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  1. "Just A Small Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worthington, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worthington, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Univenture full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company makes good products. Most of their employees care about their work and are friendly to each other - every company has the one or two that aren't. Work is comfortable, not hard, and there is flexibility when family troubles arise. The bosses are friendly and caring.

    Cons

    There aren't enough new products being made. There aren't as many sales as there used to be. Pay, benefits, and raises are low and can't compete with larger companies.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with more new products. Spend all time and money on new products and selling new products. Stop fiddling with websites and re-organizing things that already work OK. Fix what's broke, not what ain't.


  2. "Mid-Level Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Univenture (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, very loyal staff, and the opportunity to wear multiple hats, thus gaining tons of experience.

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing leaving everyone feeling vulnerable. Rolling out new areas of interest so fast they aren't able to even get feedback to see if they are viable, further adding to the vulnerability. But the #1 con, there weren't raises for several years!

    Advice to Management

    READ THESE REVIEWS AND OBJECTIVELY CONSIDER THEM. Also consider performance based bonuses; then the staff can work towards what you want, and in return you get what was worthy for bonus. They don't earn it, you aren't out anything.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "6 years of ups and downs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside/Outside Sales Representative in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Inside/Outside Sales Representative in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Univenture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at an off-site location gave us the ability to work in a relaxed environment. Good ballance of travelling as needed to meet with clients and prospecting by telephone.

    Cons

    Management constantly switches accounts around. Regardless of how hard you worked to bring in an account and build a relationship, it will be taken from you soon. After being given an assistant and training her, half of our accounts will be given to her when she gets promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the products that make the most profit as opposed to those you think are hip (vinyl vs poly). Let the reps own their accounts. If they get too many accounts to handle alone, that's good. Give them a CSR and let them development more accounts without taking their commission away.


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  5. "Creative & dynamic technologically but backward from a HR perspective"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The leadership is very open to innovation and creative ideas that can make money. The Entrepreneurial spirit in the company is strong.

    Cons

    The company's financial constraints and organizational structure make it hard at times to get the things done that you would like to do.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sink or Swim!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Univenture full-time

    Pros

    Great sales manager and support within the sales team.
    Products have a place in the market

    Cons

    Took me a few months to understand the processes which also kept changing on a regular basis. NO support from management. They were so busy working on other company projects mainly AlgaeVenture that Marketing never gave support in helping with generating new leads. Wasn't surprised they closed 2 other locations and laid off reps. Its all up to you to ":Google" to find new leads in between playing as a csr and referee when mfg or shipping doesn't want to do their job.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to have a sales team and marketing team then utilitize them both. Marketing should be focusing on the B2B market instead of consumers. Seem everytime sales requested something we were told they were too busy designing websites or on an AlgaeVenture project. How many do you need?


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Nothing but stress..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Univenture full-time

    Pros

    They met my pay requirements, they were flexible with my schedule, and some of the employees are really great people to be around, and they like to promote from within so there is lots of room for growth! Overall the company isn't "bad", it's just dealing with the same repetitive problems day after day that wear you down, because nothing is done to resolve issues.

    Cons

    They don't value their employees and their contributions to the company, the highest level management micromanages every part of every single staff members job. Anytime there is an issue, a major change is always made whether it is necessary or not, there are a lot of "on the whim" decisions made causing changes, and the changes often just bring more problems for the company. There are a handful of people employed here who are favored by management, and are kept on staff even though they do not do their job, simply because they are friends with or liked by certain people. A lot of employees leave everyday annoyed because of mismanagement of situations.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of everyone who is not doing their job. Really look into why so many employees are looking/finding new jobs.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are flexible with your work schedule

    Cons

    Micromanaging is a huge con

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging is a huge issue with your employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Meh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Univenture as a contractor

    Pros

    The staff was knowledgeable staff and seemed genuinely interested in the products being sold.

    Cons

    There were often unrealistic expectations from management, constantly changing direction, and unclear feedback.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Univenture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a wide variety of skills involved. As a sales person of manufactured plastic packaging and marketing supplies, you are very involved in design, decoration, and shipping. This gives a sales person much to learn and breaks up the monotony of making one call after another.

    Cons

    Two facilities closed without warning, putting all employees out of work. This definitely tops the list of cons at this company. Looking back, the company has a long history of downsizing and shifting jobs to China.

    Advice to Management

    Go all out in a specific filed. If you are going to make binders, be the best binder maker. If you are going to make envelopes, go all out. Print the components and fulfill the mailings. Master at something.
    Consider establishing a fund to pay for retraining of the long-term employees that you let go.