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"Not a horrible place, but there are better places to be..."

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Current Employee - Not A Chance in Commerce Township, MI
Current Employee - Not A Chance in Commerce Township, MI
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Family run company (Small so people will know your name)
Lots of experience will be gained relatively quickly
Most employees are down to earth and generally want to do a good job
New challenges every day.

Cons

Work home life balance is horrible. Don't even think of applying if you want to work 40 hrs a week
Pay is decidedly on the low side no matter who you are.
Good people are leaving weekly for "greener pastures"
The amount of spending and extravagance related expenditures are grinding the company into the ground.
Over all the company is not doing well, "Staff reductions, money related issues, etc are causing folks with limited bandwith to have to work even harder than before, resulting in very unhappy employees.
Its not a happy place to work anymore (Very stressful environment)

Advice to Management

Look around guys/gals! Do you think that your employees are happy? Please tell me you see the problems that the rest of us see?

We are worried about our Jobs, Why are we wasting money on parties etc when we should be buckled down and getting back to the basics that made the company a great place at one time?

Other Employee Reviews for HoMedics

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Prepare to work long hours with no recognition and low pay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Commerce Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of experience on different brands and products. Some degree of creative freedom. Lots of vacation time: 9 days year 1, 16 days year 2, 24 days year 4. Great people outside of management. Very quick place to gain experience in product management/product development- you will put in 3 or 4 years worth of work in 1 year, more on that in cons.

    Large amounts of free product to take home. This place spends money like it's water, then trashes it aka the employees take it home 3 months later.

    When you travel, you travel in style- unlimited room service and open bar at the Trump at trade shows. Huge extravagant parties (owner spent over $1M on a launch party for the Bob Marley brand- More on that later). Pretty much unlimited expense account.

    Direct contact with the CEOs and upper management. They know your name and face, which can be good and bad, and sometimes taken advantage of.

    Cons

    You will work 50-70 hours a week minimum. The culture is a come in at 9, leave at 7pm or later. Don't bother coming in early, you still won't get out of there before 7pm. Trade show and travel on weekends are not compensated by recovery days.

    Management is spread out randomly throughout the country at the owner's whims. The VP of our division was the only person allowed to work from home on the west coast, with the rest of the team in Michigan. They didn't start their day until 9-10am PST, whereas the team started at 9am EST. This time difference led to the Michigan team being worked until 8-9pm some days, 1am on others since we were forced to work both EST and PST.

    Forget about a work life balance. This place is all about how many hours can the management get out of an employee while paying them the least amount of money possible. Granted that's business, but this is taken to the extreme. Employees are paid 40-50% below market value, and worked 30-40 hours over the norm. Employees are paid a very small salary with promises of a large bonus at the end of the year- guess what? What they don't tell you when you sign on is that bonuses haven't been paid out in over 6 years!!! The owner spends ludicrous amounts of money on parties, new cars, donating to the Israeli military (this is widely known that a large portion of their capital is donated to the Israeli military) and improving the facility, then comes to the employees at the end of the year stating there isn't money to distribute bonuses or pay raises.

    Management is so spread out and disconnected, that there is no organization within the company.One employee called it "too many chiefs, not enough indians." Basically titles are created above you and you are layered down until you have no input to the team. The owners have their favorite toys (new employees), as they were called, and once they are bored with you, or have a new employee to focus on, you are layered down within the organization, responsibilities removed, and career left to rot. They will not terminate you, let that be known. The trend is for employees to be stripped of responsibilities then voluntarily leave. The marketing department has had over 80% turn over in the last year. Management changes directions so often that you get to work on a very very large number of different brands.

    One of the key things I can say about this company is if you need experience, stay there for a year, build up and pad your resume, but don't expect to earn much or have a life outside of work while you're there.

    Advice to Management

    Visit salary review websites and realize that the pay scale at Homedics should be criminal. Develop organization within the company so that employees don't have to work 50-70 hours a week. Get back in touch with the real world. GIve employees what you promise them, not parties, or your fancy cars to watch you drive in every day.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Homedics was nothing short of a bad experience..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Commerce Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - decent support resources, including Creative Services
    - recognizable brand names, and access to leading national retailer distribution
    - decent office space
    - some flexibility with paid time off
    - travel in style - business class/good hotels in Asia; nice (not great) domestic accommodations

    Cons

    Where to start...?
    - Senior management has no clue as to how to professionally lead or manage a business; previously had enormous success in the consumer chair-top massage segment, dominating what is now a severely shrinking category, while also succeeding with several one-off fad products, including Thera-P magnets and the Quasar light-up pen
    - repeated recent failures on Powermat wireless charging, the Sharper Image license, and, in all likelihood, the Bob Marley license
    - Senior management micromanages just about every aspect of the process, then blames the rank and file for mistakes and missed timing - workers get zero empowerment, with 100% accountability to the results
    - no processes: Homedics only just started using product specs for new product development, whereas they previously left that crucial task to the Chinese factories - Homedics believes processes would hurt their "entrepreneurial spirit"
    - Homedics brings in top-talent (and paid pretty well for it), puts them on a pedestal for a period of time, then puts them in no-win situations of lesser responsibility - this is a trend that has existed for years within the company and is widely talked about
    - politics, politics, politics - if you are not "in" with one of the owners, you are out
    - while some resources/supporting functions are good, other very important ones are severally lacking, including: Engineering (compliance focused, with little ability to support Marketing from a product development standpoint; and their China office (little actual support, and staffed by low-end talent)
    - Homedics promises bonuses but hasn't paid any in 5-6 years, while the owners flaunt their wealth, and spend extravagantly on launch parties (+$1MM for the Marley launch party) and trade shows
    - Senior management has never met a decision they would not change - it is well-known within the company that products will be delivered late and over-budget because the owners cannot stick to their own directions

    Advice to Management

    You believe you are the only ones capable of identifying, developing and managing products, yet your recent track-record of success says otherwise... when you bring in talented, experienced people, let them do what you are paying them to do! You need to step away from day-to-day management, and hire a professional CEO who will give Homedics the direction and structure it needs; otherwise, expect to continue your recent downward spiral towards oblivion.

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