Echo Global Logistics Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Carrier sales-Horrible.

    Current Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good managers, casual dress.

    Cons

    Plan on working close to twelve hour days and accomplishing nothing during those 12 hours. Management plays favorites and if you not wanting to be a little frat brother to your manager, do not plan on doing well. They have overhired and the money they promise you that is there to make is not existent. You are told to make 100+ phone calls a day; however, because the SOP and guidelines sales reps must follow are so annoying, most carriers will have trouble booking with Echo. Also, Echo is very cheap with the money they allow in each load making that their own enemy. If you enjoy working from 630a-6p including Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, NYE etc, work here. If you want to know your hours, have more than an hour to yourself a day before you have to go to bed to get up and do it all over again, do not work here. Carrier sales must do some serious adjustments before they continue to loose their talent. Also, management will hand out big, national carriers to random reps based on favoritism. While you sit cold calling and getting yelled at by rude dispatches, another rep will have a large carrier put in their name for no reason. Also, rules don't apply across the board so if you aren't a senior rep, again, good luck. Reps are catty and do not want you to succeed. A lot of lying, cheating and stealing on this side of the company. No advancement available.

    Advice to Management

    Equality, help your sales rep achieve their fullest potential, set schedules for employees, be understanding of the problems reps face. Carrier sales is working with shady carriers and they change their mind quite often- it isn't your rep pulling your leg and usually is out of their control. Stop the favoritism towards your frat pledge.

    Echo Global Logistics Response

    Mar 25, 2015 – Director of Carrier Sales

    We appreciate your feedback. The role can certainly be challenging and we're transparent about the ramp up period in carriers sales. I would be more than happy to talk with you about any issues ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    WORST FREIGHT BROKERAGE EVER

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Client Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Client Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IF YOU WANT TO BE LAZY AND PLAY FOOZBALL INSTEAD OF WORK, BE LIED TO ABOUT COMMISSION, AND BE TREATED LIKE A CHILD, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. Low pay, low moral, dying industry, get a real job - dont work at echo after college it will suck the life out of you. you will be the lapdog to your masters.

    Advice to Management

    pay people what they are worth. make commission a real thing. stop lying to people and change your overall strategy for hiring and who you hire.

    Echo Global Logistics Response

    Apr 16, 2015 – Branch Manager - Atlanta

    I’m sorry you did not have a positive experience while at Echo. I came in as Branch Manager in January and was pleased to find many high-performing individuals that daily live the Echo values of ... More


  3. Helpful (3)

    A unique challenge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual dress code Young work environment Located right next to Cabrini Green Low salary teaches you good budgeting Unique culture

    Cons

    Let's start with the hours. I hope you enjoy early mornings because the mandatory start time is 630am. At around 640am the megaphones come out and those who are late are berated in front of their peers by management. There is no defined end time for this role either. I like to relate it to high school; your teacher will tell you when you can leave. Unique to most companies Fridays are actually the longest day of the week at Echo. Management takes privy to making the entire floor stay late on Fridays regardless if there is no work left to be done. It's a very interesting management philosophy to say the least. As for compensation... Don't expect much. With roughly a 300% increase in department size in the past year commission is harder to come by. Management does do a good job showcasing the select few individuals that have stuck with the company and make decent money. However, don't expect to make more than $35,000 your first year. Keep in mind management has just slashed compensation on the customer side by roughly 20-25% so that first year salary figure may decrease. At the end of the day you need to come into this job with low expectations. Carrier reps are regarded as glorified truck dispatchers and are at the bottom of the totem pole at Echo. If logistics is an industry that interests you I would recommend pursuing the client sales side. The hours are much more relaxed and the perks are much better (craft beers vs warm miller lite, team outings vs Friday night lock ins, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Investors are getting great end over end results and the hire rate has been high enough to offset the burn out rate. Just be careful with over hiring. Low salary helps hedge the risk but it's important to scale your growth.

    Echo Global Logistics Response

    Mar 25, 2015 – Director of Carrier Sales

    We appreciate your feedback. I do understand the hours may be considered long but this is made clear before we bring anyone into Carrier Sales. Part of the reason we're increasing our staffing is to ... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Frazzled, mixed up and hectic.

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

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Free beer on every Friday.

    Cons

    Transportation software is extremely difficult to navigate. Overly complex. Large bureacracy with minimal direction.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful with Beer Friday. Liability is an issue.

    Echo Global Logistics Response

    Feb 16, 2015 – Talent Sourcing Specialist

    Thanks for writing a review! Sorry to hear you find our technology difficult to navigate, the Learning & Development team would be happy to provide extra training if need be. They can be reached at ... More


  6. Helpful (5)

    Different sides=different worlds

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

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can occasionally win a prize.

    Cons

    You will work 10 hour days (minimum), taking lunch and time off is frowned upon no matter how much time you are given, low comission and comission is nearly impossible to hit. The only way you get comission is by being shady towards other coworkers and stealing their carriers or inheriting carriers from previous employees. Managers play favorites and it is painfully obvious. When one person quits they will give all their carriers to their friends. Horribly unprofessional. Coworkers do not respect each other so you spend as much time arguing with your peers as you do with your carriers. Hostile environment. Burnout employees very quickly and have no intention of bettering their turnover rate. I would steer clear of carrier sales. If you are going to work here I would want to be on the customer side or operations.

    Advice to Management

    Promote managers based off management skills, not just rate knowledge. Encourage management and employees to remain professional as it is a conflict of interest to have management out partying with their employees. Work life balance is truly something that can make employees happy and enjoy working for a company. I felt when working here I had NO personal life time. They are on the right track with their culture but unfortunately the carrier side of things is straight up about numbers. Treat employees like human beings, train management how to actually develop employees and help them better themselves instead of just screaming all day about loads and shouting out rates.

    Echo Global Logistics Response

    Feb 16, 2015 – Talent Sourcing Specialist

    Thanks for the feedback. There’s no question that sales is a challenging job anywhere and requires a lot of hard work to get ramped up. We invest a lot in training and do everything we can to provide ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    Play favorites

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

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can make a lot of money if by a slim chance the management team is willing to help you close a big account.

    Cons

    They play favorites and if a rep is one of them, they get all of the positive support and attention. You're help accountable for every single shipment even if the carrier or customer is at fault. No questions asked, it's on you. They'll even deduct it from your pay if they want to. It should be illegal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites and provide support for every rep on your team. It's not difficult to be successful when management is actually managing correctly.


  8. Helpful (4)

    I do not recommend after a 12 month experience in carrier sales.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning and practicing the skill of negotiation. Understanding the transportation industry and how the supply chain functions. Company bus for commute before and after work.

    Cons

    I do not want to repeat myself. A lot of the Cons can be understood in a different section below. See "Advice to Management"....

    Advice to Management

    Consistently practice being a professional and lead by example. Be transparent with your team. Meet with your team and individuals regularly, it will benefit everyone including you, management. Understand what is going on with your team as a whole and each contributing member, i.e.- morale, business successes and struggles/opportunities/improvements etc. (see previous sentence). Do not use disrespectful, elementary language to individuals regardless of situation or industry. Hone your skills and develop Rookies into All Stars. Stay positive. Take lunch away from your desk. Look from the outside in; be the manager you want to see leading. Keep an open mind and be willing to change if necessary. The hours of work expected out of each person ....including mandatory Saturdays.....does not seem healthy, my advice is to rethink this expectation.

    Echo Global Logistics Response

    Dec 15, 2014 – Talent Sourcing Specialist

    Thank you for the feedback and taking the time to write a review. Happy to hear you gained new skills and knowledge during your time with us. Your advice is appreciated; we developed and launched a ... More


  9. Helpful (7)

    Echo Scottsdale: Poor leadership, low morale, & zero advancement opportunity

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

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities for travel at times which can be fun. The 401K is appreciated, although the match is pretty minimal. Can be a good first job to transition you into a 'real job' because of its decent location in Old Town, lack of a dress code, and younger average age. I'm sure (I hope) the corporate office is a much more professional environment that truly has their employee's best interests at heart as well as the shareholders and customers, however, that is unfortunately not the case in Scottsdale.

    Cons

    I want to start by saying, heed this warning if considering employment. Management will try and get you to dismiss it as a 'disgruntled ex-employee' but, again, not the case. I have seen more quality employees leave this office specifically due to the middle/senior management and lack of true leadership than in my time with any other company. Management makes promises that turn out to be blatant lies and barely even attempt to hide it. This includes but is not limited to the following; running sales spiffs that never pay out, promising reps to 'just keep doing what you're doing and we will take care of you', phantom team bonuses at manager's discretion that are kept as dangling carrots and dispersed (or not dispersed) without explanation. They fully expect 10 hour days from all of their reps. Employees will literally sit there staring at each other hoping one of the others will leave first to earn the wrath of the managers well past their actual shift is done, honestly, I am not even sure if that is legal. There are a few lucky sales reps (about 2-3 to be exact) that found their success years ago and the entire rest of the office revolves around making those few reps large amounts of money while no one else sees a dime of it. If you were not one of those first few reps - you will likely not find success financially at this branch. As far as upward mobility, good luck. You are essentially isolated across the country from the corporate office with a small office of support staff. The best you can even hope to become is a low-level supervisor role with no authority to make impactful decisions. Only other option is to move across the country to Chicago to find alternatives at the corporate office, however, they do not offer any moving stipend to help.

    Advice to Management

    Adding a 'Senior' in front of your existing title while maintaining the same daily functions is NOT a promotion. A $30K base salary is not competitive within the industry, restructure your commission plan because currently it is nearly impossible for a rep to even earn a dime of commission within their first year of employment without hitting the lottery. Stop telling your employees that 'the grass is never greener on the other side.' Focus on fixing your broken management style and extremely low employee morale rather than trying to trash the reputation of employees that leave and the companies that they move on to - People see right through it and it only sheds more light on your lack of solutions.​


  10. Helpful (5)

    Favoritism and Very Bad Management Style, Don't Care about employees

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

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Located Downtown. But no close to a lot of things. A little too west.

    Cons

    Bad Management Style, A lot of Amateur Managers. Company don't really care about it's employees only when you belong to the club, then you are ok. This place sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Get new Managers, most of the are fully incompetent.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Inside Sales (Carrier Sales Rep)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great for right out of College, or if you are absolutely desperate. Base is $35k across the board, which comes out to minimum wage after the hours they force you to work. There are a few bright stars among the regional leaders. Young and funish for a minute, until you have to pay rent.

    Cons

    The company seems to value production, above all else. You will be forced to work 12+ hrs every day, plus a Saturday shift, which you won't be compensated for. They'll tell you that it's an "opportunity" to sell more. But we all know it's just to squeeze you. Soon that $35k is minimum wage and it takes most 8-12 months to "break through" to actual commission earnings. You will see a few examples of people that have broken through on the teams, but they typically make $50k for 12+hr days. If you'd like to advance, there's a long line, expect 3+ years before you get promoted. If you ask to transfer to another department, HR will remind you that is the job you signed up for etc. Lots of bullying and shoddy people in the company that make trust an issue at all levels. It's tough when people steal your sales, but when it happens multiple times weekly and the managers defend the people doing the stealing, it's a concern. If you confront the person, they cry foul to the manager which will only earn you a bad mark. Whiny, complainy, young, and entitled. It's scary.

    Advice to Management

    People in charge of training have no leadership qualities, but are really great at being boss'. Hopefully things change, the long hours and conditions are pretty terrible and the constant mistrust among the peons that make the money happen towards "leadership" is unsettling. There was a kind of mass exodus when I left. Lots of grumblings of poor management being the issue. Worth looking into to avoid lawsuits and bad reviews such as this one. Good Luck.



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