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Modern Postcard Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. "Laid back and fun but no room to grow"

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    Current Employee - Direct Marketing Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Direct Marketing Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and okay benefits for how low stress the job is. Great atmosphere of coworkers and easy going environment

    Cons

    No growth opportunity. Not a lot of benefits in this day and age when other companies provide meals, child care, pets brought into work, fun days.

    Advice to Management

    Make it more fun and create a way for employees to feel valued.


  2. "Image Editor"

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    Former Employee - Image Editor
    Former Employee - Image Editor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Modern Postcard full-time

    Pros

    - Overall low stress workplace with a fair work load during the busy times, low work load during the slow times.
    - Above average medical benefits with company added generous medical reimbursement plan. Average 401k plan.
    - Great environment for those with families, with enough personnel back up to cover for someone who might need to leave early or take a day off for child care.
    - Most people (management included) are real easy to work with and great people.

    Cons

    - Lack of company growth, which in turn prevents advancement in the company.
    - Pay is slightly below average.
    - Few managers are not good, often relying on veteran employees to sort out personnel problems.
    - Yearly reviews are mere formalities with very low incentives and pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Problems are usually personality quirks clashes with the people, but nothing that cannot be overcome with more communication and clear set expectations to your coworkers.

  3. "Loved it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    One of the best jobs I have ever had. The owner is a wonderful person and the employees are incredible.

    Cons

    Printing industry is changing, but that's life...


  4. "Lead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Modern Postcard full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Family-like environment. Whole staff is creative, fun and intelligent.

    Cons

    High-Stress environment. Constantly changing workload.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "No accountability, low pay, waste-of-space "management""

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

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

    Pros

    Very low stress environment because there's no accountability. Flexible hours, some awesome people to work with as long as you can weed out the bad seeds.

    Cons

    With no accountability, there's a major lack of growth for you professionally. With no growth, you can forget any plans for promotions or raises, even if you've worked hard and taken on way more than your job initially required. Those with integrity have to continually push themselves, as they're surrounded by waste-of-space, paycheck-collecting employees.

    Of all the upper management connected to the CEO, there's only one person who is trustworthy and genuinely cares - but even their hands are tied. CEO is aloof and has delusions of grandeur that he's Steve Jobs. In reality, the company has the most antiquated technology out there - and even though this has been brought to the table hundreds of times with real solutions to fix the problem, there's no plans for real change.

    CEO employs a close friend who's incredibly inept and has cost the company thousands of dollars in poor decisions and mistakes. This person gets moved from department to department, rather than fired. Another higher-up has the CEO wrapped around their finger and is the one source of communication to him - spinning and twisting events to make themselves look better and the truly hard-working, smart people look bad.

    There's an underlying mentality that 1) if you sit in your seat for 10 hours a day (mostly doing nothing) and 2) if you've done this for more than 10 years - YOU ARE A ROCK STAR! Those who come in, work fast, get the job done right (but haven't been there for more than 10 years) are not even appreciated or considered valuable. This mentality is pretty demoralizing.

    If you have no ambition, are okay with terrible compensation, like working with no direction or vision, and want to collect the same paycheck for 10 years - this is the place for you. If you're seeking professional growth, recognition for hard work and want to work in the real world, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make people accountable - then fire them when they continually don't follow through. It's time to clean house. Trust the good people you do have. Don't be afraid of change.


  6. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and Great Staff, really enjoyed it.

    Cons

    Nothing to mention, I think its a great place to work at.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great product quality and customer service, but that's about it."

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

    I worked at Modern Postcard full-time

    Pros

    40-hour weeks and you don't take stress/work home with you. I really liked my manager. The customer service and products are of great quality.

    Cons

    On the outside, before I started working at MP, the company seemed like a great place to work- people talked about how the company was striving to innovate, stressed the teamwork-friendly culture of the company, and that was not my experience at all. The atmosphere is totally quiet, everyone is in individual cubes, there is minimal employee interaction- it is not a warm environment at all. Not only is the pay lower than industry standard (most likely for every role throughout the company) but the entire time I was there I felt unappreciated and utterly replaceable, and based on the minimal interaction I did have with some colleagues, I am/was not the only one who felt that way. Also, co-workers (whom you almost no interaction with) are the ones who fill out your quarterly performance reports. And the coworkers are chosen at random, so if they are not familiar with your work and/or you don't have any interpersonal relationship, this most likely leaves you with a negative report, or at the very least, uninformed and inaccurate. I never understood that system at all. Lastly, and probably most importantly, there is virtually NO GROWTH POSSIBILITIES for your career at MP. If you want a safe, secure, low-stress job, it's a great place to work. If you are ambitious and want to be further in your career in 5 years than you are now, it's not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    The customer service is great-- too great, and its costing the company in more ways than one. In my time there, I saw many instances where clients had hundreds of dollars of fees "waived" just so that the Sales Rep could keep that sale and therefore their commission. This has to be costing the company money, which in the end only hurts EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE because jobs are lost, already-low salaries/benefits/bonuses are cut, and we are all unhappier for it.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Once good company with great promise took a dysfunctional turn."

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful coworker collaboration made this company start strong, expand and maintain leadership in niche business for years, immune from periodic recessions. Coworkers made it a place to look forward to being every day because of professionalism and sense of responsibility.

    During peak years, highly qualified HR Department helped CEO upgrade company pay scale and benefits (401-K, health insurance options, Section 125 plan, Health Fairs, etc).

    Company used to be at forefront of digital production; a great place to be professionally.

    Cons

    My department manager never around, allowed personal conflicts within group to escalate, and failed to lead. There was a failure to cultivate advancement based on individual’s strengths, keeping everyone at same level.

    Corporate culture shifted from merit-based advancement to connection-based. Qualified employees sometimes didn’t get recognition and advancement deserved. Monthly awards given to same few individuals (even for minor acts), while others with substantial contributions passed over. This became a running joke (and “downer”) among employees.

    Management became arrogant and isolated, and often not open to constructive solutions for improvement. Well-researched employee proposals bogged down in endless meetings, and disappeared or became diluted and less effective.

    Eventually upper management too concerned with "fun" atmosphere at expense of efficiency and productivity. Noisy cubicle birthday parties and Ping-Pong tournaments in workspace distracted from conducting business with clients via phone, and quality control and production teams. These activities should have been separated from the workspace.

    Within a few months in 2008 all HR staff left the company, and character of HR changed drastically for the worse.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to ALL employees to determine who is providing smart, truly useful feedback and suggestions, and reward them. Collaborate with people at all levels without being threatened by employees having an idea or solving a problem first. You can’t think of everything yourself. Keep in mind employees are involved in all areas of the business, and usually aware of where improvements are needed.

    You have always had a goldmine of employee potential to cultivate. But, beware of employees who fawn and flatter.

    Return to a fair, productive and relaxed work environment. It encourages team collaboration and great productivity without resorting to distracting and noisy entertainment.


  9. "Wrapped system of annual performance evalutions"

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

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

    Pros

    Small groups of like-minded employees can get you through the day.

    Cons

    Annual performance evaluations are filled out by employees nominated by the employee being evalutated. This leads to cronyism amoung employees who don't give an honest and realistic evaluation of friends/coworkers. Instead over embellishment is common. Evaluations are tied to annual raises, if any, as well. Instead of managers taking the time to engage daily with subordinates and gather their own opinion, they rely solely on the slanted opinions of coworkers to assess the employee and create an inaccurate evaluation report that is part of the employee's permanent file.

    Many departments are infected with petty politics and favortism.

    Advice to Management

    Get out on the floor engage with employees daily. Respect employees who have different and original ideas because the same ideas have not worked to increase revenue. Trim the employees who don't put out a solid daily effort. Don't allow employees to evaluate each other....no one tells the truth in fear of being found out-this is a small company.


  10. "Cool Products, Shifting Strategies"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The location is great, the building is modern and they try to use the latest technologies. The quality of the product is great, which is nice because you have happy, loyal customers. They have stayed in business for quite a while, surviving up and down economies.

    Cons

    Shifting strategies, a revolving door of executives makes you wonder. Clocking in even for exempt employees makes you wonder how much they trust you.


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