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Acosta Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
402 Reviews
2.8
402 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This particular position offers good work/life balance and the work itself is rewarding (in 22 reviews)

  • Acosta has nice management and stability, ability to make flexible schedule (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • there are no raises at all and the mileage reimbursement keeps being reduced more and more (in 36 reviews)

  • No security yiu can be taken from fulltime to part time in the blink of an eye (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Acosta

    Pros

    - always willing to mentor and educate

    Cons

    - The traveling is sometimes a little much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn basic sales/interpersonal skills with flexible schedule and awesome benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RCM in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - RCM in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Acosta

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great benefits, mostly friendly coworkers and management. Decent beginning pay. Make your own schedule (with boundaries) and no manager breathing down your back constantly. You work primarily by yourself to accomplish the tasks given.

    Taking charge of your own route, representing huge manufacturers and seeing the result of your work are gratifying. The health benefits are amazing and some of the perk programs are worth aiming for.

    Cons

    You use your own vehicle and the compensation is minimal and confusing to figure out.

    Wondering when your raise is coming? Don't expect one... ever.

    Multiple people doing hiring and firing. Nearly impossible to move up to a higher paying position due to lack of follow up and organization.

    The CEO only cares about upper-level management while positively saying the people on bottom need to increase their efforts (without a pay raise?!)

    Company is getting bloated by acquiring too many companies and not consolidating enough. Lack of integrity and business form to mainstream the business.

    Absolutely no value for tenured workers.

    Focus on culture is only for office staff, not the foot soldiers doing the work in-store. Culture... what Acosta "culture"?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your base and work on the talent in low level positions.

    Increase training to build skills and make workers more effective. UTILIZE THE TALENT YOU HAVE!!

    Make it worth-while to stay and give your people raises, since you have a decent workforce. Maybe acquire fewer companies and build future business from current talent pool.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Reset Merchandiser in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Retail Reset Merchandiser in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Acosta

    Pros

    Easy work. No stress laid back

    Cons

    Walk ng up early and a lot of driving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great experience with upper managment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Below Average Pay

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

    I have been working at Acosta full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture with regards to work-life balance, decent working hours, adequate time off

    Cons

    Low pay, limited future. Excess middle and upper management .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying up every company you can get your hands on and start investing in your employees who have been without a meaningful raise for over 5 years, some of them longer than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Acosta ok to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stocking in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Stocking in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Acosta

    Pros

    Acosta was ok to work for but you knew you were bottom of the pile if you were "auditing".

    Cons

    The management must be paid by how many stores you cover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people on the floor better and you can spend less on training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    unbiased and willing to promote

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Space Technologist in Salisbury, NC
    Current Employee - Space Technologist in Salisbury, NC

    I have been working at Acosta

    Pros

    Acosta has a competitive salary structure with solid benefits. They frequently promote from within and supply the proper tools to keep a sharp edge on industry related business functions.

    Cons

    I have been with the company for 4 years and honestly cannot point to any major flaws. No company will be perfect with people running it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad company to work for, but expect a runaround or two

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Coverage Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Retail Coverage Merchandiser

    I worked at Acosta part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get to come in contact with and network with a diverse group of people, and you get to know the ins and outs of different companies, accounts, and products. Management is very easy to get along with.

    Cons

    It took me almost 6 months to hear back on my job application, and I was also let go due to medical reasons and not rehired. There is also very little opportunity for job growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work and enjoyed my time with the company. Great people with the ability to learn a lot!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shopper Insights Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Shopper Insights Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Acosta full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Stability and able to learn cross functionally from others doing different work with other clients in the same role.

    Cons

    Limited upward movement in structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on how the capabilities of employees can add value for clients in a unique way and identify opportunities to standardize consistent deliverables.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company sorely lacking upper management leadership

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

    I have been working at Acosta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time, accrued based upon hours

    Cons

    There is limited to zero upper management leadership. Upper management is more concerned about keeping their salary increases and their positions then actually focusing on who DOES the work in the field. There have been NO pay increases for YEARS. Acosta only believes in giving good ratings and raises to Office Staff, and Upper Management. All you have to do is look at the reviews from Merchandisers and Office Staff to see the difference in opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU ACTUALLY MAKE THE MONEY TO SURVIVE AS A COMPANY.
    That would be the people in the FIELD. $10.00 to $12.00 an hour was a decent wage in 2005,
    WAKE UP IT IS 2015. This is NO LONGER a DECENT WAGE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Micro-management to the extreme! You are not to be trusted, and you will be treated like it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Acosta part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Higher pay than going to a retailer or low-entry-level job. They job is also super easy as long as you are semi-intelligent and sociable. I enjoy the work, but the management is a joke.

    Cons

    You are a child, and you are not given any trust. I'm surprised they'll send you any sort of electronic device for work, despite thinking you can't even handle showing up on time to the job. There is no work-life balance, and more and more tasks are added every week because some employees can't control themselves, and the entire group suffers. If they keep adding tasks to do, you end up turning a part time job into a full time job, just in the ridiculous tasks they require you to do on the day-to-day and before a shift. It's a little bit of a joke. They hire inept employees and even more inept managers and treat them all like crap, so no one cares how the others are treated. Moreover, god forbid you have an issue with a paycheck reaching you. You will not see them for another 4-6 weeks, depending on the HR person's level of interest in helping you at any given moment. They will never answer the phone, and they will never return your phone call. Out of ~15 phone calls to the HR dept., ONE call has been returned. I'm not sure how they are able to run as a company, but somehow they are still in business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can there be any less trust in employees? If there is such an issue with employees taking a longer-than-approved lunch, or showing up late, why not improve the hiring process? Turn-over would be much lower, and you wouldn't need to micromanage every little thing. It makes working for the company not fun at all, and makes me regret taking the position, though I am over-qualified and do well with customers. You will lose good and bad employees this way, and probably more of the former if you treat them like 5 year-olds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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