Healthy Directions

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Healthy Directions Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
22 Reviews
3.2
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Potomac, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Potomac, MD

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible management with opportunity for growth. Provides a fair work life balance. The people there are great to work with and make it fun.

    Cons

    Senior management is a mix of long term, entrenched veterans and newer, more forward thinking executives. Can cause for mixed messages and direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to communicate more to all levels of the company. Seems like some were in the know while others are not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great mission, good potential, culture leaves a lot to be desired

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

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a long, successful history as a doctor lead, health supplement company with a direct mail only business model. The company has great products and the people who work for the organization are passionate about health and helping seniors. Coworkers are friendly and it is a relatively relaxed 9-5 pace compared to other companies.

    Cons

    The company has struggled to move beyond the success they have had in the '90's and early '00's and make the changes necessary to modernize and move the business forward. Over the last 2 years, reorganization, lay offs and 1-off firings have become part of the culture. Consequently, the relationship between the executives and mid to low level employees is not one of collaboration and trust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the investments necessary to help the business function effectively in the year 2014--operations, technology, employee training. Empower and trust employees, inspire them to be more than 9-5 pencil pushers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Terrific vision, strong financial and strategic leadership

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

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very transparent. Senior folks do what they say they're going to do. Senior team highly committed. Very solid finance leadership, overall leadership and vision and great physical environment

    Cons

    Too far from my home and not a lot of room for upward movement right now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You are on the right track. Be more aggressive to eliminate underperforming staff. The Wellness program, although just beginning, is terrific and will make a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Offline Company in an Online World

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Healthy Directions has great products and three very valued doctors behind the key products. The product quality is key to their loyal customers.

    Cons

    The company is stable/growing but via expensive and old fashioned direct mail. Attempts to grow the online business have stagnated - turnover in the online department is virtually nonstop. The company is owned by a bank and they need to get the company from 20% online sales to 50% online sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a strategy - a company that prides itself on being a premium product, yet has to offer huge online sales multiple times a month to try and reach budget is not a long term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    "Finally a company with great potential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Potomac, MD
    Current Employee - Operations in Potomac, MD

    I have been working at Healthy Directions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A more secure place to work at than in past years due to better leadership of the current CEO and former CEO last year who both have led the company on the right track with monthly strong sales growth.
    Potential for better atmosphere and communication among employees with relocation to our new building at the end of this year.

    Cons

    Not much to speak of except in the advice to Management (see below).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your hard working employees below you more and recognize they are the reason for the company's growth and success also. Listen to their imput.Don't distance yourselves from them. Try to put your employees first and yourselves last.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Getting back on track

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

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Offers a great work/life balance for most employees.
    - Growth industry as many seniors and boomers focus on healthy living.
    - Ability to experience products and to provide beneficial products.
    - After an extended period of suppressed growth, new female CEO has started to introduce new doctors, new products and new channels as well as introduce a new culture to the organization.

    Cons

    - Some employees are still mired in past practices.
    - Has been a hard climb back to growth as a result of past executive management missteps and turnover, followed by several years of the economic downturn, and all resulting in layoffs and other attrition.
    - Workspace needs to be updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build on new opportunities for the consumers and continue to put "fun" back into the employees' vocabulary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Successful Turnaround....Great Growth Potential

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

    I have been working at Healthy Directions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every day is about helping people lead healthier, happier lives
    Superior nutritional supplements with the best ingredients and best science
    Medium sized company with leadership opportunities for those who want to take on more
    Great work-life balance...most work from 9AM to 5:30PM

    Cons

    Tired, old office space (but moving to new office at the end of the year)
    Some employees do more than their fair share, and others won't take on more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace a meritocracy and reward high performers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to put talents to work

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

    I worked at Healthy Directions

    Pros

    Team atmosphere within departments
    Opportunity to cross train for other positions
    Open to new ideas
    Lots of information for analysis
    Casual atmosphere
    Open doors

    Cons

    Product line is challenging b/c of competition in the industry
    Inability to telecommute
    People have more to do than they have time to do it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay open to new ideas
    Look at branching out into other product lines that suit the market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Due to budget constraints, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

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

    I have been working at Healthy Directions full-time

    Pros

    The foundation for success is there. Everyone works extremely hard at trying to meet and exceed expectations on a daily basis.

    Cons

    There is a level of cruelty that runs ramped with- in Senior Management and how they treat their employees. There is no room for growth, job security does not exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the hard work your employees do, acknowledge they exist. Do not take them for granted. Respect them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The grass is the same color green all over the place.

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

    I have been working at Healthy Directions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products. You really feel like you're helping people. Especially when we hear SO many rave reviews about out products and how they're helping people.
    Good opportunity for growth. You just have to be a participant and help make it happen. Most managers are always open to new ideas. Especially the new upper mgmt team.

    Cons

    We are coming out of a 2+ year struggle so some people still feel a little insecure about things. However, things look better and it's an exciting time. Lots of new adventures around the corner.

    When you go the extra mile (or two!) it doesn't seem to be appreciated much. Seems l like it's just expected to put in 12 hour days if necessary. Most people don't mind but once in a while you have to feel like someone has noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check with the worker bees more often. Everyone's putting forth 110+ effort and we need to know it's being acknowledged and appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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