American Sales Company
1.7 of 5 6 reviews
www.indeed.com 150 to 499 Employees

American Sales Company Reviews

Updated May 6, 2014

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    Great benefits, decent pay, hard unfair work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent pay compared to min. wage. Incentive opportunities for fast work. Great health benefits. Personal time off

    ConsHard manual labor, unfair computer system, impossible incentive in some aisles, lousy management, quick go write up, and unpredictable hours per day. You can end an hour early or stay 2 later you never know. You get no sick days so you have to use personal time. Saturday's are a must

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up the aisles better and work with employees to help schedule time off

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    Very good to employees - great benefits and fun events!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits - you will not find another company locally that offers such a great package. The cost to the employee is minimal and it is very good coverage. The paid time off is very generous and the distribution center workers enjoy a 4-day (full time) work week as well.

    ConsThe work in the distribution center is quite physical and the hours can be long at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to do all of the great things that you do for the workers.

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    I have never experienced a more unprofessional group of "leaders".

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe best advice I can give you is DO NOT apply here.....EVER....unless you enjoy being treated like crap....then go apply!

    ConsThe management team feels as though they are above everyone else because of their titles. They are very quick to flex their management muscles to let the employees know that the job is "a monkeys job" and anyone can do it, insinuating that the employee is not valued and can easily be replaced. They base their decisions on emotion, rather job performance. Favoritism is at the forefront, although they are very quick to deny it. They have a tendency to say that they do not want certain people doing certain jobs throughout the warehouse however, when it is convenient for the company/supervisor/management, they will use that employee. To sum it up, the company is very hypocritical. They preach about how associate driven they are, but unless you kiss their butts (aka do not speak up for yourself) they do not care about you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQUIT and maybe go to college to learn some valuable management traits....They go a very long way, but most of you wouldn't know that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is the American Sweat Shop, just replace the sewing machines with heavy equipment.

    Forklift Operator (Former Employee)
    Lancaster, NY

    ProsThe pay isn't terrible, 4 day work week (10 hour shits+), If your fast, you get paid more.

    ConsYou are timed for every single thing you do, from the moment you clock in, you are timed, you have like 6 minutes to log in and sign in to a "job" (for a forklift driver this is your batch of product to pallet in a given time frame, for stocker its per pallet you have x amount of minutes. You will be fired if you fall below 98%, during training its curved. Its hard, exhausting, physical, demanding, and most importantly, NOT WORTH THE MONEY (the loss of dignity as a human)

    OHHH FORCED OVERTIME, no notice, it happens at least once a week, normally 2, your shift ends at 7am, your forced to stay to 9am, 9:30am, 10:00am. Its rough, because you can't slow down. If your a driver, your dealing with double traffic, plus human traffic, which is nerve racking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe timing system is unsafe, and someone will be seriously hurt because of the unsafe speeds equipment must travel in order to achieve 100% is ridiculous. Its full speed, 100% of the time, around corners, near people, flying past others with less than 6" to spare between and little room near towers. When there is a serious accident, (which everyone knows will be soon) they will file a lawsuit and will win because EVERYONE knows and talks about how UNSAFE it is. Plus the loss of dignity is just humiliating. Even middle managers know its depressing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Consistently unconsistant

    Selector (Current Employee)
    Lancaster, NY

    ProsThey are always hiring. Health benefits. 401 k.

    ConsStarting pay has been the same for over 10 yrs, and pay ceiling is only $3 more. Bonus and incentive are hard to maintain, and can be taken away at any time. The sceduled work day is til 4pm but you never know when you'll get out. Must work Saturdays, and they are usually the latest days. Rules change frequently as well as SOP but they never implement long enough to see result. Bonuses are based on an outdated computer system that seems unfair. It's hard if not impossible to move up in the company. And those that do move up the ladder seem the least likely of candidates. The retirement plan was taken away. In my department it's difficult just to schedule a day off, even though there are too many people. How does that make sense? Every day is an uphill battle of Workers vs Management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay in your office and twiddle your thumbs. Business is smoother without you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work in between careers..

    Night Stocker (Current Employee)
    Lancaster, NY

    ProsIt's good for a quick buck and the benefits are good. Pay for a stocker at around 90 days is about $13.00 per hour. There is a pay cap of not much higher then that. However, as a stocker you can earn incentive on top of that. The job is very physical if you're on the night shift, you won't need the gym if you work here.

    ConsThere is no job security. They fire long term people who are great workers over small details. I worked in retail for 9 years and worked my way up into management and never got a single 'write-up'. In my 15 months at ASC I've gotten 12 'write-ups'. That means that I'm at the verge of being fired in 4 different categories. AND, not one of those is productivity, I've never once fallen below my required numbers. My write-ups have included someone else signing out a pallet under my employee numbers (yes, everything you stock is signed out and tracked) and a piece of wood left under a cart by someone else. I also received a write-up for not 'fluffing' (cutting an inner case) well enough. There are people who never, ever 'fluff' boxes who have never gotten a write-up for it. There is one manager who is absolutely write-up crazy. He literally calls half the crew into the office for warnings every Friday night. He waits for Friday so that you've worked your butt off all week to make incentive because if you get a write-up, you lose your incentive pay. There is no way to move up in the company if your on the stocking team as just about every single person has write-ups due to that one manager. If you have one, you can't get promoted.
    You will never hear that your doing a good job. You'll never hear that your aisle looks great. No one will ever notice any extra little things you do. They'll just watch for that one day there's a box flap left on a cart in your aisle.
    The work is hard, in the summer, the warehouse is really hot, especially up in the top of the selection towers. Ladies, you aren't allowed to bring a purse or any kind of bag into the warehouse and your not allowed to get anything out of your locker except for lunch break. You also aren't allowed to carry anything into the warehouse that is stocked there, that includes every brand of tampon and pad. Obviously, there's some days that those rules will be particularly hard to follow.
    As far as incentive goes, only certain aisles are actually decent for getting incentive. The same couple of people will always get those aisles. If you do get close to incentive and aren't one of those few, you'll get moved around ten times on Friday night, get 5 minutes of delay time for it and you'll be down to a 90% by the time you leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the workplace fair. If men had 'that time of the month' you'd better believe they'd be allowed to bring in necessary supplies or retrieve them from their lockers without having to call and get specific permission from management. Make the numbers consistent. If your experienced stockers can cut a 140% in 42 aisle but can only cut a 90% in another aisle then obviously the numbers need to be adjusted. Don't try to tell me the numbers are fair when every stocker acknowledges they aren't.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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