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Only out for money period.
Assistant Grower (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHAugust 29, 2018
I have an associates degree in greenhouse management but I was assigned to "grower helper" for $9/hr. Two women there have bachelor's in biology which has little to do with understanding plant care, these women were quickly appointed to section grower. I was treated as if I went to special school after a year I quit, no raise, no promotions.
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High Expectations Yet Poor Management
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHOctober 31, 2018
The GCG General Labor position was a disappointing work venture. Despite the great overtime pay, ($15 per hour), starting pay is usually low-dollar: $9.75 for most starting workers. If a person stays longer than 90 days, there is a chance for a 25-cent raise due to passing the probationary period implemented for most new workers. Beyond that, most workers won't see any change unless they are able to upgrade to a different position or stay longer than a year. Most workers will get about an additional 10 to 25-cent pay raise after a year. Paychecks are earned bi-weekly. The company uses Paycor as a payroll distributor, which can be accessed and installed on a smartphone through the Google Play Store app.

Most of the work is physical labor (for general laborers). The work locations and co-workers change frequently, and a lot of the workers speak Spanish, so it's best to learn some basic Spanish. One day you might work on an assembly line putting plants in pots. On another day, you might be out in greenhouse bays picking up fully grown plants and loading them onto wheeled carts. There are three main facilities at the GCG complex: Plants 1, 2, and an Orchid range. You may be switched around due to higher volume of shipments at a specific plant, but most workers are primarily stationed at one of the three facilities (unless someone requests to move to a different plant). Wherever a person goes, one can always expect similarly various and poor planning.

Depending on the season and any affiliated holidays, daily expectations can vary wildly. The management staff frequently changes
  more... daily objectives throughout a day without any sort of warning or foresight. The staff might give some vague idea of what to expect before work begins, but most of their expectations are hackneyed for similar menial work; most of the work is, unfortunately, contingent on crew leaders and workers taking on more tasks than are realistically and qualitatively achievable in a single day.

Consequently, even the most "normal" day can confuse and disorientate even the most experienced and tenured workers. Anyone seeking a job at this company should do well to either request to stick with a specific person who actually knows what they are doing or persistently request crew leaders and management to actually provide training. Otherwise, management staff and crew leaders will expect an inexperienced worker to struggle and take the blame for any mishaps that could be avoided through training. The Human Resources staff might say there is an "orientation" meeting prior to starting work at GCG, but it's really an hour-long paper signing marathon with a 10 to 15-minute safety video. Prospective workers get a take-home booklet of safety documents and other paperwork. After that, the closest thing to training is the work itself. This wouldn’t be as much of a hassle if workers were given some time to focus and properly finish a job, but focus (and a job well-done) is only defined by how fast a person can finish a job.

I do not encourage any person to apply for a job at this company, because it takes very little liability in training and managing its workers. If a prospective worker expects career-defining opportunities in greenhouse work or botany in general, don’t apply to GCG. Make a career out of realistic objectives and proper attention to quality products or services. However, if you are inexperienced in greenhouse work and join the company anyway, I recommend taking every precaution for preparing a possible long-term slog with this company, because a majority of the workers and staff - even the most experienced - are usually unprepared for the day ahead. Fair warning.
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Pros
overtime, long hours
Cons
low-pay, lack of planning, poor management
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Productive not fun and very distracting
Support Staff (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHJune 11, 2018
I have never work for a company that is all about certain people they have other chill and relax while other work hard you will have to make sure you bring water or something they will barley if not give you water the short breaks and long consecutive hours pf work
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Stessful job
Floater (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHSeptember 18, 2018
Working at green circle growers is no joke. Some people are cooperative with you while others expect you to work like a machine. It is a very stressful job depending on what or where you work in a specific plant.
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Great place to work. Very productive
Boiler Operator (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHApril 17, 2018
Good and honest place to work. Long hours but great training. Very good supervision and advice.Also somewhat good mechanical system, meaning the Wellons high pressure wood burning boiler. Only problem was that it had the wrong grate system.I had to manually clean the grates every day.
Pros
Good shifts excellent boiler control system.
Cons
Bad grate system
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Diversity
Crew Leader (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHJune 13, 2018
Multi culture fast past excessive amount of hours long weeks. If you can learn by watching others it’s easy to adapt. If you need someone to explain and show you what to do most of the leads do not speak well enough English to train new workers.
Pros
Great place to build technique
Cons
Language barrier
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Not a good place to work
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHAugust 8, 2018
They over work you and your underpaid the bosses are lazy and they are no help what's so ever regular days are simple but they are all demanding people so I didn't get along with them
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None
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None
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Energetic
General Laborer (Current Employee) –  Oberlin, OHJuly 2, 2018
given different types of jobs to do such as bagging, potting and organizing shipments. Everyone is friendly and willing to help and teach you. the hardest part for many people would be standing for long periods of time a day. but the best is to be surrounded by so many beautiful flowers
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Tough but Fun
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHJuly 20, 2018
Inside the Green house is gonna be hot no matter which area your at in the house. I learned a lot of life lessons there from the people there and there a great group of coworkers.
Pros
The People
Cons
Pay
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last resort job
Robotics Technician/ production technician & lead (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHSeptember 15, 2016
you never know what to expect from day to day. Very unfair with the duties delegated to certain employees. I had harder and lower grade jobs frequently as a robotics tech than some newer entry-level laborers. I left because they have totally taken advantage of my loyalty and hard work to the point of exhaustion with no compensation.
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If you are a power house of energy and willing to dig your heals in and stick to it? Then this place is job security because a lot of people cannot.
Orchid Technician (Current Employee) –  Oberlin, OHFebruary 26, 2017
Every day might be different. I learned to deal with many different personalities. Be respectful to management. The Culture can be summarized as "we are in this together". I imagine this is true anywhere that people are working together. The hardest part about the job is some of the work you do makes you repeat the same motions for 10-13 hours. The most enjoyable part about this job is that you can learn a lot about industrial greenhouse labor and automation.
Pros
health care is good in my opinion
Cons
long hours of difficult work makes it hard to get things done outside of work.
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Very Busy
Greenhouse Laborer, Agricultural Eqpt Operators (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHJanuary 29, 2018
Standing and walk 8+ hours, bend and squat, lifting up to 20 pounds, push/pull loaded plant carts weighing up to 200 pounds. Duties may include planting plants on a moving line, put pots/plants on a moving line, set down pots/flats onto floor or tables, pick up and space pots/flats, hang hanging baskets using ladders, pinch plants, pick plants to ship, box plants to ship and may drive electric carts.
Pros
Great hours
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agricultural labor
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHMarch 6, 2018
If you don't have a strong back you won't like working there. It's agricultural labor. That's all i know. So i liked going to work everyday. I just didn't like the people i was surrounded by.
Pros
40 minute lunch
Cons
moralless coworkers
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A farce
Assistant Grower (Current Employee) –  Oberlin, OHDecember 20, 2016
GCG gives the air of professionalism but it is a ruse. The major issue is terrible management and the debilitating culture it creates. Never have I felt like I mattered less then I do here.
Pros
Hard to get fired, everyother weekend off
Cons
Terrible management, awful people culture, hostile work environment
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long hours during busy holidays
Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) –  Oberlin, OHMay 7, 2016
long hours during busy holidays
short notice for working overtime
steady work with no layoffs
discounts on flowers
pull flower orders and deliver to production line
Pros
steady work with no layoffs
Cons
short notice for working overtime
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Fun and exciting atmosphere but requires a great deal of strength and tolerance to fluctuating temperatures
Crew Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHApril 3, 2012
Green Circle Growers offers stable employment but requires very long work hours during the different plant seasons in demand. They present themselves as a Christian, family friendly employer. As long as you are able to work excruciating overtime this is the perfect place for you. If you happen to be a single parent such as myself and will require time taken away from your employment for school functions, doctor appointments etc, you may want to seek employment else where.
Pros
stable income
Cons
very long work hours, requires physical strength and endurance, no regular breaks besides lunch
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Overall Good Place to work
Production Assistant (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHOctober 22, 2016
it is physical work and long hours but most people are pretty cool.The pay isn't great but better than most. Speaking Spanish is a plus to work here. Lots of bending stooping and time on your knees.
Pros
decent pay
Cons
few English speakerfs
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Decent Work/Decent Pay
Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHJune 29, 2017
Supervisors did not treat the workers well, Aggressive Environment, Although my immediate peers treated me well. All in all this was an area that could do for improvement in many areas.
Pros
Flowers smell nice
Cons
Management was dismissive at best
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Productive
Light Industrial (Former Employee) –  Oberlin, OHAugust 4, 2014
Hard work but fun. Fast paced environment. I learned more about planting and growing trees, etc.
Pros
friendly management
Cons
long hours at times
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Productive and high paced. Learned a great deal.
District Sales Manager (Current Employee) –  Flint, MISeptember 18, 2017
Green Circle Growers is a great place to work. You will always stay productive, learn different merchandising capabilities, learn people skills and etc. It is a great company to work for.
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