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"Ho-Hum"

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Current Employee - Editor in Cleveland, OH
Current Employee - Editor in Cleveland, OH
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Lots of brilliant, fun co-workers.

Cons

Difficult to climb the ladder.

Advice to Management

Grow up.

Other Employee Reviews for American Greetings

  1. "Former Recycled Paper Greetings now American Greetings."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are good people working who recognize issues within in the company and how to work around it.
    Well structured organization with defined roles.

    Cons

    Treat employees like children, a corporate culture that frowns on team cohesiveness. No loitering or there will be an infraction point. Oh if you are 'careless' whatever that really means based on the interpretation of your manager you get an infraction point. Thank God it was never implemented in Chicago well at least until after all the layoffs.

    American Greetings has multitude of silos that have no idea what the other group is doing and works in a top down approach where the real plan was decided months ago and they are just waiting for the rest of the corporation to finally get with it and change to their inane direction based on facts that will only support their original decision.

    When I am mean silos I mean the organization will have different person each week who has joined the team because now some activity falls under their purview and demands that everything that had been done be redone so they understand what the heck is going on.

    Despite having tons of project managers they have no concept of what a project manager really does. A belief in using a tool makes you a pm without full understanding of basic PM concepts boggles the mind.

    The inability to think outside of the box is another failing point because it directly opposes the entire culture of silo management structure within AG.

    Advice to Management

    Its time AG change from a silo approach to a diverse organization with smaller cross team divisions may help bring about the change needed. Recognizing that you need a stronger IT organization supporting innovative ways to bring about change and build the right technology. Rapid response, creativity and having edge instead direct conformity are something that that needs to change within AG.

    Spending an exorbitant amount of money on a Marketing technology solution when you could have used an existing tool such as sharepoint which AG already owned was shocking to say the least.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Well-known name company to work for, but lot of room for improvement."

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    Current Employee - Product Management in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Product Management in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Hands down the people are what motivate me to get up every morning and come into work. I have never once experienced cut-throat behavior. Everyone is very supportive and everyone recognizes this is a tough place to work and try their best to help each other out. They have a great paid time off/vacation policy, they pay very well (from my experience at other companies, at least), and its fun to work for a company where you actually get to see the product at retail.

    Cons

    The company restructured a year and a half ago, and its created more problems than its solved. We have lost the ability to get things done in an efficient manner, now what we have to go through so many levels of approval to get anything moving. There is such a talented staff here, but the morale and motivation has swiftly decreased. Something as simple as explaining in detail the role of these new departments shouldn't take a year and a half to do - its leaving everyone frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    The people are what make this company. The economy is beginning to slowly recover and other companies are starting to hire again - keep your people from leaving by really taking the time to see what is causing your employees to feel so frustrated and unaccomplished.

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