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  1. "Design director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits employee culture was positive.

    Cons

    Collaboration on brands would have been better. Shared recourses didn't happen as it should have.

    Advice to Management

    Maximizing internal talent.


  2. "Good Place to Work - Great People"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Richmond, IN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Richmond, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Collective Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Really friendly people.

    Cons

    Office politics and some clicks

    Advice to Management

    All employees deserve the same for the same amount of work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very good people here."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collective Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, on-site cafe, on-site gym, good amount of vacation

    Cons

    Some departments do not have a career path.


  4. "Gread on-boarding program and very nice coworkers. Benefits are average but there looks to be many opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Distribution Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Distribution Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collective Brands full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Inexpensive living with a small town feel, college town closeby and Kansas City just 45 mins away.

    Cons

    If you want to live really close to work you have to live in Topeka which is not the best.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Wait here while you look for the right job"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Collective Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Relatively stable workplace.
    2. Remote work opportunities if needed
    3. Relatively good starting pay and benefits

    Cons

    1. Zero recognition of high performers - do exceptionally well (beyond job requirements) and it's what they pay you for; fall short (even for reasons beyond your control) and your head rolls.

    2. Bleak advancement prospects - it's basically a dead-end job environment unless you're looking to go into corporate management, and even then the opportunity to advance only comes up when someone resigns or gets promoted. And even then, some openings are directly given with a pretend advertisement for applicants.

    3. Non-existent salary increases - salary gets raised by less than 2% yearly, no matter how long you've been here or how good you are at your job. If it gets raised, that is.

    4. Immature managers - a lot of people leave due to a small number of immature managers who were never meant to manage people. Among known issues are pushing for too much output from too few employees, playing yes-person to editorial and expecting high performance from over-worked staff. Until the powers that be deal with this issue, turnover will never drop.

    5.Company is in limbo about its new direction

    6.Huge problems are simply tolerated and walked around, like the elephant in the room, because managers don't know how to solve problems...they apparently excel at Excel, and little else.

    Advice to Management

    1. Recognize that the ones in the trenches matter for more than their output. Consider an advancement policy that's more than a popularity contest. Get rid of the dead wood; there are barely functioning employees with tremendous longevity that are making far more than newer hires who are producing 20x as much. Eradicate the offensive culture of arrogance that permeates the management levels.

    2.If it is said that no employee can achieve a 4-Exceeds Expectations on annual reviews -- Why don't you remove that option?


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience for an intern, the employees didn't seem as motivated"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations Intern in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Intern in Lexington, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They treated the interns great with breakfasts and conferences to learn about the company. We also met the president a few times.

    Cons

    The interns seemed to be treated better then the employees. They give off the idea there are career opportunities and even told me to contact them when I was out of school for a position; I did and never heard back from them.


  7. "If your in IT. stay away from this company"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and reasonable benefits.
    Has a world class cafe to eat at.
    Has a nice gym to work out at... trust me you will need it.

    Cons

    Poor management at levels in IT.
    Management has no respect for their employee's
    New ideas are NOT welcome and are certainly held against you,

    Advice to Management

    Non IT Management listen up. You need to clean house in the IT department. They are selling you a bad bill of goods to protect their jobs. The end game will cost you millions. Look what they did to their previous employer... Sprint... One the the worst managed companies in the region.

  8. "Poor"

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    Current Employee - Mainrenance Administrator in Brookville, OH
    Current Employee - Mainrenance Administrator in Brookville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I get to make my own hours.

    Cons

    No room for future growth.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on promoting from within and focusing mor on the core qualifications of a true HPO.


  9. "Incredible internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual friendly atmosphere
    Competitive pay and benefits
    Smart dedicated coworkers

    Cons

    Depending on the brand, the target consumer may be a pitfall.

    Advice to Management

    Absolutely amazing job to the crew at PLG!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Collective Brands/Stride Rite"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    Pros

    Very large company with excellent benefits. Very aggressive with growth, reaching new markets here and throughout the world.

    Cons

    The message which is very positive from the Corporate Level does not seem to filter down to the Division Level. At the division level you find rather old fashioned management that do very poorly at creating a team environment. Reviews, praise were rarely given. Goals were set that were unrealistic and made reaching bonuses impossible. Bonus programs were offered that were never confirmed in writing. Rather unethical. Consulting with the sales group prior to announcing new products or marketing strategies was rarely done.

    Advice to Management

    Create a team environment where everyone works together to achieve goals. Create a sales newsletter that lets people in the field know what is happening. Put some fun in the job and in sales meetings.


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