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Gardens Alive Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
15 Reviews
1.9
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Mostly nice coworkers, HR doens't make sense

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gardens Alive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Multiple locations in the midwest, most services are performed in-house so it can be easier to get things done, in theory. Some possibility for advancement if you're in the right place at the right time, and it's even possible to have a position created for you to advance if you have the right connections.

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to other companies, can take forever to get a review/raise/promotion etcetera. Some people are favored over others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key. It's a great company, but your employees are who help make it great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience but less than average benefits.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Gardens Alive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hard working company culture, where learning is integral and furthering your degree is encouraged. The company does tuition reimbursement. That is a huge benefit.

    Cons

    benefits are mediocre at best, Corporate office and benefits based out of Indiana, with satellite offices in other regions where health insurance is held at a higher value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retention increases when employees feel valued. Take care of them through benefits and they will remain loyal to your company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No support from my boss or anyone throughout the organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gardens Alive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    SOME people are great; others are just okay. Lots of room for changes and improvement if you can last long enough to make them.

    Cons

    HR staff is absolute worst of any company I have worked at. A team culture is non-existent; there is no communication between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people more and entirely 'gut' the HR staff and start over. Increase communication efforts. Act like you want to exist in 5-10 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible

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

    I have been working at Gardens Alive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hard working people on the floor.

    Cons

    No worklife balance, always in a flux. Lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start all over again. Hire some top notch talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Customer service/call center

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Lawrenceburg, IN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lawrenceburg, IN

    I worked at Gardens Alive part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Most of the customers were really nice. I always talked too long!

    Cons

    This job was only Part time and seasonal.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I couldn't wait to leave.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Lawrenceburg, IN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Lawrenceburg, IN

    I worked at Gardens Alive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Discounts on products and the outlet store.

    Cons

    The salary offered is way under market. The hours expected are over the normal 40 hr work week. The smells in the warehouse is enough to make you physically ill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people with respect and know when you are understaffed. Appreciate your employees and pay them what they deserve regardless of the location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't do it.....(Tipp City Office)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gardens Alive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The some of workers are nice.

    Cons

    No sort of training what-so-ever. Bad place to start out. Pay is awful and you are not making anywhere close to what you should be making for the amount of responsibilities you have. No appreciation for anything you do. The place is just a few years away from shutting down completely (or having the building collapsing on them because it is so old and it is not being taken care of).

    Think of a High School setting when it comes to people's attitude towards everything. Everyone talks bad about each other and they are not willing to help anyone out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a class in management. Happy employees=happier customers=better business all around. Also, give some pay raises, especially to people who have worked there full time for the past 10 years and they are still getting paid less than workers at a fast food place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Tipp City Office Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Tipp City, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing in Tipp City, OH

    I worked at Gardens Alive full-time

    Pros

    Some excellent people work at Gardens Alive. The CEO is a fair man who seems to care; many of the employees want to support the company and work hard to do so.
    The environment is very casual and they try to show appreciation for the employees with parties and give-aways.

    Cons

    Even though they are trying to improve the building, it is for the most part disgusting. The break room is deplorable, there is no accessibility for handicapped individuals, and the HVAC is a nightmare. Some of the upper management is extremely unprofessional. There are ego issues that need to be addressed, and it is obvious that there are people in positions that they are not qualified for. Some people have been promoted into positions that they have no experience in causing difficulty with progress and armature mistakes. Much of the hard work by lower-level employees is not appreciated, and their ideas and suggestions are dismissed. Because of this, there are a LOT of very unhappy employees who have adopted the “minimum work for maximum pay” attitude. The company is currently attempting to expand and change the work culture to a fault, which is causing a disconnect between co-workers resulting in an even less cohesive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than trying to overpopulate the office in an attempt to change the work culture, reassess your management. Send them to training on how to be managers since it is painfully obvious they are extremely weak in this area. If not that, replace them with people who would make a difference.
    Give your hardworking employees REAL opportunities for advancement and take their experience and education into consideration when they have ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent for Enrty level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tipp City, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tipp City, OH

    I have been working at Gardens Alive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good entry level opportunities
    Will gain experience on many different job duties

    Cons

    Low pay
    Poor upper management
    Little room for advancement
    Understaffed (which is why you will gain experience on so many job duties)
    Little respect for employees
    Very "cliquey"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees’ opinions and ideas on how to better the business. I’m not saying implement every idea, but at least give it some thought. Also, your pay needs to be much more competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Your suggestions mean absolutely NOTHING to upper management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Lawrenceburg, IN
    Current Employee - Sales in Lawrenceburg, IN

    I have been working at Gardens Alive part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Location, if you live close enough for that to be a pro. Some of the people there are compassionate and it is possible to have a good chat at lunch time. But, talk too much and you'll not have enough time to eat.

    Cons

    Everything from the short break time (only a half-hour lunch break, and two 10 minute breaks), poor air quality, poor support of the chairs, painful headsets... And that's just what you notice the first day on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe they could start by offering chairs that actually offer lumbar support for their employees that sit in them for 8 hours a day, with All the chairs I sat in is just unacceptable, the back rest just sinks back so far its useless, and yes, the lever on the side didn't fix it. On some chairs the lever is non-existent. Also, the headphones are extremely uncomfortable and sometimes painful. You'd think they would at least let their employees sit and talk in comfort, since were sitting and talking 99% of the time. I wonder if OSHA has laws or regulations on lumbar back support. Also, UPGRADE THE ORDER ENTRY SOFTWARE. After I tried to explain that if they would just spend a little money and upgrade their software, they would ultimately save money by not having to spend so much in training to learn the dinosaur age software. Just a hint on how old the software is... it's coded in DOS... Oh well, if they didn't listen to me in person, why would they listen to anyone on here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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