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Long work hours within a stressful work environment for little reward.

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Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Livonia, MI (US)
Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Livonia, MI (US)

I worked at Valassis full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Co-workers (non-management) are helpful and all-around good people. Casual dress code. Starting vacation days are generous. Livonia building facilities offer many amenities.

Cons

Work/Life balance is non-existent. Unless you are a working mother, do not expect to leave at 5pm on a daily basis. Single or married individuals without children are left to handle the workload of their co-workers. You will work evening and weekends regardless of what you are told during the hiring process (sans overtime pay). Supervisors rarely have experience in the department they oversee and offer little help during stressful seasonal periods. Computer systems are dated and slow (most internal systems are dos based). Little opportunity for advancement; Raises are even more rare. Unless you are one of the "chosen" few, do not expect to move up the corporate ladder.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Supervisors and upper-management need to stop taking credit for their employee's hard work and ideas. Talk to your employees and ask for their honest opinions. Someone who does the job everyday can offer much more insight than an outside consultant who observes for less than a day. Raises and bonuses should not solely be based on goals set at the beginning of a year when variables constantly change; Understand most employees are doing the work for (2) people.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Invest more in employees and less in 'best company' surveys

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    Current Employee - Client Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Client Program Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits. A lot of vacation days for tenured employees and no set amount of sick days. Options available for flexible schedule. Managers work with employees who have to come in late or leave early due to life events, such as Dr. appointments. Work hard, play hard,fun environment.

    Cons

    Managers are not well trained so they can't help associates. Employees who don't interact with clients give cross-functional partners a lot of push back. Most of my hurdles and struggles are from within. I have to jump through hoops to fulfill a client request. Cross training is poor, forcing associates to fake it till they make it....or give up. Promotions and raises should be based on performance, not how well you write up an evaluation or fill out paperwork or how much you suck up to your boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on making the company appear to be the best place to work and actually make it one. Listen to what associates have to say. Upgrade server capabilities. Train employees so they know what they are doing. Ensure the culture is the same no matter the location. Make advancement opportunities more readily available in remote offices. Spread the wealth so people outside of Livonia are recognized. Hold people more accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Production

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    Current Employee - Crew Leader in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Leader in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Beneftis and fair vacation time.

    Cons

    Terrible pay for the responsibilities and duties. Very stressful job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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