Associated Wholesalers
3.0 of 5 9 reviews
www.awiweb.com Robesonia, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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Chris Michael

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fun and Community-Minded Organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Robesonia, PA

    ProsAn opportunity to positively impact the success of the small independent retailer either directly or indirectly.
    Leverages strong and established vendor relationships to reach out to the community and non-profits in the area through employee events.
    Excellent organization for an individual who enjoys wearing multiple hats; provides a strong environment for learning and enhancing skills in core areas.
    Stellar PTO and 401K plans offered for employees to provide both balance and plans for the individual's personal future.
    Wonderful organization with a truly worthwhile mission - to promote the profitability of the independent retailer.

    ConsCreate more open forum for communication between departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    AWI has the potential to be a great company but is hindered by parochial management and poor communication processes.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA number of employees are friendly and easy to work with. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of pressure to do your job.

    ConsStill thinks and operates as a "mom and pop" operation.

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

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    Close knit culture, but the company doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the times.

    Store Department Manager (Current Employee)
    Harrisburg, PA

    ProsFun atmosphere. Good hardworking people. Pay is on par with the industry. You can learn a lot if you put out the effort.

    ConsNot much room for advancement. I can't see myself in a career here. I honestly do not see this company being in business for the long haul. There is too much politics in the different company segments, each trying to stick the other segment with product losses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in some new technologies to increase efficiency. Modernize all processes. Cut the politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Harrisburg, PA

    ProsTight knit group, stable upper management, flezible work schedules

    ConsLack of upward mobility, pay not so progressive, benefit erosion over the years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with more creative ways to incentive your professional workforce

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Medium Company Struggling in an increasingly Automation-Robotics Distribution Market

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    York, PA

    Proscarter to mom and pop shops
    increased individual help to stores
    Customer Service
    Co-Op

    ConsNot lowest Cost provider
    Competition is on Mass Scale
    Support GMO's not being labeled
    Widespread use of outdated systems

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease use of robotics and automated systems; go for nitch market of smaller to medium companies; specialize products; support labeling of GMO's - will attract trust and business

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Opportunity to learn many areas of the warehouse environment. Better for those with seniority.

    Warehouse (Current Employee)
    York, PA

    ProsOpportunity to learn tasks in other areas than your own.
    The Pay is above average for the type of work that is being performed.

    ConsEverything is based on seniority. Those at the bottom get the scraps that others do not want.
    Hours have been cut back due to loss of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen the opportunity presents itself, reward those who work the hardest. Somehow make it advantageous for those with a good work ethic.

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

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    Unable to understand employee needs while under pressure

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAbility to learn new technologies, employee camaraderie is average but not reliable, pay is average but not based on merit

    ConsTravel on your own dime with reimbursement later if you pass certain tests. Low per diems with increases if you can provide sufficient arguments. Management is easily overwhelmed by circumstances that involve HR.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to properly manage personnel and you'll be able to lower attrition, and produce better customer service and employee motivation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    AWI can feel like a family at times, but can also feel quite dysfunctional.

    Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Robesonia, PA

    ProsAWI offers a fair salary. Most hourly and a few salary employees are nice to work with and generally have the best interest of the company at heart. Most customers are very pleasant to interact with, which allows you to feel invested in their success or failure. The company makes great strides to offer newer technology/equipment, but all too often does not follow through with training or making sure all functions were purchased in order to use said equipment/programs properly.

    ConsToo many "bottom dollar" practices, which too often results in customer and employee irritation. Management turnover rate is every few years which causes implementation of previously failed policies (not quick to listen to long term employees suggestions). Mid-level management (depending on the department) often fails to communicate important information, which results in easily avoidable and often costly errors. Upper management often negatively targets employees based on personal feelings rather than fact.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs someone who dedicated almost a decade of their life to this company, I have had the pleasure of working with some great people. I have also had the displeasure of working under a few people who used their authority for personal gain. My advice to management would be to listen to their employees and talk to lower level employees and supervisors to find out what is going on within a department. Focus on the positive in employees and what they have accomplished for your company, instead of the negative which can always be corrected or is explainable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start an IT career

    Web Developer (Former Employee)
    York, PA

    ProsGreat co-workers
    Patient with new employees at they learn
    Relaxed work environment
    Flexible hours (8 hours a day, but can arrive between about 6am and 10am)

    ConsThe co-op principles seem to make for less funds for salaries and workplace luxuries
    Ability for IT employees to telecommute, but it is not used regularly

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe co-op principles are great for customer stores and obviously essential to follow to keep customers happy; however, I think putting a little more money into salary and office luxuries (dual monitors for all, ability to telecommute, free donuts (instead of requiring employees to buy them for meetings)) would keep great employees longer and bring more in.

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