C.H. Robinson Worldwide Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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C.H. Robinson Worldwide Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Wiehoff
John P. Wiehoff
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Pros
  • good benefits, exicitng work environment, opp for advancement (in 33 reviews)

  • fast paced, high energy, great people (for the most part), little to no micro-management (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • When other reviewers say that there is a bad work/life balance, take it seriously (in 29 reviews)

  • Long hours, can be stressful, always working or feel like you are working (in 49 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Definitely a good place to get your career started but don't enter without an exit strategy already in place.

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    Former Contractor - Global Forwarding Agent in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Contractor - Global Forwarding Agent in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at C.H. Robinson Worldwide as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people
    Mid-pressure atmosphere (enough work to stay busy, but mostly not enough to stress you out)
    Average hours, usually 8am - 4:30pm

    Cons

    Low pay
    Low-to-no-value work (my job didn't even require a college degree)
    No opportunities to gain valuable new skills or develop professionally
    Little opportunities for advancement (you have to know the right people at the right time)
    No opportunities for rewards (like weekly contests where you can win free stuff, etc.)
    Little flexibility with time off (I was fired because I got in a bad car accident and asked for a few hours off here and there to see my lawyer. This was after working there for 9 months and not taking any time off.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What you pay your new hires is a choice that you make, not your shareholders. Thus, you need to stop paying your shareholders at the expense of your employees. And that means you need to change how you do business. Do you know why a large company like Google or Apple can pay its employees while a large company like Walmart can't? It's because of its business model. Notice how you will never ever get a discount on a Macbook or Google Glass. That's because Google and Apple manufacture these products, so they set the price. The price doesn't budge, but the demand is still there. Walmart, on the other hand, competes entirely on price alone. They profit entirely on markup, so their prices always need to be the lowest in the market. This means they have to squeeze everything out of overhead that they can in order to increase their margins, and those increases go to their shareholders. While Google and Apple can just raise their prices whenever they need to and can pay both their shareholders and their employees. As the largest domestic 3PL provider, you're basically the Walmart of the Logistics industry. You're best people have already fled, as they're certainly employable at a company that will value them more. You continue to bring in contractors doing $22/hr work for $12/hr in order to decrease your overhead because you don't have many other options. If this trend continues, you WILL lose your reputation for great service and your status as the leading 3PL provider in America. I mean, I was told directly in my interview that there wouldn't be opportunities to advance. Why should your new workers work hard for awful pay if their hard work won't pay off in the long-run? Especially when the work is broken down into tasks so simple that, really, a computer should be doing it. Either automate or see the people you hire as more than just parts of an assembly line.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great working environment, people always willing to help and answer any questions you may have.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C.H. Robinson Worldwide

    Pros

    Friendly people, time goes by fast, never run out of things that need to get done. Keeping fingers crossed that I am hired and not kept as a temp.

    Cons

    At times people talk to much and get a little loud which is distracting. Need to weed out people that are just there to collect pay checks. Need to hire the temps that work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they suggest what could be changed to make your employee more efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C.H. Robinson Worldwide

    Pros

    excellent sales training and great leadership

    Cons

    pay could be better though

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  5. Lack measurable feedback

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Sales Executive

    I worked at C.H. Robinson Worldwide full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Most offices have a ping pong table or a football, fun, loud, friendly environment. Work hard play hard, happy hours, lunches, and sales trip expenses paid by company.

    Cons

    Lack measurable feedback to learn how to grow. Don't be too competitive or too outgoing, regardless of what they tell you. Pay is less than average. Many time wasting activities and require too much hidden supervision in sales. Working too hard may make you stand out in a bad way, so be conservative. Environment can be very loud and distracting if you are on the phone with customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use measurable feedback in terms of employee reviews. Give real opportunity for employee input instead of just making them believe they have it. Be more forward thinking in terms of where the company is going not how far it has already come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. OK for a college grad, not a career position

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at C.H. Robinson Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology is descent, but you have to learn how to use it on your own

    Cons

    Work life, pay, 'bonus' that you never get, raises are weak and come with carrots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training, people and get rid of the 'Good 'ol Boys' that you have running branches...need new ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Overall a solid company.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at C.H. Robinson Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, room for advancement, year end bonus

    Cons

    Lack of employee recognition, less than positive work environment at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great place to start career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C.H. Robinson Worldwide

    Pros

    Learn on the job and prepares you for future in sales

    Cons

    Long hours but limited financially

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time focusing on talent you have and how to keep them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great place to learn the industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C.H. Robinson Worldwide

    Pros

    Good pay when I started, recent years they have really pulled back. Great rewards for long term employees.

    Cons

    Its all who you know. I watched people get passed over for promotions b/c they weren't with the "in" crowd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good for college grad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C.H. Robinson Worldwide

    Pros

    Good office environment, lots of industry experience

    Cons

    High workload, no work/life balance

  11. CH Robinson

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive

    I have been working at C.H. Robinson Worldwide

    Pros

    Networking opportunities, training, corporate atmosphere, large brand name to help "back" you. Different opportunities to work at different positions within the company

    Cons

    Too many offices all competing with each other, sales rules make it confusing to figure out whose customer is who. Each office is competing with each other for their best revenue for their office, not for the company itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on providing a way for offices to work together instead of compete with each other for the better of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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