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Circus World Displays CEO Raj Jain and Deepak Jain (no image)
Raj Jain and Deepak Jain
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Pros
  • "CWD is a growth based comapny so you are always learning new things and they are open to new ways of achieving their goals(in 16 reviews)

  • "Benefits for full time employees, established company, paid training and courses, company events a few times a year(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Stress can often be high in the wake of a fast paced and ever-growing/ever changing environment(in 7 reviews)

  • "both managing directors asked current employees to write positive reviews on this site(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company with Great Employees!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Fast paced never boring - great atmosphere with great employees - Genuinely love what I get to do everyday - Benefits - great company events, rewards, department lunches, contests, draws, parties, monthly lunches on the company etc. - Paid training - whether it be finishing a degree, diploma, or professional development the company will support you - discount on products - everyone has a part in creating... great consumer electronics - company is constantly growing and there are many opportunities to advance - BOD has recently really begun to put forth an extra effort to make the company a better place by having an open forum where everyone in the company has an opportunity to address any ideas or concerns to help improve the company Things to consider: - to really be successful at this company you need to prove you are a valuable asset. - being negative is not the way to get through in this company. It is definitely picked up on and can hinder your experience and and ability to progress in the company.

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    Cons

    - Company is lead by 2 managing directors who may not always be on the same page all the time. This can cause some bottlenecks in projects. Adapting to both different managing styles can also be a challenge, as their pace and processes are very different. - management needs to have a bit more authority to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    - Have a little more trust in your employees to make decisions that will better the company and products - Keep investing in employees professional development SIDE NOTE: Most of the negative reviews are from former employees for a reason. Also we were encouraged to write HONEST reviews. No one is forced to do anything. I stand by review! This is a great company to work for in a great area.

    Circus World Displays2015-06-05
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Don't Settle!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - fellow employees are wonderful to work with - not working at CWD

    Cons

    - every day, employees walk into a beige building with bars on the windows - both managing directors asked current employees to write positive reviews on this site - the one managing director uses big words he hears from educated employers and ends up sounding unprofessional - the BOD is formed of a mom and dad and their two sons, good luck with that - the BOD micro manages the death out of everyone - hr went... from 5 employees to 1 at the end of 2014 - turnover was 40% for 2014 - once an employee leaves, they are badly talked about by managing directors or asked to work from home for their last two weeks so they do not talk to other employees - wage is low, hence why young professionals are hired - recruitment process drags on - to get ahead, you have to stay late. If you like to go home right at 5:00PM (because almost 9 hours isn't enough for them) and see your family - you wont make it at CWD. It shows them you are not putting your "all" into the company - many meetings are wasted on overly discussing employees growth. That employee falls behind on their work and ends up staying late putting most action items from meeting on the back burner. - computer usage monitored like its some sport to the BOD - cameras in every office, which the BOG watched from their phone to make sure other employees are not on their phone. Huge trust issues.

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    Advice to Management

    - pointless, as they will ask someone to write a positive review so they don't have to focus on the negative ones.

    Circus World Displays2015-01-13
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Seasoned professionals avoid"

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    Human Resources in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays

    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.

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    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.

    Circus World Displays2014-12-11
  4. "A place where you can make a difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - A Toronto-like company in Niagara. Didn't need to leave home to do what I love. - People here are awesome to work with. Friendly, funny and unique. - Room to grow. The company is growing every year and believes in internal promotion, There are a lot of opportunities for someone to learn and move up even cross department. - Culture: great company events, contests, draws, parties, monthly lunches on the company,... example: costumes and department treat or treating on Halloween. - Training (paid training) has always been a part of CWD, if the employee inquired. Now they are even developing and suggesting training programs for employees to take advantage of. - Recognition programs - Half price on all CWD products, plus CWD bucks to use towards those already half price products. Stuff like: Home Theater speakers, docks, wireless technology, turntables, baby monitors, security systems.

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    Cons

    Not cons, things to consider: - Face paced: team members must be adaptable, flexible, open minded, organized, manage & prioritize tasks - Be ready to work, show your value and contribute. No person here floats. - You can make a difference at this company if you try. You do need to put an effort in and give solutions, instead of complain. - Do not expect to come out of college/university and make the amount an... experienced professional in your field does. Also, Niagara region does not pay Toronto wages. - I'm sure like everywhere there are people who like to "hate the man". Stay away from Negative Nancy's they'll drag you down. - Company is lead by 2 managing directors who may not always be on the same page all the time. This can cause some bottlenecks in projects. Adapting to both different managing styles can also be a challenge, as their pace and processes are very different.

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    Advice to Management

    - Keep on the path of investing in your employees and making CWD a social place. - Get rid of silly rules that make people grumble like coffee before 10am. Leave that with their managers. - Make sure everywhere has an understanding of where we are are going as a company and why. Invite them to share in that vision. - I suggest sprucing the buildings up a bit more

    Circus World Displays2014-11-14
  5. Helpful (12)

    "3 of these reviews are not like the others"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hours are reasonable. Fast pace, not boring. Events and bbq's held throughout the year.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry standards. Micromanagement from the Managing directors, who are unable to trust the people they have hired. Big brother is certainly watching. Security cameras, frequent & random walks through departments by the board of directors. High turnover, constantly showing someone new what to do, only to watch them leave in a months time. Majority of management are there because someone quit..., not because they were qualified for the promotion. Fast pace leads to lots of mistakes and things being missed, especially by those in upper management. Leads to a lot of headaches down the road for the real workers.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who have experience doing the job they are there to do, and then listen to them. Allow the experts to show you how things should be run.

    Circus World Displays2013-11-19
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Not for those with experience or their own ideas...."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - a fast paced environment and constant change - electronics knowledge will improve greatly

    Cons

    - recently most of senior managment gone- Product Manager, Customer Support Manager, Ops Manager, Senior Sales Exec, VP Product Development and H/R Manager all within 6-9 months - Managing Directors are too hands on, micro-manage to the extreme - rates of pay are not competitive compared with industry

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people to do their jobs...Hire some people with experience again....

    Circus World Displays2013-05-13
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to gain experience, not to stay for your career"

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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Circus World Displays for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience and hires inexperienced students mostly Health/Dental benefits are 80% covered (not great, but don't have to pay any extra) HR is fantastic, will give you sound advice and help you navigate through multiple career paths

    Cons

    Managing directors make all decisions and will not allow you to make your own decisions without their final approval Poor pay Benefits for anyone but yourself are expensive ($130+ a month) High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees the power to make decisions. Pay your employees competitively to decrease turnover

    Circus World Displays2013-01-29
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