- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Circus World Displays full-time
Full time employment in area
If you love structure - this is the place for you
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)
I worked at Circus World Displays full-time (More than a year)
Most of the employees are actually pretty great, and smart, and creative
No trust for employees
BOD can access all video cameras via their cell phones, so you are being monitored 24/7
Very high turnover rate
Asked upper management to write reviews on this site
Upper management are the only ones who get many benefits the company promotes as perks, like RRSP contributions and additional vacation time
Processes make no sense, and the BOD is very resistant to change
Employees are expected to stay late on a regular basis
The employee education fund has been put in place so they can get current employees to learn how to fill positions of those employees who have quit. They will not pay you to do two jobs, but they will pay for you to learn how to do the second job, and allow you to continue with your new title and twice the work load. As a bonus, they do not have to hire anyone else who will inevitably quit on them
Advice to Management
Learn to trust your employees
Better yet, sell the company to someone who knows what they are doing if you ever want to see it succeed
I worked at Circus World Displays full-time (Less than a year)
- fellow employees are wonderful to work with
- not working at CWD
- 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.
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.
The employees are great- youthful and full of ambition
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.
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