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"Work harder and harder for empty promises = corporate greed."

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Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Armstrong Garden Centers full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Working outside is definitely a plus, as is working with plants, developing relationships with return customers, and most of the employees are good people who really appreciate being able to be outside working with plants.

Cons

Its impossible to drink the kool-aid that this company serves. They consider promotion to the 'green-shirt' status worthy of tons of praise, but give you little to no additional compensation for an exponential increase in responsibility and work load. The wage IS NOT enough to live on even if you have roommates. They expect excellent customer service but are not willing to share one penny of their (large) retail plant mark-up with their sales people as a commission, yet they expect sales, sales, sales. The company is based exclusively on a financial business model, yet the majority of the employees do not see the profits. The ESOP is weak. They always remind you that you're an owner and that you share an interest in the profit of the company, but the bonus is negligible. Full-time ranges between 32 - 40 hours but your hours can still be cut without pay. They will; however, graciously thank you for going home and taking the financial hit to promote the company's prosperity (don't forget that your stock ownership will benefit from this).

Advice to Management

If it were not for the employees that work every day in your stores you would not have a nursery corporation. This company can definitely afford to give more to its people. Its time to make a change and truly walk your talk. Pay more to the people you promote as being experts in the field. Show them that you understand the concept of respect and don't keep them down by expecting way more than you compensate people for. Morale is key.

Other Employee Reviews for Armstrong Garden Centers

  1. Helpful (10)

    "It has become a corporate style company that cares only about the bottom line, not their employees or customers."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working outdoors among beautiful plants. Meeting and helping customers with their landscaping challenges. Health care benefits. Nice fellow employees

    Cons

    Low salary. Required to work weekends. Constant schedule changes. Few raises despite promises. Poor ESOP plan. Zero job security.

    Advice to Management

    Your sales force is your front line. Stop reducing it. Treat them fairly, ethically and with loyalty! Keep your promises.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Armstrong treats people well"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay you a little bit over minimum wage, they care about customer service, and treat their employees pretty well.

    Cons

    Feels limited - not a whole a lot of room to move up.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing well.

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