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Updated January 10, 2017
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  1. "Love the company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work hard it's all worth it. Company takes great personal care if you. CEO cares about you. It shows with our 401k and health benefits. He doesn't have to be so generous.

    Cons

    Not a lot if corporate support. But we knew it. We're all big boys.

    Advice to Management

    Treat markets different then Texas


  2. Helpful (2)

    "If you want growth or support, stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Big Red full-time

    Pros

    company paid health insurance and a well stocked kitchen

    Cons

    If you are a woman, don't work here. There are no women in leadership positions and there's no sign that will change soon. There is no support, no cooperation between departments and the atmosphere is cold and secretive.

    Turnover rate is high, to say the least, in the marketing department. If you expect even the slightest bit of cordiality from a manager, this is not the place to work. There's little effort to build a team atmosphere. Similarly, this is not an atmosphere to have a position where you hope to learn new skills. Most projects don't come with all the information needed to begin to tackle the project. Questions are not welcomed and neither are ideas from non-management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire women in management roles. Let departments work together and stop the secrecy.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of Trust"

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

    I worked at Big Red full-time

    Pros

    Great/generous company-paid benefits, good work life balance, fully stocked kitchen. Office hours 9a-6p, very manageable pace and volume of work. Friendly coworkers, super IT. VP of Sales a strong, committed leader.

    Cons

    Employees and employee engagement not important to leadership. No emphasis on building effective teams or to simply creating an environment people want to work in. High turnover results from management’s clear lack of trust in employees at every level. Very low tolerance for new ideas or taking risks. All-male leadership team permits sexist, old-fashioned and demeaning commentary towards women during open meetings.

    Departments are kept separate and working with different departments collaboratively is frowned upon. Top leadership takes a narrow view of what each department is “supposed to do” and employees are reprimanded when working too openly with other departments. Decision making process is typically emotional vs. rational and often appears to be driven by fear and distrust.

    Marketing is not respected as a function; it is a sales-led company that treats marketing as a support group instead of a strategic driver. Traditional CPG brand managers or general-management-style marketers need not apply here; the department doesn’t work that way, and doesn’t seem to want to.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees! Create a positive and inspiring workplace environment that people want to contribute to.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "WARNING! Do not work here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stocked break room, young co-workers. Thats it.

    Cons

    CEO plays mind games for his own pleasure. He has no real interest in his employees, rather, he pays entry level salaries to educated, talented employees and makes false promises of bonuses to ensure a larger payout for himself. Upper management is a joke. They either micro manage due to lack of trust or give zero direction because they're too busy and there is no middle management. Little to no opportunity for career advancement or salary increase.


  6. "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, independence, product loyalty

    Cons

    Non-growth market, lack of direction. management


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and incredible 401(k). Stocked kitchen.

    Cons

    Toxic company culture led by dishonest senior management. Employee happiness, engagement and development is not a priority, or even a concern. There is zero transparency between senior management and employees, which creates a fearful environment. Employees like to gossip about CEO monitoring emails and instant messages.

    Criticism is rarely constructive and senior management goes out of the way to not praise a job well-done or recognize employee contributions. Marketing teams are not encouraged to collaborate - senior management does not meet with department outside of what's absolutely necessary. Similarly, marketing department leadership aims for accomplishing 'good enough' with as little resources as possible and doesn't invest in its own success. All work is subject to leadership's emotional judgement rather than metrics. Marketing employees are not given freedom to operate and creative ideation suffers due to micromanagement.

    If you are a talented, creative marketer and want to work in a positive work environment...this is not the place for you.


  8. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Big Red for 2 years in the corporate office. It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Free food stocked in the kitchen makes you eat too much.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people.


  9. "Great Job"

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

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

    Pros

    If you happen to work in a market that sells Big Red, and you are creative, hard working it's a great job

    Cons

    No support from corporate. Would like to see some advertising dollars spent in markets that are mid share.

    Advice to Management

    Need to spend some money locally


  10. "Collegiate Brand Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They let you make your own hours.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges were not having another person to help run events.

    Advice to Management

    Give some better guidance on how to be a good brand manager.


  11. "Small company, lots of internal turmoil and changes happen quick. Overall, good benefits, short careers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay and good standard of living. Overall, good, while your there. Some "VERY" good managers have done many years to end quickly.

    Cons

    Small changes affect employees in big ways, usually not in a good manner. Limited advancement, but, some. Bonuses are not a standard, it is what left over after upper mgr's get a good one, even for very good years. Poor managers with strong friendships with owner, will always have thier jobs.

    Advice to Management

    A little consistency and make some business decisions while considering effects to the employees that put you into profitable periods. Amazing how a team of 30 managers put Big Red into a very profitable period, then layed off - now the company is perfoming terrible. Just a thought.



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