- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Circus World Displays as a contractor
The corporate culture is great at CWD. Everyone that I met and had the chance to work with during my time at CWD was great and extremely helpful. The company in general implements many initiates to promote team building experiences and events/company gathering during and outside of scheduled work hours.
I feel like managers and supervisors have a lot of confidence in their employees and give them freedom to do and complete their work at their own pace which is great. Micro-management definitely isn't a problem within the company.
High turnaround of employees can impede business operations
work/life balance could improve, especially with many company's recently moving to more initiatives supporting flexible hours, working from home, etc.
Advice to Management
Flexible work hours could be beneficial and more communication between departments and management.
I have been working at Circus World Displays (More than 3 years)
- Good education fund.
- Good and friendly co-workers.
- Employee discounts are good.
- Extremely low compensation. I have been here for almost 5 years and got promoted once, yet my salary has barely risen to be noticeable due to the huge rise in the cost of living. Take the median job salary on Payscale.com and minus 5-10k.
- The owner(s) of the company have trust issues in their employees.
- Bonuses are promised on interview but goals are kept secret. Goals are completely unrealistic. Expect to only reach 40-60% of your goal year after year.
- The company always toutes the Dale Carnegie rules and learnings but it becomes clear when it comes to rewarding employees, they throw those concepts out the window.
- Poor work life balance. Have to make up time when missed for appointments. Company says they have great work life balance because the business is not open on the weekend.
- Very Political. Any inquiry you have about an issue, it gets addressed very broadly and you are told to refer to your manager for more details. Truth be told, managers know about the same as employees.
- Frustrated managers because of company expectations trickles down to employees.
- Building in need of a serious make-over and update
Advice to Management
- If you truly care about your employees. You will reward them with fair compensation. They are not a means to your end. The cost of living is rising and we are feeling the sting.
- Please make corporate goals realistic
- Update the building. Looking and beige and dirty white walls all day is excruciating .
- Be nice to your employees and genuinely act interested in them.
I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than a year)
1. Investment on employees - Everyone get funds to cover education/training anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.
2. Strong and Stable financially - Products are sold in all mass retail stores : BestBuy, Costco, Walmart, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby etc.
3. Opportunity of Growth - Employees can receive multiple promotions within few years, it's great to see employees jumping up the corporate ladder much faster in this company than other similar companies.
4. Great co-workers - They conduct multiple interviews to ensure every new employee is a good fit. They will let go a very poor performer. The end result is that you get to work with awesome group of people.
5. Region - You can live anywhere in St. Catherine or Niagara Falls and it won't take more than 10 minutes to drive to office. Peaceful region.
6. Job Security - As long as employees are performing and co-operating there are no surprise terminations. With Performance Review that company have in place, it is much easier for employees to understand the possibility of termination much before it actually happens.
1. Compensation - Low to Average range compensation. However, if you are great in your job you may get raise and promotion quite fast (1-2 years).
2. Extra Hours - Many salaried employees need to put in extra hours to cover up for open/vacant positions. No overtime payment for salaried employees.
3. Employee Shortage- There is always shortage of employee because of location. Sometimes one person is doing 2 people job hurts performance and work/life balance.
4. Minimalist office space - No carpet floor or fancy vending machines; More like a warehouse feeling
5. Aggressive company - Management is very passionate about business, and that translates to higher expectations from employees with aggressive approach from management to hold employees accountable. People with low ego and high performance tend to last longer.
6. Bonuses - Some departments will never receive the bonus even though it may make up to 20% of their salary. So, if you have bonus line item in your offer letter, please ask your hiring manager in more detail. There are chances you will never see bonus during your tenure.
Advice to Management
1. Change the vision from "We believe all people should be empowered." to "We believe all people should feel empowered." The difference in "be" and "feel" is huge. It requires less judgement from our side, and asking question to the people for empowering them.
2. Move to Toronto area. Please open satellite office asap to accommodate growth and employee shortage. At this point, the only reason that is stopping growth is human resource, so it is very easy decision if you want exponential growth.
3. Remote Working - Please make your work environment more flexible (similar to other tech companies) by allowing flexible remote working for some departments.
4. Time Management - Managers need to hold themselves accountable for starting meetings on time. Many a times the meeting starts 5-10 minutes later than scheduled time, and sometimes it takes much longer than required. Need more focused meetings to boost productivity.
I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than 3 years)
-There has been an exodus of managers leaving, but the ones that remain are great
- Owners do not trust employees on the duties they were hired for
- Goals of departments are unrealistic, bonuses are promised during the interview but the unrealistic goals are not mentioned
- Compensation is low and always stays below inflation. Compensation will only go up in small increments even if performance is considered "Great".
- Work hours are not ideal
- They claim to have work/life balance, but you will have to make up time if you go for a doctors appointment or have to go take care of your kids
- Two brothers run the company, don't get along with anything. This causes a rift between departments and employees.
- Products are mostly 1 to 1.5 years behind the market trend
Advice to Management
- Follow up on your promises and invest in employees. Do not just do the bare minimum. Do not confuse regular humane working conditions as "good work life balance"
- Reward your employees with financial compensation not "Corporate events"
- Consider being a union.
I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time
Supportive of personal and professional development. Great team collaboration . Company always looking to improve with feedback. Builds team through corporate events. Good training process for new employees. Management is very supportive.
-Lack of human capital and resources, unable to achieve all goals and projects to the level they can be.
-Team members feel pressured to take part in after hours activities (training, events etc). Work life balance is difficult.
- Moderate Compensation benefits.
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)
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