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Empire Today Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
176 Reviews
3.2
176 Reviews
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Todd Dickson
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work for, great place to find friends...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Empire Today

    Pros

    People are really nice and helpful. If you are just starting your career, there are experienced people who will train you properly. If you are someone with experience looking for new opportunities, Empire Today is always welcoming open minded professionals. ZERO tolerance for rudeness.

    Cons

    Parking can be a hustle in cold days. It is kind of far and when contractors are loading their vans, it could be difficult to find a spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been working for Empire Today for many years and noticed positive changes within the company. It became a workers-friendly environment and as long as it goes this way, everybody should be happy.

  2.  

    Empire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Doraville, GA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Doraville, GA

    I worked at Empire Today as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to your own schedule

    Cons

    Commission based; must keep track of your leads or someone will steal your order.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above con

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Marketing Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Empire Today

    Pros

    There were involved managers and customers know the brand well.

    Cons

    There is little chance of moving up no matter how well you do. The only way to move up was to become an LLC and sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good environment to work in with who makes every effort to take care of customers.

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

    I have been working at Empire Today

    Pros

    Opportunity for people who work hard to be recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    Need to hold local sales contractors more accountable for their actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide local field associates with live system access via tablets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Don't Even Think About Working A Sales Job Here - EVEN If You Are COMPLETELY DESPERATE

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Contractor in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Contractor in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Absolutely ZERO this place is SLIMY

    Cons

    Don't waste your time working here keep looking for something else. You will make no money.... they put excellent sales people out in the field chasing down the worst leads .........you will become a human pooper scooper just taking out their garbage. All these positive reviews online are just made up spam by Empire management. They pay 4% on most sales which won't be enough to even cover your gas. Highly likely you will get even a few crummy leads after a couple week's of running leads as they only give them to people in the "inner circle" Training is a joke lots of promise's but the reality WILL SCARE YOU......If you need $ just do the training and bail out !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a life and stop working an 80hr week micro managing your workers !!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    They paint a pretty picture, but up close it gets ugly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - In House Sales in Bergen, NJ
    Former Employee - In House Sales in Bergen, NJ

    I worked at Empire Today

    Pros

    Good product line, paid and good training

    Cons

    leads are given out twice a day only if you sell at a high price point. Here is how it works:
    If I get a lead and sell it but at what Empire considers a low price point you are penalized ( you are actually selling at market or competitve ) for not selling at a high enough margin. ( You get knocked down on the lead list)
    So even though you made the company money in there eyes you did not make them enough money.
    And it even gets wieder.
    You sell 5 times at average pricing you go down the list lead list, someone else sells one time for a higher price they go up the lead list. So even though you made the company more money and moved more product and kept the installers working in their eyes you are not goog enough for good leads amymore and you get no more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must change the way you look at profit and who is actaully making it for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Part-Time pay, Full time job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    This could be a decent job for a semi or retired person, that needs a few bucks and wants to keep busy. Unfortunately, this isn't a good choice if you want to make a living and support a family. Their products and services are good, prices I find to be competitive A typical sale, $2,500 in carpet would give sales rep about $ 90.00 gross income, then you need to deduct your expenses and time. Remember, you are an "independent sales rep" . I found that approx. 50% of the leads are qualified, meaning they understand the sales that are advertized also, quite a few only want a bedroom or a small space done, Empire has a minimum sale of $650 ish so you just wasted a hour or 2

    Cons

    Seems corp is more concerned with making the installers happy, then helping the sales rep succeed. HUGE turn around with sales per......red flag in my opinion! Treat the sales rep as second class citizen, ie, if you go to aa appointment, and customer isn't home, you have to call sales suppost, they inturn call the customer and if no answer they, customer support, ask you to describe the house!! there reason, alot of reps don't make the calls, heres a clue to the corp, when we get the sales appointment, we can google the street view of the house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better incentives to sales reps, stop spending a ton on training new reps every month and pay the existing reps a little more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    If you like driving and feeling like you will be fired every time you don't sale, it's a Great Place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    You get paid every week!

    Cons

    Weekly meetings are framed to make sales staff feel bad about themselves even when doing a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a positive motivator not a negative leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Save a select few, everyone is an independent contractor.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Empire Today

    Pros

    Prompt payment for installed jobs.

    Cons

    Expected to be available to the company 14 hours per day and willing to drive up to 4 hours per day plus. Good ole boys network very prevalent.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work - forward thinking company with lots of opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    I have really enjoyed working at Empire Today. The company is always trying new things to make their business better. I feel they really value their employees and their salespeople. Lots of room for advancement. Lots of good communication if you are willing to plug in and be a part of it.

    Cons

    You will definitely have to be willing to put in extra hard work to move up at Empire. This is not a place you can be lazy and expect to get advanced just because you haven't left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralize the training process for new hires - either create a virtual program, or a program that is the same everywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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