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Empire Today Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Personal/Work life balance; company perks, working with some of the best reps ever (in 8 reviews)

  • six figure job, control your own schedule, get to focus on selling because customer service handles any issues and doesn't involve the salesperson (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Hours and hours and miles of wear and tear on your personal vehicle (in 10 reviews)

  • Lack of collaboration with installers and sales reps (in 19 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "VP"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time

    Pros

    Great flexibility and opportunity to make a difference

    Cons

    Silos. Every man for themself

    Advice to Management

    Encourage team building


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It was a wonderful job."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The hours were great, the team was wonderful, and the support was excellent. One of the best work experiences I've ever had.

    Cons

    I was paid very well. My employees often didn't see their commissions because they didn't exceed their hourly wages during a 2 week period.

    Advice to Management

    Brick and Mortar stores are the way to go. No more partnerships with other stores like JCPenneys

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good Benefits, Laid-Back Workplace, Horrible Pay"

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

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very casual, laid-back environment, at least in our branch and I suspect others are the same. You can wear jeans to work, you can take time off, good benefits that start right away. Those are all pluses. They like to brag about promoting from within and that's true to some extent but only if you want to go into management, and believe me, you do not want to go into management here. That's when the laid-back turns into hell on earth. My colleagues, department and manager are great, they foster a friendly and "team" spirit here.

    Cons

    As an associate, you will be expected to pick up skills with no training (you soon figure out that everyone just kind of fakes it along until they figure out how to do the job, it's such a waste of time but everyone is too overworked to take ten minutes out of their day to train you, and there's no in-house system). You will also be paid a laughable wage, which is why they never post the salaries on job openings. Yes, there' work-life balance, if you're an associate, but you'll wish there weren't because the only way to pump up your paycheck is to get overtime and they do no longer allow that.

    If you're in management, expect to work 80 hours a week, be on call constantly, and have your job threatened regularly, for a salary that is well below the average for your industry. Empire seems to have a policy against hiring enough people to do the work, not wanting to spend a dime to provide working equipment or fix our massive procedural problems, and our ability to serve our customers and do our jobs has become a nightmare. In a better job market, people would be leaving in droves.

    If you're lucky to have a good manager, you'll do well, otherwise you will hate every living minute of it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, train them properly, and pay them a living wage. You have some very dedicated employees and you should reward them for it,.


  4. "Warehouse Associate"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lucrative benefit package a plus. Hours are early to work around life schedule.

    Cons

    6 day a week work weekx no rotating Saturday.

    Advice to Management

    Commumicate more. Management should not be stuck at stations that should be performed by employees, they rarely knoe ehats going on inside the warehouse.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Graphic Designer"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a job, but definitely not a career. There are the occasional qualified and supportive co-workers. Up-to-date equipment. Free water.

    Cons

    There was rarely any design in this job. A glorified production designer to people with very little knowledge of marketing, let alone design. "Because I said so" is the mentality from non-designers.

    Whomever was the last person to leave "was the issue" yet nothing changed.

    Constructive feedback for improvements never considered. Issues completely ignored.

    See customer reviews, it's not any better behind the scenes. The longer someone has worked for the company, the more obvious it is they are a large part of the negative issues. Hence, the high turnover rate.

    Felt an overall lack of respect and witnessed a high level of superficial commentary regarding the way employees looked, how they dressed, what they ate, and more.

    Was embarrassed to tell people where I worked and left after issues remained acknowledged but went unaddressed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing managers managing managers managing designers. Instead, start being a leader and letting people use their training, knowledge, and experience to your advantage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

    Cons

    Using my gas to travel. Over priced products, used car sales mentality to make money scam company. All reps in my class quit in one month .

    Advice to Management

    Liar liar


  7. Helpful (1)

    "sales culture is terrible"

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

    I worked at Empire Today full-time

    Pros

    There are not any pros

    Cons

    There are too many to list

    Advice to Management

    Get with it

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible structure"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits including pto, holiday and 401k

    Cons

    Major communication issues throughout the company

    Advice to Management

    Give more individual power to employees to ensure company runs smoothly


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunctional from the top down"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time

    Pros

    401-K match,\ and healthcare benefits

    Cons

    Everything else. This company sucks the life out of you.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Carlstadt, NJ
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Carlstadt, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Made you feel like you were apart of a big family! A great work environment for anyone!

    Cons

    At times management played with some of the employees money. Several people promised raises but none were ever given.

    Advice to Management

    If you do one thing for one employer, you have to do the same for the rest because nobody is better than anybody in the workplace!


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