Circus World Displays - Avoid At All Costs | Glassdoor.ca
Pros
  • "Benefits for full time employees, established company, paid training and courses, company events a few times a year" (in 11 reviews)

  • "A great place to work if you are interested in a challenging and fast paced work environment" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes one person is doing 2 people job hurts performance and work/life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "cause even with only cost of living increase I would of had" (in 3 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

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"Avoid At All Costs"

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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 They are focused on outdated policies and procedures that keep people from actually getting any work done.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.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Great place to work."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays as a contractor

    Pros

    - everyone is very friendly and welcoming
    - compensation is competitive for jobs in the area
    - great hours
    - flexible with time off, if necessary
    - managers trust you to take on more responsibility as time goes on
    - lots of fun corporate events and team events to talk to people who you do not see on a regular basis
    - was encouraged to grow in all of the positions I held
    - BOD and MD's are very kind and helpful. They want to get to know you and make an honest effort to do so.

    Cons

    - they do pay close attention to the needs of the company and value everyone's opinions, however it sometimes takes a substantial amount of time to finally resolve an issue
    - sometimes are not clear on why something is not being done or the current status of projects that affect the whole company


  2. Helpful (2)

    "worst company ever"

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

    I worked at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Nothing what so ever. paid my bills for a little bit.

    Cons

    Everything. management sucks. They live in a delusion that they r growing but its a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees

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