Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – August 1, 2018
This job requires a lot of physical strength and stamina. Lots of overhead lifting of heavy pots, lots of walking, pushing, pulling, standing, bending, cranking hose reels. I left every day physically exhausted - but not mentally stressed out. It paid minimum wage with zero benefits and zero opportunity for advancement, so it seemed like a lot of hard work for the money. Still, it was fun to work with plants and work outdoors. My direct supervisor was very nice. The hours were somewhat flexible (I was part time). Once I understood the job and proved myself reliable, I was pretty much working independently - which was wonderful since I hate being micromanaged and like to work alone. Employees at the Home Depot where I worked were mostly very nice. There were a few little power trips going on, but that didn't really matter since this was just a seasonal job.
Working independently, free parking at the site, working outdoors
Low pay, potential for physical injury, no chance of advancement, seasonal
HR Generalist (Former Employee) – Bellingham, WA – May 11, 2018
The hardest working co-workers I have ever worked with, and plenty of longevity with the company (people start and only seem to leave when they retire). It's hard work with long hours no matter the position, the pay is typical for ag, and people are passionate and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and get involved in other things.
The PEOPLE are hard working and friendly, longevity, lots of opportunity to learn, passionate leaders, Lean training, events, may purchase product at a discount, occasionally get left over product for free, get to be a part of a team..
Pay is at AG rates, employees stay which inhibits opportunities to advance, and occasional politics.
Coordinador de Operaciones (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – April 21, 2018
Yo empecé laborando en el campo, aprendiendo desde abajo. Ascendí rápido por el empeño que le di al trabajo. Cuando me fui de la compañía mi titulo era de coordinador de producción, inventario, y embarcación.
Recruiting Associate (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – March 13, 2018
I had a good time working here. It was, however, a mental challenge to work comfortably in an office for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, getting paid twice the hourly rate as the nursery workers, who worked 10 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Merchant Lead (Former Employee) – Bellingham, WA – October 10, 2017
My supervisor was knowledgeable and understanding of merchandising and educational on plants. Flexibility and job direction was great. Learned a lot on retail and thank my supervisor for being a part of it.
Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – September 27, 2017
I love working for Smith gardens. You pretty much work by yourself . My manager wouid come to my store a couple times a week and other then that you are responsible for following the P.o.g. and doing your best. The company has other employees that work year round. My job is only seasonal. So no benefits or vacation . That is the only drawback.
Work alone, just being able to work outside during spring and summer is great to me
Nursery Worker (Former Employee) – Marysville, WA – September 18, 2017
I worked very hard 12 hour shifts everyday sometimes Saturdays and I only got a 50 cent raise finally after a year, didn't get paid for over time or have any benefits so it was just not the ideal job for me at the time.
Supervisor Assistant (Former Employee) – Marysville, WA – February 13, 2017
At Smith Gardens Floral nursery I would help the supervisor out with little tasks and always checking all orders were placed on time and printed and reviewed daily. Always finished my work on time and did as told. It was a great place to work at and learned a lot and took that knowledge to my other jobs.
Lead Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Oak Harbor, WA – August 24, 2016
No Management interaction therefore no chance to make a career. Seasonal. Pro is they are flexible with hours but put a lot of pressure. I would recommended job for someone just looking for a side job.
Shipping and Receiving (Former Employee) – Bellingham, WA – April 27, 2016
I worked here for a seasonal job and it was a terrible time. The work was completely fine, but one co-worker just made things awful. None of the people I worked with could speak English, which is fine but a co-worker who was suppose to help me with all the heavy lifting, purposely slowed down his own pace so that I would do most of the work. This happened during my first week but then turned out to just be okay later on.