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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Herr Foods full-time for more than 5 yearsPros
This company has been in business for well over 60 years. They continue to employ over 1500 people who's paychecks don't bounce. They provide retirement funds; medical, dental and vision benefits; wellness programs; just to name a few. It is a family owned and operated business built on Christian values by one man who had a vision and a dream for himself that blossomed into a vision and a dream for many others' successful lives. The people employed here are good people. The bad ones are beginning to be weeded out.Cons
Working here can be challenging at times, but what job isn't? The company is not as profitable as they would have hoped to have been this year but again, what company is? At times, the company is "slow" to change in regards to products, marketing, advertising, etc. But 'slowly' that is starting to change. There is always room for improvement in ourselves and in the business.
One of the biggest "Cons" that is happening now with the company is that there are some people who have been here for a long time (10+ years) who are unhappy with the changes that the company is making. They are content with how things have been done in the past and don't like that the new generation of Upper Management are changing things. So, no, you cannot get away with taking a 25 minute paid break when you are supposed to get 15 minutes, and no, you cannot just stand around on the clock as you could have gotten away with in the past. You have to actually "work" for your money while on the clock now.
For the RSP's, I get it, your job is not easy. You work really long hours. You deal with the elements and unfortunately you deal with the stuff that rolls downhill to you. But you should know that a lot of what rolls down to you gets lost in translation. Like whisper down the lane. You are not given all of the info and you end up with a bad taste in your mouth for upper management. If you have questions, ASK instead of complaining to all the wrong people. All that does is lower morale and make your work conditions worse. You have the ability to make as much money as you'd like seeing as you are primarily paid on commission, if you don't have the tools you need from the company to make that happen, speak up.
It may come as a surprise to some, but Upper Management does actually care about you, your families and your quality of life. The company cannot pay you more money if the company is not making more money. You can't spend what you don't have. Times are rough economically across the board, you're not the only ones. If you're unhappy or need more money to support yourself and family, you should probably look elsewhere for employment, you didn't sign a contract. They are not "gunning" for you personally, their jobs are to evaluate the company as a whole. If something isn't working it needs to be fixed. They are good people, but they are having to make difficult decisions. It's not personal, it's business.Advice to ManagementAdvice
My advice to upper management is 1.)"listen" to your employees. They are the ones on the front lines each day, in the stores, on the phones, talking and interacting with customers and consumers. They can shed light on work conditions, economic conditions, market trends, etc. better than what you are reading in some magazine or newspaper article. LISTEN to them. Take time to go to the branches and LISTEN to what these guys are saying. 2.) Stop trying to be something that you are so obviously not. We are NOT Frito Lay, we never will be and we shouldn't want to be. We are not even in the position where we should be trying to compete with these other companies. 3.) Back to the basics. We should start paying more attention to ourselves. Figure out what we are best at and really focus on that. Our core items built this company yet they fall by the wayside. Coming up with new and innovate products is great but all of this resale stuff has got to go! 4.) Show your employees that you appreciate them. Reallocate wherever you have to so that it is possible to give small increases to your employees where deserved. RSP's have not had a base salary increase...EVER. It is a stab to their hear when they hear that the new guys are making more in base pay followed up with the statement "it's only fair because they will be making less commission than a veteran with experience and an established route" that is not always true. And change the bonus structure so that it is actually attainable. Spice it up and make them want to work harder for you. 5.) Re-evaluate the positions at corp. headquarters. There are people there who (sadly) could be removed with no harm done to the company as a whole. Nothing personal, business is business. Scanning the internet and having personal conversations with other coworkers all day (seriously, all day) is probably not spending much needed money the best way. Walk around and see for yourself. Or grab some popcorn and sit and watch your video surveillance tapes for an hour or two... 6.) Lastly, but very importantly, STOP with all the meetings...talk about wasted productivity! Having meetings to discuss meetings to review the last meeting is insanity. Really, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The results are always the same, let's set up another meeting. Trust the people you have hired to make decisions and run departments, stop it with the meetings and let them get back to actually doing their jobs. Try it out, see if you see a difference. What harm can it do?Doesn't RecommendApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Herr Foods in May 2008.Interview Details
For any position at herr's you will be given a drug test. For the position of tour guide you have to take a basic math test and are allowed to use a calculator. As long as you can add, subtract, divide, and find percents you'll be A-OK. The most important part is the 1 on 1 interview and any personal references of people already working there.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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