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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 19 reviews)

  • Since it is a part time job you receive no benefits (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "This job made me realize that I have a lot of self respect left and I won't ever work like this again!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Part Time Merchandiser
    Former Intern - Part Time Merchandiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Greetings as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get first look at the new products for the upcoming holidays, and can make your own schedule by the hours, or hour they give you to do your work.

    First time ever in received a check for $5.00 for a weeks worth of work! I got paid more when I was a babysitter! This was a good eye opening for me!

    Cons

    This is a hard job! Manual labor for very little money and expectations of fulfilling orders, filling card pockets, and wrapping, in minimal time allowed set up from the company. If you do the work in more time than allowed, you are written up! This is a job for someone who could use an extra job just to get out of the house, the work is tedious and very tiring especially for holidays. During big holidays, you are required to go to the store and put more cards out at a very early hour of the day, plus clean up the area after the people make a huge, huge mess. This was all not not not for me, while only making very little money!

    Advice to Management

    You need to manually go to a store and out the cards out and see how people in heavy traffic areas make a huge huge mess of the cards and the displays, this way when you give some one 1.5 ( which equates to 1 1/2 hours ) to out out three boxes of cards that has 250 cards or more in each box, plus wrapping and bags, it's near impossible! Try it during Mother's Day!

    DONATE YOUR WASTE! Or SELL it?...everything gets thrown away! Terrible terrible waste,


  2. Helpful (1)

    "PT Merchandiser"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at American Greetings (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible hours. Some stores have music playing on their speakers as you work and I like that.

    Cons

    Not enough hours. They expect alot for not many hours, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe later.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Merchandiser"

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, work from home, flexibility

    Cons

    Constant procedural changes, low pay, constant mandatory updates for new processes that have to be constantly learned

    Advice to Management

    The company is continuously adding more and more processes and procedures on top of previous processes and procedures in order to compensate for gaps in information being communicated. This is clearly the result of corporate being 1.) Out of touch with the field 2.) Too lazy to implement structural changes on their end if they are somewhat in touch or 3.) Decision makers in corporate are simply not listening to the people who are aware of the issues. Meanwhile, they are continuously adding ridiculous amounts of time in the form of learning new processes and dealing with their outdated software glitches, quickly making a 20hr a week job a 40hr a week job just to deal with the BS. Just entering hours now takes 35% longer now because of your new system.... that adds up, geniuses. You pay for that. Think about it...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "little room to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Greetings (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a creative job

    Cons

    enormous amount of "paperwork" attached

    Advice to Management

    hire more artists


  5. "Administration"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is fair, new building should be cool, cafeteria is good, they have good products and the chairmans awards are a pretty cool way to celebrate successes

    Cons

    Market is declining and they constantly have layoffs, the president/COO is progressive and has done a lot of good things, but he is so egotistical is is hard to have any one else's ideas heard.

    Advice to Management

    start investing in your people


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Greetings full-time

    Pros

    Hmmm....Starbucks in the town square. Cafe is decent. The library has a wealth of books. Now they are moving to Crocker Park, so the inside of building will be free of mold like the old place has now,you will be surrounded by shopping at Crocker, lots of good resturants,Trader Joes, and Fitness center. The new building will have a 3rd floor outside park, with Wifi, and fire pits plus community tables. My guess is that they will still let people go as the new building is much smaller than original headquarters. The part I liked most was the opps to do freelance with other depts, the gallery shows, and the special projects where you get to try to design other product and meet other designers.

    Cons

    Bad management, people that have never worked anywhere else in their career so less broad experience. Managers have very little training. People who become managers typically stay forever so there is very very little room to advance. The managers have chips on their shoulders and will take it all on you. EXPECT ALOT of change in the Creative Dept. When I first got there in 2011 there were 6 layoffs, some small and some large. Not stable at all. The planners and the artists posistions are becoming more like admin. jobs. ALOT OF PAPERWORK, less time for creativity. Times are changing. Creative Dept has reduced their staff by 1/2.But if you live in the area and have a family and do not want to spread your wings, this is a good place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others as you want to be treated-No yelling, no dirty looks, quit making people feel like they are not good enough to be there. You hire people for a reason and then make them feel worthless.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Field Sales Operations Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to receive a full-time job at the end of the term. The work is not hard.

    Cons

    Management did not teach me anything. It was not a good learning experience. I just did busy work.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "no future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Rensselaer, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible schedule, fairly easy work besides climbing ladders and trying to get your boxes down from the stock room of whatever stores you are assigned to.

    Cons

    Pay, have to work the day after and before major holidays, including Christmas eve. Little help from management. No room for advancement. Yearly raise 25 cents. Hardly any hours.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay, if you are getting 3-4 per week each store the gas money to get there and back makes it not even worth it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wouldn't Recommend"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training opportunities and company events.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management and career advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if you actually used the knowledge that you claim to gain from the trainings you attend.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "2 hours a week"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Greetings (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with Limited supervision and set your own hours so long as you have it done by deadline

    Cons

    2 hours a week, seasonal cards you had to count every single card that did not sell throw ink on them to destroy them ridiculous amount of time wasted.


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