Blain Farm and Fleet

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Blain Farm and Fleet Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
50 Reviews
2.4
50 Reviews
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Jane Blain Gilbertson
8 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Paid holidays off - Great Co-workers (in 7 reviews)

  • Paid holidays, great co-workers (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Relatively low pay for the number of hours someone salaried works (in 7 reviews)

  • Selling the credit cards to people and extended warranties to people is out of employees control (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great for high school and college students to get experience, but otherwise look elsewhere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Waukesha, WI

    I worked at Blain Farm and Fleet part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -The starting wage for all employees is higher than most traditional retail stores, and corporate gives a 25 cent raise after three months, followed by a yearly 2 or 3% raise, as long as the employee is productive.

    -Compared to other, larger companies, the environment at Farm and Fleet locations (outside of the holiday season) is very relaxed. As long as an associate's work is done in his or her department, they are allowed to help other nearby departments to boost productivity. This gave me the chance to cross-train in other areas and become better able to help customers, as well as build strong friendships with my coworkers.

    -Locations really do sell a variety of products at a cheap price. While employees don't get a discount, at least they can pay a reasonable price for clothing, candy, pet supplies, etc.

    -Store hours, for the most part, are reasonable. As a night-time part timer I was usually out by 9:05-9:15, and rarely worked past 9:30 during the Christmas season. All locations are closed on Christmas, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July, etc. and open at 6 am on Black Friday, giving employees a chance to enjoy the holidays before working.

    -Whenever a nine hour shift is worked, an employee gets an hour lunch, which seems to be better than most places. However, all lunches on Sunday are a half hour, no matter how long an employee works. This may be specific to my location only.

    Cons

    -Work/life balance can be a challenge. ALL employees must work at least every other (full) weekend, and part timers have to work three weekends a month, with one being a partial. While this may be fine for a student who needs the money, this kind of scheduling could be incredibly difficult for a parent with young children to work with. As you can imagine, turnover rate for associates with children was quite high at my location.

    -Follow-up between merchandisers and stores is severely lacking. While merchandisers in the softlines area, for example, promised to spread shipments out for Fall/Winter 2014 instead of scheduling all the product to come in on one day, this promise was never followed up on, and softlines experienced one of the worst holiday seasons ever with pallets of merchandise coming in every day, and not enough space to put everything. This annoys customers when the rack or shelf they want to look at is being blocked by boxes of new freight. Many of the new brands the merchandisers experiment with are too expensive and/or too obscure for the average Farm and Fleet shopper to even give them a glance. What person is going to buy a $65 t-shirt that other brands sell for $10 just a rack away?

    -Management can border on either being helpful or using intimidation to get projects done. Some do no realize how important coworker friendships are in a low-wage environment like this, and constantly try to break up teamwork efforts. However, when an associate needs a manager for help, many of the managers often act disinterested or even annoyed, which does not create a good image of the store to the customer an associate is trying to help. Also, there is quite a bit of inconsistency with selling BEST plans and credit cards; some of my managers would repeatedly call each cashier multiple times a day, telling them they have to make the daily goal (or else), while other managers did not care at all if you made an effort.

    -I would not recommend working here October-January. My location could never hire associates early enough (or any at all) to train them properly for Toyland Opening Day, Black Friday, the Christmas season, inventory, etc., so seasoned employees often have to deal with the stress of the extra customer volume themselves, quickly leading to burnout. Whenever there is an issue, the customer is always right, and management will never side with you, no matter how outlandish the situation is. Employees often have to stay past their shifts, and can't clock out on time for lunch or to go home without being asked for help by 3+ customers on their way to the office. Again, managers look the other way when this happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Views stores as if you are a customer walking in for the first time. If there are carts and boxes of freight blocking isles and presenting trip hazards, long lines at the register, floor employees so busy with their tasks and helping other customers that you can't stop and ask for help, would you want to come back?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK!

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

    I worked at Blain Farm and Fleet

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but overall management is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blain Farm and Fleet

    Pros

    The people you work with are typically great

    Cons

    The pay is deffinatly Non competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I do not even know where to start............................

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auto Tech I in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Auto Tech I in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Blain Farm and Fleet full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Holidays off. No late nights,

    Cons

    Lies, lies, lies. Management is NOT helpful and talk down to you. NO training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all your management and hire competent people. This is just a TERRIBLE branch to SLAVE for. Others may be different, but this one is AWFUL.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    stop pushing blain's credit cards, best plans and just stop with the zip codes all together

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Verona, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Verona, WI

    I have been working at Blain Farm and Fleet

    Pros

    holidays off... friendly co-workers... booking very helpful...
    paid weekly... good sceduling for family time
    direct deposits

    Cons

    cashiers have to listen to all complaints about other departments. they have to try to explain the reasons we ask for zip codes every single day. during busy times (xmas) i forgot several peoples gift reciepts because of having to ask to many questions!! can i have your zip code? would you like to apply for a clain's credit card today? do you need any gift reciepts? would you like to purchase a best plan for that? on black friday the lines would have gone so much faster without the xtra questions. (people dont like them!) also we can get fired if we dont sell 2 credit cards a week and 10 best plans.. its not possible. also can get fired for not even asking people for these things!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people can read!!! let them see the signs for credit cards and stop asking zip codes it waste to much time and slows down the lines!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Department Store / Retail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blain Farm and Fleet full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Profit Sharring program
    closed on major holidays

    Cons

    Balancing work life with family life is a challange.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bookkeeping

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bookkeeper
    Former Employee - Bookkeeper

    I worked at Blain Farm and Fleet part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They were very flexible with my hours during school. Co-workers make it feel like you are part of a family.

    Cons

    Management in my opinion did a bad job enforcing store policies. They expected associates to follow them, however never stuck to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to employees when it is okay to go against store policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Only good for socializing with fellow employees and customers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Blain Farm and Fleet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fellow employees and customers
    Closed on major holidays
    Can wear jeans to work

    Cons

    Management stabs you in the back. Don't get on their bad side.

    There is NOTHING human about the unprofessional human resources department.

    Good 'Ol Boy corporate mentality.

    Cheap. Cheap.Cheap.

    Benefits..quite frankly. ..suck.

    Push the BEST Plan so hard it's pathetic. Employees are encouraged to lie to customers in order to sell it. All management cares about is how many you sell.

    Employee turnover is incredibly high.

    I could write a novel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abide by employment law. You are the reason these laws are written.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Janesville, WI
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Janesville, WI

    I have been working at Blain Farm and Fleet full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Used to be a better company
    - Aggressive business decisions are going to help the company grow
    - Understanding about sick kids/sick days

    Cons

    - insurance is expensive
    - owner is pushing for so many hours worked, there is no consideration for people. 12 to 14 to 16 hour days just seem ok
    - pay is low

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Greedy company. Refuse to shop there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Blain Farm and Fleet full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Co workers. Paid holidays. That's it.

    Cons

    Management's clueless. Bad pay. No discount. There's nothing Human about HR. Corporate makes constant mistakes and is arrogant. Greedy. Not a family company with values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers/corporate people with brains. You're not in debt so pay your associates more than minimum wage. An associate there for 12 years should make more than $11 an hour. Follow your policies. Treat your employees like humans. HR should actually listen to the employees, and not fudge or lie about employee statements in order to cover their own behinds. HR investigations are a joke. You're greedy. You need to focus on your employees and your customers, not credit cards or best plans and quit scamming your customers. Don't call your employees worthless. Quit acting like you're better because you wear a blue shirt. That doesn't make you smarter, better or right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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