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Ellison Educational Equipment Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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  1. "Nice People"

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    Former Employee - Product Developer Specialist in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Product Developer Specialist in Berkeley, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ellison Educational Equipment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loving, small company. Full of good, kind hearted people. It feels like a family almost.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow as an employee.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "It's an educational experience working here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ellison Educational Equipment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay.
    Management is clueless so you can get away with almost anything.
    No one is ever fired. Employees get laid off because of "restructuring" or their job has been eliminated.

    Cons

    Family owned.
    No job advancement in certain departments.
    No comp time.
    Most everyone is made Salary exempt whether job warrants it or not.
    No overtime.

    Advice to Management

    The walls have ears. Saying, "They're lucky to have jobs", in a private management meeting will not stay private vary long.
    Two years of consultants is way too long.
    Keeping employees because they are friends of the family is not good managment.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Ellison"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent hours and time-off benefits.

    Cons

    No accountability, poor communication. Do not provide employees with the proper resources and training to perform jobs efficiently. Salary is not always competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be acknowledged and rewarded for the skills that they bring to the company, not for their personal relationships with management.


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  5. "Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ellison Educational Equipment full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great atmosphere

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, could pay better


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Agree with previous reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some really great, caring employees.
    Great product you can believe in.
    Decent time off.

    Cons

    Family members working in the company with no accountability.
    Unclear/conflicting communication from management.
    Difficult to progress in a career there as management does not hold regular departmental meetings, or employee reviews. Poor communication.
    Unstable work environment due to frequent layoffs or job eliminations.

    Advice to Management

    Grow your most valuable asset: your people.
    Have a clear leader.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Private Family Owned vs. Public Companies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Personable CEO. Many long-term staff who care about the company which promotes good-will and team spirit. Great history; great story. Very good products that you can believe in. Strong strategic partnerships.

    Cons

    Too many chefs in the kitchen. Many internal family members & ties drive poor decision making. Internal disorganization. The right (competent) people need to be in the right positions. Soft sales team.

    Advice to Management

    Make tough decisions when & where warranted. Board members should be involved in the company at the board level; eliminate conflicts of interest.


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    "Unstable work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -good pay
    -decent benefits and timeoff

    Cons

    -recently several people were laid off with absolutely no warning
    -there's no actual training, you're just thrown in
    -people either get multiple formal reviews or none at all
    -stress stress stress
    -you never know if you're going to be let go or promoted
    -often promotions don't come with raises
    -terrible office environment with no room to work or privacy
    -family business
    -management has no idea what's going on with the company until they're suddenly in financial trouble, then they foolishly lay off groups of hardworking loyal employees

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people and create positions if you're just going to eliminate them because the company is bleeding money due to your mistakes. Why don't you try shaving off some family members salaries instead? It's like when times get tough, you just let everyone go who isn't family. Oh and Instead of moving family members around from department to department, hire people who are qualified for their job and reward them for it.