FTD Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
48 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    GREAT people to work WITH, HORRIBLE people to work FOR.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at FTD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some very talented people scattered throughout the company that work very hard and understand the meaning of team work.

    Cons

    The Director levels seemed to battle against each other, building fiefdoms and engaging in power struggles without adding any value to the overall portfolio. They are very difficult to work with and for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the egos in check, and start bring leaders and not bosses. Creating a more positive environment to work in, where everyone drives towards common goals would help retain the high level talent that I witnessed leave on a regular basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at FTD full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, stable company, fun sales meetings

    Cons

    Hard to bring florist back to FTD

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at FTD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    Everyone is in their own silo afraid to say anything truthful about how they feel about the place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your jobs and go home

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

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    Current Employee - Member Solutions in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Member Solutions in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at FTD full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation. Hours are great. Some co-workers are friendly, but mostly clicky and cold.

    Cons

    Unorganized, unhelpful management, very clicky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a look at middle management. They only want you to succeed if they like you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    FTD Field Business Consultant...Most stressful job ever!

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    Former Employee - Field Business Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Field Business Consultant in Columbus, OH

    I worked at FTD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    FTD offers very good benefits and pay, and is an old and established brand. Field Business Consultants are given new technology to do their jobs.

    Cons

    Stress from changing sales territories, and not being able to get answers to customer problems was incredible. Sales focus changed frequently and commissions were sometimes short of what was earned. Sales goals are really unattainable on a regular basis in most areas. There is constantly the implied threat of being dismissed. Despite a quality assurance program that members pay monthly for florists that are doing substandard work are kept in the program with no penalties. Approx 1/2 the year is spent seeking new customers and during that time existing customers cannot be visited at all. Outside sales reps compete with inside reps for sales to existing customers. Credits for customer problems are hard to get approved and often delayed.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Use You Up Then, Throw you Away When They Are Done

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    Former Employee - Implementation and Training Specialist
    Former Employee - Implementation and Training Specialist

    I worked at FTD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel perks, Working with all types of people. I really believed in the brand and wanted it to succeed.

    Cons

    Dishonesty, to customers and employees. Too political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Install managers that can see real assets to the company, without feeling threatened. Then provide real career opportunities. It is sad that current management are unable to grasp what it take to win. As a result, a 105 year american icon will be lost.

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

    Not a bad place for the right person.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at FTD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy hire-on process. Pretty decent CSR training, though realistically, it only covers about 90% of the situations you run into. . Decent resources to help new CSRs. Decent computer systems that reflect real-time information. This is a good money making job for seasonal work. If you are a good customer service rep, the work is not hard, though the pace of the work can be a little bit nerve-wracking. If you are a bright person, you can go to the office, work the phones, and go home knowing how much you've made. If you are under-educated or inexperienced, it will be very difficult. During peak work periods, overtime is abundant, and you can make about $1,000 in a week (lots of hours, though).

    UPDATE: Just finished working the Valentine's day holiday. This is a very busy time for FTD. This year, the difficult winter and florists' difficulties in delivering flowers generated a lot of unhappy customers and missed deliveries. Negative phone calls flooded the call center, and the seasonal employees were right in the middle of the stress, with 2 or 3 weeks of training to rely on I am tremendously impressed with the responsiveness and support that the newbies were given. I observed numerous (many of them my own) instances where a new call center person was flustered or confused or stressed by a difficult phone call. Supervisors and employee help desk personnel were unfailingly patient and supportive, even when mistakes were made or a persona asked the same question multiple times. None of the employees charged with supporting the seasonal members lost their cool, were impatient or in any treated the seasonal folks badly. This does not happen by accident..it is a reflection of the management of the organization Yes, the pay is low, and it can be tedious, but the management of the call center has made a commitment to treating FTD call center team members with dignity.

    Cons

    CSRs are very closely watched. You get phone calls from the "workforce" department if you are not actively speaking with a customer or florist. Red messages pop up on the computer screen to let you know you've exceeded a 5-minute and then 6-minute target. No cell phones allowed in the work area and no paper in the cubes in order to maintain PCI (payment card industry) certification. Low requirements for hiring seasonal CSRs result in lots of very young and/or inexperienced workers. Computer hardware is getting outdated. It is hard to work on learning CSR procedures on your own, because all of the training resources are on work computers that you cannot access from home and they will not let you stay late at work to study, even for an hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to bring in more experienced and professional seasonal help, and then include incentive pay. $11.00 per hour is puny. If one had the opportunity to earn up to $15.00 / hr with good performance, you'd attract better part-time help, and would have a more productive workforce. I would also include a training module that explains how the florist industry works. New CSRs have little appreciation for what the florist is doing. If you understand, everything makes a lot more sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Executive Staff,

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FTD full-time

    Pros

    A majority of the employees were very hard working and very friendly.

    Cons

    After the split with United Online, executive staff did not have a CLEAR direction of where they wanted company to go. Very disorganized, lots of silos, to many chiefs, not enough people to do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out where you are trying to take company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Seasonal position

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at FTD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - You know your schedule a month ahead of time so you can plan your life accordingly
    - Team leads are knowledgeable about product and are willing to help

    Cons

    - One week of training does not cover most situations you encounter
    - Hideously old computer equipment crashes twice a day, work force yells at you if you have to call them to reboot
    - You're expected to sell and upsell, but you get no commissions for doing so
    - During season you are expected to show up at 5:00 AM to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in newer equipment, pay sales commissions to ALL employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    unprofessional employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FTD

    Pros

    some great team leaders and human resources

    Cons

    very unprofessional staff, unfair to long term employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay away from hiring too many young, unprofessional, uneducated people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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