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Stein Gardens & Gifts Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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Mark Birmingham
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  1. "Department Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stein Gardens & Gifts full-time

    Pros

    They tried really hard to give me any requested days off.

    Cons

    The company's structure is very top heavy.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover because of poor treatment of employees"

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    Current Employee - Nursery Stock Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Nursery Stock Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stein Gardens & Gifts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A wide variety of work to do. Not boring. Good for outdoor types.

    Cons

    Many. Don't expect fair treatment, a consistent schedule, to matter in any way except as a worker bee, good communication, decent pay, or a chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like you care.


  3. "Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Pleasant Prairie, WI
    Current Employee - Cashier in Pleasant Prairie, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stein Gardens & Gifts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working here. Pay is low but they are extremely flexible. It's a pretty easy job for high school

    Cons

    Sometimes the jobs you do outside can be bad in the heat or cold. For cashiers you usually don't do that though.


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  5. "assistant manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    very nice place to work and great people to work with also.

    Cons

    spring and summer are super busy so not a lot of time to have off .


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Indoor & Outdoor Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stein Gardens & Gifts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working outdoors, the people who I worked with were cool, and the discount was nice especially on one particular day of the year (though I don't remember what they called the day).

    Cons

    Poor management. My first day on the job i spent 5 very sweaty hrs helping unload multiple trailers while being supervised and I was never given a break or instructed how to clock in until my 5th day.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure. Simply look at your employee turnover rate as a indication of which changes need to be made.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "designer"

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

    Pros

    Co-workers and some managers were enjoyable to work with, there is a comaradarie among them. Some managers had a good outlook until they were overworked and underappreciated which led to animosity among the rank.

    Cons

    Horrible: Underpaid, under appreciated, horticultural knowledge is not acknowledged. Corporate needs sensitivity training. They pay workers less than minimum wage by calling themselves zoned agriculture. They require mangers to work weekends while they have off. They require kids to wear dark green polyester that absorbs the heat while they sit in air conditioned offices. Go back to the light colored cotton please. They fire kids if late 1 minute 3 times. The air conditioning isn't turned on when workers are all heat exhausted, only when customers complain. Cashiers are required to count change during working hours at the front of the registers, this puts them in a vulnerable security hazard position. FYI-Mark Birmingham is long gone.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge your workers and staff that are hard working. Be respectful of them as human beings. Allow a more human approach to tardiness, larger more professional companies have a better attendance grace period than you, you've lost some good people on this issue alone. If late 5min., it should be ok to work and extra 5 to make up Give managers off rotating weekends. Change policies and count registers away from the public!!!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI

    I worked at Stein Gardens & Gifts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Left alone by management generally

    Cons

    Horrible work environment...manager plays favorites, pay is low, perpetually under staffed

    Advice to Management

    Unless they're willing to kick some of the old long term managers or and pay better than minimum wage they get what they get for employees


  9. "Associate"

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, even with having a kid. 20% discount and some holidays you get paid a little more as long as your not seasonal.

    Cons

    The slow season sucks, your hours get cut. The location I worked at had too much drama between the employees.


  10. "Store level position"

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

    Pros

    Pros- 20% employee discount, extra 10% off incentive days. Decent PTO/Vacation policy. Good store level management.

    Cons

    Cons- slow seasons vs busy seasons. Not enough help during busy times. Very little opportunity for pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Store Management works well together to better the company. When you get higher to District Managers that's when things so wrong.


  11. "Assistant Manager"

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

    I have been working at Stein Gardens & Gifts full-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work at especially if you enjoy gardening and home decorating. Not a very stressful place to work at all also.

    Cons

    Stores, equipment, and technology used in the stores are very outdated. Merchandise sold in the stores are over priced.

    Advice to Management

    Update stores as soon as possible which the current ceo is doing. Must sell merchandise at competitive prices in order to stay in business.



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