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Maclaren Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Moving in the Right Direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Executive in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Maclaren full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Brand, Strong History, Young Team. The company has a lot of growth potential and getting there is an exciting ride. Maclaren is well respected in the industry and frequently imitated. Design is cutting edge.

    Cons

    Not a convenient location, Projects start, but do not conclude. Demands are high, but performance is rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few attainable goals for the firm and its employees-- grade on those, focus initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice Product Poor Management - Could be fired if you say the wrong thing to the owner.

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

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

    Pros

    The product is nice, but thats about it - otherwise it is a sinking ship that hopefully will be purchased by an investor.

    Cons

    Unstable, doors could be locked at any moment and everyone let go. A place of FEAR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner needs to take a long vacation in order for the company to get back on track. Let people who know what they are doing do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic, but Demanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Maclaren full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Compensation, Creative Work Environment, Energized Staff. In the past few months Maclaren has engaged in active recruiting, staffing a new, young and entrepreneurial team.

    Cons

    While the work is fast paced and dynamic, expectations are high and exact. The environment demands self-starters and self-advocacy. The organization is very flat, so oversight can be limited; employees are forced to depend on their own resourcefulness and close attention to detail. Criticism can be harsh, but is typically constructive and employees are encouraged to engage in pointed discourse and to defend their views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So employees seem to lack the guidance they need to succeed. Greater oversight and constructive review would be helpful to energize the base and would yield improved results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disorganized Company Led by the Whim of a Sole Proprietor

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, close to Metro-North train station

    Cons

    Owner regularly changes his mind and decides to clean house from one day to the next. The only constant at Maclaren is CHANGE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner needs to stop saying he is biased towards 'young' candidates. He also needs to stop discounting experience and customer relationships. Finally, he needs to learn to control his temper in meetings, intimidating colleagues.

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

    Do NOT be fooled.

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries (to lure you in), nobody really cares if you leave right at 5pm or get into the office late in the morning

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth, hostile coworkers, poor work culture, awful benefits, ridiculous requests from upper management that change by the week… the list goes on.

    Words can't describe how miserable the last few months working at this company were. What began as a seemingly optimistic opportunity quickly evolved into an extremely depressing situation. Dozens of layoffs within weeks, constant harassment from upper management and "on the spot" meetings to deliver on unfeasible and supremely misguided requests….

    The absolute lack of respect for employees is unbearable. People are fired for as much as disagreeing with the CEO's "opinion of the day." The CEO specifically recruits "young" and "impressionable" college grads, luring them in with impressive salaries only to corrupt them and morph them into soulless robots who will carry out his satanical requests. (These "positive" reviews you might be seeing on here? Yeah, he's making his "Analysts" write them. It's that pathetic.)

     Do not let the salary sway you. Accepting a job here will not only affect you in the present by driving you to loathe the people you are forced to acquiesce to in order to "survive." Any time spent working for Maclaren will ultimately hurt you and your career. You will learn nothing. Any skills you may possess will be discounted. Opportunities for growth are completely nonexistent. The CEO "doesn't believe in managers," which means there is a complete LACK of management. People are forced to fend for themselves with little to no support from others who are also just trying to survive.

    This doesn't even begin to cover all the problems you would face if for some unjustifiable reason you decided to accept a job here -- I haven't even touched on the fact that they forced people to take personal days if they didn't t risk driving in the snow storms last winter to work in the office where they could be monitored; or the fact that the company no longer allows anyone to save anything to their desktop, insisting instead that they save all their work to the inane Microsoft web platform "Sharepoint" that is slow and completely outdated; or the fact that requesting a budget for any sort of marketing effort that might actually benefit the struggling brand is denied without hesitation.

    Honestly, I could not be happier to be gone. My best wishes go out to those still struggling to get out…

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company already. You don't know what you're doing and you're hurting other people in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    New Place, Looking Up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, exciting, and unique place to work. It is very open and everyone is able to communicate freely. It is a place that there is no need to suit up, it is a very comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Structure! Forward movement! It was the beginnings of the company, but seemed to need a stronger framework to press forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Disorganized

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

    I worked at Maclaren full-time

    Pros

    generally nice co-workers, good location, cafeteria in building, informal dress code

    Cons

    inconsistent management, poor communication, bad temper on some higher ups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow employees to make decisions on their own, listen to all the consultants you hire to improve the company instead of getting angry at their suggestions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    So many things wrong with so many parts of
     the company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maclaren

    Pros

    They made a great product and people continue to praise it globally.

    Cons

    Owner still thinks word of mouth is all the marketing he needs

    Too many people are running departments they're not qualified to manage. Having worked there a long time does not make you an expert in all things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of you need to get a back bone. Trust the people you've hired to do their jobs. You'd benefit from a board of directors with stake in the company's direction. Too many course corrections hinge on the CEOs mood of the day and can have huge financial implications. Owner and his wife need to get out of the minutiae of the day-to-day. How about letting market analysis, forecasting, emerging trends and smart creative drive or at least factor into decisions. It's sad and actually pathetic when the absence of one individual can seize and immobilize an entire department.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    This company has no direction, no training, no culture, and will probably be out of business any day now.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Maclaren full-time

    Pros

    I was able to get some great experience on my resume to help me land a better job.

    Cons

    Upper management has absolutely no clue how to run a business. You are over worked and under compensated!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Professionally disgraced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist/Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Specialist/Manager in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    - Good (non-management) team camaraderie
    - Moderate work/life balance but only because owner is not aware of people's schedules
    - VP of Ecommerce, VP of Marketing and Directors are/were good, talented, kind people
    - Internal creative department and Creative Director and Product Development junior team are all very nice, hard working, creative people

    Cons

    - Owner and Design Director are in a conspiracy of their own
    - No respect for employees; professional growth or projects managed
    - Worst benefits ever!
    - Awful location. Not safe for women at night.
    - Mindless organization and product development with zero sight on the big picture, competition and what it takes to be successful
    - Zero professional development and collaboration with any employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice that anyone can give. The Owner, his wife and the Design Director are terrible human beings with no respect for any one but themselves. That includes the new "CEO" who is the owner's personal friend and attorney. They are the only ones who have any say whatsoever and clearly from the demolish of the company and bout 85% of the entire company either fired, laid off or quitting in the last 6-9 months, this isn't going so well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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