Empire Today Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Pros
  • Dynamic workplace with great people who are 100% oriented towards customer service (in 12 reviews)

  • You can make a lot of money (1099-MIsc (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Not Enough Money For The Gas And Wear And Tear On Your Car (in 6 reviews)

  • You need to become a corporation (costs money) No benefits (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northlake, IL

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The overall environment of the company is very positive. Over the several years that I have been with Empire Today, I have seen many changes take place that focus on growth and success of the company. It continues to evolve due to the decisions of upper management to explore new, creative and innovative avenues for growth. This has not only created an interesting and exciting place to work, but has made Empire Today a strong and secure organization, and a leader in the industry.

    Cons

    Large workload and long hours.

    Advice to Management

    The current structure for cost of living and performance pay increases needs to be changed.

  2. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with lots of opportunity, great people. Company mission rings true

    Cons

    High expectations and too many hours. Contractors compensated better than employees

    Advice to Management

    More focus on employee retention

  3. Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Supervisor in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Supervisor in Northlake, IL

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Growth Opportunities, Flexiable Schedule Hours

    Cons

    Not fully staffed in Ap department

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  5. managee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Empire Today full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced..multi tastaskers dream..requires a person that can change gears on the fly..

    Cons

    Company expects your life to revolve aroubd it. 6 days a week..compensation less than the ibstallers..very poor bonus prigram that keeps being revised to the company side..poor priducts that requires to many repairs/replacements/customer issues..feel sorry for sales people. .thay are taught a con game to sell inferior products..

    Advice to Management

    Compensate the management team better..spread the wealth ..cut loose with some of the 300% profit made on each item sold

  6. been with empire for 4 years. good company to work for u r your own boss. if u work hard u can make a good living.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Empire Today

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Been in u own boss. The company gives u leads no cold calling or door to door.

    Cons

    Lots of miles on car and long days.

    Advice to Management

    compensate salespeople for their time even if they don't sell it's hard going out all day for nothing some days

  7. Good people, though lax and stringent at the same time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Empire Today full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The space is large enough, and their rules are fair. I happen to work on a great team, though I did meet some unhappy people.

    Cons

    I wish they were more lenient. For a family business, they treat themselves like a mega-corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing specific. Not really my place to figure these things out. Considering their hiring practices, I'm sure one of them can figure it out.

  8. Construction Remodeling Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Empire Today

    Pros

    Organized, using quality siding and window products. Fast installation times.

    Cons

    Leads are slowing down and high turnover of office staff.

  9. Outside Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you work hard you can make a good living

    Cons

    There is a lot of driving and long hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay MORE !

  10. Accounting Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Understanding that we all have family obligations.

    Cons

    No merit increases. No room to move up.

  11. Great place to work if you can survive with no guidance

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    Former Employee - Developer in Northlake, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Northlake, IL

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are alright and can sometimes make you feel like part of a team. Coffee machines are great.

    Daily scrums can help keep things on track and help you know where everyone in your unit stands.

    Cons

    Projects can be worked on for months then scrapped because it's not working right and then you're pushed back to square one.

    You have to put in a LOT of time on your own to succeed. You'll have to work a lot outside of work hours if you don't want to incur the wrath of the higher ups. They have no tolerance for learning or answering questions.

    They stated that they would mentor me, but took me submitting my feedback review (30day) to get them to even listen when I had been visibly struggling to learn the system. After that, it improved some but not much.

    I was met with irritation when I asked questions, which in turn discouraged me from asking questions, which in turn led to sub-par performance. They prefer you to figure it out by yourself rather than help you by giving you the answer. You can struggle for days before figuring something out, even with the minimal resources they provide you.

    There is very little advancement within the company. It looked like there was some lateral movement later on, if desired. If you're looking for vertical mobility and opportunities for moving through the ranks, then I suggest you pass up Empire in favour of bigger company.

    Pay IS below average for a Chicago developer. I was told that I was hired at the high end of the scale and I was about $10 grand below the average Chicago Suburbs salary for my position.

    Advice to Management

    Letting your employee's know that you value them and providing stuff like a lunch every once in a while wouldn't hurt.

    Put a mentoring program in place for new people. The Empire Today culture can be very intimidating for someone who's not used to a fast paced, results centered atmosphere.

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