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Wilton Brands Reviews

Updated 5 November 2014
Updated 5 November 2014
35 Reviews
2.7
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Horrible Culture, Poor Leadership

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    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many excellent, passionate, smart people that are a part of this organization

    Cons

    Unacceptable senior management behaviors, lack of collaboration, weak leadership, inability to deliver innovation to the market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Love It Here!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of professional development, opportunities to learn, great folks, several locations, open door policy, supportive environment. Paid time off to volunteer, nice benefits, summer hours, rewards and recognition throughout the year. Lots of creative types, relaxed atmosphere but strong teamwork-oriented.

    Cons

    Growing pains within the company as we work toward implementing standard procedures and best practices. Some culture clash around the same issues, but great opportunities for those that can find a balance between the two and see the way forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inter-department relationship-building should be addressed and emphasized from the top down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    toxic and lacks true senior leadership at the functional levels

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products and great work-life balance. No pressure to stay late since the building is empty by 5:15PM. There are good ideas and some pretty smart people working at Wilton but they lack cross functional trust in each other.

    Cons

    The key functional EVPs are individually smart people but they talk a lot more then needed and lack true leadership actions. The silos are so high and the leadership egos are so big that the organization is mostly TOXIC. Finger pointing everywhere: Sales blames everyone and lacks accountability for declining sales, product development is at the mercy of key sales people, and marketing is completely disconnected with big dreams and ideas without execution plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a need for respect for each department from all senior leaders (EVP/VP level). There's a lot of smiling and pretending to get along, but the lack of cooperation and lack of dept alignment is too obvious and a known fact throughout the company. Yet it's accepted and tolerated ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It once had great esprit de corps, but now it's very "suit" oriented.

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    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Product Development in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are wonderful, products great. Distribution team is very competent; same for IT folks. Nicely done website. Many consumers in love with Wilton products/experience.

    Cons

    But, they're owned by an equity company that's "optimizing" Wilton to flip it. Product Development cursed by in-fighting. Sellers describe it as a "toxic" atmosphere. Very short-term focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Listen to consumers. Get your executives out of the 20th century and into the 21st. Tell people about your strategy; get their buy-in & engagement. Don't keep it a secret then pummel those who don't know it. Answer their questions about it, because they want and need to know. Lead; don't "cattle drive"!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Does not promote fairly from within- no opportunities for advancement.

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    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a stable company with over 1000 employees.

    Cons

    There is no leadership, team direction, communication, or opportunity for growth from within. As of recent, there has been a salary freeze for anyone employed there beyond 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take initiative and lead your team, recognize the value of longevity of an employee by rewarding them instead of dismissing this accomplishment and forcing them to look elsewhere. Be proud of your team, and they wil be proud of what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    abandon ship

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    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 (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
  8.  

    Great benefits

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    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good environment for skill development.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilton Brands full-time (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
  11.  

    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

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