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Maclaren Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2019

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3.0
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43%
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57%
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Farzad Rastegar
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Amazing co-workers, great product with a good design, very well-respected brand, good work-life balance, competitive salary(in 7 reviews)

  • "The work-life balance is very fair(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Great leaders left or are leaving due to the poor leadership qualities of the senior management(in 4 reviews)

  • "So if you are thinking, "hey must be a great place for a working parent(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Young and Ambitous"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Consider working at Maclaren comparable to enrolling in an MBA. Here you are afforded countless opportunities to work on real life business case studies and paid to do so! Yes, you may end up with little to no say in the final decision, but you are still able to see the entire case through and make recommendations to business executives. I’d say the young professionals that graduate from Maclaren come out more experienced...

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    Cons

    Almost immediately your job description will change, and you will not be compensated for it. You are told you are being compensated fairly according to the median to high scale. On paper this is true, but in reality, due to a drastic change in your job functions this is not the case. The office culture is more comparable to a military boot camp than a standard office environment. This however could be considered...

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    Advice to Management

    Read Section B of the "Glassdoor Terms of Use" Stop believing in horizontal hierarchy. If you build a ladder too high, it’s actually most dangerous for the people at the top.

    Maclaren2018-08-09
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Still tortured after months of not working there"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Product is great and brand is relevant in marketplace.

    Cons

    I still have nightmares over the CEO and his treatment of people. I am stunned he has not had a harassment or hostile work environment lawsuit brought against him. I have never witnessed or been subject to such berating and belittling from an employer.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let CEO near people. He is a miserable human who should be kept far away from others.

    Maclaren2019-06-11
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good job out of college"

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

    I worked at Maclaren for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Everyone blames everyone else so they don’t get in trouble. Slow approvals

    Maclaren2018-08-03
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Management"

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

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unfortunately, I can't think of anything other than some of my co-workers. They made each day bearable.

    Cons

    Everything! CEO is the worst person I've ever worked for in my life. He is a little man who takes to brow beating anyone who shares an opinion. Rules by fear and belittles employees in front of everyone and then expects you to break bread with him at a joke of a luncheon once a year!! He has little lackeys that can't keep their jobs if they don't run and get coffee or bring him his cell phone when it rings. But they...

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    Advice to Management

    Admit defeat and raise the white flag!! You've destroyed 3 companies already....taken them from profitable top notch companies to mere shells of themselves. Also, please treat your employees with respect. We are all human and everyone should be treated with kindness and respect. Isn't that what you want for yourself and your children??

    Maclaren2018-08-05
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Hell No!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Its better than working in a North Korea labor camp? Maybe?

    Cons

    Its the worst company I’ve every worked for. The owner publicly threatens people, rants gibberish, and creates an environment of distrust and fear. Benefits suck. The office on Van Zant Street is more of a dilapidated warehouse that an office. Employees constantly leave - the average length of time people stick around is less than a year- they either leave on their own or are fired.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the business to someone competent.

    Maclaren2018-08-03
  6. "Challenging yet very rewarding experience!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - You can blaze your own path at this company, there are no silos and you have the ability to touch on everything, if you don’t like what you’re doing you can speak up and move on to something else so long as you do it respectfully and have a moderately successful track record - Direct feedback by everyone regardless of title - Learn to be assertive and direct, really about the intangibles at this company and become...

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    Cons

    - everyone is treated like a Harvard MBA (could be seen as a positive) and management consistently expects that level of work - unfortunately not everyone can operate in this type of cut throat environment and deliver with those types of results consistently. You will be continuously pushed to your limits - I’ve seen people break down in tears and also storm out of meetings and never come back. - not a great place for...

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    Advice to Management

    - make screening process more rigorous for new talent - increase base salary for entry level to attract stronger young talent pool - do not hire employees with more than 2 or 3 years of professional experience - more professional experience at this company is almost a disadvantage and those who join from bigger companies and have been in the job force for a while most often fail first - it’s a global company, but centralize...

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    Maclaren2018-06-12
  7. "Strong Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Executive in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Maclaren full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The advantage of a small company is the amount of exposure one receives to multiple areas of the business. The company promotes mentoring and sharing of key learnings across the brands within the organization which allows change and strategy to move quickly. With an emphasis on running a digital business, agile practices are rewarded. One can learn how to increase their work productivity and streamline projects through...

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    Cons

    Things move fast and you have to have the ability and desire to move with it otherwise one can easily fall behind. This is a challenging industry and it can be difficult to position the brand in the light which we want to be perceived and trade.

    Maclaren2018-02-06
  8. "Looking ahead..."

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    Current Employee - Social Media in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Maclaren for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A dynamic environment with the opportunity to work closely with senior management. This workplace is not for the team member who expects to be told what to do. You must often times challenge yourself to work outside of your comfort zone and keep up with the fast-paced environment. Having to juggle a lot and learn on the fly proved to be one of the most valuable aspects of the job. Located near the train station which...

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    Cons

    The company is going through a new phase and restructuring which is ultimately creating an environment that feels more like a TEAM

    Advice to Management

    Communicate all aspects of the brand, strategies, goals with the company as a whole. Fewer meetings and more doing. Let the newcomers express their ideas, innovation, and don’t be threatened by what they bring to the table and instead embrace what they have to offer. This would then bring on a new approach to the brand’s ultimate goal…to continue to be a leader in the industry and its employees.

    Maclaren2018-02-03
  9. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Maclaren full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Multi-teaming opportunities challenge our comfort zones and expand our development base. This is not a static environment and demands we have an agile outlook. Coworkers are team oriented, professional and quite generous with their knowledge base.

    Cons

    Managing our time can be a challenge., must be able to focus on priorities.

    Maclaren2017-11-29
  10. Helpful (8)

    "It's Not Worth It"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Services in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Maclaren full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a few good people working here that still have some drive, but if they're smart, they'll get out of there soon. Honestly, giving this place a one star rating is extremely generous.

    Cons

    Where to begin...the office is a dungeon. It's dark, there are cockroaches, and it is extremely quiet. Chatting with colleagues is discouraged, and you will get called out in a passive-aggressive way if you socialize to much. Teams are encouraged to throw one another under the bus. There are no team building activities, and as mentioned earlier, fraternizing with colleagues is frowned upon. This is the most miserable...

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    Advice to Management

    It isn't worth giving any advice, as nothing changes and upper management will not respect your suggestions. If you have an opinion that differs from upper management, you are berated/verbally abused and it will be something that will be held against you each and ever meeting.

    Maclaren2017-12-19
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