Q: What is it like working as a Buyer?
Buyer in Portland:
"Good opportunities, but challenges from management."
Pros: Holiday is a huge nationwide company that provides a lot of opportunity to work on interesting projects. Having grown so fast in the last 10 years, there are a lot of areas that are ripe for improvement. For the most part, people are friendly and cooperative, but this also depends heavily on which department you work in.
Cons: Holiday is owned by Fortress Investment Group, a Manhattan hedge fund. The emphasis from Fortress is on optimizing cost in the next 12 months. Projects that address long-term cost are not considered. Management is promoted based on their connections to the c-suite, instead of experience and talent. This creates a lot of low-qualified micromanagers who work in lockstep with upper management. VPs and C-levels have some of the worst, least successful ideas in the company, yet they are rewarded with lofty paychecks and a multitude of perks. Lower level employees are severely underpaid and morale is low.
Buyer in Norwalk:
Pros: Negotiating prices, setting up terms, etc.
Cons: Repetitive work, long hours on excel.
Buyer in Bryan:
Pros: I love the people, atmosphere, and culture. The team is more of a family and try to have fun when possible. Low stress.
Cons: Not challenging and the tasks have become mundane.
Buyer in Downers Grove:
"Boring, monotonous, unchallenging."
Pros: Not a great deal of micromanagement, coworkers are cool, relatively low stress.
Cons: Same thing everyday, middle man, tracking packages, not making a big impact.
Buyer in New York:
"Current job review."
Pros: Work permit. Perks are very friendly.
Cons: Underpaid. Low benefits. Limited growth opportunity.
Buyer in Chicago:
"Assertive, driven Buyer."
Pros: The day to day fire drills.
Cons: Lack of structure.
Buyer in Bradenton:
Pros: Every day is a new challenge and there isn't a lot of repetition.
Cons: Many things are out of our control and in the hands of the supplier.