Driveline Retail Merchandising

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Driveline Retail Merchandising Reviews

Updated May 18, 2014

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2.4 56 reviews

39% Approve of the CEO

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Randy Wilson

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, a great part time job to work with and around your other schedule (in 6 reviews)

  • No pros since to get paid you to have email payroll, no phone number (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • They will tell you they pay mileage and drive time - don't believe them (in 7 reviews)

  • I am only a part time employee and have another job and a life (in 5 reviews)

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    Terrible pay, no mileage paid, poor management!

    Master Merchandiser (Former Employee) Howell, MI

    ProsThere are no pros for this company!

    ConsPoor management, DM's are impossible to reach, low pay for busting butt to get work done in a minimal amount of time, mileage is only paid for over 40 miles a day, drive time between jobs isn't paid, they give you 15 to 30 minute jobs that are 20 miles apart.......horrible company!

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is nothing short of pathetic! Get a clue and actually be involved with your employees that are out there making the money for you!

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

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    I can tell this is BAD before I even start my first project

    Retail Merchandiser (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsI'm fairly certain there are none.

    ConsI've only been hired a week or two and am just doing my first project tomorrow. Their online job board is a joke. You get very little information about a project until after you accept it...even a start time for team projects is not known until after you accept the project. Pay is at the very low end of what merchandisers in this area make - $10/hr. Yet, the amount of work that they expect you to do off the clock is extraordinary in comparison to any other retail merchandising company I've ever worked for. After you factor in all the lengthy e-mails you are required to read and react to within a short period of time and the time that you are supposed to spend contacting team leads to find out what time to be at a store, plus the time that you spend planning for a project --reading the project instructions before you go to the store, printing everything you need, and driving to the various locations--what you end up getting paid is way less than the legal minimum hourly wage. In fact, it's probably pretty darn near free labor after you add in the cost of internet usage, printer ink, paper and fuel.

    Further, this is a part-time position. Being a part-time position (with basically negative pay), it would be understandable that the merchandisers would need to have other jobs. I have several and all the other companies that I do merchandising for fit just fine in my schedule and I can work them all around each other. Driveline insists that I have a set number of hours available each day in the workstation and that I then should accept every single project that they want someone to do at a specified time during those available hours. You do not have a way to indicate your availability day-by-day. Instead, you have to say that every Monday, you are available from ___ to ____. Every Tuesday, from ____ to ____. etc. Obviously, there are going to be conflicts. When conflicts arise, I find that there is no way to get out of a project. It's only a matter of time for most people to end up not being able to meet a project start time. In fact, I'm going to be a "no show" on a project on my first day.

    I'll probably just quit while I'm still ahead (about 4 hours of unpaid work so far between all the e-mails and scheduling nonsense).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Management this bad should just get out of business altogether. It's obvious that the business model requires seriously taking advantage of the people at the bottom. Anyone who comes up with a model like that should become a victim to natural selection.

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

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    Low Paying, Unprofessional and Dishonest

    PT Merchandiser (Former Employee)

    ProsMost of the time you are in control of your schedule as long as you meet the project deadlines. Some projects are hard dated, and team projects are at a set time so this is not always the case.

    ConsLow paying: The company pays a low hourly wage. They do not pay for printing costs but demand that all work orders, project instructions, and pogs be printed out. For each project. They do not pay for project input. If you had a full day of work, this can take about an hour of your own time, sometimes longer. Driveline is untruthful about paying for gas mileage and drive time. They say that you are paid mileage between stores and drive time between stores but the amount is very low and questionable. It is listed on my pay stubs but the amount per hour is not listed and it appears that they are paying 1 minute per mile. I calculated my actual drive time and what they paid me for and it came out to .75 cents per hour. Also they give you a set time to perform each project and will not pay for additional time on most projects when it usually does take additional time. If you do not do the project correctly or in its entirety, you will not get paid at all, so you have to finish up on your own time if you go over what is allowed.
    Unprofessional Management: Management is unprofessional and poor. My DM will call and email me demanding a response at all hours of the day and send emails all night long until I respond to him. I am only a part time employee and have another job and a life. According to him, Driveline comes first. He is very demanding, rude and condescending. He only cares about deadlines and not his employees' well being at all. He talks down to his employees like they are children. I went to the Regional Manager above him and told her these issues and the RM took the DM's side and told me I was wrong and being insubordinate. It's crazy actually.
    Workload: Some weeks you get 10 hours. Maybe less if you have less stores. Some weeks 15, 20 or 30. That is the norm. In March the resets are in full swing and all of the sudden you will get 50 hours. Now that is great if you don't have another job. Driveline ignores your availability. They lie to you and tell you that it is ok to have a second job (which is needed if you work for this company), but then they overload you and say that Driveline comes first or else.
    Bad Communication: It is always a threat with them. Do what they say or else. They change rules as needed in order for them to control you. And you must comply. You will be always in the wrong. And you will be told how wrong you are, even when it makes no sense.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees better all around. Pay appropriately per project. Pay honestly for drive time and mileage. Pay for printing costs. Give some incentives or some kind of employee appreciation. The merchandisers work hard for low pay. It would nice to be appreciated and not treated like a slave.

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

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    Ripoff!

    Merchandising (Current Employee) Ashland, KY

    ProsA job when looking for something else.

    ConsWorked there over a yr now and at first we worked. At least every other week. But there's a BIG catch: UNLIKE OTHER JOBS, IF NO WORK AVAILABLE, EVEN FOR WEEKS, YOU ARE TOLD YOU WILL BE FIRED IF YOU DRAW UNEMPLOYMENT! ! Isn't this America? We aren't immigrants. If I didn't have a family, would've already quit. Plus they NEVER pay state regulated perdem or mileage. How can they get away with this??

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with same rules as any other emplyer. No work available, pay unemployment. Or work us! I'd rather work. Pay also state regulated mileage and perdem. If these things were fixed, great place to work.

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

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    Never work for a company so unorganized and management is uneducated

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMake own schedule that is the only pro and that isn't always the case

    ConsUse your own car managers at stores have no idea why your there and do the work for you so you don't get paid at all management has no clue in this area how to run a business. This is hands down the worst company I have ever worked for. Stay away

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet educated and listen to your employees and get off your added and recruit people

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    Not Worth Your Time!

    Master Merchandiser (Former Employee) Brentwood, CA

    ProsNot a Single Pro !!

    ConsDriveline Retail Merchandising is NOT a company you want to work for!! They DO NOT PAY for Administration time, mileage, drive time, bridge tolls, phone calls, faxing, printing, copying and ink cartridge costs! They DO NOT PAY for time you spend scheduling your work, finding and printing directions to your stores, time you spend online entering your data, or anything else they can take you for. So, basically, you're working for 'peanuts' and they continue to try and get more and more out of you, because they know they won't be paying you for anything 'extra' they may ask of you, or that you need to take care of. There is NO negotiation regarding your hourly wage. I was told, "Either you accept the wage offered, or, tell me now, and I'll just move on to the next candidate! They want you to literally work for free whether or not they ask you to do something more. If you try going the "extra mile" for any reason, it will NOT be acknowledged. Th...ey have no loyalty to their employees whatsoever. YOU ARE EXPENDIBLE!! Every single project you "accept" to work, there is a HUGE PAGE of DISCLAIMERS that you MUST ACCEPT or you can't do the work. Their online system for scheduling and entering data is completely antiquated! My ex-manager called me on the weekends and after 5:00 p.m. during the week. This was a PART-TIME JOB only! There are NO BENEFITS or PERKS of any kind working for this company. They even had the "balls" to terminate me in my second week, because they said, I "violated policies and/or procedures" which is a BOLD FACE LIE! I'm much to aggressive and confident a person for this dive company to handle because I DO have a brain... and I USE IT! They would rather you sweep it under the rug and move on. You'd better not have any CONFIDENCE in yourself or you, too, will end up terminated for some 'bogus' reason, as I was. They tell you before you're hired that you need a camera because there may be a client or two who will ask for pictures. That's A HUGE LIE too!! IT IS MANDATORY FOR YOU TO TAKE A PICTURE (OR 2) at EVERY SINGLE project location you work or you won't get paid! PICTURES ARE MANDATORY! The pictures are for Driveline so they can be sure you actually worked the project. They lied to me, before offering me the job, so they could "reel me in" and I would accept their 'measly' offer. Once 'on board,' I found out lots of the things they told me were lies and manipulation. Sooooo... if you like being 'controlled,' 'manipulated,' and 'lied to,' you're perfect for this low-life company! I was paying more "out-of-pocket" on a daily basis to work for this company, than I was being paid. What a SHAM!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are working for Driveline, you must not have a moral bone in your body! Sham on you! This company raises more RED FLAGS in the first 10 minutes than any company I've worked with! Hard to believe Driveline is still in business. I guess everybody needs something in their lives... but this is hardly it. Quit!

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

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    Started out great, then went to "HELL".

    Master Merchandiser (Former Employee)

    Pros~Year round work which other companies do not offer.

    Cons~ They had to fire me because they did not have medical leave.
    ~ Pay is not the best.
    ~ They have change the way they do things and expect you to work pretty much for free when the company is making money.
    ~ They assign you projects and you print out the work order and by the time you get home the project is gone.

    Advice to Senior Management~ Need more localized supervisors.
    ~ Need more incentives.
    ~ Better pay would mean better workers.
    ~ Better planning.

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

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    There are better merchandising jobs out there

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company allows for a pretty flexible schedule and you can pretty much work at your pace, for the most part.

    ConsPoor pay, lack of communication, lack of training, company does not care about employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter pay for reps would go a long way in acquiring/keeping better employees.

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    How can they be so bad............................

    Merchandiser (Current Employee)

    ProsNone. No one should put up with their way of running a business. No me no more. Did two jobs and that was two too many!

    ConsJust click on "help and support". Nothing but a blank screen! Call the Helpline........no help there either! Call your supervisor......voicemail and no call back! You confirm work a job, do the job, go on the website to report and find the job was then assigned to someone else. Doesn't that sound like a place you want to waste your time with?

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to step back and regroup and make it a fair and practical place for someone to want to work. Get your nose out of the air and realize you are no better than anyone else. Supply help and support when someone asks for it.

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

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    Unorganized, poorly run and pay for drive time is a violation of Federal and State law.

    Retail Merchandiser (Current Employee) Presidio, TX

    ProsNo pros since to get paid you to have email payroll, no phone number. For drive time they tell you it below the per hour work rate, but they don't elll you they pay $.75 instead of $7.25 with is Federal and Texas state law.

    ConsManagement is non responsive, don't read emails or reply, don't answer to phone calls. Had to send threatening email to get first paycheck. Posted a work week of Tue- Fri, since I had prior commitment Routinely had projects scheduled for Sat and Mon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to read the entire email, and anwer or return phone calls from staff and store managers.

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

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