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  1. Hard work and creativity are rewarded!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sweda Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Young management that can change with the climate of the industry. Move to the brands was a great idea. Work hard, be creative, be positive and you will be promoted to higher positions. Dress for the job you would like to have. You will be noticed.

    Cons

    Employee apathy that has lingered through the years with employees with years at Sweda. Need new energy in the building that can drown out the negativity from the few loud individuals that make it miserable for everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge successes and reward it.


  2. Needs a lot of change!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sweda Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice but that's it!

    Cons

    Low pay and you will NEVER get a raise unless you threaten to quit and they need you They do not match your 401K The company Christmas party is a 30 minute lunch inside the dusty warehouse Promotions are based on if you are liked rather than your job performance Lack of communication within departments and no clear direction There are a lot of bitter employees that are unhappy and have given up on excelling because they haven't been rewarded Upper management pits employees against each other and gossips about each other

    Advice to Management

    Look up how Google treats their employees. A happy employee makes for a prospering company, The more you appreciate the people that work for you and acknowledge them, the better your business will boom. Match 401Ks, a nice Christmas party outside of a dirty warehouse, and give raises (it's cheaper than the monthly time and energy you spend rehiring and training!!!).


  3. Helpful (2)

    I wish there had been more reviews of this place before signing on!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sweda Company full-time

    Pros

    Employees are nice people and good to work with. Most genuinely want to do a good job.

    Cons

    Employees are not empowered to do their jobs. Promotions are arbitrary and not based on performance, mainly on nepotism and when people management feels are "key people", threaten to leave. Many are unhappy but too afraid to voice opinions because management has created this atmosphere. Employees are pitted against each other by management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop belittling the employees by referring to them by less-than-favorable terms ("kids"), and using the intercom system instead of shouting names when you need to speak to specific individuals. Clean up the books so that everything can be tracked easily and you can see straight-off who is actually working hard and who isn't - begin a job-tracking system so employees can track how much time they are spending on one job.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    If you want to be a robot and clock in and out! This is the place for you to be

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -some people are genuinely nice and easy to get along -allows certain degree of creativity

    Cons

    -Pay scale is on the lower end -The company works you like a slave -OT on a daily basis without any compensation if you are exempt -Management does not care about certain departments and the supervisor at the New Product Development is very incompetent and did not know how to managed people, the entire team quit one by one

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your department supervisors will help you to lower your turnover rate


  6. Very understanding if you need help.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The number one reason is the people.

    Cons

    Like any company, when people leave.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Promotional Products Supplier Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monrovia, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monrovia, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Given autonomous decision-making authority, flexible in implementing new sales offerings. Fussy customer base but low barriers to entry to gain new distributors.

    Cons

    Difficult to make top salary in this industry. Promotional Products Industry is sales driven and ultra competitive. Margins are thin, thus everyone's compensation is adversely affected.

    Advice to Management

    Profit-sharing possibility in the future? Labor-intensive industry drives down earnings and profit. Online marketplace will continue to change industry dramatically


  8. If you want a chance to grow your career, this is not the company to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Monrovia, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Monrovia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back company, no dress code, most people are easygoing

    Cons

    Biased management, archaic computer systems (who seriously uses paper to keep track of contacts) lack of growth opportunities, job descriptions not clearly laid out, unrealistic expectations, lack of open communication with upper management. Diminished image in promotional products industry. Lack of timeliness in dealing with clients and much more

    Advice to Management

    This could be a world class company if the right people were promoted. There is a lot of dead weight, and you know who you are.


  9. Great place to work if you are satisfied being complacent with the status quo!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good work hours.

    Cons

    - Closed circle upper management with poor leadership at helm. - Not much opportunity provided to middle management to be independent and foster growth and development of employees. - Majority of the employees are treated as easily expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with employees at all levels of what the long term goals are and how to achieve them?



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