Grimco

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Grimco Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
41 Reviews
3.3
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    Sales Representative

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Grimco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good culture and work environment nice people and good salary. Any inside/outside sales position is going to be difficult and require a lot to be put into the job for someone to be successful. Grimco is a company that has given me the opportunity to prove myself coming right out of college. I have been given a lot of responsibility and even overwhelmed at times but overall my experience has been good.

    Cons

    Always responsible for customer experience even on things you can't control.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Development Representative

    I worked at Grimco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    9 to 5 hours (sometimes)

    Cons

    Overworked and under appreciated. Company hires you under the guise of "Customer Service" then forces you to meet unrealistic sales quotas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and upfront about what you are to new hires. Review your business practices. There is a reason you all are so hated by many former clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor company structure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Representative in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Development Representative in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at Grimco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a good reliable M-F job. Benefits are good and they give you paid holidays. This company is good for recent college graduates looking for something entry level, but not a suit for true professionals who have worked in corporate jobs before and are looking for the structure you'd expect from a company so large. There is room for growth - if you are willing to move.

    Cons

    Management is very buddy buddy and if you aren't one of the 'favorites' you are quickly forgotten. The favorites are promoted even if they aren't the most qualified, given bonuses, brought out to corporate, wined and dined, taken to sporting events, the rest of the managers are barely addressed, even if your branch is exceeding goals and making the company a lot of money. If you aren't willing to fully commit your whole life to them (work 7-6 with no lunch, etc) they don't consider you a 'team player'. I actually had one manager tell me that they look down on people who take their full lunch hour and don't just eat quickly at their desk. Local managers are also very quick to take credit for their reps hard work to make themselves look better to corporate.

    Salary is not market competitive and 'raises' are more like cost of living increases. Each year I received five star reviews and not given any areas that needed improvement, yet was only given a $1000 pay increase.

    No business is kept personal. If you share anything with a manager or a member of HR, expect it to be shared with everyone in the company. They also put out false reviews on sites like Glassdoor, and they will email out poor reviews posted to managers to try to identity who they thought could have written it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like the large corporation you are. Stop the insanely inappropriate grade school like actions of your managers. Research competitive salaries for sales jobs in the local areas and be competitive. Give obtainable bonus goals instead of ones so high you know you will never have to pay out. Treat the people making you a lot of money well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Current Employee - Branch Manager

    I have been working at Grimco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1.) Opportunity for growth. Grimco is growing rapidly. New branches are opening each year and new opportunities are being created for employees. Grimco promotes from within, so there is plenty of opportunity for hard working employees to move up the ranks.
    2.) Small business feel. Teams are small and each employee is crucial to the overall success of a branch. Lots of helpful, friendly people create a family type of atmosphere.
    3.) Fast pace. Working for Grimco is never boring. Teams are small and employees are expected to be flexible and wear multiple hats. Grimco employees gain experience in inside and outside sales, resolutions, accounting etc.

    Cons

    There really are no significant Cons. If you are a hardworking self-motivated person looking to join a company with tons of opportunity, Grimco is perfect for you. If you are simply looking for a paycheck, and you are not willing to go above and beyond to make your branch successful, then you are not going to be a good fit for Grimco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is attentive and easily accessible. There is always an open door policy here and management does a great job of making employees feel important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Immature managers. Every branch is different. Always hiring. High turnover. No respect for good employees. TOO MUCH DRAMA.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Grimco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pays the bills until you find a new job. It does have the potential of being a great job. It depends on what location and who runs your local branch. Working in the sign industry is cool. Trip to St. Louis. Growing company.

    Cons

    The company acts like it's NOT a corporate Wal Mart type company but it wants to buy out local companies.
    If you are in a branch that is micromanaged by unprofessional and young managers than you should consider other jobs. Every experience and branch is different. My experience was being Micromanaged everyday. We were threaten to work harder or they will find people who will. Was told that another manager had a health issue and it was caused by the poor performance our branch had, yet our branch made its goal for the month. They want people to make this job their life. Beyond an 8-5 shift all the time. They hardly care about you having a wife or children. Unless your a manager you won't be treated like an adult. Their training is having you learn for two weeks at corporate than have you come back fully ready. Unrealistic. They will tell you it's not rocket science just the sign industry yet you will be yelled at for actually doing your job. My experience was walking on eggshells everyday hoping I would get through another day. I had to fake smile to managers and customers just to get by. My health and stress levels weren't good.
    The phone lines hardly worked. They want you to use your personal phone to call local customers if the phones lines go down. The Internet at the branch I had barely works. Have to use your car and gas money to take materials to customers some of the time. God forbid you take a full hour lunch. They don't believe in locking the doors properly. I came in early one morning only to find a guy wondering the building.
    During my experience I was told I needed to get a forklift license to work in the warehouse yet I was hired for sales. If you read the other posts they are managers who write most of the 4 star rated reviews just to rope people in. Ask managers what their style of managing is in the face to face interview. The direction of what is being asked changes each day. I was told that they are doing away with a 13 month list yet was given a new list that is exactly the same as the 13 month list just given a different name.
    I had a manager act like a teenager to existing manager (while transitioning) because he/she didn't like the way the other managed. I learned a lot of things from working here and one of them is to work at a company that treats hard working people with respect. I believe in hard work but I'm not going to make this job my whole life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only 5 paid days off a year? Really? Also no sick time? People won't work for free. Other companies will have offer that.
    Take the time to develop talent. Have them learn about material in a constructive way.
    Please make sure your putting managers who can lead their teams and can inspire them. Have them show patience. Your employees are just as much your customers as your actual customers. This company has great potential but it can't do it with turnover and young managers moving every 6 months to a year. Don't always look for only managers and sales people younger than 25. Hire the right people regardless of their age. Have your managers take a manager class and not an online test just to get by.
    Also make sure when they explain things to people that they are talking with people not at them. Too many times I didn't feel comfortable enough to ask a question because it was assumed I should just know it. Good mangers should still be understanding on their worst day. Have other managers be on the same team as other managers. Too many times I felt like we were never on the same team. We all work for the same company and yet there was too much drama of who is performing better and why. I hope managers read this post and take it seriously. It costs too much to keep hiring people and retraining people. Ask yourselfs how many people (aside from Fenton) have stayed with your company more than 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Huge company growth, big potential/opportunity for self motivated individuals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Grimco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) Growth-company is extremely aggressive in opening new business centers, buying competitors, expanding internationally. The work environments are fun if you share the passion to be a part of that.
    2) Opportunity-with success comes as much responsibility as you are willing to take on. The company is begging for people who want to drive their own success. Some take it upon themselves to surpass goals and end up with the biggest opportunities. The most aggressive salespeople can climb ranks quickly into management positions.
    3) Flexibility-the company gives newer staff decision making capabilities very quickly. This allows new hires to get great experience early on that most companies would protect with red tape or a title.
    4) Benefits/Compensation-long term, successful, loyal employees are rewarded through compensation but just as important, a great 401k with company paid contribution annually.
    5) Work-life balance-this is a great part of Grimco. You are expected to work harder than everybody else Monday-Friday, but working 12-14 hour days and weekends is not necessary or effective at Grimco.
    6) Upper management will take any call from anybody in the company when available(and they almost always are when you call), including the owner.

    Cons

    No company is perfect, especially one that is expanding as rapidly. But here are some thoughts:

    1) Flat structure-because the company is lean at the middle and top and doesn't create a lot of unnecessary positions in upper management, it creates less opportunity for younger employees to visualize their succession into upper management.
    2) Organization-growing exponentially year over year makes almost every decision short term. There is little long term planning and for some people, they don't like the ever-constant change and prefer stability.
    3) Some branches end up "sink or swim" with new employees due to unexpected turnover(which all companies face), and although it is great experience for a new employee to have to run a branch and drive sales, it can be overwhelming for some and lack direction and positive reinforcement. Some new employees want somebody holding their hand the whole time, Grimco isn't like that.
    4) Review process is formal but typically isn't thorough enough. Employees need to keep in contact with their manager to ensure they are fulfilling expectations to really know their status. Some employees feel they are exceling and are shocked to hear they are not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the family feel as the company continues to grow, but become more formal throughout the company. The small feel of the company will create loyal employees but there needs to be less "drama" surrounding personnel and operations.

    The aggressive mind state to take market share everyday is exciting to work for. I hope the company continues to bring this thought process throughout my tenure and can motivate new employees to buy into it long term.

    Overall this company genuinely cares about its employees, the customers, and is on an exciting path towards owning the industry they play in. New hires couldn't have more long term opportunities if they bring the right personality and drive.

    Add as much talent as possible, and quickly! Being aggressive can limit us long term without more great employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    CALL CENTER

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Grimco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a job.... they will drag fresh out of college students into this position.

    Cons

    A day in the life of a Grimco employee is answering phones and taking orders over the phone in addition to meeting quotas of outbounds which happen to be fairly easy. I can't say there is room for growth or opportunities to move up and the compensation is par. This company is very much into fitting a mold and if you do not fit into that mold it is only a matter of time until they will let you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the work environment (computers, furniture and what not) and reward employees for a job well done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jessup, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jessup, MD (US)

    I worked at Grimco (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really... The word does not exist at this shameful lack of a company.

    Cons

    Managers / boss / certain floozy brunette who engages one of the higher ups yet she has no college degree. Doesn't matter how good you are, your nothing but a figure to this sinking company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No such thing.... As one manager does hide!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    CDR

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CDR in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - CDR in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Grimco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you take care of Grimco, they will most definitely take care of you. This is my first job out of college, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in sales, or to someone who knows they want to be in a business setting, but aren't quite sure of what they want from it. You're given so many opportunities to grow the company and work from every angle of the business. There's always a new opportunity - you just have to want it. Aside from just the company as a whole, the people I get to work with everyday are amazing. It's a very positive, fun, and exciting environment.

    Cons

    With great power comes great responsibility. As previously mentioned, you're presented with so many amazing opportunities and clients, that it does get difficult to juggle. It has definitely taught me to prioritize. It's a constant, growing, changing company, so there's always something new to tackle. There are times that it's tough to get it all done because our sales focus changes so frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a... Another beautiful thing about Grimco? You're able to shoot suggestions over to them anytime you want. I feel comfortable enough with my company that I've given them all the suggestions I have. There's no need to give "advice" on a reviews website... I just pick up the phone / shoot an email with my inquiry, and we have an actual conversation about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Work Equals Endless Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grimco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Grimco is the kind of company that rewards hard work in a big way. If you want a company that is going to give you endless opportunities for career growth, Grimco is the place. The company promotes from within so you have every opportunity to work hard and prove yourself and build a long career with the company. It is a fast paced sales environment with great pay, incentives, and great people around you and across the entire company.

    You have the ability to build your own path in a company that is growing larger by the day. More opportunities create themselves in every aspect of the business as the company grows and it builds a career and not just a job for everyone that is willing to put in the hard work and dedication. I myself have seen the company grow and change over the years, and couldn't be happier to continue to be a part of it.

    Cons

    There are not many cons I can think of. The company continues to be a great place to work and gives everyone all the opportunity in the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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