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"If you can stand the fire you can get awesome knowledge"

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Former Employee - Account Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
Former Employee - Account Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at SPAR Group full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

SPAR is a great starter position because you learn so much. You are constantly interacting with clients some work is ongoing and other work has a firm deadline. If your lucky to get both types of programs you gain a wealth of knowledge about merchandising, managing others, working with field teams, technical writing, deadlines, and about yourself. How dedicated/creative you are as an employee becomes clear to yourself. Since each program is vastly different you are constantly being challenged. If you do get stuck on 1 account your days are extremely monotonous and each weekday becomes a repeat of the previous week hoping for a different end result.

Cons

SPAR is a sink or swim environment with no work/life balance! There is very little training so you have to jump right on into your program. You are definitely overworked and underpaid without acceptable bonuses or raises. SPAR never says "no" to their clients so if its 7 days a week 24 hours a day requested from the client you better believe it will happen. For you that sucks because your manager (one of the directors of client services) is NOT going to do this and the burden will fall on you. Holidays the offices are suppose to be closed, but again if a client requests for you to work you will work from home without additional pay. HR has little to no authority when it comes to employee complaints of unfair practices with their manager. You have to talk to your manager to resolve the issue you have with him/her and let's face it will go no where.

Advice to Management

VPs need to realize that some of the Directors of Client Service need to be fired! They are dated when it comes to new ideas and continue to try use their old strategies. Also since there is truly no way to report Directors to HR anonymously, VPs need to take time to have a review with Account Managers to understand who really is the "brains" behind the program execution. Too many situations occur that Directors get commended on a job well done when they didn't do anything. It is the Account Managers working the long hours, on the phone with DMs, answering merchandiser questions to complete the client objectives on time.

Other Employee Reviews for SPAR Group

  1. Helpful (1)

    "The work was great but the District Manager was very condescending and rude to more than just myself."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Merchandiser in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Merchandiser in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SPAR Group as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work independently, make own hours.

    Cons

    No raises given ever, rude upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Do not keep on staff if they are disrespectful to your merchandisers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unpaid labor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPAR Group part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, you set your own hours.

    Cons

    Independent contractor. Hourly wage is low for level of work/responsibility - no annual adjustments
    Much of work is flat rate, paid by the job not by time which means you don't get paid if job runs over time and many jobs do. Since you are a 3rd party working in a retail situation you are not in a position to stop working when time runs out so it means you just don't get paid for your time.

    Advice to Management

    Have some dialogue with the people who work for you. This company apparently doesn't do any sort of personnel reviews or compensation adjustments for good work. Have never met with supervisor.

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