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Employee Review

"good place to work"

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Former Employee - Marketing Specialist
Former Employee - Marketing Specialist
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Circus World Displays (More than 3 years)

Pros

good hours and decent pay for niagara

Cons

tough management but they were fair

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Not For Most"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Niagara Falls, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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

    The people here are great

    Cons

    This company is unlike any that I know, and not in a good way. I am also very perplexed as to who the people are here that have been giving such high reviews.
    To break it down for you, this company is run by a family, with two disagreeing brothers as the managing directors. That right there is a major issue for why things are difficult. They rarely agree on issues that they should clearly be aligned with.
    One brother, is completely set in his ways and old fashioned, refuses to allow staff (who are incredibly skilled to do the work they are hired to do), to improve and create content that would benefit the brands. He would rather people follow suit to exactly what he wants, and anyone who challenges a new way/modern thinking in terms of "less is more", is quickly terminated. His respect for his employees is shown in his own punctuality with meetings, and the higher than thou attitude that is reflected in communication between team members. Having to report to him requires lengthy and time wasting write-ups or agendas, and going over every detail as to why something didnt work.
    As for the other brother, he is more up to speed and eager to create change, however his overall micromanaging, incredibly high expectations, contradictions and constant comparing to other companies creates a less than ideal work environment. Being challenged and having high goals is necessary for any person and business, but constantly being made to feel as though nothing is "perfect" and in turn feeling guilty is incredibly unhealthy.
    There is a problem with some departments being understaffed, which leads to people taking on elements of other positions (without pay increase) to cover all bases, which again in turn can become stressful and unfair. Constantly being watched either by the cameras in every corner of the buildings, or the monitoring of what is on your computer screen, gets tiring very quickly.
    There are some great products coming out of this company, however some become irrelevant and behind the times in technology, within a few short months compared to the competition. This is largely due to the fact that there is some sort of disconnect with product release dates, which are never met and often weeks or months past original times. This would be understandable once and while, but having this happen with every single product is concerning.

    Advice to Management

    Let go a little bit.


  2. "Awesome Corporate Culture"

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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

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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