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Papyrus-Recycled Greetings Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  1. "Decent company, moving office."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and product. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Moving office to WHQ in Cleveland.


  2. "Good Values and Product, Dying Industry"

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    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company itself has great product, values, and offers good benefits. The work-life balance here is great.

    Cons

    They are closing down the office in Chicago, and relocating it to WHQ in Cleveland.


  3. "PRG Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic collaborative culture in Chicago office. Friendly, fun, and passionate associates. Office in downtown loop.

    Cons

    Chicago office is closing. Being absorbed by parent company.


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  5. "Field Merchandiser"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, non stressful work environment

    Cons

    Need to pay merchandisers more money, mileage reimbursement would be nice

    Advice to Management

    Pay your merchandisers more - you might have less of a turnover if you did that


  6. "Product"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings full-time

    Pros

    Chicago office environment is fun and collaborative.

    Cons

    Parent company is moving all jobs to home office in Cleveland.


  7. "RIP, RPG"

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    Former Employee - Product Development in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Product Development in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent transportation options due to location in the downtown area.
    Some honestly wonderful people worked here.

    Cons

    The original Recycled Paper Greetings was a small company located in a vibrant and very diverse neighborhood in Chicago. The employees were young and old, black, white and all shades in between. That all changed once American Greetings bought the company. The corporate climate of AG crushed the spirit of a once funny and fun workplace. Most of the original staff is long gone, replaced with mostly white suburban girls of a certain age. Very few men and certainly no one of color. It's just a brand now, not a company. The brand is finally being killed off and moved out of Chicago to Napa Valley, California to be even more homogenized. RPG will eventually fade away completely in another year or so. What made the RPG brand great was the people who worked there. AG never understood that. RIP, RPG.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't anything to say really. You never understood the place. You never even tried. It was just a brand to you, nothing more. It's too late.


  8. "Flexible"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, nice supervisors, make own schedule

    Cons

    No team atmosphere, hours are unprediactable


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Once upon a time..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love to hear the stories of the old days

    Cons

    It just changed too much.

    Advice to Management

    Once upon a time, there was this company, called Recycled Paper Greetings. RPG, as it was known for short, was full of a diverse crowd of fun, energetic, creative, and beautiful people that helped the company grow. People stayed long enough to collect many hilarious stories from the old days and pass them on to the new creative minds that came along.

    Throughout the last ten years RPG was sold twice, and in the process, the real soul of the company was slowly chipped away. Fun get-togethers turned into mandatory meetings. A silly conversation in the hallway turned into a blank stare exchange since you had no idea who anyone was since the turnover rate sky rocketed.

    And from “once upon a time” to present time, as RPG closes its Chicago doors, and makes its way to Cleveland, it has become that best friend you used to have, that friend that became someone else, that friend that picked new friends that all looked and sounded alike. There is a sense of loss, for what this company used to be, and for who that friend used to be.


  10. "Brand Product Development"

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    Former Employee - Brand Product Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Brand Product Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    PRG is a great experience in terms of brand building and brand management. They do like to promote lateral movements within the company which provides the capability of learning a variety of sections of the business.

    Cons

    The management at Papyrus Recycled Greeting Cards is not developed properly for a corporate business. I had worked at the American Greetings WHQ office for 3 years and absolutely had loved it, once relocating to the PRG office in Chicago the culture of the office was completely different. The office culture was not professional at all.

    Advice to Management

    Please work with the AG WHQ better to align with the same corporate values as the Parent Company. Develop managers that are supporting employees and training their employees successfully.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "All smoke and mirrors...don't be fooled!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Papyrus-Recycled Greetings (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Positions with the same responsibilities very significantly in pay. Company rules are only enforced for certain people. Lots of favoritism. If you're not in the "click", your life will be miserable. Poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and see the nonsense that exists in the Chicago office.



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