Empire Merchants
3.3 of 5 10 reviews
www.empiremerchants.com Astoria, NY 16 to 50 Employees

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Updated Mar 17, 2014

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E. Lloyd Sobel

(5 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Marketing Consultant

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I worked at Empire Merchants

ProsGreat opportunities for personal growth and three weeks off.

ConsTraining is no the best.

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I worked at Empire Merchants full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFriendly atmosphere, Great sales force

ConsAccess to upper management and advancement is difficult

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Nice Atmosphere

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
West Coxsackie, NY

I have been working at Empire Merchants full-time for more than a year

ProsGood pay, Full-Time, Interesting work environment, good breakfast/lunch free, close to home

Conssnobby people, unfriendly coworkers, no training

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed Better Training

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent Hours, Aggressive Management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Empire Merchants

ProsGood exposure to many brands, good hours. The people around you are helpful and fun working environment. Get to meet many people.

ConsHustling managers that dont like to listen to what employees have to say. Work can become repetitive, and very fast pace.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Give more feed back consistently, and also show that you can do the work yourself too.

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A great company to work for.

Driver (Current Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Empire Merchants

ProsAs a teamster, the job is very satisfying and the pay scale is very good. The management is fair and the workforce is friendly.

ConsAt times management pushes a little too hard and the drivers and helpers feel like they have no one to turn to.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think that if the men and women at the company were made to feel like they belong, the company would get a lot more from them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lyons, NY

I worked at Empire Merchants

ProsI loved my job it was like getting paid to work out and its a very no stressfull Job

ConsSoreness of body until you get used to the work

Advice to Senior ManagementNone Excellent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No room for growth, your opinion is never heard

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Astoria, NY

I have been working at Empire Merchants

ProsGreat products to sell
Has a department just for lead accounts which helps with new accounts
Can make your own schedule for the most part

ConsManagement is terrible
District managers and Directors claim to listen but just blow you off
Too many delivery problems
Too many credit issues with accounts and the company workers themselves

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening more to the reps rather then telling them NO each and every time
Stop treating employees like 1st graders with meetings just to make sure we are around

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District Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Buffalo, NY

I worked at Empire Merchants

Prosgreat portfolio of products. power in the market place. You are one of the big dogs. Really just you and southern wine and spirits.

ConsAll about moving boxes here and thats really the bottom line. Pander to whims of major suppliers very easily. still navigation how to manage and work with a unionized sales force. layers and layers of tracking. trackig for tracking.

was given guff for attending mothers wedding durring OND.

Advice to Senior Managementmanagement needs to worry less about charme sunbelt beaureucratic red tape and more about what will help reps sell easier in market place

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honest opinion of a frustrated employee

Clerk (Current Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Empire Merchants

ProsSales Management and personel are generally amiable and supportive, and show true desire to help and teach others.

Consmost employees are unfriendly, management only seems to point out mistakes instead of helping to correct them and hr heads are completely inept on matching employees to positions acording to their skills

Advice to Senior Managementbe more supportive and understanding of your employees and try to be more helpful instead of simply looking for ways to punish, also if times are hard and you want the employees to go the extra mile for you be more appreciative and dont discriminate according to which plant or department you came from.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Distress under merger

Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Empire Merchants

ProsWhen you get into the inner circle, there are great opportunities. The atmosphere is fun and there is a lot of money available to you via supplier funding, if you know how to work the angles. Sales is the place to be here.

Consdepartments are cliquish. If you are not in sales, it is difficult to advance. Definitely a "boys club" kind of industry. After the merger, the company was in a state of disarray and there was a lack of direction. I think the management definitely lacked in communicating what was going on to employees and it showed a lack of concern for the welfare of the employees (almost like saying - "Everything is on a need to know basis, and you dont neeed to know, because you might be gone tomorrow).

Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate with your employees

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