- gartner greetings24.Nov 2015
Morale was taking a rollercoaster ride. The financial crisis certainly added to the stress and we wondered when/if someone would be let go or the company would fold.
Support from management
The leadership in RI is great. But if you are not the EVP in RI, there is a disconnect with the parent company in MN. Usually felt that the rest of the RI was inconsequential to the owner of the company.
Within the confines of the Greetings team and for the first few years I was there 2007 - 2013, I loved my job and my co-workers.
Freedom to work independently
This was a big plus, there was no micro-managing.
Mostly good within Greetings but not very good with Gartner Studios (MN). When I first started Greetings was seperately incorporated and utilized Studios warehouse, the finance team, IT and HR. As time passed there was much more interaction and I felt that the Studios people resented having to be involved in Greetings business. I do have to admit my back was often up when dealing with them and I feel I made many efforts to place nice with the MN folks, but honestly, they are different than people from the North East, there really is such a thing as MN nice, which means that you are not always sure that what is being said is genuine.
At Greetings, most of the senior staff members were women. We had no issues on this front
Overall compensation for your work
Like many companies there were no raises until 2012. Within a couple of months the company experienced some financial issues and everyone (RI & MN) had to take a pay cut that was done over the course of several months within the 4th quarter. In January, we did go back to our original salaries. The health benefits were really good and for a single person, very reasonable. Most of us were underpaid by 15% atleast.
Office / Work Environment
If I were a designer, I would have to give three stars, they were always working with outdated software. I had no issue there. And we could take our dogs to work, how cool is that!
Not that I was aware of.
I worked long hours and much of that was in the first few years because I really loved my job. I never felt pressure to work long hours.
People talk nice only in front of company. Not a lot of bad mouthing, but watch the roll of the eyes.
The reality is that there is not a lot of job security in a lot of companies.
Single level office, we had no disabled employees.
It was a small office, in good repair and no one ran with scissors.
Again in the first few years I did feel really good about my job. But over the course of last two years there was a lot more bureaucratic paperwork which just made more work when there was already more work than the small group in RI could do.
Inclusive / Diverse
Well if you are talking about simply opinions and ideas, then yes, at Greetings I always felt what I had to say would be listened to by my EVP. If you are talking about Ethnic diversity, none in RI, I do not believe that it was designed to be that way, I just think that it was a small office and not a lot of time to think about how to accomplish more inclusive staff.
Suggestions for improvement
- I have been gone for two years, I cannot presume to suggest improvments.
What I like about the company
The leadership in RI is great. Smart, talented and supportive. This was a small group of really talented people working hard.
What I dislike about the company
The owner of the company is very charismatic but after awhile it seems that there is nothing real behind what he says. He broke promises often; Financial promises, promises to support RI, promises to come into our office to talk to the staff. Actions speak volumes and no matter what he said, it was just words.
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- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2013
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