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United States Luggage Reviews

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  1. "Great Company, family feel."

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

    I have been working at United States Luggage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is continuously growing and striving to keep the growth going for a long period of time. The CEO, Richard, is great. He usually walks around the office once a day to say hi. He is super approachable and easy to talk to. All new hires get a pizza party within the first few weeks of working here and the office gathers in the conference rooms for lunch. Working at this company very much feels like you are a family and cared about.

    Cons

    I have not really seen any cons since I started working here. I have been here for over a year and am still loving it.


  2. "Family company with big company aspirations."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Design and Product Development in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Design and Product Development in Hauppauge, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at United States Luggage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    USL tried hard to act like a big company, with planning meetings, business reviews,staff reviews, org charts and company functions, but they always seemed hollow, as if owner did not really believe in them.

    Cons

    It always seemed to slip back into family company mode, when it came to leadership and especially to communication with employees, which except except for a very few inner circle employees seemed sadly lacking. Office culture was surprisingly provincial for the location; facilities were outdated and not particularly pleasant.

    Advice to Management

    Less paranoia from top management might help this company...


  3. "Company is well managed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United States Luggage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The wages are fair and are reviewed annually. The owner shares the success of the company with his employees. There are many lifetime employees.

    Cons

    The vacation, sick, and personal time is all rolled into one number. The combined maximum allowed time off is reached after 8 years. The amount totals three weeks. This is not enough time off compared to other industries.


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  5. "So far so good"

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

    I have been working at United States Luggage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company has a lot of growth potential and has the passion to do so. There are a lot of life long members here and they stay for a good reason. The owner is generous and shares the companies good fortune with his enployees, he is humble, approachable and a good businessman. The president of the Solo division, Jon, is a great leader. He is passionate, very approachable and very intelligent. He often walks around the office asking "Everything Cool?" I am very new here, but I can tell already he will most likely be one of my best bosses. The VP of sales is very intelligent and probably one of the best salesmen in the industry. This company encourages a great work/life balance and is very family oriented. People want to work here... and they manufacture high quality products that one can be very proud of selling.

    They offer unlimited sick days as long as you can log in from your computer (this might only be for non hourly employees), which is great. The holidays are good and you pretty much get 3 weeks off by your second year. (13 days at two years and 15 days at 3).

    Everyone is treated like family here.... you get a pizza party lunch in your name the first week you start where the whole office shows up.

    Cons

    So far I can't really find anything... The benefits are pretty good for the employee, with respectable contribution... however the dependent and family plans are very expensive and would be the only reason why I would leave. .

    Advice to Management

    You guys do a great job, keep it up... continually reinvest in employee healthcare... you will attract more people that way.


  6. "Asia General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Asia General Manager in Volgograd (Russia)
    Former Employee - Asia General Manager in Volgograd (Russia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United States Luggage (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Two companies in one. Briggs & Riley is a high-end luggage company, and Solo is a low-end working man's computer bag company, so if the economy was doing well B&R did well, if the economy was down Solo did well. As of 2014 the company was financially strong, operating with little if any debt.

    Cons

    While both companies competed for production capacity at factories with internationally strong competitors, neither Solo nor B&R had any marketshare to speak of outside of the USA, so low MOQ requirements made it very difficult to do business with the more established factories, and very difficult to operate at economies of scale. Home office inability to provide forecasts for the Solo brand also caused many problems in planning production and pre-booking production capacity for peak seasons.

    Advice to Management

    Go global or hang it up. Your company is standing still while your competitors are growing by leaps and bounds internationally, which means they can benefit from greater economies of scale. Seek professional international sales help. Current sales and marketing management is ill-equipped to compete on an international level.