Circus World Displays - Well intended but misses the mark | 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

"Well intended but misses the mark"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Benefits for full time employees, established company, paid training and courses, company events a few times a year.

Cons

Micromanagement to a level that completely cripples the company's ability to do anything. No empowerment at all. Leadership does not lead by example (do what I say don't do what I do). Reviews are not done on time, some people have gone more than 2 years without a performance review or a cost of living increase let alone an actual raise. Lots of turnover.

Advice to Management

Listen to your employees! Don't ask for their opinions and then be surprised when they are unhappy that you completely disregard what they have said. Bring your salaries up to at least average for comparable roles. Give staff the opportunity to develop, you can't grow into a leadership role if you have no ability to make a decision.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Not a Good Workplace to Develop Your Career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Niagara Falls, ON
    Current Employee - Operations in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good education fund.
    - Good and friendly co-workers.
    - Employee discounts are good.

    Cons

    - 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Owners do not trust employees, Smoke and mirrors."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -There has been an exodus of managers leaving, but the ones that remain are great

    Cons

    - 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.

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