Circus World Displays - Avoid At All Costs | Glassdoor.ca
  1. Helpful (11)

    "Avoid At All Costs"

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

    I worked at Circus World Displays full-time for 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 They are focused on outdated policies and procedures that keep people from actually getting any work done.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.

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    Advice to Management

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

    Circus World Displays2017-11-23

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "good place to work"

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    Marketing Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good hours and decent pay for niagara

    Cons

    tough management but they were fair

    Circus World Displays2018-11-27
  2. Helpful (5)

    "AVOID"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are young and need experience you can climb the ranks quickly since turnover is so high.

    Cons

    micromanagement owners will lie and avoid paying wages/benefits you are entitled to owners can't get along you have no creative freedom or autonomy you will be written up if you are not at your desk at exactly 8:15 you will be required to work after hours with no OT. wages are low, they will try to lowball you when hiring hiring process is absurdly long and repetitive company is splitting apart currently,... sales are falling because they are constantly trying to rehire processes require numerous approvals to get anything done which becomes frustrating over time decisions are made off the cuff with no real evidence or research owners will ask you to try to rip off third party partners/service providers and therefore you will be caught in the crossfire

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    Advice to Management

    They've been receiving the advice they needed to hear for years. They choose not to listen to it and because of this their company is failing. It is unfortunate as this place had the potential to bring a lot of work and economic prosperity to the Niagara region.

    Circus World Displays2019-07-19

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