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Border States Reviews

Updated Mar 5, 2020

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52 Ratings
  1. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Border States full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great employees and customer to work with

    Cons

    If the industry is slow, the company is slow

    Border States2020-03-05
  2. "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - IT Person in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Border States full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They will pay you very well in the IT area since it's very difficult to attract talent.

    Cons

    Cold cold place. The work area is a form of 'open concept' but that's where the openness stops. The management and other leadership likely wont even notice who you are or care to converse with you. If you want to have any input on any matters within the company then you probably should go work for a consulting firm or technology company that they regularly 'rub elbows' with. On the technology side of things it seems as if it's a group of 'yes men' running the show. The current and future implementations are still following the IT rules from the 90's. The goal for the IT projects are to get something up and running at bare minimum costs (as if leadership's bonus rely on budget savings) while accumulating an astronomical amount of technical debt. Then leadership will sell the chance to address said debt after the project only for them to kick off the next big thing project. The IT turnover should hint to the people upstairs that there is something wrong in the area but yet the same antics still continue. The area is thin with resources so the common solution is to staff aug which of course costs much more for the resource to get up to speed and then are rarely able to properly complete their assigned project. When an intern is brought into the IT area they are directed to their seat and talked to at a bare minimum, they are likely never introduced to leadership higher than a supervisor. If you are looking for an IT company that focuses on implementing the technology then I would avoid BSE at all costs.

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    Border States2020-01-19
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hired before layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Commissioned Sales in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Border States full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    money, building, chair, laptop, wind

    Cons

    cold place, discrimination, work every day and night and weekend, told to pray at work, recession

    Border States2020-01-11

    Border States Response

    January 13, 2020HR Recruiting Supervisor

    We have to respectfully disagree on these points. Border States is committed to treating every individual with respect – we do not tolerate discrimination.

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  4. "Employee-ownership a difference maker"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Border States full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great culture of giving back to the communities they live and work in.

    Cons

    Big organization not always the most nimble but invests in technologies.

    Border States2019-12-27

    Border States Response

    January 13, 2020HR Recruiting Supervisor

    Thanks for the feedback – we appreciate it – we do have a great culture! And we’ll keep working on being more agile.

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  5. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Border States full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Market leader and forward thinking. The ESOP is great for those looking to make a long term career commitment

    Cons

    Large company which means it can be difficult to adapt and change.

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    Border States2019-12-08
  6. "Unpredictable Schedule"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Border States full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities for overtime, company benefits.

    Cons

    Excessively denigrating to many warehouse employees, hostile work environment.

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    Border States2019-10-22
  7. Helpful (2)

    "very political management"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Border States full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    ESOP, Dental and Health insurance

    Cons

    Management is lacking. "Customer service" is the top priority, but when you are servicing customers it is frowned upon. they want you at your desk with minimal bathroom breaks(2 minutes an hour is too much). Different expectations for different employees.

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    Border States2019-10-01
  8. Helpful (7)

    "You'll be OK if you're just a cog - more money than brains"

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

    I worked at Border States full-time

    Pros

    Financial insights are shared, at least they have a bonus structure. Annual cost of living pay raises are typical. Scheduling flexibility (if you're just a cog).

    Cons

    I could write a novel... There's two tiers of leadership that aren't contributing much value - just glorified layers of project management. Management style is top down; so don't expect to exercise your brain. Clusters of management operate like a clique. From a technology standpoint this company is in the process of getting stomped. Insurance deductibles and premiums are going up rapidly. Changes to benefits are poorly communicated at the last second before open enrollment. (Quite a few of us had to change dentists, for example). There are many employees waiting for turnover of the 'old guard' to see if new leadership has the guts to clean house and start calling out top-heavy structure and blame-shifting strategies of the BSE IT leadership. Heavy amount of contracting work = no accountability. Blindly following SAP's guidance on whatever dumpster fire they're selling = IT strategy. Talking about ideas = innovation. There will be a day where BSE can't squeeze employees, contractors and processes for more efficiency. The hyper focus on efficiency and ignoring risk for innovation will make you prey to smaller fish.

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    Border States2019-08-18
  9. Helpful (3)

    "The company is a good fit if you are willing to set aside ability for flattery."

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    Former Employee - Unfortunate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Border States full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits are decent compared to others.

    Cons

    Company promotes ESOP at the expense of employees, encourages yes men in place of ability, promotes sycophants in place of business acumen, hires talented, knowledgeable people and beats them down to mediocrity.

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    Border States2019-06-26
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate 

    I worked at Border States full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and reasonable hours

    Cons

    Long drive and hot days

    Border States2019-06-07

    Border States Response

    June 19, 2019HR Recruiting Supervisor

    Thanks for taking the time to give us a great review and for the work you do as an employee-owner!

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