Wilton Brands Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
33 Reviews
2.9
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Does not promote fairly from within- no opportunities for advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a stable company with over 1000 employees.

    Cons

    There is no leadership, team direction, communication, or opportunity for growth from within. As of recent, there has been a salary freeze for anyone employed there beyond 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take initiative and lead your team, recognize the value of longevity of an employee by rewarding them instead of dismissing this accomplishment and forcing them to look elsewhere. Be proud of your team, and they wil be proud of what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    CFO + 4 others left this year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time

    Pros

    Not much to talk about except that they have summer hours.

    Cons

    Came from a $75m company to a $500m + one .. still very small minded.. people from the smaller days of the company still exist in important positions, holding the company back. Also having a bad year..really bad.. CFO left and I heard 3+ upper and middle management in accounting and finance have also left this year .. Overall, doesn't want to act like a big dog.. work here at your own risk..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think and act like a public company....if people bring in new ideas, understand and embrace them.. don't impose your own ... appreciate what people bring to the table .. promote people for their worth .. not years in service ... don't treat managers like s**t because their reports complain about them..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stay Away unless your a woman....

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    Former Employee - Forecasting in Woodridge, IL
    Former Employee - Forecasting in Woodridge, IL

    I worked at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Eager to get you in and started. Salary was fair, benefits were okay. Some of the co-workers seem eager to help you.

    Cons

    Too much of a "woman's world". In a department of 11, 6 were gone on maternity leave. They don't like outside opinions. I was told that in order to get a head, you would have to put in 12 hour days.. every day. Lunch was suppose to be taken at your desk while you work. Their forecasting is terrible. They don't worry about it, just to "put out the fires." Product is made in China so lead times are months away. They are way to SKU happy. You can have one planner managing 7K-9K SKU's. There is no flex time and their system is very old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are more than one way to do things. Listen to people before you make your decisions. The "people in the trenches" know more than you know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    It once had great esprit de corps, but now it's very "suit" oriented.

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    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL
    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are wonderful, products great. Distribution team is very competent; same for IT folks. Nicely done website. Many consumers in love with Wilton products/experience.

    Cons

    But, they're owned by an equity company that's "optimizing" Wilton to flip it. Product Development cursed by in-fighting. Sellers describe it as a "toxic" atmosphere. Very short-term focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Listen to consumers. Get your executives out of the 20th century and into the 21st. Tell people about your strategy; get their buy-in & engagement. Don't keep it a secret then pummel those who don't know it. Answer their questions about it, because they want and need to know. Lead; don't "cattle drive"!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    abandon ship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company strives for growth through acquisitions. New CEO seems like a nice guy, seems engaging. Every few weeks you hear about someone else being promoted to a manager of something, however this makes for a top heavy organization.
    Summer Hours, Wilton lets employees go home at 1pm on Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You are suppose to make these hours up during the week but few if any actually do.

    Cons

    The company is not structured to absorb the acquisitions, they rely on the current staff to do their normal jobs and devote the time and effort needed to assimilate the acquired company. Few are rewarded for their contributions to these acquisitions. Many timelines are Unrealistic, in some cases they calculated the the length of the project by telling you when the next project will start, so no input from the people working the project was considered. Many people are fed up and can spot the iceberg in the distance and have decided to abandon ship before the crash, unfortunately this means they are leaving people that are already overworked and stressed taking on more responsibilities.

    Many managers cave to the squeaky wheel, which always giving even more work to the people that actually accomplish their projects.

    Wilton's starting pay is ok, but annual raises are between 2.5% an and 3.5%. Considering one does more than 3.5% more work each year, it seems they could loosen the purse strings for those that earn it.

    Depending on where you are sitting some of the cubicles are small and old and dirty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management asks the right questions, they would get the right answers. The people supporting this company know a lot, and they are in many cases ignored because it does not support the full steam ahead strategy the company is set on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Painful

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Most of the people are wonderful and all hard workers

    Cons

    You can work as hard as you can, do the most with the minimal to zero resources allocated, try your very best - not that it will ever matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Big time corporate branding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Class Marketing
    Current Employee - Class Marketing

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I like working from home. But took away our flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Have lost the ability to be creative, too busy filing reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new management doesn't know the history of the programs. They need to listen and respect the workers that have been on the job 25+ years instead of listening to outside consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company with potential falls short

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Summer hours and casual workplace atmosphere are nice benefits.

    Cons

    Many senior management are out of touch with the logistics of lower level jobs. Lack of communication between co-dependent departments causes stress and animosity among co-workers. Because of poor company performance over the past few years, layoffs were made resulting in unrealistic expectations from overworked employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment of interdepartmental cooperation and teamwork. Listen to your employees, their ideas & suggestions- have confidence in their abilities and knowledge. Provide your employees with the appropriate tools necessary to perform their job effectively and efficiently (you will need to spend some $$ and hire more employees)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Disorganized

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Geographically desirable, at least for me.

    Cons

    Do not get paid on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay freelance workers on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stressful

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

    I worked at Wilton Brands (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company product line is fun to work with. Always looking for something fun and new to produce.

    Cons

    Very stressful. A LOT of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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