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Carlson Companies Reviews

Updated March 31, 2017
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  1. "Travel Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Director Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Business Support Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    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


  6. "Carlson energy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Non-transparent leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Worst hotel company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    competent colleagues and very few employees who actually know what they are doing

    Cons

    where do i start, get rid of middle management

    Advice to Management

    please get rid of lethargic incompetent middle management that has migrated from the failed Northwest airlines and fired employees from 3M


  9. "Carlson Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Finance in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome work/life balance, able to work from home if need arises, fun events to keep employee morale up, very into charitable giving and having their employees do the same-not only with money but with time (we do habitat for humanity, feed my starving children, charity giving campaign). Good discount on Carlson hotels. Great work culture!

    Cons

    I do not have any cons about this company so far, I really enjoy both the people I work with and the people I work for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing-always being open and transparent with your employees, engaging employees, promoting work/life balance.


  10. "Executive assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Zimmerman, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Zimmerman, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Companies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the company. My boss was very compassionate

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


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    "Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Carlson Companies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment nice people to work with

    Cons

    Less chance to advance, some what lots of office politics


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