Gardens Alive Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Do not do more than you should.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gardens Alive

    Pros

    A lot of good people to work with.

    Cons

    Same raises no matter your position or how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Change is a good thing.

  2. More like an internship

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience and the company and the job looked good on my resume.
    Flexible hours- as long as you're salaried.
    Opportunity to learn about the business and also gardening.
    Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of proper compensation- low pay.
    Lack of structure and reporting structure.
    Outdated computers and systems.
    No proper training.

    Advice to Management

    Create a learning environment for new employees with ad aware training. Hire competent employees and compensate them for their skills and knowledge.

  3. Mostly nice coworkers, HR doens't make sense

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Good experience but less than average benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. No support from my boss or anyone throughout the organization

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. 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 (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working people on the floor.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Start all over again. Hire some top notch talent

  8. Customer service/call center

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This job was only Part time and seasonal.

  9. Helpful (1)

    I couldn't wait to leave.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Tipp City Office Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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