Marketing and Lead Generation Intern (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – August 30, 2016
Great summer spent at the U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis. Office is very modern and is laid out for collaboration. I felt very welcomed and felt like I received a great deal of mentorship during my time.
Travel (Former Employee) – Dayton, OH – October 11, 2015
This position was a good entry level position. It gives a peek into office skills and culture. I took away some computer skills and learned a different side of customer service. The company in general seems to be unclear of what direction it is going in. The constant reorgs and downsizing, especially for the newly acquired companies, do not lend themselves to a feeling of job security. Micro-managing is a big issue with the managers that I worked with directly, but I cannot speak to management at large. Benefits are pretty good--especially vacation/sick time. The amount of work ebbs and flows; there isn't really a typical day. No matter the workload, the projects were rarely challenging and often repetitive. The culture within the department is mostly good. There is a focus on teamwork and team building.
Aimia, formerly known as Carlson Marketing Worldwide is limited on job advancement opportunities, but for the jobs they have has done well in providing opportunity for work/life balance with the "work your way" concept.
Accounting (Current Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – March 12, 2015
Due to the constant changes in leadership & direction, it is each man for himself. There is no team atmosphere and you are discouraged to do tasks outside of your job description. The focus is on company profits and strict procedures rather than servicing clients. There is no training for management and departments are either top heavy with no direction or outsourced.
Flexible work schedules, good people depending on location
Frequent layoffs, no teamwork, no leadership with training
Merchandiser Gift Cards and Product (Former Employee) – Plymouth, MN – March 13, 2014
A merchandiser with extensive purchasing, forecasting, negotiating, and relationship building experience. Passion for sourcing merchandise, gift card and digital solutions that will help grow client's customer base. Facilitate contract negotiations for traditional loyalty programs and act as the agency on record for several clients. Work with IT on a wide range of applications and a team member for the development and testing of new application implementation. Proficient in Oracle Financials. Extensive knowledge of Power-builder application and Microsoft® Office Suite. Experience with Epicor as an accounting and time recording tool. Specialties: Sourcing, purchasing, forecasting, negotiating, wide range of applications knowledge, QA System Testing, HMTL coding, copy writing, data base management, Oracle, and Power-builder.
Merchandiser (Current Employee) – Plymouth, MN – March 13, 2014
Typical day Review and address emails related to: product sourcing, supplier management, contracts, invoice issues, product maintenance, and system issues. System related tasks as needed Attend meetings internal and with suppliers Use proprietary applications as well as Microsoft Office products
Co-workers Supportive of each other.
Hardest part Deadlines with tight or no turn time
Most enjoyable part Sourcing products Reviewing, addressing and helping legal facilitate vendor contracts. Writing testing cases for QA
Just a former employee (Former Employee) – Plymouth MN – August 7, 2013
Aimia carries on the tennents of the old Carlson Marketing - a high stress environment where every fall there is a RIF with hiring frenzy after the first of the year ... Understaffed with high demand for output ... most key staff work 50+ hours a week for mediocre benefits ... Management focus is on cutting costs at all cost ... that is their bottom line.