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Circus World Displays Reviews

Updated 6 December 2018
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Raj Jain and Deepak Jain
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Pros
  • "Benefits for full time employees, established company, paid training and courses, company events a few times a year" (in 11 reviews)

  • "A great place to work if you are interested in a challenging and fast paced work environment" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes one person is doing 2 people job hurts performance and work/life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Company is lead by 2 managing directors who may not always be on the same page all the time" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good hours and decent pay for niagara

    Cons

    tough management but they were fair


  2. "Not For Most"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people here are great

    Cons

    This company is unlike any that I know, and not in a good way. I am also very perplexed as to who the people are here that have been giving such high reviews.
    To break it down for you, this company is run by a family, with two disagreeing brothers as the managing directors. That right there is a major issue for why things are difficult. They rarely agree on issues that they should clearly be aligned with.
    One brother, is completely set in his ways and old fashioned, refuses to allow staff (who are incredibly skilled to do the work they are hired to do), to improve and create content that would benefit the brands. He would rather people follow suit to exactly what he wants, and anyone who challenges a new way/modern thinking in terms of "less is more", is quickly terminated. His respect for his employees is shown in his own punctuality with meetings, and the higher than thou attitude that is reflected in communication between team members. Having to report to him requires lengthy and time wasting write-ups or agendas, and going over every detail as to why something didnt work.
    As for the other brother, he is more up to speed and eager to create change, however his overall micromanaging, incredibly high expectations, contradictions and constant comparing to other companies creates a less than ideal work environment. Being challenged and having high goals is necessary for any person and business, but constantly being made to feel as though nothing is "perfect" and in turn feeling guilty is incredibly unhealthy.
    There is a problem with some departments being understaffed, which leads to people taking on elements of other positions (without pay increase) to cover all bases, which again in turn can become stressful and unfair. Constantly being watched either by the cameras in every corner of the buildings, or the monitoring of what is on your computer screen, gets tiring very quickly.
    There are some great products coming out of this company, however some become irrelevant and behind the times in technology, within a few short months compared to the competition. This is largely due to the fact that there is some sort of disconnect with product release dates, which are never met and often weeks or months past original times. This would be understandable once and while, but having this happen with every single product is concerning.

    Advice to Management

    Let go a little bit.

  3. "An Engaging place to work that is open minded."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    A great place to work if you are interested in a challenging and fast paced work environment. CWD is a growth based comapny so you are always learning new things and they are open to new ways of achieving their goals. Pay, focus on goals and cool people to work with.

    Cons

    It’s hard for the company to find solid people, as Niagara Falls doesn’t have the workforce we need.

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the smaller time wastes like smaller goals and focus on the big ones all out.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Growth Oriented Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Investment on employees - Everyone get funds to cover education/training anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.
    2. Strong and Stable financially - Products are sold in all mass retail stores : BestBuy, Costco, Walmart, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby etc.
    3. Opportunity of Growth - Employees can receive multiple promotions within few years, it's great to see employees jumping up the corporate ladder much faster in this company than other similar companies.
    4. Great co-workers - They conduct multiple interviews to ensure every new employee is a good fit. They will let go a very poor performer. The end result is that you get to work with awesome group of people.
     5. Region - You can live anywhere in St. Catherine or Niagara Falls and it won't take more than 10 minutes to drive to office. Peaceful region.
    6. Job Security - As long as employees are performing and co-operating there are no surprise terminations. With Performance Review that company have in place, it is much easier for employees to understand the possibility of termination much before it actually happens.

    Cons

    1. Compensation - Low to Average range compensation. However, if you are great in your job you may get raise and promotion quite fast (1-2 years).
    2. Extra Hours - Many salaried employees need to put in extra hours to cover up for open/vacant positions. No overtime payment for salaried employees.
    3. Employee Shortage- There is always shortage of employee because of location. Sometimes one person is doing 2 people job hurts performance and work/life balance.
    4. Minimalist office space - No carpet floor or fancy vending machines; More like a warehouse feeling
    5. Aggressive company - Management is very passionate about business, and that translates to higher expectations from employees with aggressive approach from management to hold employees accountable. People with low ego and high performance tend to last longer.
    6. Bonuses - Some departments will never receive the bonus even though it may make up to 20% of their salary. So, if you have bonus line item in your offer letter, please ask your hiring manager in more detail. There are chances you will never see bonus during your tenure.

    Advice to Management

    1. Change the vision from "We believe all people should be empowered." to "We believe all people should feel empowered." The difference in "be" and "feel" is huge. It requires less judgement from our side, and asking question to the people for empowering them.
    2. Move to Toronto area. Please open satellite office asap to accommodate growth and employee shortage. At this point, the only reason that is stopping growth is human resource, so it is very easy decision if you want exponential growth.
    3. Remote Working - Please make your work environment more flexible (similar to other tech companies) by allowing flexible remote working for some departments.
    4. Time Management - Managers need to hold themselves accountable for starting meetings on time. Many a times the meeting starts 5-10 minutes later than scheduled time, and sometimes it takes much longer than required. Need more focused meetings to boost productivity.


  5. "Great place to work in"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1.friendly environment and great co-workers
    2. too much learning opportunities courses
    3.feel freedom to do job
    4.it's easy to concentrate on your job without disturbing, meaning high efficiency

    Cons

    there is not enough office space for more and more employee


  6. "Well intended but misses the mark"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits for full time employees, established company, paid training and courses, company events a few times a year.

    Cons

    Micromanagement to a level that completely cripples the company's ability to do anything. No empowerment at all. Leadership does not lead by example (do what I say don't do what I do). Reviews are not done on time, some people have gone more than 2 years without a performance review or a cost of living increase let alone an actual raise. Lots of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! Don't ask for their opinions and then be surprised when they are unhappy that you completely disregard what they have said. Bring your salaries up to at least average for comparable roles. Give staff the opportunity to develop, you can't grow into a leadership role if you have no ability to make a decision.


  7. "Not a Good Workplace to Develop Your Career"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operations in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good education fund.
    - Good and friendly co-workers.
    - Employee discounts are good.

    Cons

    - Extremely low compensation. I have been here for almost 5 years and got promoted once, yet my salary has barely risen to be noticeable due to the huge rise in the cost of living. Take the median job salary on Payscale.com and minus 5-10k.
    - The owner(s) of the company have trust issues in their employees.
    - Bonuses are promised on interview but goals are kept secret. Goals are completely unrealistic. Expect to only reach 40-60% of your goal year after year.
    - The company always toutes the Dale Carnegie rules and learnings but it becomes clear when it comes to rewarding employees, they throw those concepts out the window.
    - Poor work life balance. Have to make up time when missed for appointments. Company says they have great work life balance because the business is not open on the weekend.
    - Very Political. Any inquiry you have about an issue, it gets addressed very broadly and you are told to refer to your manager for more details. Truth be told, managers know about the same as employees.
    - Frustrated managers because of company expectations trickles down to employees.
    - Building in need of a serious make-over and update

    Advice to Management

    - If you truly care about your employees. You will reward them with fair compensation. They are not a means to your end. The cost of living is rising and we are feeling the sting.
    - Please make corporate goals realistic
    - Update the building. Looking and beige and dirty white walls all day is excruciating .
    - Be nice to your employees and genuinely act interested in them.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Owners do not trust employees, Smoke and mirrors."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -There has been an exodus of managers leaving, but the ones that remain are great

    Cons

    - Owners do not trust employees on the duties they were hired for
    - Goals of departments are unrealistic, bonuses are promised during the interview but the unrealistic goals are not mentioned
    - Compensation is low and always stays below inflation. Compensation will only go up in small increments even if performance is considered "Great".
    - Work hours are not ideal
    - They claim to have work/life balance, but you will have to make up time if you go for a doctors appointment or have to go take care of your kids
    - Two brothers run the company, don't get along with anything. This causes a rift between departments and employees.
    - Products are mostly 1 to 1.5 years behind the market trend

    Advice to Management

    - Follow up on your promises and invest in employees. Do not just do the bare minimum. Do not confuse regular humane working conditions as "good work life balance"
    - Reward your employees with financial compensation not "Corporate events"
    - Consider being a union.


  9. "Great Place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Supportive of personal and professional development. Great team collaboration . Company always looking to improve with feedback. Builds team through corporate events. Good training process for new employees. Management is very supportive.

    Cons

    -Lack of human capital and resources, unable to achieve all goals and projects to the level they can be.
    -Team members feel pressured to take part in after hours activities (training, events etc). Work life balance is difficult.
    - Moderate Compensation benefits.


  10. "Work Hard, Play Hard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of company paid training opportunities
    - Great team
    -Fun atmosphere (Monthly events)

    Cons

    - Work hours 8:15 am to 5 pm (9 to 5 would be nicer!)
    - Team members feel pressured to take part in after hours activities (training, events etc)