The Scotts Company

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fun company to work for!
merchandiser/counsular (Former Employee) –  Wichita, KSJuly 27, 2015
typical day consist of going to multiple stores and merchandising products ,setting floor sets and ordering product. nice company to work for.
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Good Company Overall
Regional Human Resource Manager (Current Employee) –  Jackson, GANovember 16, 2012
Solid company that's been around a while. Good group of people to work with. I thorughly enjoy the autonomy and the opportunity to meet so many good people.
Pros
stable company.
Cons
corporate politics and lack of career planning.
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Solid company with positive outlook
AUDITOR (Former Employee) –  Marysville, OHJanuary 13, 2014
Overall Scotts provided a decent environment to excel. Employees were pushed to their limits, but often times management failed to recognize hard work.

Co-workers weren't the friendliest of people - you almost never saw associates socializing with one another.
Pros
workout facility
Cons
compensation
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Customer Service Rep in busy call center
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Marysville, OHJuly 24, 2012
Receiving incoming calls of up to 100+ per day and responding to emails from consumers wanting information on products offered by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Companies.
Pros
comfortable work setting. nice companions.
Cons
compensation was average. no chance for advancement.
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Worst Company on The Planet!
Customer Service Rep (Former Employee) –  Knoxville TnJune 13, 2013
Management are a bunch of LIARS!!! Ghosting of lawns was a COMMON practice, techs do nothing, stick a bill in the mailbox and drive off!!! Happened in every region the east Tennessee call center covered from Raleigh, NC to Memphis, TN!! MGMT blamed staff for all the lost revenue and you lost your job if you didn't SAVE at least 95% of customers who said to cxl the account. Common customer statement: MY LAWN LOOKS LIKE S***!!! OFFICE MGR, SALES MGR, and TECH MGR ALWAYS PUTTING OUT FIRES AND BILLING MGR ALWAYS GIVING REFUNDS!!!
The company works you to death then fires employees over things they said you did, like did not document notes when you did, change it on the system and then lie about it! They got caught and owed me $2000 in proven unemployment fraud!!! RUN DON'T WALK AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!!
Cons
everything
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Think twice
D2D Sales (Former Employee) –  Harrisburg, PAAugust 4, 2014
D2D Sales Rep. Don't look at this as a job. Look at it as a temporary fill in. In sales, that's how you are viewed by Scotts so why not turn the table on them. You are safe your first week- maybe 2. After that, if you don't make your sales quota you are gone. They breed an environment of lies and cheating which ultimately filters down to the customer. Scotts wins. The sales reps and customers lose. It's so numbers driven that the focus of where it all started - the customer has lost it's original intended purpose. Ghosting is common ( technicians claiming to have serviced a lawn but don't ). Signing up customers for services they never really wanted ( maybe wanted 2 applications but get all 6). Over 60 hours a week 6 days a week only to miss time with family for 12.00 per hour ( if you break it out hourly and that's WITH the minimum sales quota commission). Is it worth it? If you are not working, need something to do and don't have any options. Just keep it in perspective of being only temporary.
Pros
got to be outside meeting people.
Cons
long hours, low pay. inconsistent and unstable from week to week. unprofessional.
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Company is more concerned about themselves than the well being of its workers.
Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Marysville, OHJanuary 8, 2014
Typical day consisted of starting work at 6:00 am only to work till very late at night. Trying to deliver sales goals that at times were very unrealistic.
Pros
not many
Cons
long hours, low pay, poor direction from upper management.
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Sales Management
Sales Manager (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, INFebruary 10, 2015
Manage a $10 Million, 35 store , Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart market for all Scotts, Ortho, Miracle-Gro, and Roundup product lines. Maintain an ongoing partnership with accounts by conducting high impact business meetings with District Managers to ensure sufficient display space among the region and district. Hire and provide leadership to team of up to 15 merchandisers to achieve volume and expense targets, provide coaching, feedback and development with a budget exceeding $65,000. Review Merchandisers timesheets. Organize, delegate, and prioritize merchandisers to meet deadlines. Manage inventory flow among Home Depot accounts.
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Great co-workers, but not good for a long term job.
Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaNovember 24, 2014
This company looks great on a resume, and the people here are great! The organizations company is very hostile. The company has no real long term plans. They want to see results now, which will only affect them in the long run.
Pros
this company looks great on a resume, and the people here are great!
Cons
no job security. deep layoffs every year!
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Productive workplace
Data Entry Clerk (Current Employee) –  Pearl, MSMay 28, 2015
Great place to work, opportunities to grow within the company, everyone usually seems to be in a good mood, great work environment
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Fast paced
Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee) –  Temecula, CaMay 21, 2015
Although working at Scott's is tough and very fast pace, the work keeps you focused and the hours are great. The hardest part about the job is learning a new task but when you're able to grasp it everything becomes easier. Working here taught me to work at a fast pace and to be able to work together as a team.
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Great Place to Work
Merchandising Specialist (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDJune 15, 2013
I had a great manager when I worked with this company. He was understanding and fair and told you up front what he expected from you and didn't overload you with a bunch of meaningless chatter. He was the manager, I was the employee. Sounds simple, but I like that kind of distinction in a job.

As a whole, the company also seemed to want to get everyone involved in the company culture. I went to a few informational gatherings the company had with various retailers to explain new products and to get the word out about their products. It was very informational and a lot of fun. It made me feel like Scotts cared that I was part of their team.
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Excellent place to work - they really care about their employees
Director Business systems and support (Former Employee) –  MarysvilleFebruary 28, 2012
Excellent place to work - paid fairly and the benefits are outstanding. No smoking policy. Onsite gym, doctors and pharmacy. Management is close at hand and involved.
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Hard-work,low wages, no benefits. Rare chance of advancement.
Cell associate (Former Employee) –  Fort madison,IaDecember 13, 2013
I've worked here off and on out of necessity. Because unfortunately there are no job options in my area. They hire you through a temp. service. They then have you do a years worth of within 6 months then lay you off in the spring. There is an unwritten policy, that if you get an injury from working and you report it, as intructed, you are fired. You are underpaid for hard work that is only made harder so some fat cat, can line his pockets. There is no chance of being hired on full time. It's barely above indentured servantry.
Pros
very little, colorful people i guess.
Cons
it's a black hole of despair.
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Scotts LawnService
Former Employee (Former Employee) –  MichiganJuly 20, 2012
Scotts LawnService was a great place to work for at first. Benefits changed, and so did everything else. It does have its perks, however as a sales rep you can expect to work up to 70 hours per week. If you are in Door2Door sales good luck on getting past the temp position, they usually tell you after D2D you will go inside the sales room, well that rarely happens, usually they just lay you off due to lack of work by Memorial Day. On the technician side, you do get the benefit of being on your own for most of the day, and interacting with customers, however they don't offer benefits to employees in sales or operations for the first year because you are temp. Saturdays are almost a constant thing, changes from year to year, but Corp management always wants you to work while they are at home with families. If you have a family and young kids or kids and are looking at sales, ask yourself do you want to work 9a-9p? or 12p-9p? Chinese overtime is true, you get half your pay rate etc, it is a complicated formula. Also d2d they constantly threat you if you don't get 15 sales per week after your 2nd week on job. You get written up and then they put you out door if you don't hit it the next week or following week after that. TGCL is always cheaper and really cost is the biggest thing for customers now a days. This can be a rewarding job where you can push making 50k in a year. But overall can be very stressful mentally.
Pros
layoff in winter
Cons
lay off in winter, temp status for new employees, management always lies.
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Would not work there again
Machine Operator/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Groveland, FLDecember 12, 2014
Worked as a temp to hire, or so I thought. Company has a no nicotine policy for new hires only.
Pros
free safty lunches if no one was hurt the previous month
Cons
no job security, no advancement, maintenence on machines terrible.
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Deadline driven but also laid back environment
Routing Specialist (Current Employee) –  West Chester, OHJanuary 5, 2015
The job itself is deadline driven. Each day, work has to be done by a certain time. After the deadline, the work environment turns into a more laid back work. The rest of the day is about running reports, looking at revenue availability, and forecasting for the branches I work with on a daily basis.
Pros
good work environment, challenging
Cons
laid off during winter
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Wish I could give negative stars
Sales (Former Employee) –  FloridaFebruary 16, 2013
Horrible company to work for. Considerable turnover and high stress environment creates toxic work conditions. Management looks the other way and back stabs you to get ahead. Coworkers were great, but that wasn't enough.
Pros
fitness center, on-site health facility, pharmacy
Cons
high stress military environment, egomaniac ceo, poor project planning
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A flexible type of job
Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  Runnemede, NJFebruary 24, 2015
Being an outside sale representative is hard work but is flexible and you have the power to write your own checks. Most of the time, it will be door to door sales but in the event of bad weather, you get the experience of inside sales as well.
Pros
independent
Cons
late hours
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Fast-paced, aggressive environment
Advertising Compliance Specialist (Current Employee) –  World Headquarters, Marysville OhioMay 17, 2013
On a typical day at work, you will arrive a bit early to spend some time refreshing yourself on the events of the day before and prepare a plan for your day, you will likely be interrupted several times, have urgent meetings to attend, work through your lunch, realize you have not yet accomplished the things you intended to complete in the day (due to the "priorities" that interrupted you) and you are already leaving later than expected.

This job has taught me how to multi-task and prioritize on a level I never thought possible. The company is so fast-paced, and usually barely meeting committed deadlines. Everything becomes a last minute priority.

The management at Scotts is hit-or-miss. You will always have "good" and "bad" managers, but most managers in the company do not do a good job of communicating down.

My co-workers and peers are amazing individuals that manage to keep the crazy environment an enjoyable place to work. While I have never heard anyone say they weren't overwhelmingly busy, we all take it well and there are not many complaints.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the environment, but it is also the hardest part of the job. I personally enjoy the fast-pace, non-stop chase, but in my first several months it was borderline overwhelming.

The culture of the company overall is sink-or-swim. There is not a formal mentoring program and you will learn most of the job through your own methods. You will find that most individuals have been here for a long time and plan to stay, or they leave quickly. I haven't met many people in my 6 years that feel the environment
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Pros
free prescriptions at on-site pharmacy, associate park and pool, on-site wellness center and doctor, no co-pays at dr office with insurance
Cons
lofty expectations
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3.6
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