W. S. Badcock

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Updated Jul 25, 2014

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2.8 13 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

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Mike Price

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Family owned company with a small town feel

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe Badcock family and executive management team is great. There is plenty of opportunity to succeed and to get recognized.

    ConsThere was no long term potential nor room for advancement. The middle management team could take a few lessons from the executive team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Corporate structure still run like a family business

    District Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsRetail sales job, no matter what your title. Collections and finance are all geared toward lower class individuals. Working hours are ok. Most stores are franchises run independently.

    ConsCorporation uses franchise owners - lack of support, cooperation. Corporate employees are ignored and used like cannon-fodder. Don't get on the families "wrong side" they will boot you without warning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat owners and employees with the respect they deserve. Make your money from the customers, not the backs of the owners.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great opportunity to advance if you work hard, and follow the program

    Store Manager (Current Employee)

    Prosmove from sales to management rapidly if you show initiative. Commissions and bonus are reachable if you put in a reasonable effort.

    ConsStaff is frequently short, which can lead to long days and weeks. The good news is that makes it easier to earn larger commissions and bonus. Management expects a lot, but is supportive if you have problems or ask for help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training on electronics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good entry into management

    Store Manager (Current Employee) Atlanta Central City Post Office, GA

    Pros-Good pay for bachelors degree with limited experience,
    -Easily attainable bonuses
    -Company vehicle
    -Decent employee discount

    Cons-Long hours/ Limited vacation
    -"good o'l boy" mentality
    - limited ability to communicate to upper level management
    - Family gets priority for promotions

    Advice to Senior ManagementLIsten to your managers, we are your "troops on the ground"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Owners but Poor Managers

    Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) Mulberry, FL

    ProsLearned a lot and the pay was good. The Badcock and Pou families are good people.

    ConsPertaining to IT: Very cliquish. If you’re accepted, you can do no wrong – if not, there’s a different set of standards. Watch out, even though they preach of being team-centric, don’t dare question anything. That, in itself, will make you a target. Open door policy is a joke. The chosen thrive and do no wrong, others lay low and worry about making mistakes and losing their job. People are given goals that are unachievable and, even if you do knock yourself out to meet a goal there are always caveats that they throw in at the last minute to ensure you fail. Morale is horrible and people are job scared. This isn't the company it was all those years ago. They need to stop flip flopping technologies and stick to tried and true. You no sooner would get involved in a project and the rug is pulled out from under you so you can focus on something else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Management, the Board AND the Badcock family need to step in and take a solid look at what is really going on behind the scenes in IT. IT is top heavy (too many directors and managers) . You need to realize the bottom line is being impacted by people who are only concerned with their pockets - not yours. IT is a core process in your business – get a grip before it’s too late.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Strong family owned company but likely past its prime

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Mulberry, FL

    ProsBadcock family great, executive management is solid and work is appreciated. Learned a lot, treated like a prodigy and really got to do work that benefited the organization

    ConsNo long term potential. You show potential, get told your a management candidate and find out there is ton of others waiting to get moved up as well.
    Don Marks was the better CEO too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend a little money on training and travel for employees; especially the ones who interact the most with dealers and drive that business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot but no long term potential

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsLots of responsiblity. Senior management seems to care

    ConsLonger and longer work hours, no advancement

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    Distant management resulted in a lackidasical "team."

    IT Technician (Former Employee) Mulberry, FL

    ProsThe overall atmosphere was relaxed and definitely not high pressured. Not a lot of experience was needed and the pay was decent. It is located in the center of the iconic Mulberry, Florida. Two luxurious cafes are located within walking distance. Donut day is every Friday.

    Cons"Good job" comments were extremely rare. Management was distant and information from the field (stores) was rarely taken into consideration for improvements. In turn, a lackidasical morale resulted. Management rarely passed on knowledge or proper training; in fact, it was either figure-it-out-yourself or hope a co-worker had time to show you. In my opinion, I think job-security was correlated with the lack of knowledge sharing.

    Everything was last minute. We'd hear about a major change the day before it was implemented. Being poorly equipped with tools and training, it's easy to see how technicians could reflect the department as a whole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to ideas. Formulate a standards system - no matter what it is. Offer legitimate training, pay for qualifications, set goals, reward employees, and most importantly: share information and knowledge. Everyone in the entire department should understand the logistics and basic workflow, so that in turn, it will result in clarity of the purpose. Loosen the thick lines between divisions and consolidate. Too many people are worried about losing their jobs, so naturally, they lose the ability to work as a 'team.'

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The job was an all around hands on job. It differs based on locations.

    Store Manager (Former Employee) Mobile, AL

    ProsUpper management gives store managers much leverage to work with which helps learning and advancement within the field of management.

    ConsSome locations open on weekends which means the manager will have Thursday and Sunday off if he/she is lucky. In addition hours are long, usually 50 plus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile I believe the upper management is effective and helpful, I believe some focus should be put on the collections department to increase productivity within their locations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay and benefits for the qualification needed (not much) but boring and hard place to work.

    Warehouse (Former Employee) Mebane, NC

    ProsW.S. Badcock pays well for someone with no real qualification except being relatively in shape in order to perform manual labor. In addition the benefits are very good and if you are motivated you have the opportunity to move up within the warehouse. People who dont mind a lot of manual labor will enjoy the exercise that one gets from this work, no need to hit the gym after work here. Also the company is very stable having been around for over a hundred years so job security is good. Finally, managers here are friendly and understanding, they are great to get along with and are ppl that can joke around.

    ConsThe manual labor gets old after a while, it is difficult work and can make you tired and sore so that by the end of the day you may be too tired to do anything. After a while though one will get used to it. Also, in slow times particularly during the summer months, there is not enough work to keep people busy so many of the warehouse employees dont get their normal 36 hours a week, resulting in a lower paycheck. Also the work gets boring, someone with an active mind that thinks a lot will quickly get bored and either need to get a new job or move up into a mangerial postion.

    Advice to Senior Managementmake the job more interesting. It is really boring out there in the wearhouse, people do the same thing every time they come into work and it gets old. Not sure how this would be done though so I cant criticize too much.

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