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Not bad workplace...as far as jobs go

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Team Member in Albuquerque, NM (US)
Former Employee - Team Member in Albuquerque, NM (US)

I worked at Rio Grande full-time (more than an year)

Pros

People are great, fun and nice working environment. Depending on what team you are on, opportunity to grow professionally. No chance for promotions, but team environment makes up for it (depending on team).

Cons

Management structure prohibits growth...for the company and for employees. Flat business model, lacks leadership roles. Lots of petty office politics.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change corporate management style to increase growth...great industry, no management.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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    Not a good place to work....period.

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in Albuquerque, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Albuquerque, NM (US)

    I worked at Rio Grande

    Pros

    Laid back culture, decent benefits, located in a great city. The pay can be good if you're moving in from a large city, but many of the associates and underpaid and angry about it. The dress code seems nice at first, but you have too many people that take advantage to the point of wearing shorts and flip flops - very unprofessional. It's a family business and the Bells are a great group of people.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for promotion. The business is managed through a team of business coaches, many of whom don't have the skills or abilities to lead. Also, because the structure is flat (you really won't have a boss), the political climate is like nothing you've seen since high school. The Marketing/Advertising department has several long-term employees who will stop at nothing (lie/cheat) to retain power if they don't "like" you. Completely unprofessional and management is so out of touch, they get away with it. Worst work experience of my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your marketing and advertising departments. Leadership rarely spends time in those departments and they are lead with incompetence by people afraid of what they don't know.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Lots of talk about how great they are, but not a lot of substance...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Team Member in Albuquerque, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Team Member in Albuquerque, NM (US)

    I have been working at Rio Grande full-time

    Pros

    -If you are a low-level employee, you will be given more freedom and input than you would in most places.
    -Lots of good, well meaning people work here.
    -Access given to employees about the financial state of the company in explicit detail.
    -Solar powered.
    -Employee discounts.

    Cons

    -The "Culture" which they are so proud of is essentially license for political games and an opportunity for the least informed person in the room to have a platform to derail meetings.
    -Lots of meetings with few results.
    -Coaches. Some are well meaning, some are not. Some are educated, some are not. Some know the business, some do not. Most of the politics happen at this level. For about half of them, it is very unclear that they do anything at all except attend meetings (irregularly and late) and receive CC'd emails.
    -Security checkpoints. Imagine going to the airport every day. Enough said.
    -VERY weak 401k match.
    -Most of the smartest people in the company are in the lowest positions, while many in a position of power are not nearly as smart as the people they "manage". Popularity or newness of the employee is often the deciding factor of who's ideas get done (when they get done at all).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -The Berkshire purchase made mediocre benefits worse, that's something that needs to be fixed if you want to hire and retain good people.
    -Coaches are marginally involved with their teams, and are often a hindrance to progress. Most of the problems with the company start and stop there. There are definitely some smart, motivated coaches who care, but they're the exception, not the rule.
    -Training sessions do little more than waste time. Stop focusing on feelings and start thinking about the work that needs to be done and how best to do it.
    -The culture is not nearly as exceptional as you think it is. It causes as many problems as it solves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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