Andersons

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Andersons Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good environment, not many advancement opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Live Nursery Sales Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Live Nursery Sales Specialist in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Andersons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I consider The Andersons a good place to work for retail, at least in specialized areas (i.e. Nursery, Bakery, Home projects, etc.) I believe most positions pay higher than minimum wage to start (around $10/hour). They have a decent orientation program and then a training program that encompasses the ideals of the company that you have to complete within 60 or 90 days. They are open 8AM-9PM Mon-Sat and shorter hours on Sunday, so there is flexible scheduling. The staff is fun and diverse, it's a good place to start out and get experience. If you are lucky enough to get a full-time position, the benefits are good, and there are even some benefits available for part time employees as well based on your length of employment, which you don't see at many retail establishments. The owner and corporate employees are frequently visiting the stores to give feedback, and you will see Dan Anderson go WAY out of his way to help customers, and even if there is another employee standing right next to him, he will step forward to help first and not be upset. The man truly loves his business, which is always nice to see.

    Cons

    Not many advancement opportunities. Getting a full-time job in the retail sector is really hard, and a long process. Some micromanagement, but nothing too extreme. Limited duties and responsibilities at the retail level as most of the big decisions are handled through corporate, they will ask for your opinion sometimes, but don't always seem to listen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All in all, a good place to work. The Andersons has the family business feel. If there is any way to add more advancement opportunities or let the "little guy" be heard more, please incorporate. However, I think you are doing a great job and working here is more rewarding than some of your competitors for sure!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    had fun working with my coworkers and the job was flexible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

    I worked at Andersons

    Pros

    The job is flexible, opportunities to advance into a higher role if committed. The coworkers are nice and management is good. Flexible, and work-life balance is great

    Cons

    potential of working with rude customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give bigger raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I began with no applicable experience and left with a solid understanding of grain origination and commodities trading.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Andersons full-time

    Pros

    They are strongly loyal to their employees, taking the view that a stable workforce is the cornerstone of a stable company. Their stated mission - to serve God and benefit the world - are spoken often and are printed on the back of many employees' business cards. They are, however, still a commodities trading company at base and in dealing with other firms do not shrink from capitalist tenants.

    Cons

    When stability is highly valued, any company tends to try not to fire lack-luster performers. This can lead to less motivated, less competent employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful Place To Start a Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Billing in Maumee, OH
    Current Employee - Billing in Maumee, OH

    I have been working at Andersons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything is Good here actually

    Cons

    Nothing is Bad here actually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    This was one of the worst companies I have ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Andersons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There was freedom to come and go as you please. That's about it.

    Cons

    You are set up for failure at this place. There is a huge lack of training. The Employee College is a joke! You don't get anywhere with hard work and honesty. The office culture is untrustworthy. Good people get fired. I have seen people at work drunk and high working on railcars and they somehow get to keep their job. The railcar crews get to do whatever they want and still keep a job! They can be a no call no show for two or three days and still keep a job! They can be late every day and walk off of the job and still keep a job! You are not paid what you are worth unless you are in an upper management position. Trust no one. Everyone has a motive. Favoritism is rampant throughout the company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of convincing yourselves that you have all of the answers, take some time to figure out what the true problem is within your operations. Stop coddling and dealing with grown men who act like babies and find hard working men who want to work and prove themselves as a viable resource to the Brand and the company. Stop being cheap and give your employees the quality of life they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Cashier Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Andersons part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    detailed training, friendly co-workers, nice annual gift cards

    Cons

    very difficult to move up in the company, pay isn't the best, old technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give stores better technology; system upgrades, better phones.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Retail Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Andersons part-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, a variety from all walks of life and different life stages. Supervisor was understanding of my class schedule and accommodated requests for time off. Company has many areas to branch out in, other than retail. Starting hourly salary was decent.

    Cons

    It would take a long time to work your way up, if you plan on staying with the company. Little positive recognition for job well done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate III in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate III in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Andersons part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This job is a great opportunity. Great people and the best environment. They are very loyal to their employees and flexible hours make it perfect for students.

    Cons

    It is very hard to move up. Many people have been there for a long time. Pay is low for the most part but it fits the job. Some people (few but some) don't work at all and management gives them far to many chances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those who want nothing to do with working hard and let those who shine take Their place. You will reduce your shrink and all around company moral will improve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Limited Employee develpment and placement programs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Andersons

    Pros

    Good Culture, Good people. A diverse and stable business.

    Cons

    Limited training and development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee development.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    There really wasn't anywhere for me to go.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maumee, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maumee, OH

    I worked at Andersons part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people there are great. It can feel like one big family. I generally got along with everyone, with the exception of very few people.

    Cons

    Everyone scrambling to find ways to make/save money result in dumb decisions being made. They seem to just go out in a bunch of different directions to see if they can find something that works. Sometimes they inadvertently make it harder on the employees in the process.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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