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Chichester, England (UK)
201 to 500 employees
1987
Company - Private
Retail
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Unknown
This company gives you full authority to send out warm and fuzzy feelings. Carte Blanche Greetings is one of the leading makers of greeting cards and related products in the UK. Its cards are sold primarily under the Me To You brand; the company also markets stationary and other ... Read more

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    "Badly run, in serious financial decline."

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    Former Employee - Product Development in Tangmere, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Development in Tangmere, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carte Blanche Greetings full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, some brilliant people. Most of CBGs distant, wealthy, semi-competent Directorship clique are frequently absent and ineffectual, fortunately.
    If you find you don't like your new job at CBG it's OK- redundancies are frequent and regular. The remote location (just out of convenient reach of Chichester) will ensure few distractions and plenty of quiet time in which to reconsider your blunder.

    Cons

    Terrible company:
    CBG is “managed” by insular, conservative, under-experienced, bullying, incompetent middlemen. If it rained gold they'd still lose money.
    Despite incessant and disruptive "bold new initiative" drives CBG retain a fixed, conservative culture, institutionally incapable of meaningful change.
    Directors are a frequently a liability to effective operations while middle managers are dangerously under-skilled, rarely bringing any substantial relevant experience to their roles.
    There's a serious trust gap between staff and management and annual analyses reveal a consistent record of appalling communication.
    The isolated Tangmere location ensures a very dull half-hour lunch break, far from any social or business life while pay is well below market rate as the company fails to arrest it's free-fall decline.
    If you force through the red tape swamp, battle through the intransigent management layers or even produce whole projects in your own time, credit for any contributions you do make will likely be stolen by your superiors.
    The company has consistently failed to adapt over the past decade and large scale redundancies are now an annual occurrence.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, stop lying. Learn the processes. Get out of your offices and get your hands dirty working alongside staff, if you dare. Directors- either run the business or stay on the yacht, you clearly have no idea how anything's done. Your frustrations at the miserable attitude and inefficiency of your own company only highlight your own ignorance of it's shop floor, day-to-day life.

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    Inventor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chichester, England (UK)
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    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Carte Blanche Greetings (Chichester, England (UK)).

    Interview

    The company was brilliant and courteous, i spoke to the company at the toy show requesting to submit a new model toy idea, i was given an appointment with a senior director. During the pitch the Director was courteous and curious and really liked the product. After a few more discussions via email and phone. I was invited back down to see the sample, As an inventor you are very careful about your inventions due to the stories about companies Plagarism,Basicly worrying for nothing asThis company is an oak amongst the toy industry and i can not thank them enough for giving a man with a dream the means to achieve it.

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    • A read a book that described basicly how impossible it is to create a toy and bring to the open market. My experience with carteblanche greetings is that the company embraces ideas and creative thinking.   Answer Question
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