American Greetings

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American Greetings Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
203 Reviews

3.0
203 Reviews
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American Greetings CEO and Director Zev Weiss
Zev Weiss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Job Flexibility, Work Life balance, Lunches and organized events within the company (in 9 reviews)

  • flexible hours, on your own, and if you love organization then this is the place for that (in 10 reviews)


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

  • Lots of senior management promoting growth and innovation, but the business itself does neither (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    No, do not do it!!

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    Former Employee - Area Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at American Greetings full-time for more than a 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not long term employee friendly.

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    Current Employee - Merchandisers  in  Worcester, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Merchandisers in Worcester, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility for mom with younger kids.

    Cons

    After 20yrs service, pretty much run out of company. Within 2mos, both accounts taken away, leaving me as extra for resets. Set up when I returned from a vacation. Does not like people who know what doesn't work and has been tried. Supervisors set themselves up to look good at the expense of accounts, manipulate the numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your focus should be on what works best for the account,not the percentage of orders to calls.

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

    Work hard for no pay especially during peak seasons

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    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser
    Current Employee - PT Merchandiser

    I have been working at American Greetings part-time

    Pros

    Usually pretty chill and co-workers are friendly

    Cons

    The pay, and those who have been with the company make very small increases for their annual raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they deserve, minimum wage is for the birds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work with

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    Current Employee - Freelance Art Director  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Freelance Art Director in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I have been working at American Greetings as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun projects, good opportunities, lots of work to be had. Co-workers were all professionals.

    Cons

    Lower on the pay scale than many other companies I worked with.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I enjoyed working for AGI

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Bucharest (Romania)

    I worked at American Greetings full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I was part of the Interactive division of American Greetings where the atmosphere and the people were really nice, feeling very much like a family.

    Cons

    After the management of AGI changed a few years ago, the energy changed too and the projects were less challenging. Even worse when AGI merged with the corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible and open to new ideas and market trends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    American Greetings

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at American Greetings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative environment, interesting content, fun coworkers! Lots of opportunities to be involved in projects outside of your role.

    Cons

    Pay is not great. Procedures change frequently so you're always learning a new system or protocol, but bigger, more important issues take a long time to change. Some leadership changes need to be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up your pay scale to attract, and keep, top talent. Survey employees about manager satisfaction and then think hard about what they have to say and how things could be improved.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Database Administrator

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    Current Employee - DB2 Database Administrator  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - DB2 Database Administrator in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I have been working at American Greetings full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This company is a place where your qualifications can make a difference.
    Very good team and management.
    The company is on its way up with 400+ million $ it investment on IT Projects in the last 5 years.
    Good Paymaster.

    Cons

    Located in Cleveland which has bad winters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for, great co-workers, good place to get a wide range of experience

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Cleveland, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, co-workers who are collaborative and a joy to work with, immediate supervisors/managers who are truly engaged and willing to give opportunities for development in keeping with my interests and professional goals. Excellent place to get a range of experience working on all kinds of projects.

    Cons

    They have gone through a number of layoffs over the last few years. The recent changes look promising that the company may be finding it's direction and structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep with the recent focus on more communication and transparency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Older company with weird values

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    Former Employee - Production Artist  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at American Greetings part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Not much room for creativity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Victim of the 20+ year employment purge

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at American Greetings full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Exposure to work with some really good knowledgeable people. Stable job environment if you are not ambitious.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Managers that are silo driven and not corporate driven. Employees with 20 years of company tenure are often purged due to pay scale and benefits. Some positions do not offer transferrable skill sets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to show loyalty to long-term proven employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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