Navarre Reviews

Updated 6 June 2014
Updated 6 June 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Worked with a great group of individuals who worked and played hard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navarre

    Pros

    Great energy and team work were on display every day

    Cons

    Being located in a remote office made it hard to stay on top of the day to day priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to include remote team members

  2.  

    Ok.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Hope, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Hope, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and great team.

    Cons

    You were ok if you were a favorite.

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

    energy sucking and disrespectful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Navarre full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of one good thing

    Cons

    no leadership-interim CEO, and upper management is distrustful. HR took vacation time away from employees, while management gets unlimited vacation time. Employees are fearful, and treated like sheep. No work/life balance. Employees are not utilized to their fullest potential nor appreciated. Communication is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are people, not just pawns for the shareholders (who might also be employees).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to start, sad at finish!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in New Hope, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in New Hope, MN (US)

    I have been working at Navarre full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Downsizing raises concern over job, morale is getting bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites, promote on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was good long ago, but went downhill in a big way.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in New Hope, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in New Hope, MN (US)

    I worked at Navarre

    Pros

    In the early days, it was a family atmosphere. Pay was good for the work. Made some good friends while working there. The work was challenging, even during the lean years.

    Cons

    Siloed organization with a rumor mill that is as damaging as the current culture. The organization runs lean and mean, which can be good and bad, but when communication is as bad as it is now, it is tough to understand priorities. There is little or no advancement potential. Hiring practices in recent years seemed to favor hiring to create a culture, not to bring in the best possible person to do the job. Most people walk on eggshells and are legitimately concerned about their futures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication must improve. Remove the rumor mill that alienates staff. Wholesale changes must take place to improve the company culture - it just isn't a fun place to work and considering the business Navarre is in, that is sad. It should be fun.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    One lean machine

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Navarre

    Pros

    Lean staff means having lots of hats to wear, and lots of varied responsibility, and rare (if any) boring days.

    Cons

    Small organization, so not a lot of room for advancement. Staff is so lean, that it is difficult to take time away, even though the management is supportive of time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage a positive work environment. Be creative about recognizing/rewarding hard work. Encourage departments and people to solve problems together, and not in a vacuum.

    No opinion of CEO

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