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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but can improve"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SML full-time

    Pros

    People are great, hours are flexible

    Cons

    Business sometimes suffers from HK moves

    Advice to Management

    Value talent and people more


  2. "Customer Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lewiston, ME
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lewiston, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SML full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting field of apparel branding, and working with a diverse clientele. Benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    Formally locally owned, now an international company. Trickle down method of management, not conducive to the self-motivated, self-thinker. No opportunities for personal growth. Poor company morale. Upper management does not want to hear anything negative, even if offered in a constructive way. When the owner visits, we are told to smile and act like we are in Disneyland, no complaints allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Advice can be offered to local management only, but their hands are tied. Advice to Corporate Management? Make your vision and policies a reality. Quarterly reports do not reflect what truly happens at this company. You won't get favorable results with unhappy and unsatisfied employees that can tell the difference.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Upper management does not have a clue"

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    Former Employee - Estimating, Purchasing in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Estimating, Purchasing in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SML full-time

    Pros

    The people are great to work for this company. knowledgeable staff caring people.

    Cons

    The management in New York are the worst I have ever worked for in my professional career.....

    Advice to Management

    Get out while you can you know nothing about printing or how to handle people. Your just global management was a lot of power and a lot of backstabbing


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  5. "Great starter job"

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    Current Employee - Sales Service Representative in Bedford, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Service Representative in Bedford, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very laid back environment. You dont need call center experience to start to job. They internally hire for some positions.

    Cons

    You wont be able to make it on your own with this pay. You would have to have some other income coming in.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the good employees, try giving more opportunities for advancement. Offer incentives for sales.


  6. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very flexible environment to allow initiatives.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind


  7. "Its China owned"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SML full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for personal appt. and such

    Cons

    mismanaged at the top level and down.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible management, extreme office politics, no direction."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SML full-time

    Pros

    Some coworkers have a lot of experience. However, there are no other pros that I can think of at this moment.

    Cons

    Power struggles in upper management produced constant changes in company direction, organizational structure, and ultimately high turnover. People were constantly leaving the company - performers looking for greener pastures, under-performers being fired on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (???). Never sure who reports to whom or who handles which part of the work.
    Multiple acquisitions in a short time span and no clear integration plan produced further problems, as the acquisitions jockeyed for power and USA HQ imposed unrealistic standards, procedures, and expectations on the new divisions. Woven label company trying to re-define itself as a RFID technology company while not understanding the ins and outs of that business.
    No quality control and constant problems with customers as a result.
    All central management cares about is the bottom line.
    Ultimately a terrible environment to work in with high uncertainty and no betterment in sight.

    Advice to Management

    When integrating multiple new acquisitions, it's important to let each company play its strengths and not impose unrealistic profit margin standards etc. on those companies. Profit margin standards, work procedures etc. vary by industry and trying to make everything perfect from the sight of a woven label company will not produce benefits for the company as a whole in the long run.
    Also, accountability is important. There were many people in the division where I worked that just coasted for years.


  9. "Typical Chinese"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SML part-time

    Pros

    Operates in many countries and has decent compensation

    Cons

    No upward mobility if you're over 40. Definitely not an employee focused company. No value is placed on it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    Consider changing the management in the NYC office


  10. "sales manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in İzmir (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in İzmir (Turkey)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SML (More than a year)

    Pros

    working in a multinational environment was good experience for me

    Cons

    privately held company for a massive operation was the meaning of relations keeps the wanted people only

    Advice to Management

    nothing to advice as i am no longer their staff


  11. "management trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SML full-time

    Pros

    can have the chance to work overseas
    the commission is high at the end of the year
    different training is provided

    Cons

    the salary is not good enough at the beginning
    the location is a bit far from the mtr station

    Advice to Management

    i think management can involve more into the management trainee and put more resources on them



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