Coca-Cola Company
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www.coca-colacompany.com Atlanta, GA 5000+ Employees

Coca-Cola Company Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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3.1 1,197 reviews

                             

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Muhtar Kent

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    HORRIBLE!!!

    Order Builder (Current Employee)
    Macon, GA

    ProsThere's no good reason to work here seriously

    Cons1.) The schedule is 4pm until Everything is finished so you have no idea of when you're getting off of work
    2.) They're unwilling to work with you in regards to school schedule
    3.) They lied to me every step of the way in regards to employee daily life
    4.) You get paid by the number of cases you pick not by the hour(which is a lie don't believe them when they tell you in the interview that you'll make more
    5.) Management is HORRID!!!
    6.) They cheat you in time almost every pay period and only fix it when u bring it to their attention.

    This is by far the worst job I ever had I beg you to stay away this is where careers go to die

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll of you need to be fired

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the worst job I have ever had.

    Production - Filler Operator (Current Employee)
    Howard, PA

    ProsNone. None. None. None. My five words.

    ConsBad management. But hey, "share happiness", right?

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry listening to the people that actually make your product, and for Christs sake, START LEADING BY EXAMPLE. Get rid of the "do as I say but not what I do" attitude.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Great Company before Cuts and Diversity PUSH! Forced out due to AGE, Gender and Salary after 25+ devoted years!!

    Key Account Manager/DSM (Former Employee)
    Saint Charles, MO

    Pros#1 Brand in the World 10 years running until 2013 when I left! Good People, who given the correct tools and upper management support and direction, could flourish.

    ConsNo Work Life Balance. Big push under the guise of Diversity and Inclusion. I felt their Diversity push but not any inclusion. It is all about share holder value and cutting costs including pay. Bring in 20 something's with Zero experience and pay them 1/2 as much as knowledgeable seasoned employees with relationships. They are always cutting something to appear somewhat profitable ie: Company social events cancelled, Hiring freeze in August to EOY, 15,000 jobs cut 1 year, Company Cars taken the next and it goes on and on! I couldn't even take a million dollar customer out to lunch on them so I paid for it out of my own pocket!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper Management is an OLD Boys network which is now so arrogant they believe ANYONE can sell Coke! Management get a CLUE it is only caramel colored soda water! You must be part of the "Group" to get noticed, appreciated or recognized. They really hated it when I won all the sales contests but wouldn't become a groupie!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    RUN! Don't let the name fool you. Time to jump ship, it is SINKING fast!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsCompetitive compensation, recognized brand on resume

    ConsDon't let the name fool you. Coke's slogan is Open Happiness, but the production plant in Honolulu is not representative of the brand. Perhaps Open Misery might be more fitting. If offered a salary position, run! Not worth the amt of hours you have to put in, as at least if you're hourly, you get paid overtime, which there is lots of. Lots of downtime due to machines breaking down. Management stresses less overtime, but doesn't do anything to remedy the situation when it is what it is...what can one do? Unclear on job description and job hrs during initial hire. Company is highly dysfunctional at the plant level and system-wide. For such a large company, you would think they have better training programs for front-line associates. Their training sucks and is akin to dropping you in a pool before you learned the basics to swim. Constantly understaffed due to high turnover. When people quit, you end up having to do more work. Have to look externally for qualified candidates as they can’t promote anyone within who is qualified as they have already left the company. Antiquated and not well thought through policies. Company has gotten leaner and meaner. Working at coke you would think you could score some free coke...Nopes! Cheap company when it comes to their employees and capital investment in plant equipment and personnel. High turnover (over 20 in the past year and a half), constant low morale, long hours, high stress with bosses breathing down your neck. Management bullies and threatens to write you up for even the smallest gaffe. They rule through fear and intimidation. Incompetent management has no clue how to manage people or work load. Unable to even take breaks at times. You are made to feel you should be happy to have a job. Managers can know less than their subordinates and are not held accountable for high turnover or complaints. Managers have unrealistic expectations. Uncaring management with inflated egos who only think of their own survival within the company. They will figure out a way to get rid of you if they want to. Management will hold you responsible for anything and everything (BLAME CULTURE). Some managers themselves do not know how to run the machines and have no prior production experience, when machines break down, their only question is how long til its fixed and up and running again. I would have prisoners work production at Coca-Cola as that would be a fitting punishment. They will work you to death and treat you like garbage. Production operates like a 3rd world sweat shop. There are limited job advancement opportunities. Rather than working your way up the corporate ladder, you may have lateral movement or may even be offered a position LOWER on the ladder. Gone are the days where a career is made at the company, you are just a number to them. They don't care about you at all, just their bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue you your employees and treat them with respect. Customers and employees are what sustains a company, so don't just suck up to consumers, but also to employees. Realize what you yell at us for and demand. Good employees are leaving and the company doesn't do a thing about it. Company doesn't care. Coca-Cola’s growth plan seems to be to overwork their employees to make more soda, for a market that is consuming less and less each day. True measure of a business leader is if the company lasts through time. I don’t see that happening when Coca-Cola chooses profits over productivity and is not spending enough on equipment and workers. I see Coca-cola going into irrelevancy just like JC Penny, Blackberry, Radio Shack, etc. Executive compensation is at an all time high, at the expense of employees wages which are barely enough to get by. Management should influence, inspire, and motivate employees so that they feel valued, as well as serve as role models, not rule like dictators

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    As far as the sales force. Great experience. Great company to 'put up' with to gain credentials on resume.

    Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Jacksonville, FL

    ProsGaining industry experience.
    -Pension plan
    -Decent insurance plan

    Cons-No investment in sales team: No company car, company cell phone is old school 1990 flip phone, no expense account.
    -No clear constant direction.
    -Too many dog and pony shows for execs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your sales team to keep them around. Companies in the field sales industry offer company cars, phones capable of accessing email, and thorough training! Companies see the value in their team and keep them around by offering competitive perks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    NOT A FAMILY FRIENDLY COMPANY

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe employees are great to work with, they make the company

    ConsEvery bad working hours no time for family. To many Bosses that don't even talk to each other there just out for themselves. They have no clue how to manage people or work load. They have a warehouse manager that has never ran a warehouse

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the hours more family friendly first shift should start around 6 or 7am and 2nd shift should start around 1:30, and 3rd shift should start around 10 or 11pm so shifts over lap. Management should listen to the employees and not do just what they want to and the workers just have to deal with it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where Careers Go To Die

    Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros- The Job is Simple as an Account Manager
    - Very Low Standards/Expectations
    - Management is Very Low Performing; So If You Are Too You'll Fit In Easily

    Cons- Culture of Good ole' Boy Network
    - You Will Never Get Promoted If You Are Not "In"
    - Very Low Pay For Sales; And I Mean VERY LOW
    - They Scam You Out Of Bonuses You Earn By Saying They Cannot "Track Them"
    - You Will Run Your Personal Vehicle Into The Ground

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need a fundamental cultural change at your local offices. The highly motivated employees you have are consistently driven away by a culture of self-preservation vs. doing what is right for the company. And that means placing people in positions of power (i.e. promotions) who are highly unqualified. It's a game that is played with open positions based purely on the decision makers self interest rather than what is best for share holders. Very sad, this company could do so much better..... They are very lucky they have a great portfolio of products.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Slavery you have no life and the work its hard local 125 it's with the company not with the people

    Merchandiser and Warehouse (Former Employee)
    Carlstadt, NJ

    ProsNo reason to work for a company who discriminate the minority if your not white forget it no race forget about it and the benefits socks big time

    ConsThe union is with the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop been racist and discriminating people we work hard to bring food to the table and not to be slaves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run away as fast as possible!!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree coke in the break room, no other pros about working there, unless you hate having a personal life and the idea of a job you enjoy.

    ConsBad management, no training, low pay, lots of weekends and laughable executive communication meetings. All that along with constant turnover that gets swept under the rug, this is truly a pathetically run division.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the entire management team at the Brandon shared services location.

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    Don't Let The Name Fool You.....Stay Away

    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Brandon, FL

    ProsThe company has excellent benefits. You get 3 weeks of vacation after only a year of service. They still offer 401k matching and they're one of the few companies that offer a pension. Tuition reimbursement if offered but now you have to stay a year.

    ConsOne of the few companies where Supervisors aren't even eligible for bonuses. You will work your butt off and unfortunately it won't make a difference in your review. Annual merit isn't even in line with the standard 3% cost of living. This place is like a sweat shop with no regards to the well-being of employees. There are little opportunities for growth unless you can make it to Atlanta. They complete these engagement surveys and one of the main complaints is the low pay and senior management simply talks around it and makes the general statement about how the pay is in line with the cost of living. Communication is extremely poor even within the SAME department. Sad place to work and it will stress the hell out of you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSTART being honest with the employees and STOP sugarcoating everything. A lot of talent will be lost because this place isn't beneficial to employees career growth outside of the company name. I wouldn't recommend this place to my worse enemy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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