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  1. Helpful (3)

    "The grass is always greener..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "BEWARE! Do NOT join this organization!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Beware of the Positive reviews AND the Negative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Allowed to use entire PTO time before earning it. Casual environment. On-site cafeteria

    Cons

    This site should have just a general comment section. I worked at HoMedics for over 8 years and I can say that the comments out here that are positive and negative both hold equal value and validity. However, as with any company, each person has their own experience based on a variety of factors.

    For example, the person who gave the review insinuating that management was doing nothing to improve the company and they were lied to about it during their interview was not involved in the management team. If they had been, they would've known that there is concern for improving issues. What is equally not understood is that the company's first and foremost objective is to ensure it stays financially stable before addressing other issues. To say there was not one person happy with their job is vastly over-reaching.

    One of the cons to HoMedics is there's a sense of entitlement within the culture. This wasn't always present but had become so in the past several years. Yes, it is true to the other comments about mediocrity being rewarded which is an area the company needs to review. However, there is a generosity within HoMedics that many employees dismiss, ignore or have become so used to having that its no longer noticeable.

    To say there are no bonuses or increases is blatantly false. To say that there is lack of direction is true. If you are in a product company, which is what HoMedics is, it's fast paced and often chaotic due to the intense competition in the market as well as an attempt to control variables such as factories and intellectual property. In many areas of the company particularly product management, quality, logistics, finance, you will work long hours. If you don't like the product world, don't work for a product company. If you have an ego, don't bring it with you. You'll likely be torn down after a year.

    There are definitely areas the company needs to figure out but not everything is as awful as some comments make HoMedics sounds. Oh and this was not a forced review.

    Advice to Management

    Owners, let the new president do his job. Do not place value on the opinions of only a very small group of people on how to focus the company. Stop chasing ideas that everyone else is doing.


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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Toxic Culture, Poor Management, Zero Vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Dysfunction at its finest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "don't do it!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Poor Management and Zero Ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Professional in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - Management Professional in Commerce Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, low-priced, profitable products. Some key leaders are driving, and working to drive positive change. On the surface, it is an overall good company.

    Cons

    Company is trapped in what they have always done, and is extremely slow to change. Some organizations within the company are managing what they are responsible for at the expense of the overall good of the company. Overall, day to day business is being managed inefficiently, with process and procedures that pre-date many in the current work force. Systems are out of date and poorly managed. Anyone who drives change, even if that is what they were brought in to do, is pushed out of the company. Not enough true business decisions, and too much off the cuff poor decision making.

    Advice to Management

    If you make the choice to hire someone, give them a chance to do the job you hired them for. If they are not approaching things in the correct manner, provide guidance on how things should be approached so too many feathers will not get ruffled. Don't hire someone new, then handcuff them so they cannot accomplish what they were tasked to do.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Work; Constantly Challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce Township, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at HoMedics for almost nine years and thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company. HoMedics moves at an incredibly fast pace (for most initiatives). I know most companies make that claim, but at HoMedics, it's one of their competitive advantages. That fast pace sometimes leads to last-minute shifts in priorities and can make the planning process difficult for many departments. This likely explains the many negative reviews on Glassdoor. Many people don't like not knowing what they're getting themselves into each day. If you're that type of person, HoMedics may not be right for you. But if you like working in a truly entrepreneurial environment where you can learn new things every day and are willing to accept challenges, you just might enjoy working there.

    A lot has been written here about senior leadership. I can only speak about my experience with my direct managers, and my experience has been extremely positive. My direct manager was incredibly supportive, had my department's best interest in mind and did not micro-manage. In the last 3-4 years, an almost entirely new senior leadership team has been put in place. Again, based only on my experience, it appears that the new leadership team has a strong plan in place to grow the business and genuinely wants to make the company a great place to work.

    Cons

    As noted, the culture is fast-paced and probably not for everyone. Communication between departments is sometimes quite lacking. This is common in mid-sized business and steps are being taken to improve in this area.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working on the communication issues and try to find ways to plan for the inevitable challenges that the rapid product development lifecycle presents. Keep focusing on ways to make the company an enjoyable place to work and most importantly, remember what made the company a success for so many years.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Won't pay to retain employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits. Fun product lines to represent. Always changing. Always a new challenge. Employees are generally friendly.

    Cons

    They don't pay employees enough for the stress and challenges they face. For the amount of BS people put up with from owners, and the demanding pace, the pay is low.

    Advice to Management

    If you pay people their market rate, they might be willing to ride out the worst of it. When an employee is underpaid, they're ALWAYS looking for a new job that pays better. Especially if they aren't being appreciated, at least, compensated for their 40-50 hours a week spent in your building, away from family.



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