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Coca-Cola Company Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
1,444 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is a good work/life balance allowing for employees to spend time with family (in 44 reviews)

  • Good benefits, big opportunity to relocate, tuition assistance is very easy (in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on the role, you could potentially have a non-favorable work life balance (in 74 reviews)

  • Overtime summer time - during the summer expect to work long hours lots of overtime (in 90 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bulk merch full time. Phoenix az.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bulk Merch Full Time in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Bulk Merch Full Time in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    3 weeks vacay every year with option to buy a fourth. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many to list. But I will mention the big. ones.

    1. management is completely ineffective and disconnected from merchandisers.
    2. Unrealistic work load on load days. Along with loads not being divided equally between merchs.
    3. Too many tattle tales and picture takers too show work that was not done. Or at least the perception of not.
    4. No accountability
    5. Very bad communication and doesn't inform merchs of sales of pricing on product week to week.
    6. Just a poorly run company all around.
    It could be so much better. But I think sales of coke are suffering so they are all scrambling to find answers and doing all the wrong things. Hahaha. What a joke. Coke. Will never purchase another coke product again. Cya

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How bout keeping your noses out of the merchs biz. If they screw up hold them accountable me and help them fix the issue. No real leadership. Had one great boss in 3 years there. He moved up quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Looks good on a resume
    - Free beverages in office
    - They pay contract employees very well, (as a consequence of their wastefulness and inefficiencies. See below)
    - The company supports Branding/Marketing and Production/Manufacturing initiatives well. Caution below if you are not in one of these departments.

    Cons

    If you are not in Branding/Marketing or Manufacturing, the below applies:

    - Extremely poor "defeatist" and "can't do" culture. Not a place for go-getters and people who are motivated and are not complacent. Most folks are not looking out for the good of the company nor even their own departments/teams. Many are campers and are out of the office by 5pm on the dot.

    - Many business processes and systems are highly underdeveloped and falling behind modern business (feels like the company is operating 12-16 years behind most CPG companies, including Pepsi). This tendency leads to high levels of waste and inefficiency, and also a lack of generating new revenue & profit. Lack of thought leadership means the company does not know what “good looks like” and has no plan to catch up.

    - The reason business processes and systems are highly underdeveloped is two fold: 1 - The company willfully accepts below mediocrity, complacency and sub-standard results 2 - The company is not interested in learning what good looks like and learning how to improve itself. They overtly direct you to stop conceptualizing and developing solutions (creative and innovative thinking stifled)

    - Highly political culture. Some people are more interested in arguing than in working and producing results. Some overly-sensitive people who can't handle blunt and frank discussions (don't deal well with motivated and go-getter employees). Honesty and empirical fact based discussions are elusive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company as a whole and Financials are subsidized by an excellent and well known brand name, and dedication to production & manufacturing. On business processes and functions however, the company is extremely wasteful and is hemorrhaging vast amounts of money. A good analogy is: Coke currently owns an old Ford Pinto, which breaks down frequently and costs a lot to maintain, however it does eventually get you from point A to point B, albeit very painfully, costly, and without the other advantages a more modern Car's capabilities. You don't need a Mercedes or BMW. If you invested in say a modern Toyota or Honda, the company would be ten times better off. The company needs to invest in capabilities which can not only minimize waste, but also be leveraged to generate additional revenue and profit.

    Additionally, there is a clear culture problem. Attract more self starters and go-getters, not complacent people who accept mediocrity. Foster an environment which encourages the creative development of business solutions and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poor job security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company name looks great on a resume. Some of the software used in the sales process was useful. Independence of working outside of an office. Matching 401k up to 3%. Paid 2-3 weeks vacation. Partial mileage reimbursement.

    Cons

    Managers are entry level and lack the emotional and career experience to lead their employees. The micro management is unrelenting, meaning your work is tracked each day, throughout the day. The work load is unreasonable, meaning working 11-12 hour days performing mostly to do blue collar work, correcting problems created by merchandising - who have no accountability - which is then followed up with mindless administrative and tracking reports that really have little to no value. Most salespeople are blamed and even written up for factors that are beyond their control - poor or nonexistent merchandising, late or missed delivery, wrong items being delivered or not being delivered at all or wrong or missing vital information given from management. Once management has targeted an employee for whatever reason, they are pushed to the brink of either quitting or being fired for either wrong information or cases that are built up to push employees out the door. There is no long term employment with this company. Systems such as merchandising and delivery are fundamentally flawed and remain unchanged.

    The pay is actually quite low for the immense amount of work that is required for this job.

    There is no work/life balance at this company.

    Additionally, there is very little chance for advancement, unless you play heavy politics and favoritism. Throwing your co-workers under the bus and taking their ideas also helps advance these new managers up the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified managers that have the education and prior experience working with a talented sales force. Just because an employee is promoted from the ranks, does not make them the most qualified to be a leader. The intimidation and constant threats of firing employees or punishing them like five year olds is exhausting and mind numbing. You don't have to act like a bully and a punk to be a boss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    How to be Mislead by a Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work hours. Good people that I worked with.

    Cons

    Very poor communication between the Plant Supervisor and the Merchandisers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job with your basic communication skills.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't be fooled by the name...they suck

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    brand name and pay, other than that you are nothing to them and can be replaced at anytime, they let you this as well.

    Cons

    Company is to big to care about what happens in smaller facilities, pay your corporate lawyers to sweep things under the carpet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop attending "how to training" and get to know the little people who actually do the work...

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Soul-sucking life-eating employer that doesn't pay near the normal market expectations for talent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Brandon, FL

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brands and a strong sense of commitment to being the best in the industry. Corporate culture is very open to hearing employees express any grievances. Benefits package is very competitive. Response to historical discrimination lawsuits has created a very inclusive culture.

    Cons

    Pay is generally 10-25% lower than the market that is not sufficiently offset by the great benefits. Jobs almost always have higher expectations than usual for that role. Job expectations are continually changed so that reviews are nearly meaningless. Advancement is very difficult and usually requires changing departments or relocating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High expectations and low compensation will cause burn-out in even the most dedicated and motivated employee. Constantly Changing Responsibilities makes it impossible for managers and employees to set improvement goals and measure results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This job sucks, I would not recommend this job and/or company to anyone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lemoyne, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lemoyne, PA

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None. I have over 10 years experience as a sales rep, this was the worst rep job I have every had. The account manager position is a POS. The only positive thing about working for this company is job security, it is almost impossible to get fire, since everybody quits cause the account manager position is a horrible job. I will never purchase a Coca-Cola product ever again.

    Cons

    Management is dishonest and rude to the employees. Their is no work life balance, I'm surprised anyone lives long enough to retire and/or collect a pension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people so that employees are not burned out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible company. Worst job I've ever had.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    None really. I left another company to come to Coke because it was 1/4 of my commute. Hours expected of me where less. Hated everything else about my management job there.

    Cons

    Horrible management culture.
    Incompetence, lies and unethical behavior are ignored at senior levels. Everything is blamed on first line managers. Horrible, lazy and dishonest unionized employees are impossible to fire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your senior managers. Tear up the union contracts.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    The brand is not the company, especially in South Texas!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1: Working at Coca-Cola and being associated with the brand is an amazing feeling. Non-employees and employees are truly mesmerized by the power of the BRAND.

    2: Having Coke on your resume adds credibility (again, because people are mesmerized by the Brand)

    3: Healthcare benefits are amazing

    Cons

    When the CCE bottlers were purchased and merged into KO to become one company, there was eminent pressure to out perform the naysayers and Wall Street critics. The tools (hardware / software) were provided, but the attitude and mindset of the "bottlers" did not change or evolve ... the bottlers were/are still the bottlers.

    1: Atlanta is far-far away... unless there is a direct link, you are out of sight, out of mind (no one wants to know of the BS happening in the field)

    2: To survive at COKE, begin your exit strategy on day 1.

    3: If you are hired from the outside (ie: didn't climb the ranks from a merchandiser / driver / warehouse-production floor) - you are, and will always be, an outsider.

    4: The HeRe Team and HR Business Partners are not there to assist employees day-to-day or in time of need, they are there to protect the brand. PERIOD

    5: A great deal is published about Coke and the initiatives of empowerment, creating a diverse and multi-culture organization -- it's good press; but not a lot else.

    6: Most people are overworked, and underpaid (one of the big corporate benefits of internal promotion: super loyal employees, who work cheap - and will continue to do so.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you know of the derogation occurring in the field by (former bottler) market unit management?

    Do you know of the discrimination tactics used toward minorities*?
    South Texas Minorities are: white males; females; external hires; individuals educated beyond receipt of a high school diploma

    Turning a blind eye will work only so long... eventually (hopefully) it will catch up.

    The SAMU machismo arrogance is nauseating!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A joke to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    company benefits, company stock options, working for an established company and possibility to get off in the middle of the day sometimes. Co-workers are generally good people.

    Cons

    Poor management. Pay vs work does not balance. Base pay plus low paying commission. Too many non productibe routes and extra work and no pay for close out sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the problem full service route manager and you might be able to keep good employees, both old and new.

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