North American Corporation

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North American Corporation Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Decent experience. Poor pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at North American Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good environment for entry level candidates to gain experience. If you’re fresh out of college, apply for a position because NVISION can offer you some insight into what a marketing supply chain management business model truly looks like from a corporate standpoint.
    - Most of the worker bees of NVISION are great people who are usually willing to cooperate and help out each other. Despite the workload, individuals still find a reason to smile. Expect an employee driven morale boosting event about once every six to eight weeks.
    - Management is always looking to give out new responsibilities, which can lead to greater opportunities and experience in areas of the company that you otherwise would not have normally worked in. This is great for young professionals looking to gain experience.
    - Small work environment that allows for individuals to work together, regardless of title or position. Great ideas are generated during diverse brainstorming sessions.
    - One on one trust and professionalism with your manager exists, which can be rare elsewhere. If you have something you need to say, say it to your manager and feel assured that the conversation will remain between you two only.

    Cons

    - Management believes the NVISION staff is capable of much more than what the bandwidth allows for, so offloading projects and delegation of tasks becomes a fear of the everyday employee. Advice is to speak up only if you’re interested in working more hours with no pay increase.
    - If you are still standing after the initial workload burst you’re given, NVISION is probably willing to give you opportunities elsewhere, but they are framed as lateral movements so don’t expect a pay increase. Horizontal movements are rather infrequent but they can happen, whereas vertical promotions are very rare and probably won’t happen to you unless you have the word “Sales” in your title.
    - More responsibility every day that you show you’re capable of handling it. The common strategy is to push an individual until they break, and then pull back the workload by 5-10%. This not only benchmarks new employees for managers’ books, it keeps the employees working harder every day for the same amount of pay.
    - Time off, while legally available, is frowned upon by management depending on your position. Remember, everyone is at maximum capacity in regards to workload, so management struggles to figure out who is going to pick up the pieces while someone is out of the office.
    - Too much red tape for such a flat and small organization.
    - If you sit on the “Sales” side of the office, you can expect to be poorly compensated for your endless efforts. If you sit on the “Operations” side of the office, you can expect NOT to be compensated at all for your endless efforts.
    - Do you have a great idea? Great, keep it to yourself because otherwise you’ll be expected to build, implement, and then manage it until you leave the company. At that point, nobody will know the process and management will offload it onto the next naïve person who joins the company. As for the extra pay you’ll get for the new idea, forget about it; nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - You give a low starting salary to new people right out of college and then train these young professionals the “North American way”, only to see them leave a few short years later. Why do you think that is? If the individual lasts a few years and has learned the ropes enough to be called a competent employee, doesn’t it make sense to pay them as such? Give a competitive salary to people who deserve it, and I’m not just talking about the “Sales Guys.” If you’re not going to be competitive with the numbers, at least hit market value so you can retain the talent you helped create.
    - As for your Operations department, they are people too. Please treat them as such. I’m not going to divulge all of the secrets of being on the Sales side of the business, but let’s just say that being on that side of the office certainly has its perks.
    - The current inflation rate increase for the U.S. as of today is just over 2%. Unless you’re giving out raises that can combat the national inflation rate and then some, you’re hitting your employees where it hurts the most. For a debt-free company that boasts unbelievable sales and growth almost every year, this should be a no-brainer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too rigid of an environment for many

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Glenview, IL

    I worked at North American Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong team atmosphere, passionate ownership and management can almost pull off the impossible and get employees to kill themselves for below-average compensation.

    Cons

    Stifling atmosphere, if you don't fit "the mold" perfectly you will not survive. Think military. Expected to work 55-60 hours a week for lower than average pay in an industry where 40 hours (or less) is standard. Unrealistic bonuses which less than 20% of the sales force can hit (and less than 33% can even hope to hit). When your year is shot from January 1st do to factors out of your control (old accounts closing, bids lost and no clemency given by management) how do you stay motivated?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So close to being a great company. Employees really do "buy in" - at least at first, which is impressive. Soften the hard-line stances just a bit, embrace employees (especially younger ones) who have unique personalities but who are still capable of performing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at North American Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, friendly environment, work out facility onsite, family run company for over 100 years

    Cons

    Limited work-life balance
    Benefits are outdated; 401K match is small, retireplan plan choices are bad, raises are small, tough to grow within company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recruit and bring in new talent, but find a better way to keep them there. If they are strong talent, they always leave for companies that will pay more or have better benefits including stronger PTO/holidays and work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stuck in the Mud (NVISION specific)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at North American Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Small company with lots of one-on-ones with "higher ups"
    -Easy to get experience in multiple facets of the business
    -Some employees have good work/life balance
    -Very sales focused

    Cons

    -Extremely low pay (about 35% less than market value for similar positions in other companies)
    -Terrible benefits
    -The bare minimum legally allowed for PTO
    -Some employees have terrible work/life balance
    -Getting experience in the other facets of the business usually results in more responsibility with no additional compensation
    -Questionable ethics in regards to dealing with vendor "rebates"
    -Too sales focused, so much so that every other position believes they are treated as second class

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top talent leaves because pay, benefits, and PTO are incredibly low. Most of the employees that I have talked with feel like they are stuck in their position, but don't want to speak up because it just means more responsibility with no extra compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best, not the worst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at North American Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    stable pay and - bargain for what you can at the onset, merit increases are granular as are chances of advancement.
    bonus can be rewarding.

    Cons

    glass ceiling is awful.
    incompetent middle and senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    advise to ownership is to rattle the cage and break barriers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at North American Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop within the organization is present. Top-performers are provided opportunites to expand their knowledge base and experience.

    Cons

    Compensation doesn't match amount of work or level off effort required to perform role. While hard work can be rewarded it can also be exploited. Turnover typically results in workload being distributed amongst others for extended periods of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain high-performing individuals, the organization must be willing to offer competitive compensation packages and salary adjustments for drastic role changes or additional responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Committed to Stay the Course: For Better or Worse

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North American Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you "win" the Draw of the Boss, you can expect an excellent work/life balance. Long-standing corporation for a reason: taking low risks yields average results. Lots of flexibility to find a way to solve problems.

    Cons

    Onerous expectations for disheartingly low pay. Flat company yields few career improvements. Promotions are masked as lateral movements to prevent pay increases. Over-investment in sales leaves a bloated, aging staff creating massive holes in every other aspect of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on those who routinely succeed on yearly reviews, not on more management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to gain experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at North American Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the business. Since it's a mid-size "flat" company, you will eventually work with all levels of management. Some managers will help you advance by putting your work in front of senior leadership (if you are lucky). The company is growing quickly and is financially stable. Businesses generally like working with NAC so it makes the job easier. Six Sigma is a huge initiative that the owner takes seriously. There are many opportunities to be involved in that program to boost your resume.

    Cons

    The company needs to be more technologically advanced. They are starting this now but they are still far behind. They also tend to support the needs of the sales force before they support the operations side (I'm on the operations side). The management is very, very conservative, which can be hard to deal with if you are a younger generation. Benefits are expensive and narrow. There is also too much manager discretion on company rules. My manager is by the book so it's hard to watch other employees take advantage of "soft" benefits that I don't enjoy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NAC does a great job hiring new talent. However NAC loses this talent because they do not bend rules or evolve or offer greater benefits to these coveted employees. Turnover is high and if you lose key employees that know the systems, you lose massive efficiencies and stunt growth, which is the "drug of choice."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential to be a great company, but poor management and limited opportunities for advancement make it a dead end.

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

    I worked at North American Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good quality of people, a number of highly competent employees. Good location close to the train. Some managers do a great job. Work load can vary a lot depending on projects.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. Raises are capped and are usually minimal. Top performers are not recognized. Senior management is out of touch with the employees. Division managers can be combative and make personal attacks against employees. Many department managers do not get along. Wearing a tie everyday is outdated. Poor performers are not fired quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for advancement. Low percentage raises are not a good way to keep top performing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Feel appreciated, but underpaid and light benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at North American Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, respectful environment, intelligent leadership

    Cons

    Underpaid, expensive benefits

    Max of 75% of Bonus is possible! This is a rollout by management! So keep that in mind!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the bonus 100% achievable. Increase the pay scale so that NAC isn't simply a stepping stone! These cons are why your turnover is SO high!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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