C&S Wholesale
2.6 of 5 115 reviews
www.cswg.com Keene, NH 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 17, 2014

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C&S Wholesale Chairman and CEO Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "C&S is definitely a fast-paced environment, but if that excites you, you'll do great"
    in 14 reviews
  • "It is a fast paced environment and it keeps you busy"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "they have poor work life balance"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Long hours are expected and necessary to get the job done"
    in 13 reviews
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Timing is of the essence.

Selector (Former Employee)
Brattleboro, VT

I worked at C&S Wholesale full-time for more than 3 years

Pros4-7 day work week extra hours always permitted. $200-300 per shift, Stereos on pallet jacks. Good people everywhere.. good HR

ConsRed Prairie = work harder and faster for less $$$$ ..... Personal stereos taken away and replaced with a few out of tune speakers that are too loud on the loading docks and too quiet throughout the aisles.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair with the "Gravy loads"... Sharing is caring :) Take away "Red Prairie" or fine tune it greatly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Supervisor (Current Employee)

I have been working at C&S Wholesale full-time for more than 10 years

ProsChallenging and progressive work environment with growth opportunities.

ConsFlexible schedule, weekends, paid holidays, cross-training

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ehhh

Shipping Clerk DSA (Current Employee)
Malden, MA

I have been working at C&S Wholesale full-time for more than a year

ProsMoney is competitive
Large company, room to move up.

ConsLackluster management. The schedule is brutal so most are just in it for the paycheck.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more structure.

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

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not bad at all

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at C&S Wholesale full-time for less than a year

Prosplenty of OT for good workers

Consbenefits aren't that great but they do offer them to full and part timers

Advice to Senior Managementoffer more pay since the benefits aren't the best

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's Not Worth It

Associate Merchandising Analyst (Current Employee)
Keene, NH

I have been working at C&S Wholesale full-time for more than a year

ProsThey are a growing business and are generally good about giving raises every year. The company as a whole donates a lot to charities. There is a free clinic with some free prescriptions.

ConsThe company values are very archaic. They have begun to give laptops to full-time employees and told that you should "consider" taking it home every night. They do not believe in working from home even if it a blizzard outside their philosophy is if you are not at work you are not working. Life-Work balance in non-existent and it is hard to transfer teams or raise in your position.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to acknowledge your employees. Having more than 5 paid holiday days would be nice and not ridiculing those that take the days before or after would be a nice perk.

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

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upgrading

Fleet Maintenance (Former Employee)
Chester, NY

I worked at C&S Wholesale full-time for more than a year

Prosvery advancing ..... always training you for your trade

Consnone great place to work for.

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start career, no incentive to stay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at C&S Wholesale full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery complex and dynamic industry. Lots of different interesting projects to work on. Gain a LOT of experience in a short amount of time.

Company does a good job recruiting from top colleges

ConsPeople are initially very ambitious, and are very productive. However, people quickly realize that there really is no incentive to go above and beyond the call of duty. The yearly bonuses are not competitive and promotions do not go to the high performers.

Not losing your job is NOT equivalent to a raise

Advice to Senior ManagementGive high achievers more reason to stay

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Exciting

Office (Current Employee)
Keene, NH

I have been working at C&S Wholesale full-time for more than 5 years

ProsC&S is definitely a fast-paced environment, but if that excites you, you'll do great. I left a boring 9-5 job to come here, and I couldn't be happier. The people are smart, dedicated, and fun. Because it's a private company, there isn't a lot of bureaucracy. It's a great place for people who like to get things done.

ConsIf you're not the best at what you do, or if you're not willing to learn to be the best, then C&S might not be for you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great People, Some Not, Challenging Environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at C&S Wholesale

ProsTruly dedicated staff and teams, work tirelessly to meet aggressive goals and understand the meaning of teamwork, cooperation, and hard work. There is also fantastic exposure to work experience and skill development. Great support of communities and volunteerism.

ConsMany corporate leaders work in a bubble and are almost completely disconnected from the people that actually perform the work and make the company successful. There is a distinct 'ol boys' club and political-centric cliques that make for an uncomfortable environment as well as an inability for some to advance further in their careers. Many leaders to not uphold the 'open door policy' that they boast and rather take a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do approach based on a lack of trust of their teams and their own personal career goals.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember where this company came from, family-owned and team members treated as family. Insincerity with your workforce and distrust of management can be detrimental, try getting back to treating those who work hard for you with respect and appreciation. It goes beyond free T-shirts and pizza parties.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have never been more happy to leave a job!

Warehouse Supervisor (Current Employee)
Windsor Locks, CT

I have been working at C&S Wholesale full-time for less than a year

ProsGood people to work with. I truly enjoyed interacting with the selectors and developing relationships with them.

ConsLong hours- (14=) 4 days a week. Plus an additional day was added when we weren't achieving the Regional Managers personal goals even though budget was reached.
(GOBS)- Good Old Boy System. If you weren't somebodies drinking buddy, then you had no real chance for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind Jesus.

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

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