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Midwest-CBK Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Creative Services Design supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Project Supervisor in Cannon Falls, MN
    Current Employee - Design Project Supervisor in Cannon Falls, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun atmosphere. relaxed work environment. casual dress. flexible schedules

    Cons

    doesn't pay a fair market salary. no bonuses or raises.

    Advice to Management

    value the people who work for you by paying them for what they are worth. Offer a bonus and regular raises and incentives.


  2. "Project Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Project Supervisor Coordinator in Cannon Falls, MN
    Current Employee - Project Supervisor Coordinator in Cannon Falls, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual friendly atmosphere. flexible schedule. comfortable dress code Great products. Great sample sales.

    Cons

    no raises. long commute. Lots of different owners and top management over the last 7 years. Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Hold yearly reviews and offer raises or bonuses to hold onto key employees.


  3. "Graphic Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Cannon Falls, MN
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Cannon Falls, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good direct managers.

    Cons

    Underpaid, no raises in over 5 years, no maternity leave. Layoffs and tripled health care costs in the same year. Now we all are expected to do twice as much with no wage increase. I am currently doing more and making less then when I started.


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  5. "Regional Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS

    I worked at Midwest-CBK (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great People who care about their jobs.

    Cons

    Not a connection between upper management and ground troups.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to managers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Micro Managed Greedy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Midwest-CBK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None to think of unless you're into making other people money and not compensated well for your efforts.

    Cons

    The highest volume accounts are given to the regional managers for them to work in your territory while you piddle around with the lower volume accounts. Extreme micromanging by the upper management to overly exceed and perform as this is how they get paid bonuses. The product is not of good quality as to be expected from a Ganz owned company. The rate you're paid for hotel lodging is ridiculous, to be safe you end up pulling money out of your own pocket. This company is a joke! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!

    Advice to Management

    Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Treat your employees with respect. Realize when you have a professional degreed employee working for you instead of treating them like they're out of high school.


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    "Customer Service Rep"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Union City, TN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Union City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Midwest-CBK part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working as a customer service rep while the company was still Midwest CBK. They sold off to another company and CBK went downhill after that and the business started declining.

    Cons

    Midwest CBK sold off to a candle company and the business went downhill after that.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the decor product because your business was the best at the time the company was selling home decor.


  8. "Alot of Driving"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co worker great training

    Cons

    I drove sometime 400 milies

    Advice to Management

    Need more gas expensive


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging beyond words - Sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has name recognition in the industry and that helps open doors
    New ownership in 2012

    Cons

    Midwest-CBK has been sold and merged so many times in the past 5 years that they have lost their identity and market share. Both divisions used to be the "go to" places for retailers to find unique quality merchandise for their stores. Both brands have lost their magic and customers are no longer willing to put up with all the quality issues and uninspiring collections.
    In the past 18 months more than 50% of the sales force has left. Many had been with the company for over 10 years.
    Mary Propes is no longer the owner as stated below. Howard Ganz purchased Midwest-CBK in Dec 2012.

    Advice to Management

    Under the new ownership of Ganz, I know management is doing their best but I am beginning to believe the ship has sunk too deep to be salvaged.


  10. "Great people, very creative, beautiful location in Cannon Falls, MN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Cannon Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Cannon Falls, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with - my colleagues and in my department. Everyone worked to make progress for the company, with no complaints. Environment allowed you to get to know your co-workers while working with them. Many opportunities to coach, mentor and train!

    Cons

    Frequently worked 50+ hours per week. Presentations were monsters - "death by PowerPoint" lived here. Company merged with a sister division in 2009, and was spun-off by parent company in May, 2012.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with the Seasons and Colonial Candle brands- might still be some leverage in those names.


  11. "Company focused so much on following the rules and not on producing great work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people that I directly worked with and the outside help.

    Cons

    I felt as though all they cared about was following the rules. I followed the rules strictly and to the best of my ability. However, I was still often reprimanded. I felt as though I was being watched all of the time to see if I was doing something wrong. It was very sneaky and other employees had warned me of this. I was constantly paranoid the entire time that I worked there. They have no problem letting people go either.


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