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Carlson Companies Reviews

Updated January 28, 2019
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  1. "Travel Agent"

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    Former Employee - Travel Agent in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Travel Agent in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great company, good bonus, appreciate you as an employee

    Cons

    sold out Travel part of company


  2. "Entry Network Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carlson Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Typical issues that many big companies have, too many meetings, not enough direction from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective in who middle management is, and/or recognize who the best managers are and give them more authority to make positive changes.

  3. "New Ownership has created opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carlson Companies full-time

    Pros

    there is a wealth of knowledge that can be used

    Cons

    you need to create the opportunities


  4. "Manager"

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

    I worked at Carlson Companies full-time

    Pros

    nice beautiful office in Minneapolis

    Cons

    few opportunities for advancement or promotion


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Companies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people! Interesting work and collaborative team. Company is involved in multiple industries providing diversity of experiences.

    Cons

    Over the years a lot of transformations of the business.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. "Director Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Director Accounting in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Director Accounting in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Carlson provides employees opportunities to learn and grow via promotion or special projects. They adapt to the changing enviorment and are active in the community.

    Cons

    Carlson has reduced their portfolio of businesses over the past few years and seem to be on a path to continue to do so.


  7. "Business Support Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly - fast paced environment. Easy interview process.

    Cons

    No learning ability. No cross training. Level of pay low.

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Carlson energy"

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    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carlson Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn the cnc machinist trade. Setup okuma and mazak equipment. Learn to adjust feeds and speeds

    Cons

    Disorganized. Everyone blames each other for errors. Lots of gossip

    Advice to Management

    Update fixtures. Provide proper amount of tools. Revise programs and save changes.


  9. "It worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible made the best of it

    Cons

    No growth opportunity available - uncertain


  10. "Non-transparent leadership"

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

    I worked at Carlson Companies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked there for several years and was brought in by great leadership. The department I worked in cared about work life balance.

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations with little transparency to the employees. New family members taking over don't care about the company and are selling every piece. Very little room for employee growth.