MZ Berger Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Sinking Ship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in Long Island City, NY

    I worked at MZ Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Jewish holidays off, early Friday's

    Cons

    Poor pay, low morale

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your employees.


  2. Development

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MZ Berger full-time

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

    Pros

    They give a lot of holidays and early Friday's.

    Cons

    There are so many cons to working there. Management and owners are in "Bed" together and make decisions based on favoritism. Worst manager in the entire company has two pet employees that get double an triple the raises&bonus of everyone else and they do the least work. This is not rumor..... This so called professional manager has carelessly left sensitive salary info out in the open. Overworked and took advantage of the minority employees who are not part of the special "Bestie" group. Lack of recognition and nothin but lies. The rest of the company has a few talented people, but they are in the background not earning adequate salaries. As for benefits they are skimpy- 401k is avail, but they do not match it... Not even one penny. Medical is a few hundred a month, Probably standard compared to other places. Bonuses are a joke. You will have to beg for a raise and still wont get one. I don't suggest ever working here unless the only other option is to be a stripper.

    Advice to Management

    Stop discriminating and taking advantage of talented people. The office pets are not working nearly as har as the rest of the company.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Where do I start

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

    I worked at MZ Berger

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

    Pros

    The people, the commute,the days off

    Cons

    No bonuses, no raises, no direction,no actual plan. The accounts they have are already working with other vendors. Pricing is not handle correctly, managing is non existent. Friendship is more important than respect. The sales people need to learn how to sell and stop complaining. Salaries need to be adjusted. It's ridiculous that someone who is an assistant makes more money than a merchandiser or senior designer or a designer makes more than a product developer. It just doesn't add up.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism, the raises, the bonuses, kiddish invitation to friends only is disrespectful and condescending. Stop drinking!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MZ Berger full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Jewish Holidays. Great Designers. Pretty showroom.

    Cons

    No room to grow in the company unless you can pretend you do your work and have good connections with the upper management. Bad dept. management that is leading the company to sink.

    Advice to Management

    Treat ALL your employees with respect and pay what they are worth.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Worst company I have ever worked for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY

    I have been working at MZ Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Early Fridays year round. 4:00.

    Cons

    Company wide layoff of over 30 people. Not one person in top management has acknowledged the layoffs and how to should move forward with half the staff cut. No respect or consideration for the employees that actually know what they are doing. They do not match 401k contributions. Medical coverage is average, but expensive. Work long hours, very little pay.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new managers.


  7. Helpful (9)

    Traumatic de-humanizing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Minority Worker
    Former Employee - Minority Worker

    I worked at MZ Berger

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

    Pros

    Friendships born out of commiseration.

    Cons

    Absence of mission, and vision. Outdated business model. Vigorous abuse of employee trust and confidence through false promises, hierarchical viciousness, unfair distribution of compensation, unavailability of leadership and mentorship, promoting the devaluation of one's self-worth. Environment that fosters misery, paranoia. Any association is detrimental to one's professional dignity and future.

    Advice to Management

    Stop. Quit. Close.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MZ Berger full-time

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

    Pros

    Get to leave early on Friday. That's it.

    Cons

    Had a 30-40 person layoff 3 weeksmom ago without a plan in place for the ones left. Managers decided who stayed and who got the boot. Very immature managers kept their faves and booted the rest. IT department let the 1 guy go that actually knew a thing or 2. If you need help the ones that are left use google to figure out whats wrong. No raises, no bonuses no respect for employees. Higher ups were brought in with 6 fig salaries (unemployed prior to working here ). No decisions being made. People are quitting and looking to leave. Morale is low and gets worse every day. Benefits aren't competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Show some appreciation to your employees. Do something for them, stop hiding in your offices like a bunch of cowards.


  9. Helpful (7)

    manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MZ Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    very bad management, bad construction of the company, no reviews, no bonus.

    Cons

    financial problems, work environment, management

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees right


  10. Helpful (5)

    executive assistant

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

    I worked at MZ Berger full-time

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, no other pros,none at all

    Cons

    Higher ups are jerks, don't care about their employees, poor pay, disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Close the company before it gets worse.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Overworked, Underpaid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Long Island City, NY

    I have been working at MZ Berger full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A lot of time off: 19 Holidays in a year plus 16 vacation/personal days. Two company outings a year.

    Cons

    They let you loose and pray you can swim. The people who work the hardest and longest hours are underpaid. Office looks like a warehouse. Benefits are not the greatest.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.



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