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HoMedics Reviews

Updated August 28, 2017
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  1. "Great Experience, Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Management
    Former Employee - Product Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HoMedics has an innovative and fast paced work environment and will present you with incredible opportunities to grow as a professional. Managers will give you opportunities to test your capabilities and improve them. The people are great (like family), extremely hard working, and made coming to work everyday extremely enjoyable. The company has excellent leaders (senior managers, directors, vps..etc) that are always willing to take the time to teach and share their wisdom and experience. I wouldn't trade my experience at HoMedics for anything.

    Cons

    Some of the departments could use more bodies to help reduce work load and improve efficiencies with all the new opportunities and projects being taken on.


  2. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterford, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loyalty, growth potential, innovative firm, some charity events and a lot of nice people to work with and learn from

    Cons

    Not many, love the people and it's a decent culture, but they could work on that more and make the company more cohesive

    Advice to Management

    Thank you guys for the experience!

  3. "Great job experience"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Commerce Township, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HoMedics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is privately held and promotes from within. There are many long term employees that are dedicated to the success of the company.

    Cons

    Busy season is very stressful. Some departments are managed by difficult managers. Success at this company is often due to a good manager that encourages growth.


  4. "Beware of the Backstabber"

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    Former Employee - A Nobody in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - A Nobody in Commerce Township, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company. You learn a lot. Take the job. You won't be disappointed in the learning aspect

    Cons

    As with a lot of companies, when you leave you experience a degrading of the work and character you left behind. Many people want to crawl over you to get to the top and the reason for this is because management doesn't create an environment of individual achievement. Or if they do, its selective hence the things that are created to control the environment are bereft of truth. Too many people are allowed to voice their opinions on what they "think" they know and that's not an accurate picture of how things are in reality

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO, please share or let go. Your employees do not think ill of you when you do the right thing


  5. Helpful (12)

    "BEWARE! Do NOT join this organization!"

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

    Pros

    Casual attire is allowed on a daily basis.

    Cons

    I normally look at this site very casually, as my philosophy is 'people go online to write bad reviews much more often than good'. Well, I have learned that when there is a pattern in comments to 'take heed'. Something is VERY, VERY wrong in the work ways and behavior allowed in this organization. The other negative reviews on here are accurate. This is an extremely dysfunctional organization which allows abhorrent behavior. Do NOT believe recruiters who tell you that 'things have changed' with new management. They have NOT. Enter at your own risk. I would rate Zero stars if that were an option for culture and values.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The grass is always greener..."

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

    Pros

    The only way to constructively review a company is to compare it with similar companies in its industry. With that being said, HoMedics is an average privately held, consumer product manufacturing firm. The pace is extremely fast, the support and availability of resources is limited and the demands on its work force is heavy.
    With all those constraints, this is a company where you have the opportunity to contribute and be heard based on your abilities and willingness to participate.

    Cons

    Just like I mentioned in the Pros, the company is normally operating a break-neck speed. The decisions are generally made at very high levels and the middle to lower echelons are left to manage and attempt to deliver the oft over simplified and under-planned goals.

    Advice to Management

    Provide adequate resources and trim the plans. Quit following every shinny new "opportunity" and focus the efforts on well thought out programs. Allow your support to deliver on their goals and you may be surprised by the results.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Toxic Culture, Poor Management, Zero Vision"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HoMedics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice building..... from the outside. Can wear jeans everyday.

    Cons

    HoMedics has been declining for years, and will continue to do so. Culture is toxic and loaded with passive-aggressive behavior protecting overwhelming mediocrity. This place is all about cliques and department silos that create & support a totally dysfunctional company environment. Those who try to question or change things, much less help to move the company forward, just get torpedoed by those around them.

    You are not treated with respect by senior/executive management either. A place of haves and have-nots - 98% are have-nots - there is a huge gap in the day-to-day experience of working at the company between these two groups. Executive management, and the very few lucky ones they like (at the moment), stay in their own bubble meeting and talking only with each other, while the rest do the work. Even though one owner left last year this culture has not changed, other than a little less yelling and cursing. Those who are competent and perform are not rewarded, they are just used. Management knows full well that there are only a few people who are competent, work hard for them and deliver results, and they are fine with that. They do nothing to support those people - they just throw more work and abuse at them. Promotions? Bonuses? Forget it

    For the rank and file they mainly staff and hire from the local area (many with family ties to the company) because they can't get people who are competent and have relevant experience to move there for the poor pay and work in a company with such a bad reputation. For the few senior/executive positions they hire people with big pedigrees from the outside and pay them scads of $$ - these "shiny pennies" typically only last a short period of time.

    Ownership is clueless, wealthy and lives in the past. CEO cares more about how you look than if you have skills/capabilities. If you are one of the lucky ones to get hired with a great title and for tons of $$ you will be romanced and treated in a very special and elite manner.... for a while. But beware... there is a reason why there has been a huge revolving door and tons of turnover.

    They milked their hallmark brand and treated it like the an unwanted step-child for years while they invested tons in licenses, all of which have failed. Now they've "woken up" to how valuable the brand is, but they don't know what to do with it. These are NOT consumer products marketers or professionals, period.

    And don't fall for those 3 - 4 planted good reviews written by existing (at the time) employees last Spring/Summer. Most of those people re gone now... not by their own hands either. This is a horrible place that looks great on the face of it when you are interviewing, but it is a very sick and sad place internally

    Advice to Management

    Sell the one thing of value, the HoMedics brand, to a real consumer products company that knows what to do with it. And in the meantime, take a look at who really is working for you and reward them, visibly. Stop looking away from the rampant mediocrity and do something about it.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, decent travel benefits! Alon!

    Cons

    The most dysfunctional company I have worked in my 30+ years working as a professional.

    Advice to Management

    Rid yourself of Ownership that has obsessive personality - Ron!


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Dysfunction at its finest"

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

    I have been working at HoMedics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a couple of pros to working at HoMedics, however, these pros are meaningless when you take into account all of the things that are bad about this company. The two biggest pros are the rich benefit plan as well as the bonus program that was brought back last year after several years without one. HoMedics also has a very convenient and affordable café and a small on-site gym that is nice if you are in a pinch.

    Cons

    The mantra at HoMedics should be “the land of empty promises". They continually hire professionals who were once very successful at other large companies and yet they do not listen to them. In turn these people are exhausted and give-up because it is easier to give-up then to fight for what they believe in. There is no vision for what the company will be in the future and the owner spends most of his time, energy and budget, focusing on the piece of business that is least lucrative (Did I mention that this brand has new offices in NY and Utah). When the other owner resigned at the beginning of the year, people were told that they would be able to make decisions and have ownership for their lines of business. In actuality, it seems to have gotten worse the last few months.

    The culture is downright horrible. People jump to point fingers so as to not ever take the blame and this has been accepted practice for years. As you can imagine it perpetuates a culture of constant negativity. This negative culture has been going on for

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the new President, you brought him in for a reason. Don’t let him become one of the other shiny pennies that only remains shiny for the first few months. You do have a handful of talented people. Find them, talk to them. Listen to what they say. My guess is that all of the consultants that have been brought in over the years have been correct. I think it is time to finally start listening. Also, please do not do another employee survey if you don’t plan to act on it, it just further perpetuates the negativity here.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "don't do it!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HoMedics full-time

    Pros

    Nice facility and great retailer base.

    Cons

    Too many friends and family in management and leadership positions.


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