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Anderson Merchandisers Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Occasionally you get free movies for your handwork and dedication (in 34 reviews)

  • The company allows you to work a flexible schedule (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • inconsistent available hours to keep good employees in the part time area (in 24 reviews)

  • pay rates don't equal the amount of work (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Look elsewhere.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intense (humanly impossible) schedule makes time fly. No time for boredom. They will send you freebies of DVD's around the holidays, if you're FT.

    Cons

    Too many to realistically mention:

    - No regard for family or work/life balance. Fiscal schedule might tell you that you're off on a holiday, but the fine print at bottom states "unless business dictates working" and they will change your "off" time to "on" time minutes before you're leaving for your holiday.

    - Frequent emails and reports from District Managers stating whatever low-performing stores you have..even when performance is out of your hands in many categories. Then, they broadcast that out to the entire district, so that they can embarrass you in front of your peers.

    - Store personnel will destroy any work you have accomplished to accommodate their best interests. You will spin your wheels trying to fix what you've already fixed the day before.

    - No raises. I didn't get one in six years. When I did finally, it was pennies per hour.

    - No assistance. You are on your own for large projects. Company does not provide team efforts or any inkling of support. They tell you "make it happen". Even the best, most driven individual cannot begin to physically be in all the places they expect you to be, much less complete the mammoth tasks assigned.

    - Everything has to be done in 40 hours, because time-and-a-half is considered profanity to this company. Get it all done in 40, or be written up.

    - Multi-billion dollar company cannot pay for a decent network for all their devices to run on. Most times, the critical files you need for work are not available due to lack of connection. And, of course, the rep is held accountable for projects not completed due to network downtime.

    - Make your best efforts to collaborate and plan major resets with store personnel, but if they don't show up for a reset, it's your fault, not theirs. Your DSM will come in and rip into you in the store when a project fails due to "you not communicating well enough".

    - Your manager will promote a slew of reasons why they can fire you during weekly conference calls -- This is a blatant attempt to glean as much extra work out of a rep as possible, without ever offering incentives for self-improvement. This saves them loads of money on overtime and pay raises, because you should do the impossible to simply keep your job.

    - Be prepared to make Walmart staff furious for doing your job. The more proactive and thorough you are, the more you get yelled at: (i.e taking product to claims department for return) and approaching store managers constantly about selling promotions into their store.. They don't want to talk to you, and will even say that to your face.

    Way more..but I've grown tired of typing in this particular box..

    Advice to Management

    Knock down the building, and start over from the ground-up.


  2. "Sales Team Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible, can be interesting, mostly professional

    Cons

    Walmart, Walmart, Walmart, Walmart, Clip strips

    Advice to Management

    More computer set-up training


  3. Helpful (13)

    "2.5 Stars Really. Territory Sales Lead. Too much work for the hours they allot."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is VERY competitive for the field. I can't deny that. There is some schedule flexibility in terms that they'll say you have 36 hours for this week for all your stores and assignments. For the most part you can distribute those hours between all your stores however you want to maximize travel etc.

    Cons

    They assign a bevy of activities at all your Walmart stores at the beginning of the week to be completed by the end of the week. Out of desperation and paranoia they have taken on more work than there is man power. They take every project that comes their way without regard to the load on the person in the field. Absolutely NO room for growth. They've stopped giving out year end bonuses. No future in general.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to get a better idea of what is going on in the field. They take every project and client that comes along without regard for how realistic it is for the person in the field to get done.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "where has all the work gone?????"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Springs, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Springs, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    open schedule. fun work environment..

    Cons

    lately my hours have been cut from 40 hours a week to 16. they say its that time of year but last year we didnt have this issue.. Nobody has answers

    Advice to Management

    tell your employees what is really happening.


  6. "Assisted Sales Ambassador"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bradford, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bradford, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, free dvds, and flexible hours. Great for someone who likes to work independently. Fast hiring, received phone call from company same day as I applied online.

    Cons

    Had a hard time figuring out exact requirements for the job. Most time was spent standing around. Was told I was going to do some merchandising, and then was strictly put in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe not hire so quickly, many of the employees in this same position seemed to lack communication skills. Definitely need the managers to describe the position more thoroughly.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Steering in a different direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, movie benefits, paid travel between stores

    Cons

    When season is slow, hours get cut dramatically for your part timer (if your allowed a part timer). All projects are required to be completed within shorter time frame.
    Example:
    Two year ago, time allotted for stocking and zoning books for 40ft run was avg 5 hours per week. Now avg of 75 minutes per week.

    Advice to Management

    Fix time management. Slow down on adding new projects. You expect us to know about all of the products we service but don't focus on each of them enough to allow growth in knowledge and assisting in customer sales.


  8. "Great Place To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandise/Sales Associate in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Merchandise/Sales Associate in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement and fair management.

    Cons

    Better opportunity for some than others after reaching a certain level.


  9. "Good job with balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Lead in Rapid City, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits, good work balance, always learning new things

    Cons

    Sometimes to many projects for a 40 hour week.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe take more advice from the field to understand all the issues dealt with weekly.


  10. "Not enough customers for me to feel comfortable at work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anderson Merchandisers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is the only thing that I like in my experience this company knows nothing about training. There could have been an online training environment.

    Cons

    When your stores associates are complaining that we don't do enough to support and supply the site in our environment

    Advice to Management

    Need timely manner and better locations


  11. "SOLID COMPANY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anderson Merchandisers (More than a year)

    Pros

    great group of employees, management team has some solid managers but great areas of week middle management, need to develop stronger team in field who lead the service teams.

    Cons

    inconsistent available hours to keep good employees in the part time area.


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