Gordon Flesch Company Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
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  1. Overall a good place to work. Pay and benefits are competitive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordon Flesch Company

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

    Pros

    Secure employment. Good people to work with. It was like being a part of a family at first. Times changed and the company grew and now it is still a good place to work, but not as tight knit.

    Cons

    After being there for many years, there is no further opportunity for wage growth. The industry has been at zero growth for some time and probably is not ever going to grow again.

    Advice to Management

    They could fire some marginally competent people and fill the positions with fresh talent. Mgmt is generous almost to a fault for retaining people for to long.


  2. Set up to fail

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Gordon Flesch Company full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They paid well for an entry level business to business sales opportunity.

    Cons

    Poor management, zero account base, and lack of structure for someone new to the business.

    Advice to Management

    There needed to be a manager in office that had actually been successful in the city territory of Chicago.


  3. Owner's favoritism towards poisonous older employees disgraceful.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gordon Flesch Company full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It all seems nice and friendly when you first arrive in this company.

    Cons

    You realize quickly that you are expected to bring in $600K - $800K to make the money they want you to make for them. Do not be fooled there really is no salary, you get paid on a draw and without any decent house accounts unless you are incredibly fortunate it is nearly impossible for a new employee to make up anything close to what's needed. When you do make it it will be sucked back by them through what you owe them. Management favors only long term providers and attitude of one member of the Flesch family is reprehensible at the very least. Stay away from this company, its all mouth and no action, unless you are indeed using your mouth for something they might find purposeful.

    Advice to Management

    Dont screw the (new) staff coming in (or otherwise) You pay a HR Director to do a job he/she can't possible perform as you rotate new staff as an excuse not to look at the obvious internal problem of your existing staff. Incredibly short- sighted and as you only continue to marginally increase your profit, you will soon see dramatic overall losses as the necessary model cannot be maintained.


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  5. Professional Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordon Flesch Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional Work environment. Most everyone who works here is well trained/educated and competent. Upper management is great and they treat their employees well. Beautiful building and great location.

    Cons

    Pay is a little low and benefits are just so-so.


  6. Quality Company & Culture - but Tough to Earn a Buck...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Gordon Flesch Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented team of people makes them a top company in their industry. Financially sound. Excellent customer service and sterling reputation in the marketplace. Owns their own leasing company, which is a huge competitive advantage. Does a good job surveying their employees to get honest feedback. Very strong and positive culture. Jacket and tie environment - very professional.

    Cons

    The old guard sales people make great money and are protected by ownership/management. New reps struggle. Tough to balance selling equipment and the extensive list of sophisticated technology solutions being offered without a decent comp plan. No salary. Gordon Flesch is building a 21st century technology services company on the backs of and at the expense of their sales reps. You need to sell copiers at a full time clip while at the same time selling all of the other technology offerings which carry much longer sales cycles. If you are not blessed with a mature territory with lots of existing clients - it is a very tough gig.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to sell software and managed IT Services, figure out how to pay your sales reps a salary to compensate for long sales cycles


  7. I was there for many years but competition became too stressful so i decided to leave.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Gordon Flesch Company full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I got good sales so my pay was well overall.

    Cons

    My boss treated me and some of my co-workers a little poorly.


  8. Great Family Owned business

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordon Flesch Company

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

    Pros

    Owner take care of their employees; unique perks

    Cons

    There are several manager that are there due to longevity not abililty to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Departments need to work better together, not against each other. This starts with the VPs


  9. copy services

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordon Flesch Company full-time

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

    Pros

    great management; very flexible and listens to employee's concerns

    Cons

    Pay rate is on the low scale


  10. Excellent company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Mansfield, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Mansfield, OH

    I worked at Gordon Flesch Company full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Corporate office is very active in the community, sense of family and genuine interest in individuals

    Cons

    Outlying offices feel disconnected, sales quotas set like corporate office - outlying areas are very different


  11. If you like working with a company where mangament is a joke, here's your opporunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Gordon Flesch Company full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The employees at the site you work at is nicer than most of your co-workers

    Cons

    A back stabbing site manager & lack of recognition for hard work, just to name a few

    Advice to Management

    When you have employees complaining to the site manager's boss and he is not doing anything to recify the problem and not to mention provides "excuses" for the managers actions, something seriously needs to be done. Also if human resources notices a pattern of terminations at one particular site alone, a red flag should go up and maybe an internal investigation should be conducted. My advice? Be careful who you hire.



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