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Empire Today Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Personal/Work life balance; company perks, working with some of the best reps ever" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Great work environment and you get training in your hired position" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "All of these pressures that they put on sales reps (even things out of your control) is quadrupled on managers" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Where is the work life balance in that" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Strong Company Trying to Get Bigger"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HR really, really tries
    President is available and nice guy
    Growth is focused not across the board

    Cons

    Some office people are just coasting
    Some outside sales people just aren't any good while others are professional

    Advice to Management

    Management by walking around. Do you really know what is happening below you?

    Empire Today Response

    Sep 27, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share feedback. We are excited about Empire’s direction and the great workplace we are striving to become. We’ve recently implemented new employee Engagement... More


  2. "Great People, Behind the Times"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time

    Pros

    The people who work there are great. They make the day go by fast and always create a fun environment

    Cons

    The PTO structure is archaic.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times in regards to PTO. Trust your employees more.

  3. "Install Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Installation Coordinator in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Installation Coordinator in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Took the experience, built great relationships with contractors that taught me the industry, which lead me to a higher position, higher salary at another company. Thank you.

    Cons

    Recruiter missed lead me by telling me that the hours were from 5am-2pm, Monday - Friday. That was a lie. You work 2 Saturdays out of the month. Then you work 4 days out of the week on call until 8pm “Install Coordinator on duty”. Aside from working 5am-3pm! Where is the work life balance in that $h1+?. That would be a total of 15hrs with a working lunch, because your work phone and desk phone doesn’t stop ringing due to the incompetent sales reps that Empire Today hires. With the exemption of a hand full that have been sales reps for more that 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    None!

    Empire Today Response

    Nov 14, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am sorry that your experience at Empire Today did not match expectations . We’ve recently implemented new employee Engagement Surveys... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Area Sales Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large National Company with good marketing

    Cons

    Volatile Management Positions with large turnover

    Advice to Management

    Value your Employees and listen to them instead of dictating from an Ivory Tower

    Empire Today Response

    Nov 7, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion here that I and others can reflect on it and think about ways we can adapt and do more to ensure you and others feel valued and appreciated... More


  5. "A very informative learning experience. Don't regret it but don't miss it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Suwanee, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always open to new ideas and discussions on improving processes.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from GM as well as a lack of support from corporate and upper management. Very weak HR department. Tough decisions need to be made yet nobody will that the initiative to turn it around. Extremely high pressure at all times.

    Advice to Management

    This location needs a strong leader that staff can trust. Also need to understand who your employees are.

    Empire Today Response

    Oct 17, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion here that I and others can reflect on it and think about ways we can adapt and do more to ensure you and others feel valued and appreciated... More


  6. "Toxic, abusive and dangerous"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Empire Today full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I’m positive you’ll be lied to, mistreated and miserable. I’m positive, If you’re a minority of any type, you’ll never be promoted (trust me). I’m also positive, the company is going down hill fast. I survived the most recent purging, but who knows what tomorrow brings, every employee is just waiting to get fired. I’m positive there’s no leadership, no career paths and no pay for hard work. BTW, this is my last week at this horrible place. I can’t wait to be treated with respect with a different company.

    Cons

    Everything, no one should be so hard up for employment to have to work here. The marketing is a lie, the installations are poor and the customer service is a joke. RUN!!! This is the worst employer in America and soon they should be out of business or a district attorney will shut them down.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to stop being a puppet to the EVP. When you hire people from a failing company (shld) you too will fail like them.

    Empire Today Response

    Nov 21, 2018

    We are sorry to hear about your experience. We take all concerns very seriously and actively address any matters brought to our attention. Please reach out to our Associate Relations team at... More


  7. "Salesman review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Paterson, NJ
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Paterson, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quality products and installations and very quickly available. Good product top sell.

    Cons

    Working you like crazy and unlikely to make minimum wage

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep decent reps make sure they can get paid fairly when they are doing a good job.

    Empire Today Response

    Nov 14, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am sorry that your experience at Empire Today did not match your expectations.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Culture at Empire"

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

    I worked at Empire Today full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Have met some so many great hard working people in all departments they want to make a difference .

    Cons

    Management did one of the most horrific things and fired dozens of sales support jobs and other departments. I understand when a company has to restructure but how you do it says a lot about your values and culture. All i can say is that people who have been there 13 years plus where treated like crap!!! I know that so many people where afraid of losing their jobs everyday me included and guess what those fears became a reality for so many. Is that the kind of culture Empire is proud of? If anyone who was just fired over the past few weeks I know its hard to handle in the beginning but TRUST me once you get out there and find other companies that have a positive culture and reward performance and encourage growth your life will be so much better.!!!

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice I filled out surveys so many times and nothing happened so it's a mute point. Actions speak louder than words and Empire can post on this site that they understand but they go ahead and fire people right after that!!! Sad to say I am sure more people are going to the AX.

    Empire Today Response

    Oct 10, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion here that I and others can reflect on it and think about ways we can adapt and do more to ensure you and others feel valued and appreciated.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Plan on taking prozac"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really can't think of any

    Cons

    No work-life balance. If you are a sales manager plan o. Working 15 hours a day during the week and Saturdays and Sundays......in fact just sleep at the office it would made more sense. Below average compensation and unclear goals which make it almost impossible to make a bonus. Also, plan on being abused and treated like you are stupid on a almost daily basis. Your phone and email will never stop. Very ungrateful upper management who believe they own you. Worse decision I have ever made to sign up for this sweat job.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, hire more help, offer a better work/home balance. Fear management doesn't work. Your satellite managers work hard....give them the credit due (oh and bonuses that aren't an insult)

    Empire Today Response

    Sep 19, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am sorry that your experience at Empire Today did not match your career goals. We’ve recently implemented new employee Engagement Surveys... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a long term career choice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Empire Today full-time

    Pros

    Decent compensation and benefits

    Cons

    No room for advancement

    Empire Today Response

    Aug 29, 2018 – Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am sorry that your experience at Empire Today did not match your career goals. We’ve recently implemented new employee Engagement Surveys... More