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"Very community/employee Oriented"

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Current Intern - Customer Service Representative in Monroe, WI
Current Intern - Customer Service Representative in Monroe, WI
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Swiss Colony as an intern (More than a year)

Pros

Good benefits and a relaxed environment. The work environment is friendly and informal and upper management is very engaging with lower-level employees.

Cons

The company has very low turnover which means less room for advancement. Monroe is also a small town with few choices for entertainment, making it less appealing for younger professionals.

Other Employee Reviews for Swiss Colony

  1. Helpful (3)

    "A family owned company that does take care of its employees through good programs."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Swiss Colony full-time

    Pros

    Swiss Colony, part of the larger company named Colony Brands is family owned which leads to a long term view rather than the quarterly performance of public companies. This Family owned company has also avoided the leadership degradation of some and maintained a good quality management team. The company has been consistently profitable for decades now and they have a strong cash position to ride out future troubles and make wise investments. They have good market diversification through the 15 different catalog brands and a highly diverse product mix. They use a very unique go to market niche with a credit offering to sub-prime customers; one of only two or three catalog retailers that use this strategy. It is the key to their success since the products would not sell themselves without this credit offering.

    Cons

    Very long term employment of most permanent staff which can lead to head in the sand attitudes. Also limited career growth due to lack of staff movement.

    In addition the company is in the catalog retail segment which continues to struggle as a industry. Keeping growth going will be a constant struggle but it appears to be managed for the foreseeable future.

    Advice to Management

    Please work to maintain the strong commitment to the employee force and ensure the good employees are rewarded and retained.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clinton, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clinton, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Colony (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are wonderful. The pay is pretty good starting out. You get bonuses, incentives, catalog discounts and booster certificates. There are a variety of positions so you can find something that suits you, and they let you explore. There are advancement opportunities. Management is very approachable for questions, concerns, or even the occasional pat on the back. Very nice christmas gifts are given to each employee. Swiss Colony has a very "small company" feeling despite it being so large.

    Cons

    Most employees are considered Temporary. There is some supervisor favortism and a lot of drama. Be careful what you say and who you say it to, nearly nothing is confidential. There are nearly no excused absences, any and all count against you and lower your score on your PBM. The answer to your question will likely depend on who you ask and what day it is.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that you are implementing some new systems that are going to be successful. I think if you look harder at your employees skills, you may find that you have a lot of wasted talent. It would be nice if employees could rate their superiors as they rate us each month.

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