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Woodstream Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  1. "Challenging and exciting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Good people
    New management has put employees first
    Never boring

    Cons

    My in basket and to do list is never empty

    Advice to Management

    You have turned the corner, let's keep rolling in this direction!


  2. "COF Feedback"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA

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

    Pros

    Documented Processes, knowledgeable employees, systems

    Cons

    High turnover, compensation was low > average, long hours needed to accomplish all requirements

    Advice to Management

    Value and reward your performers. Staff so that weekly OT is not necessary

  3. "Let the Good Times Roll"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting, engaging, enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about Woodstream.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, I see where we are headed!


  4. "Company stuck in the dark ages"

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    Current Employee - Distribution in Saint Joseph, MO
    Current Employee - Distribution in Saint Joseph, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Woodstream full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Finally some new managers. Hopefully out with the old school philosophy of employees are a dime a dozen. Turn over is better than longgevity. Keep payroll down for hourly employees to maximize managers retirement fund.

    Cons

    Still same company attitude so far. Loyalty to company is not valued. Like a car lease. Get 3 good years and then trade it in for newer employee with lower wage.

    Advice to Management

    Do a FAIR and COMPLETE wage study of other companies in the area.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Woodstream - Grab a Life Vest"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of good people, with forward focus on moving the business out of the 1970's and into the 20th Century. Continuing education, 401K, Sick Time and some free meals now and then.

    Cons

    They will drop you in the deep end, hand you a rock and tell you to swim. No training, way too may spreadsheets connecting to so many locations but nothing from a central point, equipment failures, downtime, personnel issues and constraints, zero quality system, nobody takes on responsibility and a who's on first mentality, purchasing doesn't perform alike a purchasing group (e.g. cradle to grave) and finger pointing all the way. HR does not present the organization as it should - finances, well rem,ember the name ENRON.

    Advice to Management

    Appears someone noticed the problems, as they've brought in a couple of Tier I ringers in order to get the organization heading in the right direction, and there is plenty of opportunity to effect the change that's necessary and if this happens, the sky is the limit.


  6. "Solid company"

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Denton, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing
    Treats employees well
    Autonomous
    Entrepreneurial atmosphere

    Cons

    New product development efforts could be more creative.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Discriminatory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Woodstream (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fair pay but that's it

    Cons

    no handicap access at all

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dealer Support Specialist in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Dealer Support Specialist in Lititz, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn and work in many new roles. Plenty of opportunities to learn and use new skills. Benefits were strong.

    Cons

    Pay is kept low regardless of promotion to a new position. Growth is primarily done through acquisition instead of through organic growth. Management is stuck in their way of doing things and do not innovate

    Advice to Management

    Look to your current people for promotion more. Don't rely only on graduate level education to determine hiring practices.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Know what you're getting into"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Woodstream (Less than a year)

    Pros

    For this job, the pay is probably above average. The managers are friendly and helpful for the most part. Some more than others. It really isn't too difficult once you learn about the products and get more comfortable being on the phone all day.

    Cons

    The department is very under-staffed so this leads to days with minimal to no breaks. Don't be surprised if you're taking 50, 60, sometimes 70 calls per day. It also is very stressful for someone who does not like dealing with unpleasant people. Management also more or less demands overtime so a 45 or 50 hour work week is not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more reps. The job is stressful enough as it is. Add in the fact that people are sometimes waiting on hold for 25, 30 minutes and you get angry customers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not a Place for Those Seeking Job Stability"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Account Analyst in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Account Analyst in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Woodstream full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, sick time, vacation time. Hour lunch. Casual dress day last Friday of the month. Free product on occasion.

    Cons

    Not enough training which leads to employees making mistakes and ultimately being let go without warning. How can you fix something if no one tells you it is broken?

    Not willing to work with those
    who are different/have disabilities or even entertain the person's problems and try to help them succeed.

    Extremely stressful work environment.

    Mid level management does not provide positive feedback and focus only on the negative.
    Very cliquish departments.

    Push employees
    to unattainable limits.

    Extremely high employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to focus on the actions and decisions made by mid level managers and clear out the dead wood.

    A solid training program needs to be put in place for individual positions.

    Too Excel based. Not everyone is an Access or Excel wizard but have other skills that can help Woodstream retain talent instead of losing it.

    Focus on the strengths of an employee and help them improve in areas that need fine tuning.

    Also, a process needs to be put in place with regard to the termination process. Calling an employee in who has had no verbal or written warnings regarding their performance and then terminating them because of "performance" is a terrible business practice. It leads to negative feedback and the eligible pool of potential new employees becomes much smaller.

    Social media/word of mouth can do a lot of damage the reputation of a company.


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