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American Greetings Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • The starting pay for a part-time merchandiser isn't all that great (in 18 reviews)

  • There are no benefits whatsoever (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    average pay, but no reimbursement for gas

    Cons

    no gas money given back to you


  2. "Minimum Wage Payers!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hickory, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Independence. Yep.
    That's about all.

    Cons

    THEY START AT $7.25 AN HOUR! MINIMUM WAGE!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap

  3. Helpful (1)

    "More Physical Labor than you Think !!"

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    Former Employee - RMS in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - RMS in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Greetings (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule somewhat, simple refill product at various locations

    Cons

    Very poor pay, poor call center support for device use, will work you like a dog during the holidays w/ little appreciation! (maybe a free apron or pen lol)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more for the type of work you are requiring


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Merchandiser"

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Greetings part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Give certain hours per week and mandatory number of times per week to service store. Nice to work alone. No witnesses to your total confusion.

    Cons

    Very little training. Very Basic info from silly cartoons: how to check into store, positively rep company, info very shallow and not any "how to accomplish tasks in your authorized assigned hours. Open, unwrap, sort, restock, take inventory in your given hours. Nothing about removing, replacing signage, cards as seasons and holidays change. (Hint, cards are pulled out of pockets and thrown out in stores dumpsters) so wasteful.
    Not given enough time to get up to speed before supervisors start to suggest hour overage results in termination. Obviously expect merchandisers to not record all time worked if they want to keep below minimum wage job.

    Advice to Management

    Merchandisers learn quickly product has little worth. Customers pay $4.50+ for a card that costs pennies to make. Profits shared with store and company. Merchandiser expense kept as low as possible.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "SUCK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Greetings part-time

    Pros

    Part time, easy work any one can do

    Cons

    They would rather hire someone almost dead than someone efficient and over qualified

    Advice to Management

    Advice to HR..You guys are idiots


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Doesn't follow their mission statement at all We create happiness, laughter and love Territory sales manager"

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're a people person, it's great because you're with different managers and merchandiser throughout the day
    Some flexibility in time worked during the day.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very poor. Keep piling on responsibilities. My DM manages from a position of fear. Doesn't coach positively. Doesn't highlight anything good, always negative. To do this job correctly you will need to work late weekday hours as well as some weekend or you will fall behind quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees better. Would be a greatly morale booster


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Part Time Merchandiser"

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    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule, very little work in summer

    Cons

    Low pay, duties that you are required to perform weekly cannot be completed in the amount of time they allot. You are not paid for the time you spend reporting your time, checking activities & schedule and reviewing the activities that you need to complete. They allow you to report up 15 minutes weekly to payroll for administrative time spent but only if you have have 15 minutes unused from your weekly hours. The also require you to perform "peak service" calls to certain stores the day(s) before a holiday. This mean you have to service a store for 1 hour and that's it. Your time spent going to and from the store is not paid, and the day before Mother's Day they require 2 peak calls, one in the AM and one in the PM. So they expect you to go to a store for one an hour, leave and then return in the afternoon for one hour to service the store. So its important to live very close to the stores you service or you could be spending more time commuting to and from a store than the actual time you spend in the store working.

    Advice to Management

    They should try doing the job themselves and see that their expectations are unrealistic.

  8. "Part Time Merchandiser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Greetings part-time

    Pros

    Cards are beautiful and captivating, price levels for all families.

    Cons

    Looked at the top and they are living large paying themselves grand, that being said very poor pay for the amount of work and stress. Outdated scanners that did not work. Outdated system. Tons of wasted cards thrown out not recycled which really broke my heart.

    Advice to Management

    Make your company worth while it is a great product.


  9. "couldn't wait to leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    large company and good benefits

    Cons

    management doesn't know what they are doing and only focus on themselves vs whats best for the people

    Advice to Management

    work someplace else


  10. Helpful (3)

    "TOUGH jOB"

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    Former Employee - Ex-merchandiser in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Ex-merchandiser in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can kind of pick your own hours.

    Cons

    You have to work days before holiday and days after holiday. This puts a damper on your holidays, with no holiday pay or overtime, ever. You never know hours you will work until week of. You will never work over 30 hours, and 10 hours is more the average. It's very physical, especially around holidays. You are rewarded for you hard work, and it is many times very hard, with hand sanitizer, a date book, coupons to by company branded shirts. You are basically alone and never appreciated. Some of your stores will not be happy you sell their product, and resent the space your product takes up in their stores.

    Advice to Management

    More money, more respect.


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