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Hobbico Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  1. "Wholesale division"

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

    I worked at Hobbico full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Hours are standard business hours. The people are great.

    Cons

    The pay is substandard for sales.


  2. "Tiny, failing corporation with the heartlessness of a giant one"

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

    I worked at Hobbico full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lax dress code
    No drug testing
    Standard business hour; no weekends
    Discount on hobby items if you are into that sort of thing

    Cons

    Sterile work environment
    Condescending management
    Gossipy culture
    Dishonest business practices
    Overly strict attendance policy (must be clocked in within two minutes of beginning of shift, end of breaks; even three or four minute deviations are tracked and used against employees during performance reviews for raises)
    Top-down sense of desperation throughout company
    Ridiculous turnover rate (their claim that 50% of employees have been with the company for more than ten years is likely a manipulation of the fact that the company has had to layoff scores of workers over the last few years)
    Mind-numbing, outdated, disorganized training and orientation
    Obsolete hardware and software

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on your much-advertised "employee-centered" philosophy: Provide workers with a warm, comfortable work space; either restructure your expectations or compensate your employees in accordance with the expectations you currently impose; update your computer system so 90% of the average work day is not spent navigating unnecessary prompt screens; acknowledge that your employees are people who have lives and therefore deserve to be treated as individuals, not as interchangeable cogs in a machine; recognize that your current business model is unsustainable and take steps to support the average worker in the likely eventuality that the company must downsize.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get an employee discount, which is a plus if you're into the hobby. The dress code is casual, which is good for some people.

    Cons

    The work environment is bad. The company does not value their employees. Those who are lazy get rewarded and those who work hard get nothing. You're constantly fighting battles that should be common sense. The pay is ridiculously under the standard for this area. There is zero accountability. Don't waste your time with this company.

    Advice to Management

    High level managers need to be replaced.


  4. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded, long tenured staff are all welcoming, contests make for friendly competition, and there is an idea box that encourages employees to think like CEO's

    Cons

    Low wages, hobby industry is struggling, high turnover in part-time workers

    Advice to Management

    Marketing needs some work in order to boost sales calls. Management is great to work with and listens to all ideas


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dying Company"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No drug testing & it is a job. The best part of the day is leaving. Casual dress code. Employee discount, if you like hobby things.

    Cons

    Bulling is rewarded & bullies are thought to be great leaders. Employees are likely to be fired if they make a living wage. Working environment is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management & stop punishing employees for being happy.


  6. "management does not care about employees"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    its a pay check. good coworkers.

    Cons

    low pay, management does not have a clue.

    Advice to Management

    resign. hobbico needs new management ,fast


  7. "picker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hobbico part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    it is a nice place to work

    Cons

    a lot of busy work

  8. "Building something new and great"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Leader in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Leader in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hobbico full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the new Marketing and Advertising group is doing great, new, cool, things. With a fun "lets try anything vibe."

    Cons

    New look management team poised for growth but it will take some time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep loving the hobby and sending that love back to consumers.


  9. "Terrible, terrible company"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hobbico full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent discounts if you're into hobby stuff, casual dress code

    Cons

    Terrible company to work for. You will not last more than 8 months on their marketing team while working there. They will try and extract every idea you can provide them off of you and then leave you when they think you don't have as many ideas left anymore. Do not work for them, even if the salary is decent.

    Advice to Management

    This is a failing business, hire better management or prepare to get outdone by other companies.


  10. "Hobbico management is unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Management in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Management in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good job to gain basic skills and learn about a company setting, a working environment. Learn how to budget with low wages

    Cons

    This place is a joke. The management people have no prior experience. They were promoted because of longevity. They were promoted to a level of incompetence. Hobbico should fire over half of the management team and bring in professional people with critical thinking skills. Get rid of the dead wood employees.

    Advice to Management

    You think you know what you are doing, but are transparent & clueless.


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