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Updated January 21, 2018
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  1. Helpful (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. "Great Personnel at all levels at Reno Warehouse"

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    Former Employee - Order Picker in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee discount, early outs (optional) on slow days, overtime during Christmas season

    Cons

    Top dogs at corporate destroyed the company.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN...

  3. "Graphic Designer"

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

    I have been working at Hobbico full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and an okay benefits package

    Cons

    Old thinking, not very progressive


  4. "Not where you want to be"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Penrose, CO
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Penrose, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a lot of pros other than my immediate coworkers. I imagine it's that way for most corporations. I was under the Hobbico umbrella after they bought Estes Rockets. They gave us all a bonus of stock then fired most of the company.

    Cons

    The management is a phone in. If they're not complaining about something they have no interest or knowledge of they're not doing much of anything. A depressing and sad place to be. Apparently, someone mismanaged the stock so what we were given as bonus in now worthless.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to get out. Find a different company that has morals and ethics. The collapse of the stock price is just one good reason.


  5. "Senior Marketing Communications Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hobbico full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent mid-management, very professional co-workers in the Advertising and Marketing departments

    Cons

    Ongoing downsizing made for a somewhat stressful work environment


  6. "Doesn't matter"

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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

    Not working there anymore and finding a better job

    Cons

    It felt like you were going to jail everyday. There is favoritism around the whole company and you get yelled at for doing the same thing even when a manager tells you to. They do not do anything about managers who are a little too close to other workers of the opposite sex if you know what I mean. They do not care about the lowest man on the totem pole only care about CEO'S and managers. When you give them an idea they do not give you credit and pretend it was their ideas when infact it was not. Do not even get me started on the "Vacation" When you are sick you have to use your time and you do not accrue it fast enough. fulltime only received 6 days of vacation with a little bit of a floating holiday. Talk about a slap in the face. When the Christmas bonus comes out it isn't even much of a bonus it is more like pity money. You work your butt off and this company is so ungrateful. the CEO'S let the money go to their head and they just don't care. They have a high turnover rate and can't keep anyone employed there. it is really hard to go forward with that job unless you know somebody or flat out DO NOT have the experience because they give you a job when you don't have the experience compared to someone who has more than them. It is all about who you know and who are you "Friends" will depend on how good of a job you get handed to you. When you ask for a day off they flat out deny it or give the day to someone who requested off way after you. again favoritism. Heaven forbid you need a surgery I even had a person ask me if I really needed the surgery. like, yes. They try to get you out of being healthy and expect you to go to the DRs on the weekends. (Like that is possible) They do not work around your school schedule also because a lot of people complain. They expect you to stay in your desk and not go get a water or bathroom break and you are pretty much blacklisted if you ever call in sick. Overall poor management of a heartless company who only cares about money and not their workers. "Employee owned" More like "management owned" You can never get your ESOP or retirement either.

    Advice to Management

    You all should resign


  7. "No employee loyalty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible start times. Very casual dress code. Employee discount on all products. You won't feel bad when you eventually leave

    Cons

    Poor management. No loyalty to its employees. Minimal training. Requires a non compete contract that prevents working in the industry for 18 months after separation.

    Advice to Management

    They will not pay any attention so why offer any.

  8. "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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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


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