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  1. "Almost perfect"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sunshine Makers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great products, great people, terrific location, good compensation & benefits

    Cons

    Middle and upper management take a lot of work home - or are expected to be available 24-7. This isn't always a problem, but the company is leaner since the economic downturn, so it is more frequent in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, and work harder to weed out some folks who don't pull their weight. There are still a few sacred cows.


  2. "Confused"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunshine Makers full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful offices and location, overlooking Huntington Harbor right on PCH. The management is very passionate about the company which can boost employee morale. Entire company is rewarded heavily at the end of the year with company parties, prizes, bonuses, free breakfast and lunch, as well as a very competitive karaoke contest! Benefits are great (health, dental, vision, 401k, etc).

    Cons

    There isn't any room for advancement in most departments, it looks like the management that currently holds the reigns isn't going anywhere until retirement. This kind of bleeds into employee reviews, which in my time there didn't happen once. While I don't expect a raise every year, I would like to get some feedback on how I'm doing.

    A lot of MAJOR decisions seem to be made on the fly instead of researched properly, the company seems to run on a 'NOW NOW NOW' mentality which ends up being costly in the end (in time and money). There is no cost analysis on projects, there are no project managers to keep communication running smoothly between departments. The sales team calls the shots, and when they want something, you deliver it, which at times causes half the company to scramble to create a new product (formulas, production costs, graphics, packaging, presentations, "Can we even make this if the the buyer wants it?" etc.) within a week.

    While Simple Green's original message was to be an environmentally friendly product and company, they have drifted from this vision. Witnessed an employee be bullied out of their position as they tried to implement more environmentally friendly standards (recycling, compost, standard stuff) within the home offices. It seems as if they've lost their moral compass (if it was ever there to begin with). If you go against the grain and try to change things (regardless if it's better, more cost-saving, more efficient, etc) chances are you will fall out of favor. Sunshine Makers Inc has been running a very specific way for a very long time and they don't take highly to change. To be fair, there are a select few managers that really try to make things better.

    While one would expect a sort of Seventh Generation/Method type of environment (culturally diverse), Simple Green doesn't even remotely fit that mold. They are a very stereotypical conservative Orange County company with not a whole lot of cultural diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about your employees, and give credit to them when credit is due. Be consistent with employee reviews, and keep them trained in the most up-to-date software and laws for they are constantly changing. Take your staff seriously. Consider giving your employees raises. Also, if you're going to call yourself a "socially responsible" company, you might want to actually be involved in your local community - especially in regards to green issues.


  3. "You get out of the company what you put into it."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sunshine Makers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smaller, entrepreneurial company where employees can often advance through hard work and determination. Work environment is terrific, products are terrific, compensation and benefits are well above average. Corporate culture is still a little old-school, but ultimately fair and balanced. In a smaller company like this one, you tend not to get overlooked unless you want to be overlooked.

    Cons

    Doesn't operate like a large corporation (which can also be viewed as a Pro in certain circumstances.) If you need a long corporate ladder to climb, this is not the place. Advancement sometimes comes just in a salary bump, and advancement in rank takes longer. Not a lot of open slots at the top.


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  5. "Don't work here..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great Product, great product, great product.

    Cons

    Management needs to learn how to be leaders. Not plan vacations.

    Advice to Management

    Turn over management. There needs to be a fresh approach to increasing sales, compensation and management style. No more, I have done this for 23 years. Guess what, 23 years ago there wasn't computers, or the internet. It's 2010 and beyond. Increase sales. Great Product, Poor Management. Very sad state of affairs.