Ben E. Keith
2.9 of 5 25 reviews
www.benekeith.com Fort Worth, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jan 18, 2014

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80% Approve of the CEO

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Robert Hallam

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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All but the last couple of month was a DREAM!!!

Purchasing Manager (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFor the most part there are lots of wonderful people running this company and I don't mean the ones that do lunch at the City Club. I am talking about the ones that DO the work.

ConsI was screwed over by a "male" DSM that was put into a position he was not qualified for, couldn't handle it, had NO BACKBONE and got rid of me so a friend of his he had known from a BAR could have my position. He drank a lot!! so they must have had a deal worked out on his bar tabs.

Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out for the male chauvinist as they pretty much run rampant. Women DO NOT get a fair chance at anything!!!! BEWARE FEMALES!!!!! VERY poor management if it was not for the little people that did the work they would be in TROUBLE!

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

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No chance,No fairness..

Driver (Former Employee)

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe Coworkers are what i miss most.I miss some really good people i was with each day.

ConsExtremely quick to terminate.Not all the branches are this way,but the one i was under was governed by a person that should not be in the position they are in.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhy would you allow a certain Branch Manager to employ nearly all of the driver force as his relatives?Making numbers is all that matters it seems,allowing this Manager to be full of himself,borderline racist,and a complete Ahole for a leader.Once you disagree or voice your opinion with this Manager,you put the noose around your own neck,and any thing you misstep becomes your plank.I was told Corporate told this Manager to manage this way.It was so bad,our own Transportation Supervisor wanted out of his position.Certain "drivers" even were given special treatment for their love and loyalty to this Manager..Examples-Assigning new equipment to them(even though they jacknifed a company truck one year earlier),making sure their job was as simplified as possible,and overlooking anything they did.Its truly a shame the company allows this to go on.

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

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The worst 2 years of my professional career!

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBrokers were enjoyable to work with. New ideas to bring to the kitchen at home. Private company with profit sharing plan

ConsIf a customer does not pay their bill the rep is responsible. Corporate has the wrong people running the Houston branch. Constantly told not to sell and do my job but my pay is based off of how much you sell. Management is constantly contradicting what they say and are very deceptive to customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet your reps sell groceries. Houston will never grow if you do not let your reps do their jobs. Take note of who spends all their time at the office and tell them to get to work rather than giving them accounts because they are good at brown nosing. Hire a few managers from sysco and let them show you how it is done.

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

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Physically demanding job

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than a year

ProsGood compensation, work outside, exercise. Most positions don't need a college degree to a good paying job within the company. Some upward mobility.

ConsLong hours, work outside (winter), customers can be demanding. Work days begin at 6 am and don't finish until 5 pm or later in certain situations. Difficult to properly service customers due to number assigned to each route.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time

ProsSome free food occasionally, nothing else

ConsCheating on salary. Cheating in many ways to let you get pay less and not upon policy without notice. Can't check hours that you get pay after having the new system. Unfair company. Kiss ass is the way to promote and get higher salary. Stupid rotate work. Compel you to do things that you don't want to do. Always try to find who make mistake. Not equal compensation even same level or work harder. Careful when you negotiate!

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider..please consider!

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

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Very unpleasant ,not heard as an employee. Company values are not enforced

Service Driver (Former Employee)
Collin, TX

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than 3 years

ProsOpportunity to obtain cdl thru company

ConsWill not get promoted in the company unless you kiss a lot of butt !!! Or if u are a friend or family.
A lot of favoritism discrimination involved in the collin county division .

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at your ASM that you hired based on seniority. Bad move on your part maybe you should look at Your ASM qualifications . so many hard working employees have left this area due to the fact of your ASM 's poor managing skills, broken confidentiality. Antagonizing behavior ,favoritism ,and constant harassment . And yet upper management turns the other cheek.

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

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not a good job

Driver (Current Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I have been working at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgood money if you kiss ass

Consif you don't do what they want you to do they will try to get you out there by drop all your hour down

Advice to Senior Managementnone

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFort Worth branch was wonderful......................best company I ever worked for and loved every minute.

ConsTransferred to Houston Branch and was let go for no REASON other than my CM wanted a friend of his to have my position so he set it up to look like I was not doing my job................very POOR Management in Houston Branch! I was cheated out of my job of 12+yrs and devastated! Everyone in Ft. Worth knew me and that I was an awesome employee!

Advice to Senior ManagementLook into this and get my job back...............................please!!!

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

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Hard work and pay less

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Ben E. Keith full-time for less than a year

ProsNothing to share. Bad environment.

ConsVery stingy on salary. If you take day off or you ill.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo be fair for salary, see low level have hard work but less pay than other!!! Some always play game on the phone. Pay attention on Accounting and sale department

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

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Good Ol Boy Company

Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at Ben E. Keith full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFamily Owned, Texas Based Company, with a certain amount of freedom to develop your own territory and customer base. They have a vast selection of products to offer. Competitive pay and great benefits. Quality produce.

ConsThey are stuck in the shadow of Sysco. You will work 7 days a week and many nights. A CRONIC Lack of support from transportation and routing. The pricing on several key segments centered on Tex Mex and similar restaurant models makes it impossible to stay competitive on rice, beans, and cheese. If you are on the "good Side" of management. Then the goals set by management are far more attainable and you will be handed a lot of existing clients and leads.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive merit to what a DSR does in the field. Base the goals on the actual work they are doing. Not the personal relationship that you have with that individual. Adding a 100% sales increase for 3 straight months just so you can document an unsatisfactory job... Uncool.

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

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