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Troll and Toad - Questions about the Company

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Troll-n-Toad

United States

#1 Jul 7, 2010
It seems that there are a lot of comments about Troll & Toad: ranging from questions to some quite negative statements. If anyone has questions about what it's like to work for the company, I'd be happy to address them. I am a manager there and have had only the best of experience during my employment and believe that most current employees would say the same. I would like to help defend the company to an extent and assist any of those interested in applying.
MizzFreek

East Bernstadt, KY

#2 Jul 7, 2010
Troll and Toad sucks. End of story.
Imme

Richmond, KY

#3 Jul 8, 2010
I work there..its awesome I don`t even mind going to work I don`t understand how someone could find an easier place to work Or a work environment like Troll & Toad.
needswork

Mayfield, KY

#4 Jul 8, 2010
I would love to work there, I put in an application a few months ago, but I have not heard anything. Are you hiring?
Troll-n-Toad

United States

#5 Jul 8, 2010
We are always hiring, though it is often a matter of what position/department that will fit your skills and interests. Go to our website and click the "jobs" link: there will be a listing of current openings. http://www.trollandtoad.com/jobs.php
Leah

Lexington, KY

#6 Jul 11, 2010
Troll-n-Toad wrote:
We are always hiring, though it is often a matter of what position/department that will fit your skills and interests. Go to our website and click the "jobs" link: there will be a listing of current openings. http://www.trollandtoad.com/jobs.php
Yes, they are always hiring because very FEW make it past the 45 day performance. Your sucessfull as long as you NEVER make a MISTAKE or NEED HELP. The benifit package is terrible--no time in a half or shift adjustment. Insurance is very expensive. SOME of the management are decent people--some aren't. One in control is NOT what comes across in first impressions--thinks intelligence level is superior. A first class butt kisser.
The "relaxed" work enviroment means you can come to work dressed like something a homeless person might go in. Management writes people up for being smelly.
Management tries its very best to get everything they possibly can from you without paying a decent wage--some people make very good money--most make less than $8 per hour. If you are a computer and electronic gadget person--apply they want you--just don't make any mistakes.
There is very negative feedback because it has been EARNED. Not mud slinging over sexual preferances but how this company operates. They took advantage of the states work program--accepting wage payments and then letting these very people go within 45 days--you can not collect unemployment on a company in that time frame. The workers never really had a chance to learn their jobs and get good at them.
Donnie

Lexington, KY

#7 Jul 12, 2010
Troll and Toad has some good things but there are more negative than good. In order to be considered you have to be an "A or B" material--must be a butt kisser--and not expect a fair wage. The owner does everything "legally" possible to keep wages low and take advantage of any government programs. He is a rather strange man--he wants intelligent people--must be electronically gifted--he really likes the gadgets. Combing your hair, clothes that are clean and FIT aren't important--weird is fine.
Now if you smoke pot go there--their drug testing policy is pot is OK.
They are always hiring because more people are let go in the first 45 days than kept. In 45 days they are not resposible for unemployment benifits. In 1 month they hired over 25 people and only had maybe 5 left in the 45 days.
Go there only if you haven't a choice!!
toad

United States

#8 Jul 12, 2010
i heard they make adn ship video games, but I don't know if it's a steady job or not. I really haven't heard about it from anyone I know.
Donnie

Lexington, KY

#10 Jul 13, 2010
They package and sell games and parts--some video. Mostly its playing cards and game pieces, stuffed toys. They have a web site that will explain their product line.
It would be a full time job if you were sucessful about being hired AND retained. The turn over of help is a LOT--over 20 people in 1 month alone. Ask KECOC--they helped arrange a job fair and provided provide wages. DO NOT TRUST what management says---and benifits do NOT start until after the first 90 day trial period is over and then you wait again.

Since: May 10

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#11 Jul 14, 2010
From my POV TnT is just like any other place. People make it or they dont. If a place " takes advantage of" government programs and makes money from it, Why is it bad? If TnT wasnt here there would be a hell of a lot less jobs.
Troll-n-Toad

United States

#12 Jul 15, 2010
Truth of the matter is that Troll & Toad is a business. And like any business, they are in the business to make money. I agree that there is a high turnover rate, but no business can survive by retaining employees who are habitually late/absent or unable to perform to established standards. Starting pay is low, yes, but most people receive 90-day raises of $0.50-$1.00 depending on performance. Keep in mind that this is a multi-million dollar company and is still growing - we just bought a 1mil sq ft. building in Corbin - so as the company grows, wages will too.
Donnie

Lexington, KY

#13 Jul 22, 2010
If it were only the late and absent people let go that would be one thing. The "established standards" is a joke---whether your liked and a kiss butt type person makes it. Not many people are as perfect as Troll and Toad require or given enough chance to learn everything needed. It may be a big company but it is growing at the expense of the people working there. That 50cent to a $1 raise after 90 days is basicly true--what isn't said is that is the last raise you'll recieve in a YEAR unless you are moved to a different job.
People in Corbin beware....this is not your dream job!
Yes, every company is in the out to make money--good companies care about their work force and try to retain them!
The benifit package is a joke-insurance will take most of your paycheck! Vacation time is basicly-NONE unless you have been there YEARS. Know the facts before listening to the hype! When you go for that interview ask questions--plan to use this company as a fill in to you find something better because they will use you until they decide you don't fit (within the first 45days so you can't collect unemployment against them)
The government programs they abused were to help the company AND the WORKER--not to be used as a free turn over avenue.
Bottom line is Troll and Toad is a very negative company to work for. Yes, the company is growing but don't expect your paycheck to grow with it--the owners daughter is recieving welfare benifits and she works nights there!
just saying

United States

#14 Jul 22, 2010
I have a problem with thinking that a person wouldn't be able to learn to do a job in 45 days or less. I run a business also, and I can say from experience that work ethics now-a-days are non-existent. Is there a perfect place to work? I don't think so. But I do think that any job is what YOU make it.
gary chavez

United States

#15 Jul 23, 2010
i worked there and was accused of stealing. what happened was i had bought a figure from mike broughton and took it home then randy the security guard said i stoled something and had four uniformed police officers and a detective come in and interagate me,so randy took them in the security office and showed them the video. needless to say the detective came to me and apologized and said "we have nothing here sorry for wasting your time" anyway they let me finish the day and randy came to me five minutes before my shift ended and told me to clean out my desk he had to escort me out of the building. me and my wife were getting ready to buy a house and stay here in barbourville but now i've had to sell everything of value just to make it and now i'm about lose everything because randy made a fool of himself. these people have no honor
Donnie

Lexington, KY

#16 Jul 23, 2010
gary chavez wrote:
i worked there and was accused of stealing. what happened was i had bought a figure from mike broughton and took it home then randy the security guard said i stoled something and had four uniformed police officers and a detective come in and interagate me,so randy took them in the security office and showed them the video. needless to say the detective came to me and apologized and said "we have nothing here sorry for wasting your time" anyway they let me finish the day and randy came to me five minutes before my shift ended and told me to clean out my desk he had to escort me out of the building. me and my wife were getting ready to buy a house and stay here in barbourville but now i've had to sell everything of value just to make it and now i'm about lose everything because randy made a fool of himself. these people have no honor
No, this company is not what they claim to be! This is only 1 instance that security made a mistake and wouldn't admit it.
Yes, most people can learn their jobs in 45 days--unless its something that is shown ONCE and then not used for several weeks. One person thinks her intellgence is SO great that you can only be shown something 2times. If it is always SO easy why do they do "retraining" for the warehouse people. Work ethic is not the issue.
DeltaDawn

Somerset, KY

#17 Jul 23, 2010
I worked there for a couple of months. It wasn't very hard, and I didn't dislike it. What I did was very repetitious but it is a factory, I guess. I was treated pretty nicely, but again, I wasn't there long enough to see much of what went on. I know this sounds like a dumb complaint, and I know "work is work" but no one there was very friendly. They were nice enough but it was like like no one wanted to have a conversation unless it was a guy hitting on me. I'm pretty outgoing though.

Since: May 10

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#18 Jul 23, 2010
Work Is Work Is work. If you cant get a job and there are places hiring or you cant keep a job than it is on YOU. And as for them abusing programs... well if you use coupons at the store... is that abusing the store? you are cheating them out of you 75 cent off what ever product .
DUE PROCESS

United States

#19 Jul 24, 2010
gary chavez wrote:
i worked there and was accused of stealing. what happened was i had bought a figure from mike broughton and took it home then randy the security guard said i stole something and had four uniformed police officers and a detective come in and interrogate me,so randy took them in the security office and showed them the video. needless to say the detective came to me and apologized and said "we have nothing here sorry for wasting your time" anyway they let me finish the day and randy came to me five minutes before my shift ended and told me to clean out my desk he had to escort me out of the building. me and my wife were getting ready to buy a house and stay here in barbourville but now i've had to sell everything of value just to make it and now i'm about lose everything because randy made a fool of himself. these people have no honor
Wrongful dismissal, also called wrongful termination or wrongful discharge, is an idiom and legal phrase, describing a situation in which an employee's contract of employment has been terminated by the employer in circumstances where the termination breaches one or more terms of the contract of employment, or a statute provision in employment law. It follows that the scope for wrongful dismissal varies according to the terms of the employment contract, and varies by jurisdiction. Note that the absence of a formal contract of employment does not preclude wrongful dismissal in jurisdictions in which a de facto contract is taken to exist by virtue of the employment relationship. Terms of such a contract may include obligations and rights outlined in an employee handbook.

Being terminated for any of the items listed below may constitute wrongful termination:[1]

* Discrimination: The employer cannot terminate employment because the employee is a certain race, nationality, religion, sex, age, or in some states, sexual orientation.
* Retaliation: An employer cannot fire an employee because the employee filed a claim of discrimination or is participating in an investigation for discrimination. This "retaliation" is forbidden under civil rights law.
* Employee's Refusal to Commit an Illegal Act: An employer is not permitted to fire an employee because the employee refuses to commit an act that is illegal.
* Employer Not Following Own Termination Procedures: Often, the employee handbook or company policy outlines a procedure that must be followed before an employee is terminated. If the employer fires an employee without following this procedure, the employee may have a claim for wrongful termination.

Wrongful dismissal will tend to arise first as a claim by the employee so dismissed. Many jurisdictions provide tribunals or courts which will hear actions for wrongful dismissal. A proven wrongful dismissal will tend to lead to two main remedies: reinstatement of the dismissed employee, and/or monetary compensation for the wrongfully dismissed.

A related situation is constructive dismissal, in which an employee feels no choice but to resign from employment for reasons imposed by the employer.

One way to avoid potential liability for wrongful dismissal is to institute an employment probation period after which a new employee is automatically terminated unless there is sufficient justification not to do so. The dismissed employee may still assert a claim, but proof will be more difficult, as the employer may have broad discretion with retaining such a temporary employee.
Seriously

Detroit, MI

#20 Jul 24, 2010
Sounds to me like the company is in an at-will state. That means that the employee or employer can end employment at any time for any reason or no reason at all, except discrimination. If they choose to use that right so be it. I think that suspected theft is reason enough to fire someone even if it can't be proven by a cop. It's not discrimination so it's not illegal.
Donnie

Lexington, KY

#21 Jul 24, 2010
Seriously wrote:
Sounds to me like the company is in an at-will state. That means that the employee or employer can end employment at any time for any reason or no reason at all, except discrimination. If they choose to use that right so be it. I think that suspected theft is reason enough to fire someone even if it can't be proven by a cop. It's not discrimination so it's not illegal.
Kentucky is a "at will state" but if a cop can't prove a theft maybe they should wait and see if there were other problems before just letting someone go!!
Abusing a government work program is NOT the same as using a coupon!!! DUH The government program was SUPPOSE to help the employer AND the employee--not use the program's money to get free labor and then terminate the employee.

This company has more security than most banks--how much trust is there?

There is a case where one employee broke SEVERAL policies--fighting,swearing at management,and was only given a brief suspension! They are not fair.

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