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Updated January 17, 2018
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  • Flex time, okay pay, small company (in 5 reviews)

  • Close to Greenwich Train Station and I-95, basic benefits and some good people (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing company with great people and resources.

    Cons

    No cons to list at this time.


  2. "Seems to be a Good Title"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Service in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaGraphics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lets me be own boss for Services

    Cons

    Could be managed more effectivly

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sale SRep in Arvada, CO
    Former Employee - Inside Sale SRep in Arvada, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlphaGraphics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Overall goals for company were rarely met

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to step in so goals can be met


  4. "Courier"

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    Former Employee - Courier in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Courier in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlphaGraphics part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, okay pay, small company

    Cons

    Location of company (Buffalo NY) made it difficult to sustain the business

    Advice to Management

    Better pay/benefits equals happier, loyal employees


  5. "Sales, Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, great experience gained, awesome culture

    Cons

    Very busy, fast paced,


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid. Avoid. Avoid Alphagraphics in the Cultural District"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlphaGraphics full-time

    Pros

    - Work with great companies in the Pittsburgh area

    - Other Franchised Branches have great educational trading meaning you can get a hold of the other locations and request help should the need be there

    - Investment in current tools are decent

    - Good if you're in need of an temporary job or are fresh out of school and looking for a resume filler

    - 401k plan was decent

    - Some employees truly have talent and great natural ability to learn from

    Cons

    - Other reviews were spot on. If you're not a personal friend to the family ownership of this particular branch, you're treated as a black sheep or an outcast. See below for more on this.

    - Ownership of this particular branch seems to demand that you act enthused in their personal victories or life. If you're more concerned with what you have on your plate at work, rather than stopping to laud over managements personal achievements or events outside of work, you won't make it far. Case and point, there were impromptu meetings called to compliment a management member on personal attire and decorations for an event in their life.

    - Health Insurance is only a stipend. Benefits package aside from the 401k is lack-luster.

    - Work performance means little. Even with the poor workload management, what matters most is 'personality' and that you always smile.

    - Poor workload management - Where as management is able to take great amounts of time off, the workload is shifted to non-management. However, when non-management takes time off the workload is not shifted to management to aid the remaining team members, it is expected that the team members will simply work longer.

    - Often times, you'll see people trying to do the job of two or three people. This makes mistakes inevitable, and despite that, those mistakes are punishable by 'review' - see below for that.

    - Often, people are working at their desk during lunch, and breaks (Despite federal Law) of fifteen minutes twice a day are reprimanded and frowned upon. They 'allow' two five minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch. Keep in mind, Federal Law requires two fifteen minute breaks, twice a day and a 30 minute lunch for the first eight hours worked. You're expected to eat lunch when you can on-location with others. If you prefer to leave and eat somewhere downtown, then you're treated as a black sheep even more.

    - 9+ hour days. No excuses. Work/Life balance is poor at best, and non-existent if being honest. Expected to fore-go all personal commitments in order to commit all time possible to managements wants. Often on days off you will receive and be expected to respond to emails, and at times complete work from home - Including Sundays at 12AM. This time is not compensated nor respected.

    - Despite the expectations, compensation is below industry standard by far. This could be because the workforce here is younger and mostly fresh college graduates.

    - Most middle management seems to have completely dedicated their lives to their position. As said above, it's not uncommon to get emails from a small mid-management team through-out the day on Sunday, Saturday and Friday nights after hours as well, being expected to jump to and perform tasks even remotely. Hourly and Salary employees are expected to also do the same. They seem to consider your personal time a part of their time they are allowed to use as they see fit.

    - Hourly workers are expected to accept cut-time during slower periods, while also being expected to adhere to an after-hours schedule to fit 'managements' needs. There is little consideration for the needs of the employee.

    - Production is expected to often give up their time off, I've seen many 14+ hour days for the older employees, while those who are close with the owners are always able to get out on time.

    - Leaving on time is frowned upon. Even if you've completed assigned tasks and/or more than your expected workload for the day, you're expected to stay late.

    - The ability to deal with personal issues that everyone has seems to be a hypocritical point. Where as Management can take weeks off to deal with family or personal issues, one or two days for non-management personnel are frowned upon and usually punished. Trips to the ER or Hospital for family or ones self are not excuses to use a personal day if you're not on the management team.

     - Time off: You get a minimum of time off. Personal days are given however if you use them you'll be reprimanded upon return. Overheard an employee who had taken a personal day to deal with family issues was told "Your family would not want you to give up your career for them." - This is a major red flag for any employee to their employer relationship.

    - Philosophical differences in personal views are viewed as and will cause you to be called - No joke - "Culture Cancer" by management. You'll be reprimanded and insulted should you not agree 100% with what the management personally believes. This includes personal life philosophies and personal views.

    - "Reviews" - Critiquing during 'reprimands' or 'reviews' is more akin to berating and insulting. Constructive advice is a minimum, and you're expected to sit and take the berating or insulting as "life advice."

    - "Team Building" exercises are mandatory and after hours. You're expected to travel to and from at your own expense and often times the exercises are made to be convenient to get to for the mid-management or person arranging it.

    Advice to Management

    - Realize people are different, and it's not all about you.

    - Support your employees. Don't punish them for having a life outside of work.

    - Offer actual Healthcare.

    - Take advice from your employees. They do the work, and are the experts. Because you don't understand something doesn't mean it's wrong. Especially when it comes to technology.

    - To reiterate another post - Shape up.


  7. "Strong company in a shrinking industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaGraphics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Been with company over 10 years and they have continued to dominate in the markets they are in. Professionalism exceeds competitors. Many long time employees throughout system.

    Cons

    Employee experience depends entirely on the owner of the franchise. Some are very progressive, follow the systems and treat employees very well, others not so much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep standards high for franchisees and support them with alacrity!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No management, Unprofessional."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AlphaGraphics full-time

    Pros

    Nice work week hours. Off weekends.

    Cons

    No benefits. No career advancement. Management is terrible. Micro-Management.

    Advice to Management

    Most of these places are independently owned and they report earnings and get promo and marketing tools and info from corporate franchise. Maybe Corporate should have workshops on how to manage their employees. Location where I worked was family owned and a few of them all managed. Not good. Unprofessional, never could make decisions. Always could hear them arguing. Talked about each other behind their backs. Always would talk about change and never acted on it. I had to stock all the toilet paper and paper towels and dump the trash because they were lazy and never did it. Left light out that burnt out. Would always report to their parents for final decision making when parents were never there to see what was happening.


  9. "Great Place to work"

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

    I have been working at AlphaGraphics full-time

    Pros

    I got on with a great team with a great base within the gold circle. Couldn't have asked for anything more.

    Cons

    None that I am aware of.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Alphagraphics Portland - not the best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Printing Press Operator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Printing Press Operator in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlphaGraphics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full time job, overtime opportunities, good location downtown

    Cons

    Demanding owner who talks down to employees, unstable jobs (people were hired and fired constantly), unhelpful manager who ignored my questions, small raises, yelled at for taking breaks. Employees here work anywhere from 2-5 different positions, everything from printing bindery to customer service to deliveries.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and don't blame them for every little mistake. Micro-managing people isn't the most efficient way to run a business. Provide parking for employees.


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