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Sunflower Group Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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  1. "Merchandiser"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Ypsilanti, MI
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Ypsilanti, MI

    I have been working at Sunflower Group part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love setting up the displays

    Cons

    Only get very few hours. Most of the jobs are out of state.


  2. "Not the most professional, but a good starting place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunflower Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working from home. Some very nice people. Good work/home balance if you're in a non-call center department.

    Cons

    Management does not have your back if a mistake is made. Work is extremely manual for Account Coordinators, which causes many inevitable errors. These processes should be automated (and COULD be very easily). Most of the non-executive level employees are very young, in their first job out of college, which leads to a lot of unprofessional behavior because they are not being properly trained by upper management. These are people also being put in supervisor roles and should not be. Benefits are extremely expensive but that's not really Sunflower, it's the company that bought them out (Advantage Solutions) based in California. There is absolutely NO opportunities for advancement unless you're already in an upper management role. It was once a great company when it was family owned but they are struggling with learning how to be "corporate" and "professional" and losing a lot of very good employees to larger companies with more opportunities and much better technology.

    Advice to Management

    Get some training on how to be a supervisor/leader/manager. Don't just put people in those roles just because you don't want to hire someone who is actually qualified for it. Make sure your team has proper training if you want them to handle the job. Also have your team's back if they make mistakes (the mistakes are made because of out of date technology). Teach your employees (especially the younger ones who are in their first job) the art of integrity, high work ethic, and professionalism.


  3. "Director of Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunflower Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the people are great to work with

    Cons

    company was sold different culture, don't listen to employees

    Advice to Management

    please listen to the employees


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    "Regional Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sunflower Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love the travel. Love working with the stores.

    Cons

    Nothing you do is ever good enough. Go above and beyond and they don't care.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better. stop playing favorites and stop thinking the 20 something barbie dolls can run the company!


  6. "Not at all what it used to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunflower Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There used to be many...can't think of a one for present time.

    Cons

    Since Advantage Sales & Marketing took over, there is not a Garberg (founding family) left. Employees are not trusted, employees are simply a number. Everyone's time is limited...

    Advice to Management

    ASM should have kept their promises to keep the work culture the same. It's a horrible shame - it USED to be the greatest place on earth to work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Mojo gone"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sunflower Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent culture. Some very nice people.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay & benefits. Some undeserving people in leadership. Stagnant, low-fi business, struggling against irrelevance.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to ideas for innovation and improvement. Don't make the same mistakes, repeatedly. (NOTE: Justin Garberg is no longer CEO. Company sold to Advantage Sales and Marketing, 12-2014)


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't do it - Looks are deceiving!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunflower Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Versatility - I loved the work I was doing and the clients I was able to work with as well as a couple of the people I worked closely with.
    - Office set up - it's a nicely remodeled office with fun amenities like the popcorn machine and occasional in-office "first fridays" with games with a little networking.

    Cons

    - Turnover is HIGH! This does not bode well for client relations when their contact changes every few months. It also lowers morale and increases workload for the team members remaining (it is often hard to get a timely replacement).
    - Each department is run differently depending on leadership preferences. One director will make a point to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and plan team outings while another considers that treatment irrelevant to the business/waste of money and there is never any team bonding as a result.
    - No career growth opportunities - only lateral moves to other departments are available (with current manager's approval - good luck getting it!)
    - Under ASM (acquired SFG) hourly employees are not eligible for yearly wage increases and bonuses are given out at the manager's discretion. It should be noted that even if your manager wanted to give you a bonus or increase you would not one unless the company financial goals set by ASM are met.
    - Unsure of future of this office. It seems like ASM is consolidating depts and moving to their HQ in CA. Honestly, it would seem they only need the KS office for fulfillment/printing services.
    - Upper management is a mess and secretive. The previous CEO Justin Garberg is no longer with the company. No heads up or warning about what's happening. Leadership has town hall meetings to make assurances about our future with the company but then proceed to layoff the whole Sales dept? There are no advocates for you, the employee, in the ETL (executive leadership team).

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are talented, driven, and intelligent people. Work with them instead of over them to utilize their potential. Always remember that respect and appreciation go a long way to help relations with your employees. Stop blocking transfers and promotions - ask employees about career goals and help them work toward them. Take this a step further and create a mentoring program so that upper mgmt and employees are bridging communication gaps and feel more connected to the company.


  9. "Brand Ambassador"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sunflower Group part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible, and its always something different you promote for the company. You always meet different people and they love sampling. It is an easy job and it is fun. You learn a lot of different things from what you demo, and it has its own education which is very beneficial for yourself, families , and people you promote to

    Cons

    Non cooperative people that work in the stores which there really is not to many If you you do your job well and put what your suppose to into it you wont have any problems. Also getting paid 30 days from the job is a little long.

    Advice to Management

    .communicate not only with your boss but also with store personnel. It will be a huge bonus for you and your customers and things will run smooth


  10. "office assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sunflower Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, current staff great people.

    Cons

    Lousy upper management, closing Indianapolis office leaving 13 or more people without jobs. No tolerance for sickness.

    Advice to Management

    Don't move the jobs to somewhere for the sake of money. Think of who and what you are doing to people lives.


  11. "Company Changes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at Sunflower Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, great people to work with. Flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Ever since the company was acquired by ASM, the environment has changed. Not the family oriented company it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees feel valued.


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