Driveline Retail Merchandising

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Driveline Retail Merchandising Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
64 Reviews
2.7
64 Reviews
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Randy Wilson
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Depends upon where you live and who your supervisor is...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I like the fact that I can make my own schedule based upon what is coming up. Many projects have a two week window while some projects have only a one week window. Unless I am doing a hard-dated reset (like cosmetics in Walmart), I can choose to work the days I want and the times I want (within reason).

    While many say the website is antiquated...I like it! I find it easy to use and I like the fact that I can do my reports on my phone now too - and upload pictures from my phone, etc.

    Since I can access my information on my phone most of the time, I don't always print up my work - in fact, I often don't (unless it is a letter of authorization that I need signed by the manager). I can now just read the information on my phone!

    Now let me stress here - I live in a small town. I am assigned a territory of three stores - two are Dollar Generals and one is a Family Dollar. At times I'll help out with a larger reset in a store like Walmart, but mainly it is those three stores. My furthest driving distance is maybe 8 miles or so - I never really checked...so it isn't like I have to do a lot of traveling. I can go to my store - walk in and see the manager in less than 5 minutes for checking in (try that in a Walmart) - do my work - check out and leave. My stores all have great managers that I have built relationships with....and I enjoy going to them.

    I understand that there are people who live in larger towns and they have to fight to find work on the portal that is close to them or perhaps they get work assigned that is farther away and that is why they complain about Driveline. But for someone who lives in a small town and gets a specific territory - it can be a good job.

    I do get overtime if I email my boss with the project number and the reason why I went over- but I need to be reasonable about this and not go over just to get more money. Some projects there is no overtime you just know you have to stop after X minutes.

    Cons

    Some weeks I might have 20 hours of work - some weeks I might have 5 hours or less of work. I definitely don't make enough from this one job to live on (which is why I work for half a dozen merchandising companies).

    I hate the fact that at times they realign the districts and change the managers. I had an AWESOME manager up until about a month ago when the company decided to realign the districts and to be honest with you - I can't stand my new manager's attitude. I will stay with the company - they provide a large portion of my monthly pay that I need..but I really liked getting the emails of "Hey guys...we're at X% completion rate and that's great but I know we can keep doing better. Keep it up and if you're struggling...let me know so we can work it out" versus "Hey you guys..we're only at X% completion rate and you better start doing better or else.." Management style of my new manager SUCKS. I dread seeing his name in my incoming mail. With my old manager - I always enjoyed seeing his name in my email list.

    If I still had my old manager - this would have been a four star review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers how to lead with the carrot and not the stick. Consider giving some sort of incentives to districts that perform really well.

    Even a "X is employee of the month for district ABC" email would be great ....although a small bonus for it would be nice too!

    Do some sort of a survey where our managers won't know who is saying things and ask us about our managers- how we feel about them...how they could improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great part-time flexible job!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Driveline offers a flexible part-time schedule that can be worked around other employment in most cases. You get the opportunity to learn "The Other Side" of retail. You get to work around a diverse group of people. You are in charge of your own schedule and how far you are willing to travel.

    Cons

    Applicants should be told that this job is for self-starters or those with an entrepreneurial spirit. You should have the mindset that this is your business. No one will force you to work. However, you will not get paid either. If you need supervision, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. You have to read the project instructions in order to execute the project correctly. If you don't like reading, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. There are training videos and instructions on your portal but not for every single project you have.Decision-making and sound judgement is required. Also, there's no advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a message board for employees to communicate with each other to offer advice, alert about project problems, ask for help, etc. Having an actual calender for employees to update their availability would be more beneficial on both sides instead of the generic days of the week currently used. Also, there should be a different pay-scale for more complex and time consuming projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A busy place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A solid company with an increasing client base.

    Cons

    Important and often relevant information is often withheld from the field managers. Field managers are restricted from what they can and cannot do, however are still held responsible for failures beyond their control.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be better, but could be worse...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader and Master Merchandiser  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Team Leader and Master Merchandiser in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Driveline Retail Merchandising full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule!!!!!!!! If you can't complete your work, you just let your manager know and they will fix everything for you.

    Cons

    I'm sure you can move up but the job itself is unorganized and I didn't see any career development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When people work on a project as a team, the start times should be enforced more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a not a job for everyone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The more you are willing to work and the better you preform the more work you get. It allows for a flexible schedule most of the time.

    Cons

    You do not get reimbursed for your paper and ink and such. Mileage is paid very low. The rate of pay is in the low side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better and you would get better work, also give an allowance for supplies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current Employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser  in  Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Waco, TX

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Make your own schedule, Great for gas money

    Cons

    little pay, little hours. Not enough work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get assignments that take longer than a half an hour to complete, sometimes the employee has to drive an hour to complete something that only takes 25min.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Detail oriented

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PT Merchandiser  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - PT Merchandiser in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Driveline Retail Merchandising part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    working a schedule that works best for you, sometimes you work with a co-worker on big assignments

    Cons

    a lot of work and little pay, stores wanted more to be done by you that you was not in the assignment, sometimes delay in pay. did not pay for you gas to go to all the different stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more hands on with training

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

    So far, so good!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Master Merchandiser

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ability to set your own schedule (for the most part). Love work in a different location everyday.

    Cons

    Do not always pay for adjusted travel time or mileage. Does not pay for admin time at the end of the day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should pay for at least 10 minutes admin time per assignment. That would help cover the cost of paper and ink for printing assignment detail (Must Prints). Allow reps to adjust travel time and mileage due to weather or road conditions (construction).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    No Consistency of workload.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising

    Pros

    Variety of weekly projects. Work page on internet is user friendly. I have a great DM is why I am still here.

    Cons

    Mileage reimbursement at .25 cents per mile and losing the first 40 miles of every trip is absurd, especially with today's gas prices. Not realistic nor an incentive to continue with company unless you drive a hybrid or motorcycle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition of those who undertake more responsibility and locations by salary increase and level of advancement without having to request it and waiting months on a decision. Take care of your people and they will take care of you.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Have low expectations

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

    I have been working at Driveline Retail Merchandising

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule; set your own schedule
    - Usually work independently
    - Get to work in different locations
    - Can usually get time off when requested
    - Overall, hassle-free environment

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay
    - Have to use your own vehicle for assignments but won't get reimbursed unless you drive over 40 miles, so there's a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle.
    - No benefits or supplemental medical/dental
    - Very little to no training. You're pretty much expected to learn as you go even if you've never done a particular assignment before.
    - No performance reviews given so you're unaware of your progress or lack thereof
    - Requires a lot of printing and there's no reimbursement for printing costs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Should at least provide some training. Could provide instructional videos on each assignment when required to complete certifications. Could also consider having a mentor accompany you on all first-time assignments to ensure jobs are done consistently and accurately.
    - Should consider either increasing pay or implementing a printing/mileage reimbursement program to supplement the operating expenses required to conduct assignments. This is especially true since employees receive no medical benefits.
    - Should also make job board more user friendly by reducing the amount of paper needed to take to stores. Can do this by posting one set of instructions if working in multiple stores.

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