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Healthy Directions Reviews

Updated July 31, 2017
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  1. "Great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a focus on employee's well-being and health. Fun and forward thinking leadership.

    Cons

    Very fast pace and tight deadline environment. Not suitable for someone who can't endure that type of stress.

    Advice to Management

    Overall great organization. Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great people and products"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here work hard and get along well with each other. The company has a positive reputation in the industry and the products are known for being very high quality. There have been a lot of new employee benefits since becoming part of a larger company, especially ones that support the mission around health and wellness. All in all it's a great place to come to work each day.

    Cons

    It is a complicated business with a lot of products and programs to manage, which can lead to too much time spent in the details vs. big picture.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "A Company Trying & Failing to Pick Up the Pieces"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - There are a handful of talented people at this company that are doing the best with what they can
    - Limited number office sponsored activities
    - Free overstock products

    Cons

    -Ill will growing from within: I was troubled and found it extremely unprofessional when a manager continuously spoke ill of their fellow managers, coworkers, and executives in meetings and about the office.
    -Favoritism: It is true, there is certainly favoritism at play in this office. Those who play their cards right and become buddies with the right executives will get ahead, sometimes regardless of talent or vision.
    -No job security: There is a high rate of turnover and few promotions from within; a new trend within the company is outsourcing - which does not seem to be fixing any current issues or promoting stability within the company.
    -A struggle to transition: hopefully the company will pull itself out of the hole it has dug itself into, as it has transitioned very slowly to more efficient processes and online ventures. In the meantime, I would not recommend this employer if you are looking for long term growth.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring dozens of temps, substantial outsourcing, and firing loyal employees is not helping you meet your bottom line. I recommend you speak to employees at ALL levels to make sure you are seeing the real picture; not just the picture painted by your favorite manager.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good and Bad, but Mostly Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like every company, Healthy Directions has both good and bad aspects. The good:
    * There are a lot of people here who are really passionate about living the healthy mission and helping customers
    * Weekly Boot Camp and Yoga classes in the summer
    * Incredibly smart and talented people
    * Management is hit or miss - some managers are truly looking to grow their employees while others don't seem to get management is more than just doling out the less-interesting work (but this is the same everywhere)
    * There is opportunity to move to different teams within the company
     * Nice, friendly people and approachable upper management - it seems like you can get to know anyone here, regardless of their title/status/tenure
    * Other reviewers have mentioned it feels like there are 'favorites' - i think it can feel that way in any company, but i also think that a number of people who work hard and are dedicated are rewarded for their efforts

    Cons

    The challenges seem to all boil down to growing pains. The company is trying to grow and branch out of their normal business routine, and along with that comes a lot of change.

    No formal on-boarding or training program can be difficult for new employees.

    Some departments get more praise and attention that others.

    Advice to Management

    Help dedicated employees develop long-term career plans with opportunities for advancement. Offer formal management training. Recognize all teams for their contribution. Offer more flex schedules, which will help retain and attract top talent.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent Company--Love to Come to Work Every Day!"

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    Current Employee - Director in Potomac, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Potomac, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Healthy Directions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Healthy Directions has a very entrepreneurial environment which allows people to run with good ideas. Employees are extremely enthusiastic and collaborative--and everyone has a strong desire to move the company's mission forward. There is also great work/life flexibility, excellent wellness programs for employees, and good benefits.

    Cons

    The health insurance program could be stronger. We need more good data to drive decisions--data that's easier to access.

    Advice to Management

    As we're going through changes in strategy--pick some clear areas of direction and stick with them. Sometimes it feels like there are frequent shifts in priorities. We also need to be more data driven, at all levels.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A company going through a critical and visionary shift"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Healthy Directions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredible industry knowledge within the staff, leadership team with a lot of guts, drive and passion. A family feel even though part of a larger public company. Decent benefits. A true care for wellness. Science and data driven. Nice office environment but a bit sterile. Managment communicates issues, strategies and priorities often and clearly to all employees.

    Cons

    Going through an important and difficult transition from legacy practices and strategies is creating a challenging environment. Have lost a few people in certain positions that couldn't deal with the challenges. Don't do enough as a team outside the office.

    Advice to Management

    Try and create more fun. Need a more relaxing and loose environment. Keep communicating as this is important through challenging times of strategy transition.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "A good company but have experienced many changes since acquisition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Healthy Directions (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company selling doctors formulated supplements. Get lots of info/knowledge about healthy supplements and lifestyle. Free/discount supplements for employees. Provides fruits platter and veggies platter in the morning.

    Cons

    Due to acquisition, company has been experiencing a lot of personnel changes from top to bottom.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Good company gone bad."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Healthy Directions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fruit and veggie platter for free 3 times a week. Oh and the office is nice.

    Cons

    Unless you are a favorite of senior leadership you will always be looked over when it comes to promotions and career growth/education regardless of your personal performance. Company will make excuses about lack of budget for funding and education but will take the "cool kids" of employees on company paid outings almost monthly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites, the ones you like the most are consistently your most mediocre performers. Stop confusing likability with talent and work ethic.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Hooray for vitamins!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free fruit and sometimes free vitamins.

    Hooray for vitamins!

    If you have a lunch meeting, they will feed you.

    Cons

    Healthy Directions is seemingly another victim of a direct mail company unable to switch to a digital world.

    The premium priced products are becoming obsolete as supplement stores are able to provide the same quality, if not better, at cheaper prices. The key demographic of customer is also starting to dwindle as the company is having a hard time finding new customers, or even leads, and continually 'throw spaghetti at the wall' hoping something sticks.

    With the recent departure of the former CEO Connie, this eludes that she might have caught wind of something before everyone else and took the high road while she could.

    All-in-all, if you are looking to build a career, I would shop around the area for other, more stable, opportunities before you fall to Healthy Directions.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Bring in new eyes who understand what it takes to be a digital-first company and stop pushing out the ones who do. Print media is on it's last breath, better move fast if Helen of Troy is to keep you on the roster.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "False Reviews!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Healthy Directions full-time

    Pros

    Some flexibility with work hours but it does vary by department and your manager. The office is pretty nice, it's open space which is something I enjoy.

    Cons

    We have been told several times by the senior leadership to write positive reviews on glassdoor. That should show you how they are trying to cheat their way into getting good reviews. This is pretty much how the company is being operated. Most of the positive reviews you see on here are either written by them or the employees that suck up to them. If you are the type of person that sucks up to the senior leadership, ding ding ding, this place is for you. If you are not, RUN AND NEVER LOOK BACK. Even if you are a great worker and your performance shows it, it won't matter. You will have to become a suck up to be on their good side. Once you are on their good side, you will get an insight of all the secret projects that are being created behind closed doors. There is no transparency with the employees that are not “in the circle”.

    Advice to Management

    Start being transparent with all of your employees. Try and listen to ALL of your employees rather than the ones you like because they suck up to you.

    Healthy Directions Response

    Aug 16, 2016 – President

    I am very sorry this person feels this way. However, this is entirely untrue. I, nor my predecessor have ever asked anyone to write positive reviews, that would not be ethical and would contradict... More


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