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American Greetings Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
210 Reviews
2.9
210 Reviews
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Job Flexibility, Work Life balance, Lunches and organized events within the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, strong company values, well maintained benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of senior management promoting growth and innovation, but the business itself does neither (in 9 reviews)

  • Most upper management positions are held by individuals who have been with the company 20 (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worst company ever

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

    I have been working at American Greetings

    Pros

    Would be if they did not force you to work specific times dates etc.

    Cons

    Low pay!!! Work all weekends,holidays.Work load impossible for the few hours a week give. Area Supervisor lacks knowledge of job. Takes create for sll your hard work.District manger state PTM have no future with the company. Need I go on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employees. Listen to them as they are your frint line. Pay better!!!! Give more hours. Teach Area Supervisors to treat PTM respectful !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Broad company with multiple opportunities to get around and see new things. Making an attempt to improve company culture.

    Cons

    Not a good company for older people or younger people outside the company. Insane level of politics. Just don't do it. Not worth your time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I did not like if

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Novi, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Novi, MI (US)

    I worked at American Greetings part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not many hours traing started out good

    Cons

    Terminated after asking for leave of absence for not checking email.transmitting system was outdated.very tough job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistent systems and training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    minimum wage /no respect/shorted on pay

    Current Employee - Merchandzer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Merchandzer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the only real pro is that you get to set the times, days you work, except for required holiday service

    Cons

    low pay, will often not pay you for hours worked. treats employees with no respect, supervisors take credit for underlings ideas, no benefits of any kind for part timers, not even unpaid vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nice to employees and ay them for hors worked

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    NO hours!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Everett, WA (US)
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser in Everett, WA (US)

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I found a few new friends on this job.

    Cons

    Pay sucks, hours suck.... as a merchandiser iv had weeks as low as 3 hours a week, on the flip side as also being a revision crew member i have been over worked start work at 6am get off work 19hrs later to then have to be back at work the next day all for the same crappie wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire supervisors that are competent, ones that care as much about the employees as they do them selves, someone who will take care of work hazards right away instead of 3 months later when they have been told by upper management to do something about it. all in all promotions should be given to someone deserving not just someone who is eager for more pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No, do not do it!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment to a certain extent. Good, hardworking part time merchandisers.

    Cons

    Terrible values in the personnel department, employees are just numbers. Field sales just puts more on the Area Supervisors territory w/o regard to work loads. Chicago DM is a "real winner". It pays to be friendly with..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the company as a business, lose the paranoia. Stop building false sales numbers through revisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former creative developer for AG properties

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative Developer in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Creative Developer in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Former president (open sexual harassment, psychological bullying) left the company. Ability to work on a variety of projects. Ability to taken on many roles, being a small department. It may be considered a good place to start out to gain experience.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Little advancement opportunities, unless considered a favorite. Work can be tedious. Employees are often micromanaged. Changes to ideas and designs often based on subjective criteria, not what is the best idea. Not creator driven, more management driven. Revolving door of employees. Frequent layoffs. An entire AGP team was laid off, or chose to leave soon after, under current management. None of the laid off employees were brought back, and none of the people who left want to return (draw your own conclusions). Experience and talent here tends to be secondary to shallow criteria of wanting more youthful candidates with lower salaries (draw your own conclusions). If you are laid off or choose to leave, there is no other similar employment in the Cleveland Ohio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanagement. More trust. Value diverse opinions. Less favoritism. Value and keep talented, experienced, and dedicated employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to work if you actually WANT to earn the money they pay you.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job Flexibility, Work Life balance, Lunches and organized events within the company

    Cons

    People are undisciplined and/or fresh out of college. They behave like kids in the job environment often times swearing and talking about their nights out drinking. Employees would rather play ping pong or have an organized lunch paid for by the company rather than work. Deadlines were never met, projects were always over budget and they never actually followed any kind of method for project lifecycle. The company and it's employees are fractured and the various departments do not work or communicate with each other. This costs money!! Additionally they do not stop useless spending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardize your project approach. Adopt one type of methodology for project delivery. Get rid of your "AG Interactive" Department completely. They don't do anything beyond what you already have staff for in your coporate IT departments. Hire more seasoned prefessionals. Look at internal spending costs such as printing signs and running chairman awards and reduce those. And for the love of GOD do a final lay-off where you clean house and then focus on rebuilding!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Area Supervisor in Training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor In Training
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor In Training

    I worked at American Greetings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a job and right now it's hard to find a job
    You get a company car, printer, laptop and office supplies
    You don't sit at a desk all day

    Cons

    -The mangers I worked with wanted to put me through 6 months of training in 1 month and blamed me for not learning fast enough when their plan didn't work. They hired me knowing I didn't have a sales/merchandising background.
    -Area Supervisors manage the people who stock the card shelves (merchandisers). Merchandisers quit regularly because the job requires too much for too little pay. Who would want to manage a bunch of people who are quitting or thinking about quitting?
    -I was told to eat while driving instead of taking a lunch break.
    -I interviewed in November and didn't hear back. I emailed several times, all the way into March. It turns out that the woman who interviewed me switched departments, so they had to start the whole process over for me again...in April. After one of my face-to-face interviews, I was driving out of the parking lot and the interviewer called me and wanted me to come back in to talk to her. The interview was very disorganized.
    -I was given 36hrs to decide on my offer even though I had another offer from another company. Not bad, but prospective employees might want to know this
    -I didn't get to interview with the manager I actually spent most of my time with. If I had interviewed with that person, I don't think I would have accepted my offer.
    -During training, I had to learn how to stock the cards. I would do this for 9 hours. I had to start wrapping bandaids around my fingers because I would get bloody hands from all the paper cuts.
    -This job requires you to be alone in rural areas with just a store manager and a few employees sometimes. I felt unsafe several times. Some Dollar Store managers can get creepy in the back room.
    -I'm so thankful I quit this job before I was relocated. American Greetings treats their Area Supervisors in Training terribly.
    -I no longer buy American Greetings products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more Area Supervisors because they have way too much responsibility right now. Pay the merchandisers more money and allow them more hours to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a paycheck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, OH (US)

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck
    In house full service cafeteria
    in house card shop

    Cons

    Below market pay
    Below market benefits
    Antiquated technology
    Ineffective Mangers
    Ineffective "Stack Ranking" evaluation system
    Repressive 1960's culture
    Annual layoffs
    Lack of advancement opportunities
    Too many meetings that accomplish nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact and engage with your associates in a real sincere meaningful way. Your associates are real people trying to provide for their families. If you will honestly listen, your associates could be a wealth of ideas if they weren't so concerned about the threat of being laid-off every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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