Awful Culture, Turnover & Worklife Balance vs. Great benefits and Opps
Associate Brand Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 9 November 2018
If you have the mentality that you want to work 10+ hours every day including weekends then there is a lot of opportunity to grow at lower levels as there are so many openings due to a high turnover rate:
EX: in 2017 the marketing turnover rate was at 40% EX: in 2018 they held out their turnover rate as a company world wide due to the fact that it was substantially higher than industry averages.
Benefits are great in terms of RRSP and they have basic medical/dental.
Salary is competitive and bonus structure looks fantastic on paper but the company has very high/unrealistic targets versus industry trends and if the company globally doesn't hit their targets, the whole bonus is scrapped. - Salary is competitive initially but then only small increases are seen that aren't commensurate with the job titles you will receive after promotions.
EX: in 2017 the whole company did not receive a bonus even if you were an employee at the Canada subsidiary that hit all their targets
After initial competitive salary the company entices promotions through job title opposed to salary increases (this is a pro or con depending on your mentality)
Little to no work perks in terms of company thrown events, sports tickets, music tickets, etc.
Little to no work life balance, no company perks in terms of employee recognition.
EX: The last year I was there they did not even throw a christmas party - they skimped out on dinner and provided finger foods and 2 drink tickets at a less than desirable venue to encourage low attendance.
EX: Held a "CANADAmore... WIDE CONFERENCE" and invited almost but not all of the employees. They literally left about 50 employess without an invite and had no structure to how attendees were chosen,
HR is not a support function but looked at as a main business driver. There is a lack of trust between employees and this department which rules alot more by fear and intimidation which is driven by aloof answers to questions and concealment of information.
This company has an awful mentality in terms of providing little to no resources and placing all of the onus on their employees - it is a true "Sink or Swim" mentality with little to no support at entry level positions which they define as "ownership"; One of their core values.
All they do is lean out their company and cost-out their products (reduce quality with cheaper ingredients) and keep salaries capped.less