Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated

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Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
120 Reviews
3.5
120 Reviews
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Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated Chairman and CEO J. Frank Harrison III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great company pride at coca cola (in 6 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, must be a hardworker (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours 14 hours days everyday not including coming to and from work as trainee I was working 64 to 67 hours a week (in 14 reviews)

  • part time co workers don't care about the job and make your life harder (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wilmington, NC

    I worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Widely recognized brand. It is a good stepping stone. Boss was a good one and was always willing to help.

    Cons

    Good ol' boys club attitudes. Computer system is archaic and you would think that a large company like this would have current technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    BEST JOB EVER!!! Outstanding Company, outstanding culture, absolutely loved every aspect of my job during my tenure.

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    Former Employee - Technician in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Technician in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work environment, coworkers, pay, perks

    Cons

    Every so often days could run a little longer than expected, but if you manage your time wisely you can avoid this issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the GOOD WORK!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad

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    Former Employee - Route Driver
    Former Employee - Route Driver

    I worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    had weekends off only pro

    Cons

    Bad management, lies to get you hired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good hires and keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Bulk Merchandiser

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halifax, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halifax, NC

    I worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    discount on soft drinks.. that's about it

    Cons

    Long Hours, Chinese overtime, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change overtime pay

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Great Company, Hard Work, Freedom to Work Independently.

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Youngstown, OH

    I worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I was a Merchandiser for Coca-Cola. The job allows you to work independently in local grocery stores. The work is physically demanding at times, but there are also days that are quite easy. You generally work alone, although store owners/managers are periodically checking in on you. If you are lucky enough to receive a concrete route, become friends with these owners/managers, as they can make your life more difficult. Good pay, good benefits, must be a hardworker.

    Cons

    Communication lacks at times between account managers and merchandisers. The account managers are in charge of leaving build sheets for merchandisers (a drawing of a display depicting what is supposed to go where), but they often forget or choose not to. Being on call at least once a week, meaning they call you around 5:30 am telling you if you are working that day or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on top of account managers in regards to communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very challenging and enjoyable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Colleagues, good medical benefits & great customers

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement through current position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive of employees

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

    Long hours, inept management, and Trainee's treated poorly.

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    Former Employee - Driver Merchandiser in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Driver Merchandiser in North Charleston, SC

    I worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Competitive pay
    -Good healthcare options
    - 401 K

    Cons

    -Early mornings If you have an average commute 30 or so minutes you are looking at waking up at 3:30 am b/c you have to be there at 4:30 am
    -Long hours 14 hours days everyday not including coming to and from work as trainee I was working 64 to 67 hours a week.
    -Middle managers show excessive favoritism and are burned out all they are looking for is a work horse so they don't have to actual manage the work load.
    -High turnover rate on driver merchandiser b/c of long hours, mentally and physically demanding, and botched trainee program.
    -Trainee's are used as relief for overly burdened routes b/c they are so short handed. Be prepared for long days everyday and demanding coworkers who expect you to shoulder more than your share of the work.
    -Massive responsibilities: Obtain CDL learners permit and CDL working 60+ hours weekly. Learn merchandising and stocking displays and coolers. Product rotation and building displays and racks. Learning customer habits and expectations.
    -Overly religious themes can leave non-religious people feeling out of the loop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.) Trainee's should be there to learn not as personal servants to other driver merchandisers. 2.) New hires need more instruction and communication time with actual managers not route specialist. 3.) Work on your bedside manner 4.) Communicate with employees expectations/problems before it becomes a major problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Some good, some bad

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    advancement opportunities if they like you.

    Cons

    Some upper management not exactly "servant leaders". Soft Drink industry suffering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your Directors are who they say they are and act accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a great learning experience in management compared to what is taught in college MBA classes.

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people were generally friendly and hard working. The benefits were good. The general style and idea of their management methods seemed appropriate to the industry.

    Cons

    There was an over-emphasis on maintaining the budget and cutting costs, primarily overtime and less concentration on improving operations performance, thus making them more reactive than proactive as in an internally focused process. Some managers had a different idea of the mission where the treatment of the production and maintenance workers were concerned and created a low morale among the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Workplace enviroment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated full-time

    Pros

    Management treat you like family. They are great, considerate, and reasonable.

    Cons

    Some of the co-workers feel they need to put others down to look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do personality profile tests for all salaried positions before you hire someone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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