Maritz

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Maritz Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
60 Reviews

2.8
60 Reviews
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Maritz Chairman and CEO Steve Maritz
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42 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Family friendly environment with a good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • I worked with some nice people, I think that is the most positive thing I can say (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Total lack of communication/direction from Upper management on where the company is going (in 5 reviews)

  • Company seemed to be in constant turmoil; non-stop reorganizations; periodic lay-offs (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place for an entry level job.

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst  in  Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    I absolutely love the people here, it's been over 10 years since I worked here, and I still keep in contact with many of them. I thought Maritz paid well, but I came in making more since my prior job paid more. I got a lot of hands on training (SAS) which helped me in future jobs.

    Cons

    Leadership was on the weak side, people tended get promoted based on seniority and their desire to move up the ranks, even if they were awful managers. The maternity benefits were so-so, as were medical/dental. I worked late sometimes, but iti was not a regular practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your managers, they are fostering the culture of the work place, they can make it a great place to work or an awful place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Facilitator

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    Former Employee - Facilitator  in  North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Facilitator in North Chicago, IL

    Pros

    autonomy, good culture of teamwork among employees, very organized

    Cons

    would tend to cater to the client too much at times without discussing possible alternative options that would be better serving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to say no to the client. Use your expertise to bring forward the issues - even if it is uncomfortable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyed working in Internal Business Systems Group

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent flex time policies. Fun people and fun corporate team building. Management in Internal Business Systems was very good.

    Cons

    Company overall seemed to be having some stability issues - layoffs, etc.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    One of the best places I've ever worked at.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Employee  in  Fenton, MO
    Current Employee - Finance Employee in Fenton, MO

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great, pay is good for salaried folks, and there is lots of career opportunity. Maritz is a behavioral science company at it's core, so it has a vested interest in treating its employees well. For the most part, they come through and management is very supportive of personal and professional development. The vacation is excellent as well and their are lots of little perks that add up to a great overall package. You will get to know many levels of management and interactions with them are very collegial.

    Cons

    Industry margins are getting lower and more product innovation is needed. Many of the departments are mired with work because of inefficient processes, which need to be corrected. Health plan is in transition and is not as good as it could be. Our business model is very sensitive to the broader economy, so hard times for the US means hard times for Maritz. Add it up and it's clear we're playing defense, which is not a good strategy. All of this represents significant risk to the profitability of the firm, but management is aware and looking to remedy much of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to root out any sources of waste and rework we're doing to keep ourselves more profitable. Some of the non-salaried employees need a pay bump as well. Overall though, the company is definitely moving in the right direction from what I've seen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Fenton, MO
    Current Employee - Sales in Fenton, MO

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, decent work-life balance

    Cons

    Bad leadership (don't understand how some of these people get promoted), no benefits, low morale, losing clients left and right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wipe out most of the leadership team and start new, invest in your products and your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing place to work!

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    Former Employee - Software Architect  in  Fenton, MO
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Fenton, MO

    Pros

    Maritz Learning had a small company atmosphere with big company ambition. The employees were more like family members and friends and made going in each day enjoyable. We had great projects to work on and there was plenty of creativity to go around. The benefits package were pretty standard.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the Maritz Learning unit was dissolved in the winter of 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Desperately needs a management refresh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fenton, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fenton, MO

    Pros

    Maritz is a good place to start your career. You get to travel and work with big-name clients.

    Cons

    In general, the pay is low. This is across the board. HR openly acknowledges they are not a top-paying employer. They try to make up for it by being extremely family-friendly though. The flexibility is nice, but it's hard to get things done when nobody on your team is held accountable by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nearly everyone in management has been at Maritz for 15+ years. This is a problem because they are not interested in holding each other accountable. They are all BFFs from back in the day. Most of management is also very old and as a result, short-sighted. They are focused only on keeping their bonuses for the next 3-5 years rather than on long-term year-over-year growth.

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

    Threat of layoffs was a constant worry and very distracting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fenton, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fenton, MO

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, campus was nice but dated, I enjoyed the natural surroundings and wildlife.
    Cafe was nice. Fitness center on campus.

    Cons

    IT in a state of turmoil / budget woes
    Layoffs and budget issues have made employees with long tenure not care about the company anymore.
    Most employees are not in it for the long haul, just staying until something better comes along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least act like you appreciate the people that work for you instead of promoting your buddies and figuring out how much your next bonus will be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is Rapidly Crumbling

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Coworkers are very nice people

    Cons

    Executive management is more concerned with short term goals aimed at making their bonus than long term growth. Also very behind in technology that customers no longer want. Executive management has a pencil and paper mindset as opposed to be current with technology. Pay is below market and increases in pay are rare. Healthcare benefits are also below market. Career advancement is very political and not dependent on performance which leads to short tenure of many talented individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest for growth, embrace technology and examine how top executives are compensated to make certain they are motivated for the right reasons. Stop the reorganizations - it is clear you are shooting in the dark and do not have a handle on the business.

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

    Worst company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoyed my work and had good relationships with co-workers. No room to advance but this was a contract position.,

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant. I was one of a handful who didn't get in because they knew someone and as a result, was given a less desirable job then I applied for so they could hire a less qualified, friend of an employee. Although the economy has been tough for everyone, expenses were nit picked to an extreme and often not reimbursed in full. In this particular division, there was no company credit card in the first year so I had to lay out money for travel and no health benefits. The travel allowance was not enough to stay in a decent, safe, and clean hotel at times. My paycheck read "part time, temporary, 50 hours." Our employee appreciation gift each year was a single cookie in the mail. This from a company specializing in employee appreciation gifts! There was zero support from management and constant accusing and assuming the worst without ever asking for an explanation or caring when a valid one was offered. Leadership was non-existent. The clients were left holding the bag even when mistakes were ours. In the end, I was let go for no reason to bring in friends, as were several others. I guess the cookie was an accurate show of appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, reward for performance, and assume you hired good people and you will get more out of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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