Randa Accessories Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Customer Service - False Title

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Rose, LA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Rose, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Randa Accessories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In a little over half a year I met some really great people in Randa's St. Rose, LA facility. The Highers Ups seem like decent enough folks as well.

    Cons

    The work load is intense in almost every department. That wouldn't be so bad if there were any sort of true incentive to be as productive as such a large company requires everyone to be. I'm speaking mainly about the administration and "Customer Service" positions, as the distribution center does a good job of spurring productivity with bonuses and such. I use quotations on the Customer Service position because there is very little contact with actual company clients. Most of your time is spent dealing with the sales force, which wouldn't be so bad if you weren't being encouraged to withhold info or sometimes blatantly lie to them about what's actually happening in the distribution center. This position also has the most demanding workload of all of the organization's "office" jobs. The overall company culture is one that most employees would describe as "soul sucking". I don't think that this is being done purposefully in any way, but there is nothing there to truly retain the talented and hardworking.

    Advice to Management

    People really enjoy the morale boosters that are in place, but replace some of the terrible inefficiencies that can be found within your processes to encourage people that the job isn't "so bad". Actually tailor the work to help retain the best people and this place will be a win-win for employees and management.


  2. Helpful (2)

    no actions behind the words

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Randa Accessories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good product, some good merchants, great retailers to work with- and those relationships keep most people at Randa. Fortunately or unfortunately, Randa's powerhouse in the market maintains many accounts and the businesses in them. This would change if there was more competition in the marketplace. Good creative services team.

    Cons

    Alot of promises with no validity behind them. Management is a huge clique and basically takes care of themselves and their own favorites. Alot of good talent is not utilized or leaves to go places where the talk is not just talk. Standing or hiding behind brands to have good business is not the same as being a great company. No appreciation for work well done- but lot of criticism and micro managing. Not an efficient workplace as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway. They talk the talk but don't walk the walk. That is, unless one is in the infamous clique.


  3. Helpful (2)

    intern

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    Current Employee - Associate Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Randa Accessories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    paycheck nice office environment such as nice chairs, tables, desks work to learn to go somewhere else to be appreciated and make more

    Cons

    This is like being in high school all over again. Management is very demeaning to those they think are less than they are. No appreciation for working long hard hours. Favoritism and being dishonesty abound in the office environment.

    Advice to Management

    Take a survey of current employees that is anonymous. Pay attention to what is written on this site and correct it. You have burned a lot of bridges in the industry.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Product Merchandiser

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good company benefits- casual dress code

    Cons

    everything else. Young immature women who act like high school teenagers. If you are a man or over 28 don't bother to apply here. Management is more focused on promotion young people than getting in people who actually know what they are doing. Middle management is very weak. Upper management is blind to what is actually happening with the team members below them. Management can't agree on the direction of the company so you end up doing projects 2-3 times as they change their mind.. I read a bad review on this company before I took the job, but thought it might just be one disgruntled employee- I guess I should have listened and not taken the job. It was an entire year of misery!.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Revolving door of retail reps

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Randa Accessories part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    none, this company is horrible, stay away

    Cons

    micromanaged, underpaid, store module is not manageable because stores dont put out product between store visits allowing backstock to accumulate to the point where it is not manageable. Impossible expectations from ditzy managers. , management is a clique of cackling hyenas, Dont apply here if you are looking for stable supplemental income, and the income is laughable by industry standards and can only be considered supplemental and you will be treated like a surf from the middle ages. only apply if you are looking for a couple of months of work and enjoy demeaning and unprofessional atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (3)

    Stressful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Randa Accessories full-time

    Pros

    The fellow employees were super. Very hard working and dedicated.

    Cons

    Long hours are the norm with no reward. Management very unprofessional and has unrealistic expectations. Just mean. Never have I ever been treated so unprofessionally in the many years I have worked in the corporate world. It was shocking!

    Advice to Management

    Maybe your managers need some people training. It is as if they are dictators!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Worst Management Ever!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Randa Accessories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are many talented and intelligent people but most of them are not happy.

    Cons

    mean and incompetant supervisors, low salary, long hours, no growth.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to see how unhappy their employees are and should be more professional.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Wow is this one messed up company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Randa Accessories full-time

    Pros

    The only true positive quality of this company are the employees who work under extremely dysfunctional management.

    Cons

    Extremely controlling management, who treat employees as objects that can be push aside and abused. Owner Jeff Spiegel has a little man's complex and walks around the office only choosing to say hello to random employees. He and his motley management crew and truly the B team, and in any other corporate environment these fools would be fired for acting so poorly. They have absolutely no clue how to manage people or build a true positive space for people to work.

    Advice to Management

    While I know Jeff's goal is to build this company to a billion dollar company, he'll never make it with this current tactics. There were several large Retailers during June market that said they have stopped doing business with Randa due to the lies and deception. Too much lost business on the retail side. People are becoming wise to the lies and poor partnership from Randa with retailers, and aren't putting up with it any longer.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stressful

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Randa Accessories full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some great people

    Cons

    poor leadership at the executive level - poor planning and zero communication - it is as if every aspect of the corporation's direction is a secret. Continued growth is great but there seem to be no plans to sustain it and no management structure to support it - control of the company is very centralized and held by only a few top executives who seem to have no ability to delegate responsibility so that multiple strategies can be executed simultaneously

    Advice to Management

    take a class - develop people - delegate - understand the details of the business operations better - have some understanding of what you are asking people to do - be concerned with efficiencies - create a management structure and allow VP's to handle some of the projects that are currently controlled by only the few top exec's. there is a hole in the organizational chart that is affecting the company's ability to grow along with the pace of aquisitions


  11. Helpful (2)

    Terrible company to work for, If you're looking for a company to grow and get promoted this is not it.

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    Former Employee - Selling Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Selling Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Randa Accessories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, stable portfolio, family owned business for over 80 years,

    Cons

    Extremely low wages, mean supervisors. Expect employees to work overtime and not get paid. Very low employee morale. No room for advancement or growth. Company spends a lot of money acquiring other companies but do not give decent raises to employees to live on to support families.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should recognize how dissatisfied employees are. This company has a reputation for treating employees bad.



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