Midwest-CBK

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Midwest-CBK Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
10 Reviews
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    Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Department
    Current Employee - Marketing Department

    I have been working at Midwest-CBK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers for the most part. Off early on most parts. Casual office setting. Flexible hours. My boss that I reported to was amazing.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. Advancement and "promotions" with no compensation. Short handed. Worked there for many years and the president of the company would just walk by, don't think they had any clue who I even was. Many people were not team players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your co-workers and their job descriptions before jumping to conclusions about performance and what is going on. Learn how to communicate throughout the entire company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Still a work in process

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The product is beautiful and company provides catalogs and gorgeous showrooms to help you sell. Co-workers are great and the managers try to make things more fun. Midwest and CBK both had great reputations but the merge and subsequent changes in ownership has changed the culture completely. In my opinion this is a great "first" job and could still be good if you don't need to make more than $50,000 per year. There are health benefits and mileage paid. Less pressure than other companies in the gift business. Staying because I'm hoping it all gets much better!

    Cons

    Lower pay scale. Everything else is about the same as working for other gift companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your sales reps are not the highest paid in the industry there should be other perks that make them want to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lack of Focus

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    My Associates are really very nice people in general

    Cons

    My Regional manager does not support just beats on people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more directly with the Field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Challenging beyond words - Sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Midwest-CBK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has name recognition in the industry and that helps open doors
    New ownership in 2012

    Cons

    Midwest-CBK has been sold and merged so many times in the past 5 years that they have lost their identity and market share. Both divisions used to be the "go to" places for retailers to find unique quality merchandise for their stores. Both brands have lost their magic and customers are no longer willing to put up with all the quality issues and uninspiring collections.
    In the past 18 months more than 50% of the sales force has left. Many had been with the company for over 10 years.
    Mary Propes is no longer the owner as stated below. Howard Ganz purchased Midwest-CBK in Dec 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Under the new ownership of Ganz, I know management is doing their best but I am beginning to believe the ship has sunk too deep to be salvaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, very creative, beautiful location in Cannon Falls, MN

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Cannon Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Cannon Falls, MN

    I worked at Midwest-CBK full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with - my colleagues and in my department. Everyone worked to make progress for the company, with no complaints. Environment allowed you to get to know your co-workers while working with them. Many opportunities to coach, mentor and train!

    Cons

    Frequently worked 50+ hours per week. Presentations were monsters - "death by PowerPoint" lived here. Company merged with a sister division in 2009, and was spun-off by parent company in May, 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the Seasons and Colonial Candle brands- might still be some leverage in those names.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Company focused so much on following the rules and not on producing great work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, TN

    I worked at Midwest-CBK full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people that I directly worked with and the outside help.

    Cons

    I felt as though all they cared about was following the rules. I followed the rules strictly and to the best of my ability. However, I was still often reprimanded. I felt as though I was being watched all of the time to see if I was doing something wrong. It was very sneaky and other employees had warned me of this. I was constantly paranoid the entire time that I worked there. They have no problem letting people go either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    CBK was an outstanding and respected employer until it was merged with sister company Midwest of Cannon Falls.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Midwest-CBK

    Pros

    Autonomy of professionals on the team, respectful relationship among co-workers at all levels, high level of customer satisfaction, personal on-the-job satisfaction, strongly fostered atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration, very high level of respect for the company from the customer community and from suppliers - known for high integrity, creativity, fairness.

    Cons

    Post-merger requirement to abandon business model and adopt the business model of sister company which was incompatible with remaining successful. Poor relationship between corporate staffs of the two companies. Disrespect and disregard shown to CBK staff by Midwest management. Dishonesty in communication from Midwest to CBK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late as the damage was done and the merged companies have now been sold. A venerable company is now in the hands of a company with apparently little to no interest in moving forward with this business. At least they have acquired a good sales force which hopefully they will treat with the respect they deserve.

  9.  

    The best company I have ever worked for. Their training is top notch and their product is the best.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Union City, TN
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Union City, TN

    I worked at Midwest-CBK

    Pros

    Training, Product, Mamagement, Pay/Benefits, Opportunities, Brand Recognition, Wonderful People To Work For...I was always eager to go to work every day. It was a fun job and a great way to make a living. I was selling products that I would buy for myself in my own home to decorate with. You are a lucky person if they choose you to work for them!

    Cons

    My territory was very large but that comes with all sales jobs; a lot of driving. Most days I was 100 miles away from home at the end of the day so I still had to drive home and then do my paper work and plan for the next day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a great group of people. But sometimes you should have individual opinions and not always play "follow the leader".

    Recommends
  10.  

    Lack of direction and poor communication

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

    I worked at Midwest-CBK

    Pros

    Good overall sales training program

    Cons

    Poor management, no guidance and poor pay

  11.  

    Lousy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Midwest-CBK

    Pros

    Good discounts on cheap products.

    Cons

    Ridiculous structure for account reps; no opportunity to earn decent $

    Doesn't Recommend

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