Schwan's Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Dimitrios Smyrnios
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Pros
  • My route had great customers, not all routes are that lucky (in 16 reviews)

  • My work-life balance is very good (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Very long hours (some days may be 12hrs (in 63 reviews)

  • It takes every bit of 12 - 14 hours to get over the bottom of the line commision hump (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Area Sales manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Schwan's

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

    Pros

    A good company to work for. Nice bonus package if company hits plan.

    Cons

    Management can mean working long hours and being available 24/7 to take care of issues and the customer.


  2. Helpful (2)

    rsr

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Schwans RSR in Mentor, OH
    Current Employee - Schwans RSR in Mentor, OH

    I have been working at Schwan's

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Just started getting paid holidays in 2015. One week vacation every 6 months. 20% discount on food which can be up to 40% with rewards points. Good deal for single people that want to stay single...

    Cons

    Long long days. 9am to 10pm on some routes. That leaves weekends to catch up on life and little time to enjoy the weekends with family. Not recommended for family folks.

    Advice to Management

    You are making small strides in improving the work environment. Listen to your people and help them instead of worrying about restructuring and corporate climate.


  3. Helpful (1)

    RSR

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Mentor on the, OH
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Mentor on the, OH

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits. Just got paid holidays added this year, 2015. Food discount of 20% up to 40% with rewards points if ordered online.

    Cons

    Long hours. 9 am to 10 pm on some route days. No time to take care of daily basics or spend time with family. Not recommended for a family person, just singles that want to stay that way.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop trying out and wasting money on the latest management fad. So many trial and fails my long time co-workers tell stories about. Get real or get gone.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Run at sitting Bull

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Brush, CO
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Brush, CO

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great fellow employee, diverse work group, Working outside, meeting new people. Great health bennifits. A person can have fun while earning a low middle class income.

    Cons

    Work day hours too long, average 13 hours per day. RSR expected to do way too much outside being a sales person (marketing, Vehicle inspection, inventory control, banking and nightly accounting, Customer PR, sales) training for new hire is currently 3-4 years out dated, but it is mandatory to take online training. $155.00 per day for RSRT in training would be fine if only training. You are still required to ride on truck route and sell product with no commission. This increases work day the first two weeks to 16 hour days (9.69 an hour, with a single 30 min break.)
    Command and control of senior management is lost at Depot and territory level. Just like RSR Depot manager are over loaded in work assignment in addition being micro management just above them.
    Just in Custards Last stand, no one with authority listens to the people on the ground working real time and know what is going on. At this time in my career with schawns I feel that the depot manager and to a minor extent Territory managers are the only ones that care about the RSR. A lot of time and effort is made to present the facade of any one above those levels caring about the back bone of this business "The person in the truck.

    Advice to Management

    Get of your butts, put on a pair of boots and spend a week with any RSR in the country both urban and rural. And experience first hand a REAL day work on the route.
    Stop the micro management of the depots, let the manger run his depot.


  6. Helpful (1)

    supply chain manager

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    Working with some great people who are really committed to company
    Good set of core values
    Opportunities to get on projects to learn about multiple facets of organization

    Cons

    Management didn't always stick with the plan, changed directions often
    There are some folks who just keep their heads down and don't help to grow others
    They are keeping staff lean

    Advice to Management

    Keep the "people side" in mind, they are loyal, but you can lose their trust of you push too hard.
    Keep development opportunities in place for entry level associates, your pipeline is not strong.


  7. Material Handler I

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schwan's part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Non-intense labor with a usual calm environment.

    Cons

    A late working schedule that was not set in stone. You never knew when you were going to leave.

    Advice to Management

    pretty good overall, the only thing was that there was a slight miscommunication every now and then.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Route sales rep

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Show Low, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Show Low, AZ

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good training pay and benefits
    good coworkers

    Cons

    long days/hours
    gone in a hotel every other week for work


  9. Material Handler

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Mount Pleasant, TX
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Mount Pleasant, TX

    I worked at Schwan's part-time

    Pros

    Labor is not too intense, good management

    Cons

    Late hours without overpay. Never a work schedule that is set in stone.


  10. A company with lots of potential

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Florence, KY

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, 401k and profit sharing. Wage is competitive. Company is large enough to feel some stability. Plenty of good people to go around.

    Cons

    Hours and work conditions could be better. Company appears to be in a constant restructuring phase and thus support teams and production teams don't appear to be on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    Work to grow people instead of simply getting rid of the 'bad' ones. Spend more time gaining hands on experience to be able to more effectively communicate to workers at all levels.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Prod supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Salina, KS
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Salina, KS

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good place to work. Lots of opportunities to move up. Good hourly pay.

    Cons

    If you want to be salary don't go here we worked any were from 45-75hrs a week and with the wage increases for salary employees you will have employees that will make more money than you do in 45hrs

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to put in a lot of hours with a lot of inexperienced employees and a lot of turn over.



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