Circus World Displays "extremely high" Reviews | Glassdoor.ca

Circus World Displays Employee Reviews about "extremely high"

Show All Reviews >

3 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid At All Costs"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 They are focused on outdated policies and procedures that keep people from actually getting any work done.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.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Seasoned professionals avoid"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Niagara Falls, ON
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are great- youthful and full of ambition

    Cons

    Senior management micro manages the living soul out of the place. No one has any decision making abilities and every decision is scrutinized down to irrelevant details. This is why they like new grads- because they don't have the business knowledge to question the illogical processes currently in place. They have surveillance cameras in every office, hallway and lunchroom which they can access from their cell phones because they don't trust anyone, even monitoring Internet useage. One Managing director is fairly logical, however the other which manages a majority of the business makes rash decision that don't have any logic- and doesn't care to listen to listen to anyone else's opinion. This is a highly inefficient business as there are a lot of make-work projects that are thrown at people with minimal time to do them (so employees stay late) and then nothing gets done with them. Due to extremely high turnover (40% per year) the owners are making a push to change the culture, however the odd lunch here and there doesn't overcompensate for all of the other frustrations. The on onboarding process is great, however new employees are judged by the Managing Directors from the second they are hired. Most people are considered to "not be working out" within the first week because they question the illogical processes. It is not surprising that their HR department have went through 4 HR managers in five years in addition to 3 other HR roles- there seem to be ethics involved and any professional doesn't want to be a part of it. Those positive reviews and that have stated have been there long term unfortunately haven't worked anywhere else to know how unprofessional this environment is. They will explain the turnover during interviews as exiting employees failure to adapt to change, but is sheer frustration that there is no change.

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen- but they should take the guidance and advice of the people they hire. They are far more knowledgable then you are.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Potential experience builder, nothing more."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Potential for graduates to gain experience
    -Improved benefits

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover - Senior/Management positions included, in a short period our HR Manager, Product Manager, Assistant Product Manager, Accounting Manager, Account Manager, Buyer, in addition to many others are no longer with the company.

    Constant misuse of employees - When one leaves their tasks go to another. Rather than hiring a skilled replacement, it will be others and even yourself doing tasks outside of your job description to compensate.

    Low company morale - Constant negativity from employees daily, both inside and outside of work.

    Micro-management - Run by two owners, basic tasks require approval.

    Low budget working environment - See building, enough said.

    False hope of future opportunities - Manager discussed increased pay during annual review and opportunities in other departments. I was dismissed without cause/any reason 1 month prior to my annual review, do NOT be surprised if the same happens to you.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees for long term growth, the constant turnover will continue to disrupt business and turn off potential job seekers.


Showing 3 of 79 reviews
Reset Filters