Vermont Teddy Bear

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Love my job at VTB!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Vermont Teddy Bear

Pros

The people are nice to each other here. I like feeling part of a company that brings happiness to the many visitors to the factory during the summer. BBQs, Bake-offs and Bocce Ball. I love it. The benefits package is standard but they do go the extra mile providing gym membership, free passes to a lot of stuff, good discounts for other Vermont companies and occasional give-aways. I think the politics is pretty minimal too.

Cons

We have been hit by the recession and the slow-down in retail because of it. So people had to be laid off and so good people are gone.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Thank you for making announcements about changes happening here.

Recommends

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    Enthusiastic people, but overworked and without overall direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelburne, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelburne, VT

    I have been working at Vermont Teddy Bear part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Seasonal call center employees receive paid training and benefit from at least 2 or 3 people on the floor who can answer questions, no matter how trivial you think they are. Floor leads and managers are overall approachable and helpful with questions, though they're frantically busy, especially during peak.

    As of December, 2014, employees including seasonal ones can take advantage of a surprisingly large employee discount on everything the company sells except coffee.

    Cons

    Seasonal call center employees' pay has started at $10.00 an hour for years now, apparently. Sure, this is above state minimum wage, but it's still not that much, even compared to other data entry or call center jobs in the vicinity.

    In more general terms, I don't think the company knows where it's going. Its revenue depends largely on sales during Christmas, Valentine's and Mother's Day [it's mostly bears and pajamas, after all!], so it's all hands on deck, with everyone working late and running around frenetically during this peak period, with a two-month "black-out" period from October through end of December where core employees [i.e., non-seasonals] have difficulty taking time off. Then, for the rest of the year, everything is much quieter. Factory tours and the Bear Shop bring in a much smaller stream of money, and the company hasn't really figured out how to diversify its offerings or somehow generate more consistent sales throughout the year. This leads to a lopsided, sort of panicky feeling to the whole organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though it trumpets perks like bocce tournaments and picnics, I get the sense too the company doesn't really know how to truly reward, support and promote its employees. Free bears to employees of the month are great, but the company needs to focus on training and development to. They don't seem to have a dedicated corporate trainer, which I find odd, especially since they have high numbers of seasonal employees every single year. If it's going to get out of its reactive mode, the company really needs to invest in its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Shelburne, VT
    Former Employee - Developer in Shelburne, VT

    I worked at Vermont Teddy Bear full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance, awesome people

    Cons

    The coding is not cutting edge technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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