Merchandiser (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 19 February 2018
Good friendly company. Great work life balance.
Hours are always very flexible and you can work at your own pace according to your availability.
Some months you can work 10 hours during slow months up to 180 hours during busy months.
The pay is very poor at about minimum wage and because you sign on as a contractor you have no CPP or EI deductions. I am uncertain how they can continue to omit these federal deductions after many years in business.
Wages do not increase over multiple years of service.
Management team seems to be well paid on salary with benefits and continue to promote themselves from within over the years, yet they do not send any money back to the hardworking field force and increase low wages.
Emails are often ignored (3 week delay sometimes!) You must be able to think on your feet and not rely on anyone to help you.
Store staff often treats reps poorly as they know wages are very low. Store staff generally treats reps poorly as we do not always have current product knowledge and are merely cleaners and not treated as brand specialists or creative people.
Manager, Field Operations (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 17 August 2017
A great place to work with room for advancement into head office! I went from being a Field Merchandiser to being in the office with a promotion shortly thereafter. Very supportive head office team full of creative thinkers with a passion for what they do. I get to work with awesome people every day in both the office and in the field. This is the best company I've had the pleasure to work for.
Merchandiser/Customer Service (Current Employee) – BC – 27 June 2017
I am a long term employee I enjoy the work and the hours Powerhouse is a visible presence in stores so we have to work fast and quiet. Get done what is expected of you and acknowledge the people that we conduct our business with. Keep H.O up to date of anything that needs to be looked after There is no advancement as it is a merchandising job Maybe get more territory Pay raises do not happen and the rate is below standard Management is great
Great place to work, however warehouse management needs an overhaul
Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 17 May 2017
A busy company throughout the year, third part logistics therefore their clients play a big role on how much work one will have per day. Excellent mixture of culture (mostly West Indian), occasional times workers there bring food to share with everyone, everyone is relatively happy smiling while working and friendly. Warehouse management tends to puts feelings in the way of the goal, and manager seems very autocratic and favoritism is strongly intertwined in warehouse culture.
Représentative (Former Employee) – British Columbia – 7 April 2017
What a gong show. My experience was demoralizing In every way. Poor to no communication. Management automatically assumes that if there are any issues, it's the merchandisers fault. Since they don't bother to read or respond to emails, they are completely disconnected from what is actually happening out in the field. They are lazy and view emails, feedback, phone calls etc as more work for them so they simply ignor everything. . it is very stressful to be forced to work with management who are too lazy to bother to get their facts straight before making unfounded accusations and threats. It would also help if they employed management personnel who are educated, and understood what the role of a manager actually entails.
Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 5 April 2017
Dont waste your time, very bad management, o hours, very low pay with six figure expectations. If you are looking for a company that appreciates your efforts and values your hard work, this one fails in every way
Make your own schedule
Disrespectful, unorganized, and emails are ignored-unanswered
Merchandiser (Current Employee) – GTA, ON – 17 February 2017
As a long term merchandiser, I feel like I am part of an extended family. Great brands and clients to work with, helpful account managers, and I get to set my own schedule as a private contractor. All in all an excellent experience!
(Note - Many of the reviews here are for the US-based company, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Canadian one. Just happen to have the same name.)
Retail merchandising, travel to stores to do various tasks related to various brands, which are the company's clients
Retail Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Canada – 1 February 2017
Most merchandising companies employ you at a fair industry standard hourly rate, and compensate you for your mileage and any work related expenses such as parking etc. This company does not do that, they hire you on an "independent contract" basis therefore no taxes or cpp, ei etc is taken off your pay. They do not compensate for mileage and pay the lowest hourly rate in the industry.
Set your own schedule to call on stores
The pay is insultingly low, and not having ei, cpp etc taken off pay is very inconvenient. Too many supervisors, unnecessary salaries could go toward paying the workers fairly
Project/Site Manager (Current Employee) – calgary Ab – 22 February 2015
Scheduling trades for the week retail project. Making sure of all retail equipment is delivered on time and without damage. Insured all time lines and budgets are meet for management. Great team environment to work in. This job provides great challenges for quick project turn arounds but always the con is your always on the road.