Grand Circle Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Alan E. Lewis
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Pros
  • Laid back environment, casual dress code, and welcoming of different types of people (in 8 reviews)

  • Decent travel benefits (assuming that the trips you choose are not overbooked or cancelled and you find out at the last minute as it often happens) (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • The culture is calling people out (open and courageous) and you have to just take it and say thank you for the feed back (in 9 reviews)

  • Employees have to buy into company culture; agree with owners beliefs (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Grand Circle

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gives You credit when you work well

    Cons

    Know and again could look down the work line

    Advice to Management

    Could use more inside staff ready to do the job,


  2. What a mess.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Web in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Grand Circle full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Management is extremely flexible in responding to trends and sales. Great benefits- affordable travel, focus on work life balance (although not all get to participate depending on job stresses), parties all the time to celebrate wins, job requirements seem to reward competent hard-workers.

    Cons

    Management is extremely flexible in responding to trends and sales. Causes too much chaos in workflow across channels. Lack of clear decision makers and leadership. No concrete plan seems to exist. Plan keeps changing and growing. Not a real data driven company. They could use a real marketing wizard.

    Advice to Management

    Allow peers and subordinates to review management. Without that- you will continue to have managers who are given titles without qualification and clear role development.


  3. Great working Environment with Great benefits

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

    I have been working at Grand Circle

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

    Pros

    I have worked here 10 plus years and have enjoyed a great working Environment with fair pay and a opportunity to see over 60 countries

    Cons

    If can not adapt to rapid change you can not work here

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and allow a process to work before abandoning it altogether.sometimes it takes morethan 90 days to see the progress you are llooking for


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  5. Highly Dysfunctional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Revenue Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Revenue Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Grand Circle full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lured in by the opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Backstabbing culture promoted
    Open and Courageous Communication is an opportunity to degrade people to make yourself look better.
    The bonus payout was a joke… seriously


  6. Pretty Dreadful

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

    I worked at Grand Circle full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Travel opportunities
    Free food on occasion

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture
    Cult-like employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people/retain people for their job success - not personal values.


  7. Lied to and forced to abide by ridiculous standards.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Grand Circle full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The money, and the coffee shop across the street.

    Cons

    Developers are patently laughable when it comes to understanding virtually any concept of computer science. Developers use terms they don't understand. Developers are even willing to lie to you to convince you of what they're doing. Management makes up acronyms for processes literally days before they harass you for not knowing them. Forced to go on an annual "skills building" retreat where they feed you cold hotdogs that will give you Escherichia coli. Forced to participate in dangerous activities like holding up people that weight 250+ lbs on a ropes course, or row in a canoe of 6 people across a lake with the intent that you will sink.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Excellent product, talented people, not for everybody

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grand Circle

    Pros

    Successful company. Growth. Travel benefits.

    Cons

    In addition to your skil set you need to conform tot he culture, which is demanding.


  9. A place on continuous learning.

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

    I worked at Grand Circle

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

    Pros

    If you like a challenging environment that is continually changing to meet the needs of the business and have the courage to take risks this is the place for you.

    Cons

    This demanding environment is rewarding but work-life balance is a commitment to make to yourself before signing up for an opportunity here.


  10. From 1 to 5 but no 3s, I would give it a 2+

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - G/L in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - G/L in Boston, MA

    I worked at Grand Circle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growth potential - yes.
    Pay - Solid
    Travel Discount - yes

    Cons

    Lay off almost every fall.
    Some politics within departments, not all. (Maybe you will be luckier than me)

    Advice to Management

    They are good for the most part


  11. Worst job/company Eve

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

    I worked at Grand Circle

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

    Pros

    travel discounts, IF you like to travel with a 50+ year-old crowd

    Cons

    Terrible culture and management. Unless you drink the koolaid prepared to get fired. There seems to be no process but that is masked as being able to adapt to "change".
    For a travel company with travel perks, time off is minimal.
    Workload is crazy and everyone seems to work late nights and weekends.
    Bombarding customers with direct mail every week seems like a horrible business plan.
    Management plays clear favorites.



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