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  1. "Potential but poor BOD choices in 2014"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Warwick, RI
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Summer Infant (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product development and innovation
    Good VP's (at the business unit level)
    Was positive atmosphere from 2013-beginning of 2014

    Cons

    Poor board of directors decision to replace CEO in Jan 2014. They brought in a new executives who were terrible for the company. These new "leaders" had no clue how to run a successful company and as of end of May 2015 they are being sued by Summer. Who is at fault? The BOD for even bringing them in. The culture changed when they brought them in. Glad they are now gone. No international strategy whatsoever. Lost a lot of business in key markets because they (these new people) had no clue. Still today...SI is minimized internationally and unfortunately the brand is stagnant....especially in key markets like China, Asia in general and Mexico as well as Latin America. They are no where to be seen in Africa and minimal in Europe. Bad decision on the board's part in 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Heed the knowledge and skills of people who have the knowledge and who were/are making definable (like financially definable) contributions to the company. Don't get caught up in changing key roles every other year. Allow continuity to rule.


  2. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Woonsocket, RI
    Former Employee - Vice President in Woonsocket, RI

    Pros

    Great products, strong customer base

    Cons

    Business trending down, headcount reductions

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees

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    "Fast growth but lacks disciplines and communication"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woonsocket, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woonsocket, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    competitive salaries, and work/life balance.

    Cons

    lack of direction and inconsistent direction. Interdepartmental communications are poor (at best). Disjointed teams working in silos. Low morale.


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