reviews

25% Approve of the CEO

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Steve Geiger

(4 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
19 Employee Reviews
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    Typical cold calling high commission job. Good company culture throughout

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood base salary during training and extending into first half of your career.
    Available help from other sales reps

    ConsLots of cold calling
    Printing industry is slowly going away

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would encourage the district managers to help young reps more in the beginning of their career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Honest Company

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Duluth, GA

    ProsPros - Curtis 1000 has been in business for over 130 years. This an honest company that gives customers a fair deal and often times customizes processes to meet customer's needs. There are many customer advocates within the company and everyone seeks to put the customer first.

    Curtis 1000 has a large parent organization which provides financial stability and opportunity for shared sales.

    The benefits are on par with industry standards.

    ConsMargins can be low in the competitive and mature print industry. There is more work than people to do it often times. But most companies face this situation. Curtis can sometimes struggle with how to prioritize the work backlog.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working puzzle for finding new sources of revenue and aligning the sales organization to better service customers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Management Mistreats Employees and Customers

    Trainer (Current Employee) Duluth, GA

    ProsThe company is filled with wonderful people, working hard in a challenging and at times unprofessional work environment. Many of the recently hired have moved on to careers with more reputable companies but there are still many old-timers like myself hanging on.

    ConsThe senior managers at the organization are extremely petty and seam to take pride in how abusive they treat their direct reports. As an example, they like to change your title to something demeaning to "punish" you for pushing back on a new directive or questioning their strategic direction.

    Curtis 1000, a once proud and prosperous company has been run into the ground by the current management team and now struggles to stay competitive in the mature print and fulfillment market. Companies like Innerworkings, have stolen market share from Curtis by delivering more value at a lower cost.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHard to give senior managers advice when they are in fact the problem. If they would focus on the below points, it would be a step in the right direction
    - Create a more professional work environment by treating everyone with respect and valuing their opinions.
    - Just because you have President or VP in your title, doesn't mean you have a monopoly on all the good ideas. Stay open mined when the "rank-an-file" come to you with suggestions
    - Restart the annual National Sales Meetings allowing your sales reps to meet and brainstorm best practices
    - Create a more comprehensive sales training program designed to help a sales rep throughout his entire career and not just as a new rep

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dead End Sales Career

    Sales Consultant (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsHealthcare benefits are average to maybe a little above average and the vacation package is competitive. The experience of working at Curtis is so bad it will give you a greater appreciation for past employers

    ConsFrom a Sales Rep's perspective, Curtis 1000 is a challenging place to work (to put it nicely). The sales management team, under the direction of the EVP of Sales, manages by intimidation. When you are having a down month, there is no coaching or support in problem solving from managers. The only "help" you get are threats to put you on probation or cut you loose. When you are having a good month, at best they'll leave you alone, at worst they'll dog you for not producing more.

    Other challenges at Curtis 1000 from a sales perspective include;
    - An operations team that struggles to perform as needed and constantly misses the customer's deadlines
    - Requirement to source customer's projects through sister companies even if it makes our quote noncompetitive
    - Requires you to go out of pocket to cover cost to entertain clients, provide clients with promo gifts and some travel costs
    - Little to no continued training after initial New Rep Training
    - A Marketing Department that produces nothing useful to support sales process. Three years ago, this was a Pro for the company but with many recent changes, it has gone downhill fast
    - A pricing system that that is so high in the market place, it's difficult to close new customers

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the sales culture of the organization by making leadership changes starting with Larry Wagner, the Executive VP of Sales. After removing Larry, remove all of the older District Sales Managers that are just coasting into retirement without providing much effort to support their teams.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI liked working with promotional products and sampling the products. I also liked writing articles for the sales team.

    ConsThe challenges working there were diversity, not enough of it. There was a race issue there a few years back and it wasn't handled properly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdd more diversity in upper management/executive roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic Work Environment

    Accounting (Current Employee) Duluth, GA

    ProsThe company has potential, it is unrealized under the current leadership team but there is potential there. Although many have left the organization to work in a more professional work environment, there are still some wonderful, talented employees to build from.

    ConsThe current senior leadership team has created a toxic work environment which has resulted in several years of unfavorable financial returns, high turnover rates, high customer attrition rates and low moral.

    Employees are treated like dogs and their jobs are constantly threaten while senior leaders are not held accountable for their failed performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to the parent company's leadership team is to replace the company's current leadership from the president on down and put in their place a leadership team with fresh ideas, a track record of high performance and professionalism to reverse the current company culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company needs to define who they are...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe sales force and operation people are great people. Most of the customer base is very loyal and appreciate the level of service provided by both sales and ops.

    ConsSenior management changes their company direction and strategy more often than some change their underwear. Each change typically leads to downsizing and expanding the roles and responsibilities of the "survivors".

    Advice to Senior ManagementEither train the organization thoroughly on new initiatives or focus on a few key solutions and be better than everyone else at those solutions. Stop trying to morph into a blend of every other successful company without training your operations people and sales force. Just because a business model worked for another company don't assume it will work for Curtis.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Everyone Jumping Ship

    General Manager (Former Employee) Duluth, GA

    ProsThe company has a very liberal vacation policy which is nice because you'll really need some breaks throughout the year to work at this place. The company has great potential but the current leadership is running them into the ground.

    ConsCompany struggles to remain profitable and relevant due to lack of vision from the senior management team. Very low morale in the Company's HQ in Duluth, Georgia. Many have already left the company most others are trying to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a vision for the company and a strategy to live up to that vision. Once started, do not change direction on a whim, give the current plan time to be successful. Treat your employees with the respect they deserve and maybe the turnover will slow down

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with, many lifers

    Consmanagement is often clueless and out of touch

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Desperate Senior Management that Lacks Vision

    Midlevel Management (Current Employee) Duluth, GA

    ProsAlthough a lot of great people have left the organization, there are still some quality individuals left in the rank-and-file.

    Competitive vacation time policy

    ConsSenior leadership manages by intimidation because they do not know any other way. Political back-stabbing is as much a part of the company culture as remaining unprofitable. In the ten years I've been with the organization they were only profitable twice.

    The organization has weak leadership that changes the company's strategy before they allow the current strategy to gain any traction. The HQ in Duluth, Georgia is an extremely unprofessional work environment where employees are left to fight for scarce resources and the leadership team does not hold themselves accountable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a senior leader with some experience outside of the organization to help with long term strategies then stick with the strategy instead of changing on a whim. Treat your employees with the respect they deserve to stop the high turnover rate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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