Hammacher Schlemmer & Co.

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Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Desperately trying to catch -up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL

    I have been working at Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - There are some very nice individuals who work here.
    - The pay is competitive.
    - Just started using a project management application which is helpful for staying on task of your duties and those involved in your projects.
    - Free soda and coffee in the fridge which is always stocked.

    Cons

    - Insurance doesn't kick in until 3 months on the job and you can't use dental for any procedures other then preventative care for 15 months.
    - They do not have their own HR team
    - Company owned, so it is run with very little resources to save money.
    - Employees who have been there a while are difficult to work with and lack necessary soft skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to invest in new employees by spending time with them during the onboarding training. There is a lot of gossip from certain individuals which is negatively affecting moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Niles, IL

    I worked at Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, relatively good work/life balance (although work from home capabilities are very limited... but working more than 40 hours is never expected), relatively easy to get promotions & raises if you plot out a plan with your manager and stick to it, compensation/benefits are decent (minus no 401K matching, but new ESOP will allegedly make up for that)

    Cons

    Company is run as if it's 1980 and catalogs are still the end-all-be-all of retail and the internet/Amazon don't exist, not much room for changing the business so every project is very status quo and work typically feels meaningless, management is very un-open to ideas that stray from past thought processes - if they suddenly seem open to a new idea it will be analyzed to death and no decision will ever be made, office sounds like a library (SO quiet), culture is very negative - friendships & fun moments within the workplace are seemingly frowned upon by upper management, very high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The snarky side of me wants to say "I have a few things to say but they wouldn't listen anyway", but I digress...

    Stop being afraid of change, whether it's a new leadership style, embracing the future by becoming a true competitor both business model-wise and employer-wise, or trusting data. The world is changing every day and it's really sad that a company as cool as this one can't get on board with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    What can one say?

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

    I have been working at Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Does not charge employees for water from the water fountain. Has plenty of free parking for employees. Company issued computers were upgraded in 2012 to no longer have 3.5" floppy disk drives. Easy work. Easy paycheck. Convenient location to Golf Mill Mall. High ceilings in many areas of the building. There are many interesting personalities in the building. Book fairs and craft fairs are common events in the building.

    Cons

    Contact the numerous former employees for information. The company's high employee turnover rate spans all levels of the company, from interns up to "Senior Staff". In 2014 employees have even resigned with no other job lined up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    neurotic place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    easy job and get to dress professionally

    Cons

    This company is now a joke, it's not what it used to be eventhough upper management keeps trying to run and view things from the past. At this point they should close the retail store as the staff is low class and the store is not profitable anyway. The catalog is so outdated its ridiculous. There is no rhyme and reason to it; how do you put a pic of a $90k submarine next to a $99 sound machine? The layout makes no sense and confuses the customer. This is indicitive of every decision the VP's make. i.e nothing makes any sense with this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Hammacher name is gold. The old reputation was well respected. Get rid of the existing upper management and get some new blood in there or there won't be a future. Change is a positive thing. Also, stop making people work 11 hour days, it's not right. You only pay us for 40.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    An old catalog company that doesn't care to enter the modern day of commerce.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Niles, IL

    I have been working at Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Random product selection makes days different.

    Cons

    Upper management is all over the place most of the time, but usually on the same page of not changing anything even when testing and analysis has proven things out. You'll waste a lot of time never really accomplishing anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to save this company. Price increases, expensive shipping, and turning a blind eye to societal changes are not going to let this place exist for much longer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Creative and fast paced culture

    Cons

    Focus changed constantly and affected projects

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