Coca-Cola Company

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Coca-Cola Company Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,434 Reviews
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1,434 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good work/life balance allowing for employees to spend time with family (in 44 reviews)

  • Good benefits, big opportunity to relocate, tuition assistance is very easy (in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on the role, you could potentially have a non-favorable work life balance (in 74 reviews)

  • Overtime summer time - during the summer expect to work long hours lots of overtime (in 90 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    -Management that takes interest in professional development
    -Excellent resume builder, Fortune 500 company
    -World-wide brand recognition
    -Accessible leadership
    -Career growth opportunities
    -Good benefits, strong salary

    Cons

    -Very high stress situations and high pressure to meet goals
    -Days start at 7:30 AM and end around 5:30 routinely
    -Selling a product that everyone knows is both easier and more difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for investing in the sales team by hiring new sales people. Take steps to increase company loyalty across the board. Increase salaries of your drivers and delivery men, they interact with our customers more than anyone else and need to be skilled at interactions in order to drive profit. Consider the differences between respective regions and have different expectations for each.The same sales cannot be expected from Downtown Chicago, and Rural Alabama. Thanks for being attentive and accessible to us.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Cracks in the foundation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales/Management/Leadership Team in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales/Management/Leadership Team in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    You can put Coca-Cola on your resume when you figure out that the culture and direction the company is heading is not conducive to a long term healthy career.

    Get the experience and get out.

    Cons

    Delivery.

    Unions will be eliminated within a few years to make way for a centralized distribution model.

    Drivers need to assess their future now. You are Coca Cola's most expensive liability; tractor, trailer, benefits, pay. You will be replaced by a third party courier as soon as the union is gone. You thought losing your 401K match was bad, just wait. They WILL eliminate unions.

    Sales/Management

    Technology advancements will eliminate 1/3 of the Account Management staff.

    Roles will continue to be eliminated resulting in additional work loads for those remaining.

    Pay.

    Below the industry average for all sales & management roles. Overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to people interested in working at Coca Cola.

    Educate yourself on the beverage industry before applying. Beverage sales have been on the decline for 2+ years. Concumers are shifting away from Soft Drinks (compare to tobacco industry). Coca Cola does not have anything in their portfolio outside of beverages to make up this decline so they take from the employee.
    Company cars replaced with poor car allowances, 401K match % removed or match is less, cost of benefits continue to increase, no perks, poor work/life balance, etc...

    Advice to senior leadership.

    Stop taking equity stakes in "promising" new beverage brands as your main revenue growth (I'm looking at you Glaceau). The Green Mountain Keuirg is another backwards thinking deal. Coca Cola Is starting to show its age.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    BEWARE OF JOINING

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As an AM you have the ability to manager your own day. Start early and leave early or start later if you want, just get the job done.

    Cons

    Entirely too unorganized to be such a large company. AM are expected to spend day and night finding plans to hit volume, priorities and do everything under the sun. This company does not pay overtime and you will spend a significant amount of time running your route and also planning your day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the AM. Most upper management have never even been AMs. Follow-through is lacking and organization is as well. How do you expect us to execute D1M1 when you don't?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Large but ineffective.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Best research in business.

    Cons

    Far too many layers of management, company culture is by department, change occurs far too often prior to projects being completed. Management is killing this very old company which reflects in its stale stock price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After CCNA took over CCE in North America operations should get better but too much CCE management was left over and should've been out right fired! Follow the research Coke pours millions of dollars into, it does work and is effective BUT too many uneducated managers who doesn't have a clue about research, so sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting and invigorating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training and development was a high need for the organization, which helped employees to embrace the new vision and direction of the company.

    Cons

    Very competitive and challenging to absorb new management styles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just a number

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great name respectable name to work for thats it.

    Cons

    Low pay, Long hours, setting you up to fail, push push push push push environment with no compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Grinding out all the good employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Market Development Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay
    Training
    Great Brands
    Good Co-workers
    Pay
    Benefits
    Pay
    Training
    Great Brands
    Good Co-workers

    Cons

    Constantly changing priorities, micro management,. Took away company cars.Incentives impossible to attain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with Inbev/Brazillian management tactics...The US is not a 3rd world country where you can intimidate employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Process-driven business culture with limited opportunity for creative thought and strategy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary (if hired from the outside) and fast-paced corporate culture make working for the world's most recognizable brand very rewarding.

    Cons

    Regimented processes are outdated and senior management/executive leadership needs more "diversity of thought".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the "reigns" and learn to trust!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It has been tumultuous to put it best, Very high stress environment yet low reward.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's Coca Cola, It's a great resume builder & the experience & training you can obtain can be very useful.

    Cons

    Leadership is not very reliable, Pay is subpar & bonus compensation is unrealistic & un-attainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so willing to allow top talent to leave in an attempt to avoid paying them more than turn around & turn to the street & bring someone new in & pay them more than the talent you just allowed to depart was even asking for, It does not make sense & the morale to those that are still here suffers considerably because of it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Order-Taking and Filling Shelves in Chicago

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary and bonus structure.

    Sales goals are easy to hit IF you don't mind overloading stores with product.

    Dont work weekends or national holidays.

    You spend most of the day alone.

    You have a list of stops for the day, but you choose the order and time that you go to them.

    If you really familiar with your accounts, you can get away with staying home and making up orders on your portable computer. I used to go whole weeks without working. This creates great work-life balance, but it's not the right way to do things.

    Get lots of dates with attractive employees and customers in the stores.

    Cons

    The job is listed as "sales/marketing," but it's really just customer service and filling shelves.

    You have to go to 12-15 stores per day. If you let it, that can easily turn into 10-12 hours.

    YOU SPEND SO MUCH TIME FILLING SHELVES. There's no time left to work on sales. You just order as much as you can (to reach sales goals...even if the customer doesn't need it) and move on.

    Customers can buy for MUCH less from wholesalers without the extra strings attached. This makes it tough to sell the required products without breaking the rules.

    The district managers are delusional. They don't realize/care how much time it would take to do all of the things that they ask. Employees stop caring and just do enough to get by.

    No more company cars.

    Every week, they give you stacks of signs and coupons that you have put into your personal car. Throw most of it away when you get home. You won't need it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They already know. They just don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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