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Winmark Reviews

Updated October 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great healthcare, slow to evolve"

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    Current Employee - Field Operations Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Field Operations Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winmark full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people who work here have been here for many many years! Can definitely find wisdom if you ask the right people and questions.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that many things are done in quite an archaic fashion. Sometimes it feels like the answer when asking "why something is done in a certain way?" Is alway "because that's just how it's always been!"

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to feel like there are opportunities to grow and to feel as though new ideas are seen as valuable rather than a burden.


  2. "Archaic Management Practices"

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    Current Employee - Field Operations Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Field Operations Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winmark full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good health coverage. The cost is very good and the benefits are above average. Good opportunity to travel and experience different states.

    Cons

    A lot of travel. Management/leadership is clueless about the importance of work/life balance. They micro manage set office hours and there is no opportunity to work from home. You have to be in the office by 8am and can’t leave 1 minute before 5pm, Very poor environment. Top leadership plays favorites and it’s very apparent and accepted behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Get in the current century with employee management practices. Telecommuting is common practice with reputable companies that value their employees. You would have less turnover if you allowed telecommuting in some cases. Also consider re-evaluating if your wages are competitive.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel the country, work with great coworkers and franchisees, learn a lot about all aspects of business, very hands on and can be very rewarding to help people grow their business.

    Cons

    Notoriously low on base salary, but made up for with generous health benefits. Always a few bad eggs out there (employees and franchisees), but overall good people.

    Advice to Management

    It might be time to incorporate more of a work/life balance. Flex hours, option to work from home, increased vacation time etc. Continue to involve the company at a higher level instead of sectioning off each brand into their own world.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good learning opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Field Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Field Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Winmark (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent schedule and pay

    Cons

    No option to work from home, communication lacks at times


  5. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    stable environment, nice people and office

    Cons

    rigid workplace hours, performance reviews are unrelated to salary review


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Winmark full-time

    Pros

    Very nice office. Good benefits. Friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    No flexibility on working hours. Rough commute if you don't live close.

    Advice to Management

    No comment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Field Operantions Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Field Operantions Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Winmark full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits, health, 401k, stable, basic tools provided

    Cons

    micro-managed, over worked, technologically behind the times

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Loved the open door culture!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I liked being a part of the team at Winmark and felt the open door culture for asking questions and sharing ideas was unique. It was rewarding to have executive management available and present at the office. I enjoyed working for a company where value is placed on taking on challenges, hard work, speaking up, and contributing to the team.

    Cons

    You can't hide! You will be noticed and expected to take on more responsibility. If you want to be invisible or work a mundane routine without being held accountable...look elsewhere. I enjoyed this, so not really a con for me.

    Advice to Management

    I found Winmark to be a great company to work for and great team of people to work with.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good 'ol boys club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great medical benefits. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Management want you to keep silent. I witnessed bullying and sexual harassment. I also saw people who tried to bring attention to it, were fired or pressured to quit. Substandard performing employees treated same as hard workers. Hard workers were given even more work, while lazy people continued being lazy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat people the same....they aren't. Reward and recognized hard workers and stop coddling non-performers. Put your ego in check and really listen to the opportunities in the company. There are great ideas but employees know what will happen if they speak up


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Live your job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Operantions Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Field Operantions Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional co-workers. Great parking and well maintained office environment.

    Cons

    You will not be able to start a family or have a balance of family and work. Benefits were reduced and increased in cost. Micro management allows senior level managers to drop their workloads on lower management. You must be in agreement with senior level management at all times. Major travel and they were looking to reduce benefits.

    Advice to Management

    You can't give advice to a group that doesn't want it.


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