Wilton Brands Reviews

Updated 8 September 2014
Updated 8 September 2014
30 Reviews
3.0
30 Reviews
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Jerry W. Levin
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  1.  

    Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Woodridge, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you work at it. Great summer hours.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jerry Levine never lead a successful merger and he never will. Time for a new CEO. Too much on himself and not the good for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    abandon ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Woodridge, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company strives for growth through acquisitions. New CEO seems like a nice guy, seems engaging. Every few weeks you hear about someone else being promoted to a manager of something, however this makes for a top heavy organization.
    Summer Hours, Wilton lets employees go home at 1pm on Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You are suppose to make these hours up during the week but few if any actually do.

    Cons

    The company is not structured to absorb the acquisitions, they rely on the current staff to do their normal jobs and devote the time and effort needed to assimilate the acquired company. Few are rewarded for their contributions to these acquisitions. Many timelines are Unrealistic, in some cases they calculated the the length of the project by telling you when the next project will start, so no input from the people working the project was considered. Many people are fed up and can spot the iceberg in the distance and have decided to abandon ship before the crash, unfortunately this means they are leaving people that are already overworked and stressed taking on more responsibilities.

    Many managers cave to the squeaky wheel, which always giving even more work to the people that actually accomplish their projects.

    Wilton's starting pay is ok, but annual raises are between 2.5% an and 3.5%. Considering one does more than 3.5% more work each year, it seems they could loosen the purse strings for those that earn it.

    Depending on where you are sitting some of the cubicles are small and old and dirty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management asks the right questions, they would get the right answers. The people supporting this company know a lot, and they are in many cases ignored because it does not support the full steam ahead strategy the company is set on.

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

    You must be assertive and confident to be successful here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You are empowered to be a leader.

    Cons

    This is a sink or swim environment. If you are not self motivated you will not do well….Very little training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good environment for skill development.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the full cycle of business and product development. Good place to push and develop skills. Was giving the reins.

    Cons

    Difficult to incorporate new ideas, Wilton can be stuck in their ways. They have had a hard time retaining good talent and keeping up with the changing times of the work environment. Plans can change on a dime, often due to poor preliminary planning, resulting in lots of wasted time. Can be hard to focus with lots of projects simultaneously being juggled at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to balance quality more, rather than quantity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Painful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Most of the people are wonderful and all hard workers

    Cons

    You can work as hard as you can, do the most with the minimal to zero resources allocated, try your very best - not that it will ever matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Big time corporate branding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Class Marketing
    Current Employee - Class Marketing

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I like working from home. But took away our flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Have lost the ability to be creative, too busy filing reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new management doesn't know the history of the programs. They need to listen and respect the workers that have been on the job 25+ years instead of listening to outside consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Company with potential falls short

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Woodridge, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Summer hours and casual workplace atmosphere are nice benefits.

    Cons

    Many senior management are out of touch with the logistics of lower level jobs. Lack of communication between co-dependent departments causes stress and animosity among co-workers. Because of poor company performance over the past few years, layoffs were made resulting in unrealistic expectations from overworked employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment of interdepartmental cooperation and teamwork. Listen to your employees, their ideas & suggestions- have confidence in their abilities and knowledge. Provide your employees with the appropriate tools necessary to perform their job effectively and efficiently (you will need to spend some $$ and hire more employees)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company; not perfect, but seems to be going in the right direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Woodridge, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great company for younger professionals looking to get good experience; you will learn a lot; opportunity to move up if you're smart and work hard; entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged; fun product, nice people; good culture; summer hours

    Cons

    work life balance is not good- management will say it is important, but will do nothing to help you when the work load is consistently too heavy. Not surprising, nearly all of upper management and director level positions also work long hours and weekends on a regular basis; compensation is low for CPG companies in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the work life balance issue will prevent good people from staying and should be addressed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Creative and fun job

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    Current Employee - Wilton Method Instructor  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Wilton Method Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Wilton Brands as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Independent Contractors set their own schedule
    Marketing is provided by Wilton

    Cons

    Pay is low, most WMI's teach because they love to teach, not because they are paid well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Glass Half Full

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

    I have been working at Wilton Brands

    Pros

    Supportive management, increasing career opportunities for those who work hard, half-day Fridays during the summer, a growing understanding for the digital space.

    Cons

    Projects are done on increasingly short deadlines, some of which suffer as a result. Can't help but wonder often how much better a product could have been if adequate time had been given to develop it, rather than fixing it in the aftermath.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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