Bernicks Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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  1. good company but poor management and lack of communication get frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waite Park, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waite Park, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bernicks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, free breakage pop, discounted beer, plenty of OT if wanted. everyone is very friendly and helpful. the company believes in family time.

    Cons

    on the lower end for industry pay but a good place to get experience. my main complaint is with direct management of the distribution department. any ideas are bad ideas unless it was from management . they play favorites with other drivers. the managers use to come out on routes and help out during busy days if we were short on help, now its the end of the world if they have to leave the office other then getting lunch. all in all a good company with a few departments that need more management training.

    Advice to Management

    remember you were once drivers and apply that to being a manager.


  2. Load crew

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bernicks part-time

    Pros

    Flexible Hours. Decent pay. Weekends off.

    Cons

    Long hours and never knowing when you will be done.

    Advice to Management

    Start shift earlier and have better/ more staff.


  3. order picker/shipper

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker/Order Picker in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker/Order Picker in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bernicks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Associates seem pretty nice,work environment is pleasant, pay is okay

    Cons

    Only the three full time order pickers get to use a mobile picking device, if u are part time or new person get ready for a lot of walking!!!

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the same and maybe u can get new people to stay more than a month


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  5. Load Crew

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Load Crew in Waite Park, MN
    Current Employee - Load Crew in Waite Park, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with school schedule and weekends off

    Cons

    Monotonous labor, sometimes long days.


  6. Its a job not a career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -You get to work on your own -Easy job not much to it -Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    -Lack of communication within the company. (Never knew what was going on) -Tough to get hours I struggled to get over 10 hours per week. -Repetitive work, re-stock shelves and move to your next store gets really depressing and old quickly -You had to use your own car -Early morning start typically 5 am -Weekends -No benefits for part-time employees

    Advice to Management

    Have management communicate with merchandisers as to what going on (what's on ad, displays being built for the week, etc.)


  7. Low Level Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Low Level Management in Waite Park, MN
    Former Employee - Low Level Management in Waite Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bernicks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Senior management and the Bernicks family are very community focused. Generally speaking the Highest level of Management appears very concerned about the welfare of it's team.

    Cons

    If you're not part of one of the more influential families keep your mouth shut. This componaies focus is on sales at all cost and it doesn't matter if it will move off the shelf. Management doesn't look out for their people or their customers. It's all about how they can get better commissions. Entry level workers can expect to be churned and burned. To the point where an individual actually killed themself while at work. The sales department runs the company and it's motto should be commission above common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Bernicks has lost a lot of good people because of nepotism. Too many times somebody would stand up to poor business practice against one of the more influential people in the sales team (that was related to senior leadership) and find them-self out of a job.


  8. Great Company, Great People

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Driver in Saint Cloud, MN
    Current Employee - Driver in Saint Cloud, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bernicks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture Competitive wages Lots of extra perks

    Cons

    I cant think of any, I really like working for Bernicks

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  9. Good way to get experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Waite Park, MN
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Waite Park, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bernicks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun people and industry Great way to get your career jump started, but very limited with growth opportunities Family culture Not micro managed, but that was starting to change as I left. Work/ life balance is great!

    Cons

    They changed the pay structure almost every year I was there which can be frustrating because I noticed a significant drop in pay. Benefits are relatively poor Underpaid for the industry standard You already know what your sales are going to be for the year, beverage is rather predictable even if you place in the extra effort. Really depends on the weather and account base you get assigned.


  10. ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandising Associate in Saint Cloud, MN
    Current Employee - Merchandising Associate in Saint Cloud, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bernicks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job is pretty laid back, and so are the employees/management. If you don't lose track of money, drive poorly, or over-order product you're generally good to go. Its a good workplace environment and base pay is good for the position itself.

    Cons

    Insurance benefits are terrible. Bonus is tied to performance of entire company, not your division -- meaning you can have a great year but it doesn't matter if a new product roll-out flopped in another area. Upward mobility difficult, especially depending on location.


  11. Helpful (2)

    like working with your head in the clouds

    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Cloud, MN

    I worked at Bernicks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company, good people, everyone is super nice. A company that plans to grow and will continue to hire more people. Employee growth is also important.

    Cons

    Compensation is low for the industry, extremely top heavy company that likes to waste time in meetings, they also spend too much time shining each other and do not make decisions that are plausible in the real world.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time and money on meetings and more time in the market



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