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Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    One of the best Companies to Work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Ronco Communications & Electronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has a good customer base in the North Eastern States they where working on building the Mid -West foot print.

    Cons

    Not enough Techs to go after the smaller customers.

    Advice to Management

    Work more with the Sales team and Techs to grow the area

  2. If you're looking for raises or career growth - keep looking

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

    I worked at Ronco Communications & Electronics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Take home car with gas card. Dedicated co-workers trying their best. The happiest day was my last day.

    Cons

    You'll get a raise after 10 years of toiling in the same menial job, maybe... unless you put in your 2 week notice and their counter offer will be a fraction of what it is you're leaving the company for... but most employees (especially the very talented yet very underpaid ones) just laugh and leave anyway. The company owner and his #2 "senior executive vice president" son are a couple of reclusives living out of state who are rarely seen or heard from so no one has any idea what's going on. The company has only 300 employees - stop by and say hi once in a while. Managers are just as miserable but they've been around for so long they have nothing to fall back on so they just take their misery out on their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Ronco has huge opportunities and potential, but you're running the company into the ground because your heads are buried so far up your hindquarters you're either too blind or too stupid to realize what's going on while the competition crushes us. Read the rest of the reviews here and on other web sites. Is this what you want current and future customers to see when they take the time to research Ronco? Is this what you want future potential employees to see?? Hire LEADERS and not just managers (or people with the same DNA as you).

  3. Helpful (1)

    Working at Ronco was the worst job experience of my life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Latham, NY
    Former Employee - Technician in Latham, NY

    I worked at Ronco Communications & Electronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company car with gas card which you allowed to take home.

    Cons

    5 years no raises, no cost of living. Little training. When they laid me off, no severance package, denied paying me my vacation time (3 weeks). Management is clueless bottom of the barrel who operate out of fear and intimidation. No technical support available to technicians on call after hours.

    Advice to Management

    I hope you get yours. The way this company is being run, the quality of the dedicated people that they laying off is an indication that this company is on the skids.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Absolutely no loyalty with poor management

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

    I worked at Ronco Communications & Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    company car with gas card, decent salary, well qualified technical installation staff

    Cons

    Management is of the worst out there. Just field people that were promoted by being brown noses. 'Cliquey' and if you aren't part of the 'drama club' you will be run over. Management comes first, employees last-especially if your fellow co workers decide they don't like you. Raises only given when threatened with leaving company. Health benefits are of the worst out there with very little contribution by the company. 401k contribution was cut to a fraction as well as completely lacking of any bonuses. Lack of recognition of employees and lack of support structure. Disconnected upper management and no direct involvement from HR. (in another state) I was let go after almost 20 years of service with absolutely no warning written or otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get sensitivity training and education on how to deal with employees. Give raises on a regular basis as well as merit, not when you're backed into a corner. Most importantly, SHOW employees that they matter- give incentives that are achievable. Give bonuses for hard work. Give employees tools to get training and help if they need it. Your employees dedicate their life to you like a family. Treat them as such. Not as a doormat.

  6. Solid Company

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

    I have been working at Ronco Communications & Electronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Benefits , Company Truck and Gas card. Very technically sound workforce. First level supervisors are supportive and easy to work for.

    Cons

    Owner runs company via e-mail, seldom seen and reluctant to seek input from employees.
    Sales force would rather sit in the office than get out and talk to customers. There are no raises. Poorly run human resources dept. Company is unfocused jumps from one "Next Big Thing " to the next.

  7. Stagnant, No professional growth, Poor management, Unprofessional Atmosphere.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PM/FT in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - PM/FT in Albany, NY

    I worked at Ronco Communications & Electronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Company Vehicle with unlimited personal use with gas card, Decent manufacturer trainings. Decent wages (if it's good for you to never make more than what they offer you)

    Cons

    The people on the management team either don't know what they're doing or should never have been promoted to management. I left this company to go a more stable environment and when I gave more than the recommended notice, I was fired on the spot, not professional at all. Swearing and bigotry are commonplace in the office, but it is okay due to the amount of nepotism there. Minorities are seldom employed at this office. No news is good news and threatening your employment status is commonplace. Annual reviews are pushed off to prevent raises, and sometime even cancelled with no explanation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that are qualified to manage staff. Your managers need management experience. I've seen some good people let go for little issues that were never addressed, they were never warned. Perform annual reviews annually, and if you're not going to give pay raises, state that out front, don't let us wait and find out.

  8. OK company, but lots of opportunities for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician
    Current Employee - Field Technician

    I have been working at Ronco Communications & Electronics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Stable company, take-home company car, salary on par with industry, overtime is there for those who want to make more money, management leaves us alone to do our jobs, friendly folks and good depth of knowledge within the rank-and-file who have been there for 10, 15, 20 years. Manager allows for flexible time to deal with family issues.

    Cons

    So long as customers and employees are not voting with their feet for greener pastures, management seems content with maintaining the status quo. No one has received a raise in years, time off policy is a joke compared to most other places, communication from the top is very infrequent, and too many "techies with titles" with poor management skills running the show with a "manage by fear" and "no news is good news" approach. People who left for the competition say their only regret is they didn't leave sooner.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees - even it it's bad news such as we're going another year without a raise - stop letting us find out the hard way when reviews don't happen. Send managers out for professional / leadership development training (or simply hire solid people with leadership skills to begin with). Remove silos and other barriers to communication and collaboration. Keep promises to employees. Talk to and LISTEN to us.

  9. Good place to work with some opportunity

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

    I worked at Ronco Communications & Electronics

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Salary is comparable, if not better, than several other companies in the same industry.
    - Mostly financially stable.
    - Decent benefits package available
    - Depending on your position and which division you work in they still offer company cars for employees.

    Cons

    - Management ability is questionable at best.
    - Some divisions are too stuck in 1990's technology and subsequent sales approaches
    - It's surprising how badly people get along at the corporate HQ.

  10. Helpful (1)

    The company is CHEAP.

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

    I worked at Ronco Communications & Electronics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    some of the peopleare great, close to my family, company car

    Cons

    no rasies at all, no cost of living increases, managers lie, the company keeps picking the pockets of the workers.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't start treating the workers better with merit and/or cost of live raises while continuing to take money out of thier checks for the owners greed. UNOINS are just waiting

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