Great American Opportunities Employee Reviews
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This was once a great place to work. But they restructured in 2019 and changed their name. Management now is worthless and if you were one of the people they kept when they let 95% of the employees go then you took a pay cut and had to do 10 times the work.
My manager didn't micro manage. Friendly support and sales team. We were able to give input on campaign and strategies. Really enjoyed connecting and relationship building while raising needed funds and reaching revenue goals.
GA was a great place to work as far as co-workers & boss. Busy, but laid back. Most of the employees had been there any where from 10 to 40 yrs. The CEO & higher up people had NO clue what the employees did. Because the CEO has no clue how to run a business over 100 people lost their jobs. We all were treated unfairly when this happened.
Great American was a great experience for me to grow as an individual. I experienced a lot of growth working there. The management was excellent and provided great training. The only reason I left was because there were only part time hours available.
Run away from this company. They treat their employees very poorly. In January 2019, they laid off half their staff without any warning. They expect employees to work overtime when it is convenient for them and as soon as the work slows down, they lay you off.
Work was steady with friendly co-workers and not too stressful Direct supervisor was wonderful but higher Supervisor did not care about staff Customer Care was blamed for sales being down even though it was do to marketing and purchasing error. Company seems to be going under as they downsized almost half of the customer service department and cut he pay of all remaining staff. Sales Force were made to be independent contractor and lost benefits
I enjoyed my 21 years with GAO. I was given many opportunities to grow in the company. It was sad how poor leadership decisions during the last few years caused the company to restructure and eliminate nearly 200 jobs. Mine was one of them.
Great people. Fun atmosphere.
Poor management choices led to the elimination of nearly 200 jobs in January.
Word needs to get out about what has happened here. Poor decisions on the part of upper managment ran this company into the ground. They have downsized and terminated roughly 75-80% of their home office and warehouse staff. They state they have a plan to stay afloat and are rebranding under the name Southwestern Fundraising (Southwestern being the parent company)...but it is highly likely that this is simply a lie (or someone’s pipe dream) to make sure those that were not terminated at the end of January 2019 have some form of job security. I adored my direct supervisors and co-workers. These are good people who cared about what they were doing. The vast majority of them are now unemployed and the sales force are without benefits and many of the product lines they have always been able to present to school groups for fundraising. Great American’s future is uncertain. I advise those still employed by this company to start looking elsewhere immediately. Good luck to all.
I enjoy serving teachers on a daily basis. I enjoy my team of reps in my area/region who are there to support me and encourage me to hit my daily, weekly and monthly goals. Freedom to control my schedule as needed and family is valued.
GAO bought out Express Industries in November of 2015. I had been with Express since 1993. It took awhile getting used to the different policies and "mechanics" of GAO as opposed to EIC's workings. Overall, GAO is a good company and I appreciate the opportunity they have afforded me. On the other hand, there are some issues that just keep "cropping up" that make it very stressful.
Higher commissions, all meals provided at national and regional meetings.
Charges to sales persons that I didn't have with EIC: brochures and supplies, prizes, etc.
This is a full-commission job that requires you to have a vehicle, inventory of prizes, storage for those prizes and materials for fundraising with schools. I do not recommend it for those with strong opinions of children selling cookies or magazines for school fundraisers.
You set your own hours
You are at the mercy of PTO's and children selling your stuff.