Kids II

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Kids II Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with a ton of potential!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kids II full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a tremendous company with a ton of potential!! The organization has a great foundation and employee base. With some standardized processes and procedures in place, the growth potential for the organization is very high. Senior management is very open to new ideas and changes to the organization that will position help to facilitate growth. The culture is truly unique with a high emphasis on collaboration which is vastly different from environments that I've worked in previously. The employees are friendly and seem to be dedicated to wanting to see the company succeed.

    Cons

    No negatives, but a true telecommuting program would be a tremendous benefit which management is currently evaluating and implementing for 2015 & beyond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your managers to lead, but then hold them accountable!

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

    Smoke & Mirrors

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    Former Employee - Product in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Product in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Kids II full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun people, fast paced, interesting products, slide in the office

    Cons

    Constantly playing follow the leader instead of trying to be a leader in the industry, employees are just order takers for upper management, care more about appeasing retail partners than creating meaningful products for moms and babies, always in a state of fire drill (reactive instead of proactive), speak alot about the culture but don't take action to make it better

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

    It's not for everyone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kids II full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun company events, smart and cool coworkers, gorgeous office environment, constant change and improvement, a lot of internal communications from the CEO, upper managers that work as hard (usually harder) than the employees, awesome products. Job scopes are usually larger compared to other companies, so you get to take on more and learn more.

    Cons

    Kids II is definitely not for everyone which is evidenced by some of the negative reviews on here. People seem to either love it or hate it. The company has very high expectations and if you're not pulling your weight, it will be noticed and addressed. A lot of the previous posters write reviews as if this were a bad thing but I disagree. If I'm busting my butt and the person next to me is slacking off, I want someone to say something! And yes, Kids II does have a lot of turnover for this reason. But there's also turnover because competitors love our employees - we developed some of the smartest, well-rounded, hardest working employees in the industry. Recruiters are constantly trying to woo employees away; sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. So read the reviews and take it with a grain of salt. If someone wrote a scathing review because Kids II is hard on their employees, you can make the assumption that their performance was addressed. And it is true that a lot of people aren't "good cultural fits" but this doesn't just address the "drinking the coolade" type of culture; the culture is to put in 100%, make smart decisions and constantly improve. If you're not doing that, then you don't fit the culture, plain and simple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more time and money into training and developing the employees. This will pay huge dividends in the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    The most dysfunctional place I've ever worked

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kids II full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office is nice and the location in Buckhead is convenient unless you have to take highway 400. There's not many pros so it's hard to be positive because the chaos and absolute lack of direction here will drive you crazy.

    Cons

    The biggest is the lack of strategic experience and business sense by the executives and upper management. From the top leader who never worked anywhere else or had a real job before to the exec leaders who have either no formal college education (yes it's true!) and have been with the company so long they have no experience outside so they have no clue how a company should really run. There are too many in upper management and not enough people who actually do the work. These "leaders" change their minds like they change their socks and you will get burned out quickly working in such a reactionary environment. Almost every employee is looking for another job. The turnover rate here is SO bad. The execs will tell you the people leaving are not a good culture fit. This is simply not true. The people leaving are going because they can't work with such a lack of structure, process and with zero strategic direction. They don't want to bear witness to the good ole boys club anymore, witness the secrecy and the flat out lies that are told. They may also leave because there's no clear path for growth ever given, and there's no such thing as a job description...you may have one but it means nothing. They may also leave because they get tired of watching execs travel on private planes and stay at 5 star hotels but they get told they have to reimburse the company if they go over the meager and unrealistic per diem when traveling. This happened to myself and my colleagues on multiple occasions. They may also leave because sick days and vacation days are the same thing here. You don't get many so everyone comes to work sick and God forbid you try to take a vacation, management has no qualms about calling you on it to ask you to do something because your time with your family is not important to them. They may also leave because as a baby and toy company they have zero paternity leave and even though they upgraded their maternity leave, once you are a working mom they have zero sensitivity for your struggle and there will be no working from home. They are rigid on their policy that you have to be in the office everyday and though they claim to have flex time, it won't matter because you'll get booked into meetings at 7 am just as frequently as you'll get booked into 5 pm meetings and if you try to push back, you'll be viewed as not as dedicated...and even not a good culture fit. So people who leave don't do so because they are not good culture fits, they leave because there is zero work life balance, it's actually a running joke and even the callous execs will say in a joking way,"you know your always on right," but they are not joking. Labeling people as not a good culture fit is their excuse, they are full of those and refuse to listen to employees or admit they have a problem. Covering things up and pretending they are a best place to work is an epidemic here. Denial seems to be a pre-requisite for management. Directors and VPs are equally as miserable as well, I know because I was one and you meet with your peers and upper management and nobody says anything or speaks up because they have watched others do that in the past and those individuals were fired for not being a good culture fit of course. If you read positive reviews on this site, beware, most were written by the company themselves. They have their PR team create positive reviews because they are trying to keep up the image but as we all know in this day and age you have to be transparent and if you are not the truth WILL come out. The truth comes out on this site in every single bad review. Those are the real reviews, so be wary and read them all and know what you are getting into with this company. The people who run it are not good people in my opinion. They are self serving and will do anything to line their own pockets. This review may get taken down, I have seen so many bad reviews get removed as the company continues their efforts to cover up their bad image. Ultimately this is a baby and toy company who operates on Budweiser budgets but expects Champagne results from its employees who have to work 60+ hour weeks to stay above water. There are no clear paths for career growth, no real strategic direction given and if you expect to grow your skill set or learn anything then turn and run away. The only thing you will learn here is how to navigate the insane office politics, how to say the right thing to management to ensure you don't get fired that day and you'll learn what it looks like to see a good ol boy network run a company. It's not pretty.

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Be Real! All the employees talk to each other, they know what's really happening. They are not stupid so stop treating everybody as if they are drinking your kool aid. Even your directors and VPs are miserable so stop bullying them and admit you have a problem. Institute some real processes and strategies. Stop running this company as if you had 59 employees and start evolving as you grow. Exec Management it begins with you so take a hard look at yourselves. You are the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    Let's Get Real!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Kids II full-time

    Pros

    There are some rock star employees, unfortunately they end up leaving, Office is nice and great location in Buckhead and great area.

    Cons

    Grotesquely Underqualified Management, It is painful to see those who are still there and looking for a job so they can leave KIDSII. To say that those of us that left were not a good fit, this is simply an insult, we did not want to leave our friends! We had no other choice due to the sheer incompetence of the Upper Management Staff.
    Why so many CFO's? How can you have more Director's than direct reports? How can you have a Director reporting to another Director? Those whom you have named Director's, they do not have 1 ounce of strategic experience in their entire career. You are not doing them any favors, should they ever leave KIDSII, you are setting them up to get slaughtered in an interview for another Director position.
    You will continue to struggle with your off the charts employee turnover until you are willing to look in the mirror and make some major changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say continue looking for another job, it seems your Top tier is jumping ship as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 17 people found this helpful  

    Fake Reviews to make the company look like a great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Kids II full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The furniture and slide make the environment a cool place to work in. If you are entry level and want to stay entry level for years, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you want to get rewarded for how hard you work, Kids ii is not the place for you. They talk about the culture and being transparent, but they really don't live what they preach. The managers there are not equipped to manage teams and are not knowledgeable about the duties of their team so therefore can be great leaders. Over 60 people have left or gotten fired since February and the owner of the company only says that "those that left weren't a good cultural fit." What?! Get a clue and make some real changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and make some real changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    I'm a real person, and yes it's really that bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Buckhead, GA
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Buckhead, GA

    I have been working at Kids II full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People spend tens of thousands of dollars at educational institutions dissecting case studies, well at Kids II you get to live it. You will get a world class education on what not to do. That's me trying to write something nice. My last review got removed and I just can't understand why.

    Cons

    The salary is good if you were actually only working 40-45 hours a week. 6:30 am meeting woooo hoo. If you like direction or strategy, life will be very painful. Imagine yourself as a moving guy carrying a Steinway piano, and just as you get it to the 3rd floor your customer says they really want it in the basement. Then you move it there and they say, nah 2nd floor. They you move it there and they say they really need it in a different color. That's what day to day life is like at Kids II. The most disorganized dysfunctional company I have had the dis pleasure of working for. This is a toy company, they aren't current with any industry standards and your brain will atrophy if you have any real work experience. Not the place to be if you want transferable skills. I take that back, you will probably come out like a Ninja is you work in customer service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating people like pawns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    Not for the experienced or savvy professional! Kids II was the worst professional experience of my career.

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Buckhead, GA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Buckhead, GA

    I worked at Kids II full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office, great location for me, excellent salary, nice/friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Outdated IT systems, dysfunctional management, small company mentality, poor recognition for day to day successes, zero tolerance customer chargeback policy, no official work from home policy, PTO, countless hours spent on production support and charge back research make Kids II a miserable place to work.

    This job was the worst experience of my 20 year IT career. If you are an experienced IT professional you could be very miserable at Kids II. I say 'could' because there are a handful of IT folks that enjoy the work (but honestly, they were all much younger with limited professional experiences). Eighty percent of my time was spent on mundane and tedious production support tasks with no real time dedicated to fixing the core issues that lead to the production problems! If you enjoy manually shuttling data around, reformatting files, chasing down the causes for chargebacks, working with 20 year old DOS batch scripts and other old apps, outdated MS Access routines, a limited and clumsy ERP, and a traditional 'butts in seats' work mentality than this is the place for you!!! Enjoy.

    I say 'small company mentality' because we spent a considerable amount of time researching chargebacks due to system inefficiencies or human error trying to correct these system inefficiencies. This policy made everyone involved miserable and cautious to avoid making mistakes. Its been said in other reviews and its very true, we (Operations & IT) walked on eggshells. I frequently spent more costly time researching these than the actual charge! How inane! The company would be better to write off the charge and move on!

    Leaving was one the highlights of my year! In addition to the above, IT members are not allowed to work from home unless you are a member of the good ole boy club. In addition, I was frequently called on my personal cell to address production issues only to come in the next day and be asked where I was at 1:30 if I decided to take a late lunch. How about a little flexibility? You won’t find it hear, just the expectation that you fit into the 'Kids II Culture' of hard work, long hours, poor recognition or consideration for your daily efforts, and limited time off (PTO used for vacation/sick time/personal time). All the money in the world couldn't keep me there. What a miserable experience! I learned technically nothing new at Kids II. I was stagnating. I hope you are reading this review BEFORE, not after accepting an offer!!! If after, than my review is probably not news to you.

    Ultimately I was faced with the choice of working for a company that makes mid-grade Chinese manufactured Infant and toddler gear, feeling unappreciated, overworked, and constantly stressed about the next failure that would precipitate a customer charge back or leave and take the risk of finding something new. I don't regret the decision to leave for one second. Kids II offered me nothing but a paycheck and misery. It is not the place for you unless you are very young and inexperienced or you just don't know any better!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be considerate of the time your employees spend on work outside the office and compensate them accordingly (with understanding, encouragement, and flexibility). Let members of IT work from home. This builds incredible loyalty. Measure their output, not the time spent in a chair in the office! Scrap the 'Zero Tolerance' chargeback policy. You will NEVER achieve a year with zero dollar chargebacks, especially when you outfit your teams with outdated tools. It's the small price you pay for doing $400 million in sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Finally a real review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Kids II full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pretty office, occasional free fruit and a few times a year have company events

    Cons

    So here's my 1 star review in a sea of 5's. I can assure you this one is real. Yes Kids II is that type of company. Click on trending ( 1 star average to 5 star overnight...hmmm how did that happen?) or talk to real people on linkedin to get the real scoop. Kids II has a high turn over rate. On average 2-3 people a week have their "jobs eliminated" or quit. Don't become a victim too. I read the terrible reviews and just though these are just one or 2 disgruntle employees. Oh how wrong I was. I could write a thesis on why Kids II is the worst company I have worked for I'll stick to 3 main points that will hopefully help you see the light.

    1) There is no direction or procedure at Kids II. Everything is very tribal and chaotic. HR will tell you it's fast paced and going through growing pains. All lies. This is a large company that operates like there are only 3 employees. Unless you are in management you will have to deal with this mess.

    2) You are just a pawn. In my experience Kids II doesn't care how many people they burn out, the job market is good enough and the marketing and PR make it easy for them to find new replacements. Don't expect to be treated with respect of like a human being. Once again don't take my word for it talk to a real person. There is only certain language you're allowed to use on this review sit.

    3) There really isn't any career growth unless your an intern or fresh out of school. Kids II is far behind industry standards (like having a prototype shop or test lab). Oh wait they make Children's products, why would you want those facilities?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop firing people that try to help improve the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Joining the Kids II Team was a great decision!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Kids II full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    One of the main things that drew me to Kids II was the culture...I was really looking to find an employer that recognized that their employees were their biggest asset and treated them as such, and I really feel that Kids II has exceeded my expectations on that front.

    The people are wonderful and most really love what they do and actually enjoy coming to work. The office space in Atlanta is unlike any other office I have ever seen - beautifully designed and no detail spared.

    Cons

    As a competitive and fast paced work environment, employees are always giving more than just clocking a 40 hour week. While the hours are flexible, it's not typically a 9-5 kind of place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on culture...as we continue to grow as quickly as we are, it is the culture that will keep employees feeling connected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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