Young America

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  1.  

    Used to be good, now it is terrible.

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    Former Employee - Developer in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Developer in Edina, MN

    I worked at Young America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good, smart people to work with before current management take over.
    Lots of developer control and decision making.
    Really nice flexibility.

    Cons

    New management comes from a very large corporation. They are trying reinvent the entire company with no industry knowledge. New guy brought in literally a dozen of his friends to work for him. Typical immature wannabe hot shot who likes throwing around the "my way or the highway" line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the leadership of the Digital Services department, cut your losses, and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    OLD school, Old Farmers, Bad place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Young America full-time

    Pros

    Only enjoyed working with the new people and friends that were there. Another pro was they had a refrigerator... yes that called a "benefit"

    Cons

    Old "farming" families work there, they don't like anyone new or new ideas. They treat new people horrible! No "thank yous" were made to the number or extra hours worked at night weekend, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management is the problem. Look at who no one will stand up to...can't do much because human resource is part of the problem.

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

    No investment and extremely poor senior management equates to company performance that is hidden from employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN

    I worked at Young America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The individual contributor level of employee's are will to do what it takes. They want to succeed more than anything as the team has been there for literally decades and the truly know how to run the business! Let them do so!

    Cons

    The IT team is in shambles... They do not have a true leader to push them forward. Erase that slate and start new as the current management does not have the foresight to even begin to resolve the issues.

    A big issue is the "good old boys" network that needs to stop. The Senior management needs to truly get off their high horse and work in the trenches to resolve the issues that are facing the company.

    Lastly - sales... The previous CEO was inept in every sense of the word here and caused all sorts of undue drama with the customers, but they haven't sold anything in literally years so the outlook is grim to say the least

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become contributors in your own right. Do not just delegate - actually grab the bull by the horns and do what is right to save your company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    An OK place to be

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Edina, MN

    I worked at Young America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent exposure to other bright staff. A decent location, and adequate software tools to get your job done. Free parking because you're in the middle of nowhere.

    Cons

    Competition with outsourced employees can feel threatening. It feels like mdanagement tends to view the large employee area as one big garbage room ripe to be 'compacted'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your business lines or your company will suffer. Cutting costs to growth is not a long term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Poor working environment both atmosphere and personel wise.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Young America full-time

    Pros

    Nothing positive came from working here.

    Cons

    The company is 40 plus years old and so is the working mentallity of the same people that have worked there for 30 years! Very small town environment and most time spent by people is local town gossip. They don't care and dont want new ideas or new people to contribute!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun people, flexible work environment, but no long term advancement

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Edina, MN

    I worked at Young America

    Pros

    - Flexible work environment / schedule
    - Fun people
    - Very "hands on" technical environment
    - Technical staff is given a lot of choice on technical decisions and which tools to use

    Cons

    - No scheduled performance review
    - No scheduled pay increases

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No leadership, questionable future.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN

    I have been working at Young America

    Pros

    Great co-workers.
    Flexible hours.
    Work from home opportunity.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Poor leadership.
    Staff needs are neglected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people.
    Invest in the company and its people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Customer Service Representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatham, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Young America part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and environment (besides the upper-management).

    Cons

    Leads favoured employees and not all of them followed company's policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    There were limited growth opportunities, and the workplace standards were fairly poor

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    Current Employee - Front Line Representative in Chatham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front Line Representative in Chatham, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Young America

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy to book vacation time off due to the nature of the workplace. Time passes by quickly because you are constantly busy.

    Cons

    Desks are uncomfortable to sit at, lack of growth opportunity made the workplace stale. Employees weren't trained enough for the first month or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was happy to move on...

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

    I worked at Young America

    Pros

    Good coworkers with excellent work ethic.
    Opportunity to work with newer technologies.
    Freedom to set technical direction.
    Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Micromanagement seems to be a trend. My manager was afraid to make a decision without consulting with his manager.
    Blatant incompetence by senior management, and a tendency to bring in outside friends posing as consultants. The consultant responsible for operations basically singlehandedly ruined morale and profitability at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees care about the company and will do what it takes to make it successful. You just need someone at the helm who can set a direction and keep morale high - the folks in the trenches will do the rest.

    Doesn't Recommend

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