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Coca-Cola Company Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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2.7 13 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Muhtar Kent

(4 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Good benefits, big opportunity to relocate, tuition assistance is very easy (in 79 reviews)

  • Great work life balance but I'm not sure it was intentional on management's part (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on the role, you could potentially have a non-favorable work life balance (in 65 reviews)

  • Overtime summer time - during the summer expect to work long hours lots of overtime (in 82 reviews)

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    Exciting and invigorating

    Territory Account Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    ConsVery competitive and challenging to absorb new management styles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    BEWARE OF JOINING

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsAs 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.

    ConsEntirely 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 Senior ManagementListen 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Large but ineffective.

    Business Development Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsBest research in business.

    ConsFar 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 Senior ManagementAfter 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just a number

    Delivery Driver (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat name respectable name to work for thats it.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a clue

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

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    Grinding out all the good employees

    Market Development Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

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

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

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

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

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

    AREA SALES MANAGER (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen the "reigns" and learn to trust!

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

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

    Distribution Supervisor (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Order-Taking and Filling Shelves in Chicago

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsDecent 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThey already know. They just don't care.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Learning experience

    Market Development Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    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 Senior ManagementThank 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Inconsistent - the changes never last

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCommunication from executive team has greatly improved in the past couple of years due to regular "Town Hall" meetings.
    Leadership's passion and motivational speeches are exhilarating and make you want to run through a wall to sell the next case.
    Great online continuous learning tools and tuition reimbursement, if you can find the time to take advantage of them.
    It's the most recognized brand on the planet! Some people treat you like a rock star for working here.
    Managers have started to accept the fact that college degrees are only expensive pieces of paper until the employee actually demonstrates their ability to do the job.
    Generous severance packages for employees who have lost their jobs due to restructuring.

    ConsChanges are made too frequently. New "roadmaps", departments, and job titles every year or two have created mass confusion.
    Jobs are continuously being cut, centralized, or outsourced. You no longer feel comfortable putting personal things on your desk because you know it will be one more thing to move later on.
    New salary structure has demoralized many employees.
    Very long hours on the job are followed-up by regular mandates to participate in activities during time off for the purpose of promoting the brand.
    There are no written procedures for most functions, including basic daily operations, yet employees are expected to learn almost everything on their own.
    Sales Teams no longer feel like a "team". High performers are overburdened while poor performers who have negative attitudes and an air of self-entitlement are tolerated.
    Talent Recruiting process is far too long and biased. Fantastic internal candidates are passed up for unfair reasons far too often due to poorly-veiled Diversity initiative.
    Annual performance reviews are based on a "calibration" process to determine merit increases, which results in only a few of the best & worst performers in the country being recognized (your top employee may get the same reward as your worst employee and there's nothing you can do about it).

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive changes a chance to work before changing the very same things all over again.
    Diversity is important but stop trying so hard. No candidate will walk through the door with "gay and proud" tattooed on their forehead, so please just focus on the best talent, period, regardless of what package it comes in.
    When several employees within the same bucket overperform and exceed their IPOs, reward them all instead of choosing only one.
    Don't let the words "Six Sigma" on a resume become the new college degree. The employee's knowledge and ability still have to be proven.

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