Scotts Miracle-Gro Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Merchandiser/Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Merchandiser/Counselor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Scotts Miracle-Gro as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn about the personal lawn care and, weed control, insect control, and landscaping. If you have an interest in any of these things, this is a great place to begin. The management want to help you grow skills, such as creative thinking and negotiation, inventory management, sales, but will let you learn at your own pace. Online education from home and hands on training in the field. The ownership is all about creating a family culture. Managers are trained to be responsive and helpful. "Call me any time" is something said often and meant.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are times when you may not know what to do during your work day precisely and need to be creative in order to save yourself the hassle of needing to redo work if your manager doesn't think the results of your initiative are going to be fruitful. Working with Big Box policy and employees can be challenging to your patience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Groom the Merchandisers a little more and pay a couple more dollars per hour to attract better talent at the merchandiser level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Lies they promise you everything you want to hear

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Southborough, MA

    I worked at Scotts Miracle-Gro full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The money is good you get the salary pay they promise you and if you can sell the commission is not great but helps, and you work by yourself or with a partner

    Cons

    The hours are long start at 11:00 and finish when it get dark out which can be 6 pm or 9 pm and you work every weekend from 9am to 4pm or 6 pm if it rains you have to stay inside the building and make cold calls to past angry customer and are not allowed to leave untill 9pm. and when summer is over they just lay you off. Also if you do not meet the sales quote each week they will let you go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more upfront with your employees and treat them like they are part of the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Top Heavy Nuclear Battlefield

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Marysville, OH

    I worked at Scotts Miracle-Gro full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small company feel. You'll wear many hats and get exposure to different parts of the business. You can learn a lot while you are there. Benefits are good, although pay is only average.

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement from the top. Very reactive, with no clear vision/strategy. What little direction is there changes as the wind blows. Extremely passive aggressive culture. Very unprofessional. A lack of professionalism, poor ethics and questionable values that start at the very top with the CEO - and it's basically his company so don't expect anything to change. If you really know what you are doing you will become frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It all starts with the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great company to work for in general.

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

    I have been working at Scotts Miracle-Gro full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of extra perks & time off.

    Cons

    Good ole' boys fraternity; women are paid much lower than men for the same position & work three times as hard to be recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start following your own guidelines for culture & values; treat everyone the same.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. great culture with focused goals and friendly employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Scotts Miracle-Gro as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    very friendly coworkers who were always willing to help if you had a question. Forward looking company with clear goals and timeline. Great benefits for full time employees and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    lack of employment opportunity for interns. It felt as if I was hired only as an extra hand with few opportunities to prove my capabilities beyond very basic tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a more structured intern program with potential for full time placement

  7. Lack of leadership and vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Marysville, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Marysville, OH

    I have been working at Scotts Miracle-Gro

    Pros

    You get what you put into it. You can move to alternate positions within the company.

    Cons

    Highly inefficient at capitalizing on opportunities and resistant to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great career opportunities but must cope with constant change.

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

    I worked at Scotts Miracle-Gro full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Industry and brand leader in lawn and garden CPG. Very large company with career paths in numerous functions (marketing, finance, supply chain, legal, HR, sales, etc.), so you have plenty of options to gain experience. Good compensation and benefits, and their "Live Total Health" initiative really helps drive employee wellness.

    Cons

    Executive leadership's strategy and tactics change frequently which makes it difficult for mid-level management to operate. You must be ready to operate in a mode of constant change and uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Not a bad place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Finance in Marysville, OH

    I worked at Scotts Miracle-Gro

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, treated with respect by upper management, some good perks.

    Cons

    Low pay. The only reason I left the company is because another company offered me $10K more a year to do almost the exact same job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, a good place to work. The only advice is pay should be a little more competitive at the entry levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Well-established, consumer friendly company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance in Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance in Marysville, OH

    I worked at Scotts Miracle-Gro full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I started working here right out of college and I could have easily worked here for another 40 years, but life of course took me a different course. This is a company that truly cares about its employees, providing tons of benefits. I always felt like the Corporate group was part of the Hagedorn family.

    Cons

    It's not for everyone, especially if you are a smoking Liberal. Promotions only seem to occur for the MEN who have been there for five or more years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Corporate Confusion

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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 Scotts Miracle-Gro full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific benefits for all employees, volunteerism encouraged, health management program strongly in place and considerable days off throughout the year.

    Cons

    Executives make decisions and then can't stick to them. Rarely is anything given enough time to see if it could be successful before implementing another (short-lived) approach.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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