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  1. "Work Hard, Play Hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of company paid training opportunities
    - Great team
    -Fun atmosphere (Monthly events)

    Cons

    - Work hours 8:15 am to 5 pm (9 to 5 would be nicer!)
    - Team members feel pressured to take part in after hours activities (training, events etc)


  2. "Avoid At All Costs"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Niagara Falls, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some great people work here.

    Cons

    Worst company and worst employer I've ever worked for. The business is family owned and the brothers can't seem to agree on anything. The tension is palpable whenever they're together and it makes for very awkward meetings.

    The older brother is extremely socially awkward, dishonest, and is completely out of touch with the real world. He micromanages to an extreme, sets unachievable goals and expectations, and has no respect for other people's time. Despite always asking for it, he doesn't value feedback and just uses it against you, so it's best to just smile and nod and keep your mouth shut. That's what most people in the company have learned to do. He doesn't trust his staff or listen to anyone's advice or strategies and then blames everyone for poor performance and declining sales, when he really only has himself to blame for his failing business.

    The company's mission is to "Create What's Different" but they do the complete opposite. They are focused on outdated policies and procedures that keep people from actually getting any work done. If you're literally just two minutes late, you're written up, but there is no appreciation for the hours you may spend working after end of day.

    There are a lot of good people who work there but turnover is extremely high. 80% of the staff I talked to wish they worked elsewhere but with not many options in the Niagara area, they feel stuck. The recruitment process also takes forever (several months of countless interviews) and there is no training. They also seem to favour younger and inexperienced workers who unfortunately don't know any better, all so they can manipulate them and use them as scapegoats when things go wrong.

    If you want to be a lemming who is overworked, undervalued, and underpaid, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff, appreciate them more, treat them better, and let go of the reins sometimes.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "worst company ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Nothing what so ever. paid my bills for a little bit.

    Cons

    Everything. management sucks. They live in a delusion that they r growing but its a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees


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  5. "Fast-Paced/Energetic/Great learning opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    CWD has been growing and getting better with each year. Their investment in employees with paying for learning opportunities courses etc. allows people to work towards their own advancement. This company is for you if you are willing to work hard, can adapt quickly in growing environment, enjoy new challenges and learning opportunities and are ambitious and want to grow. No employer is perfect but here they learn from their mistakes and try to make things better. Your ideas are heard and feedback used to improve culture constantly. Great co-workers make coming to work fun. Good work events.

    Cons

    It is a growing company which means some decisions aren't necessarily right and made too quickly without thinking things through. Also things that impact employees directly sometimes take longer to change like giving more vacation weeks etc.

    Advice to Management

    You've made great improvements in last few years. Continue to listening to your employees and what's most important to them.


  6. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Full time employment in area
    Good co-workers
    If you love structure - this is the place for you

    Cons

    Like any review read the good and the bad. There are legitimate ones on both ends. Be aware that management strongly pressures employees to write reviews here. Many will obviously write positive reviews about their current workplace. Management will constantly harass you to write a review until you say you wrote one.

    I would not recommend working here. It saddens me to say that because I would want the best hires for the people I worked with.

    If you decide to work here, know that there is an issue with work life balance. Depending on your role you may have to constantly stay late. Some employees have to do tasks from home on nights and weekends. Heaven forbid you get a company phone.

    Terrible work/life balance. They will claim they are flexible but they are not. Management does not understand what it is like to have a family life at all. They do not understand that some people like to spend time with their spouse and kids. They may have family obligations, but those come second to anything work related.

    Many will talk about all the great training they provide. This is true, they have many opportunities to take training courses. However work is always more important so any time training classes are organized by the company they are always outside of work hours. They will always be on nights and weekends. If you decline training they will slowly work on firing you for not being a team player. If you decline training courses you will be harassed to take them over and over. They do not understand that some people need to spend time with their families outside of work hours.

    Overall environment - just not a pleasant place to work. Staff are great, but there is just an overall weird cloud of negativity. Very high stress environment.

    Hiring Process - extremely lengthy and over the top. For entry level positions you might have several interviews, personality tests, and work preview days.

    I had a bad gut instinct during the hiring process that I should have listened to. If Tim Hortons down the street is hiring, take that job over any position here.

    Compensation - they will pay you as low as humanly possible. They low ball everything.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more of a work life balance to your employees. For many people this place is a job, and they are not as personally invested as you are (you don't give them a reason to be invested)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Business, high pace and exciting."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Niagara, ON
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Niagara, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company is growing and if successful can have large impact and grow within the company. People there are great. Focused on culture, provide rewards and corporate lunches once a month. Safe and clean environment.

    Cons

    Turnover is an issue. High expectations. Compensation package could improve with regards to vacation, lieu time and pay at some levels. It has been improving but recent contracts removed lieu time which means if you work 60 hour week, no compensation or time off but instead built into your pay.

    Advice to Management

    I think all companies can benefit from valuing their employees more. This is something that would help CWD with the turnover and retention issues. The focus has always been growing the business and I believe that is obviously more important but to take the company to the next level we need more focus on the value of employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Opaque"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Offers benefits

    Pays more than minimum wage

    40 hrs/week

    3rd party training cost reimbursements

    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Will hire on with a contract position for a specific role, but then request that you do things outside of your job description.

    Constant pressure to write Glassdoor reviews.

    Only allowed 3 sick days before you are considered a risk and they start building a case against you.

    Lack of "on job" training for various positions.

    Management is not held accountable for their poor actions that affect the entire department.

    Yearly assessments, for raises, are sometimes considerably late (up to one year late).

    Requested to complete various tasks without information, training, or guidance on how to do it, then reprimanded when it is not the way they expected it.

    CEOs do not get along, which causes tension and clashing of ideas and departments.

    Departments often suffer from lack of communication with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiding things from some employees, but telling others - they're going to find out either way.

    Stop making employees worry about their job by saying "don't worry, your job isn't at risk" over and over

    Stop making comments about the weight of employees and telling them they need to make healthier life decisions

    Stop making people feel bad for using GOVERNMENT ISSUED sick days

    Start taking action on HR complaints


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere, Opportunity for advancement, Benefits, Hours of work

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say, great place to work


  10. "My Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full time, Benefits, Bonuses and overtime opportunities. Great environment and I've never had an employer feed me so much.

    Cons

    It takes to long to get feedback on annual reviews.


  11. "Great co-workers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Warehouse
    Current Employee - Operations Warehouse
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CWD values an employees opinion and goes to great lengths to keep its staff happy. There are many team building events throughout the year that allow you to talk with people working in other departments you wouldn't normally see every day.

    Cons

    Communication between departments could be improved to help the company run more efficiently.


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