Garden State Growers

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Updated Jun 18, 2014

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    Thrown into the job

    Merchandising Coordinator (Former Employee) Pittstown, NJ

    ProsWorking outdoors and independently. No deadline or stress and pay was not bad.

    ConsExtremely physical, grunt labor. You'll come home dirty, ruined hands and wet most days. Dealing with big box garden center employees who have little interest or time in helping get the job done. Poor management cooperation or guidelines. Your on your own.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to train employees and follow through on promises made at beginning of season. Realize that you need more employees to get the job done. Walk the walk

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't even waste your time, unless you're a mind reader...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pittstown, NJ

    ProsSome of the people you work with are nice, and actually do their jobs.
    Bonus at the end of the year (if sales go well).
    Turkey or Ham given out at Thanksgiving.
    Brand new state-of-the-art kitchen!
    Free coffee.

    ConsWhere to begin? Well, for starters the computer system they have is absolutely awful. It is inefficient and complicated. You have to click in 6 different screens just to find one tiny bit of information, that may or may not be accurate. There is a serious lack in communication with this entire company. All of the information is second hand, and you are constantly scrambling to get things done. You will only be successful that this job if you are telepathic. The sales team and the production team don't communicate with one another, and everything is dumped unto the shoulders of the shipping department. This place is chaotic every day, because this company is so disorganized. Expect to work very long hours, and six days a week. This place is technically considered a "farm," so the over time is not time and a half, its just the hourly rate for however many hours you work that day, and the benefits are really expensive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the information you discuss in meetings with the people in other departments.
    Develop a standard operating procedure and learn ways to improve efficiency.
    Acquire software that is less complicated and has more flexibility.
    Hire people to perform data entry to ensure that the information in computer system is accurate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was hard to do quality work as management did not supply the necessary resources.

    Merchandiser (Former Employee) Pittstown, NJ

    ProsThe pay is slightly above the industry norm, with a fair benefits package. Merchandisers are given autonomy and may act on their own accord.

    ConsExcessive hours were required. Six days a week, with an average of 50 plus hours worked. I do not mind working, but much of it was working for works sake. The biggest problem at GSG is there is no strong management. Product was not ready at the correct time as well as deliveries being made late.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to get your feet wet in the business, but management is a joke

    Grower (Former Employee)

    ProsOut of college it is a decent place to gain knowledge in the workings of a large wholesale greenhouse facility.

    ConsAwful benefits if you are offered them at all. Expect to work close to 80 hours a week and if you are salary only get paid for 40. If you try to take a day of for whatever reason expect it to be held against you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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