Levy Home Entertainment

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2.4 12 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

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Carol Kloster

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Coordinator (Current Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsNice people to work with. It's a small company so you can make a difference and get to know just about everyone. Often promote from within.

    ConsSlow to adopt new technology, however the new management is much better about this. Don't believe salries are competitive. Like to do things they way they have always been done, but again, new managment is changing this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to and invite new ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you love to travel on a dime

    District Field Supervisor (Former Employee) Charleston, SC

    ProsThe work is very easy and simple.

    ConsUpper management is terrible. Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

    I had to carry a region off of my budget because my counterparts could not manage their's.

    Pay is too low for anyone to survive on.

    Huge territories and they wanted to pull company vehicles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire all of your DM's and RM's and start over

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    too labor intensive, causing health issues

    Rep (Former Employee) Detroit, MI

    Prosbest reason to work at this company is the flexibility it offers and the ability to work independently within my own scheduoe

    Consjob entails too much lifting of boxes up to 50 pounds and not enough management support when asking for help when schedules are tough

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    Wonderful for the first 10 years, then awful, declining everyday.

    Accounting Clerk (Former Employee) Oak Brook, IL

    ProsFlexibilty with hours for home problems and schedules and discounts on books purchased.

    ConsWith new technolgy, not enough training for new procedures and patience for the people having trouble. No job security and no interaction with management. Always waiting for the ax to fall and making people very stressed to the point of illness.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a lot nicer to the non-exempt employees. They work very hard with little compensation and acknowledgement. Everyone needs to feel respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management is out of touch with ground ops

    Part-time Merchandiser (Current Employee) Jacksonville, NC

    ProsNice that it's part-time, you set your own hours

    ConsManagement is out of touch with the ground troops. They rarely get in touch with you-your field supervisor might be decent but their management is terrible. You're constantly caught off guard with shipments that you weren't expecting or management will send the wrong thing, the wrong amounts, often far far too many books that you end up having to either pack back up and send back or cram into what amounts to little or no space. All the time management is trying to cut down your hours and constantly wanting reports as to why it took you over an hour to unload everything they sent. If you try to contact them, you never hear back. Field supervisors feel un-listened to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to get on the same page as the people actually unloading the boxes. It feels like decisions are made that have no common-sense basis.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, good management talent, unfortunately follow through and commitment is lacking.

    Analyst (Current Employee) Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    ProsFamily atmosphere. The CEO knows everyone by first name. She makes a point of saying hello to and good morning to everyone she sees. There is a good sense of commradere and coworkers are friendly and supportive. There is good communication of overall goals and overall strategy of the organization. There is a huge diverse talent pool at Levy. CEO, Carol Kloster believes on emphasizing and recognizing all successes in the organization.

    ConsStrategy and implementation seem to change with whichever way the wind is blowing. Many good programs and inspirational initiatives have been started, however, there seems to be a failure in follow through and commitment from all levels of management. For example, all employees were trained on the 7 habits of becoming an effective manager. However, there was no reinforcement of the ideas or follow ups after the 3 day training seminars. A great deal of time and money spent on training with no visible results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through on initiatives. Challenge management to work with frontline and corporate staff to identify our challenges and our attempts to address them. What are our successes? What are our failures? What have we learned from both?

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    Levy Merchandiser Position offers flexible schedule

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThe part time merchandiser position offers flexible hours, independent working conditions, and has good long term employment potential. Decent pay when compared with similiar merchadising roles.

    ConsThere is not always enough time allotted for store assignments. The need to enter reports, inventories, etc... at home while not being compensated is a problem. Sometimes store management expects more than what falls into the merchandiser role. No review/raise after over a year of employment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate employees for time spent off the clock entering perpetual inventories, filling out questionnaires, reading through the piles of paperwork that come to our homes every week. Offer reviews and raises after a reasonable period of time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Low stress job with a degree of satisfaction at the end of the day.

    Merchandiser (Current Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsLevy Home Entertainment is a great company to work for. Just do your job and do it right and management leaves you to your task. Independent working environment, work your own hours. If you have a passion for reading and like to organize and display, the Levybooks division is a great choice for employment.

    ConsYearly raise less than 25 cents per hour. The "Suppose to be scenarios" (layouts, planograms, etc.) usually don't materialize due to errors in product shipments or lack of products. Not for the perfectionist, frustrating. Some heavy lifting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse of technology needs improvement. Ordering system is somewhat antiquated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This company breaks every Code of Ethics ever written

    Field Representative (Former Employee) West Covina, CA

    ProsThe flexability. Able to work independently

    ConsThey're dishonest in all aspects of business

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe lack of integrity and moral values that has corruped this company will be your downfall.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company that truly cares about it's employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat senior management team that have visionary ideas in a difficult time in the print book industry.

    ConsLevy was recently sold and is now called Readerlink. Not sure how the new owners will handle the ups and downs of such a turbulent industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in your employees and technology. This company has a lot of dedicated employees that are willing to go the extra mile for the right management team.

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