Dot Foods Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Delivery Specialist

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    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist in Burley, ID
    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist in Burley, ID

    I worked at Dot Foods (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great bonuses and raises, good people, small town.

    Cons

    Long commute to DC, dispatch needs a lot of help and updated technology for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. C executives need a little humility.


  2. Good Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager Trainee in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager Trainee in Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Dot Foods (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family Owned, Private, Great Employees

    Cons

    Company culture, most people must fit in the "mold"


  3. Great People, Great Work!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Dot Foods (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The family atmosphere and employee value was honestly second to none, especially in an industry as cutthroat as sales.

    Cons

    Honestly, I don't think I could accurately state any cons in my limited time working with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


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  5. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Sterling, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Sterling, IL

    I worked at Dot Foods

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for careers. A lot of employees jump around. Friendly cultures, typical small town atmosphere. Lots of training and development opportunities. Intern bonus available.

    Cons

    Located in remote area. Commute is heavy if you are willing to live in Quincy. There is growth available, but peaks at mid manager. Family owns the top positions.

    Advice to Management

    Let people who deserve the position receive it not family members. Consider company vehicles for traveling positions. Need more safety staff.


  6. Used to be better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Delivery Specialist in Williamsport, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Delivery Specialist in Williamsport, MD

    I worked at Dot Foods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Department management does care about the employees. Trucks are late model and the garage staff are excellent, especially at Williamsport, MD. When you have a request the do what they can to fulfill it.

    Cons

    They try to do too much with the staff they have. Drivers used to get full weekends ans great money. With E-logs and regulatory changes that is no longer the case. We were working longer for less. Attempts at adjusting the pay have not closed the gap. Given the increased cost of living on the road and the fact that we throw our own freight for the most part makes that a big negative. Weekends can often be little more than 34 hours and forget most holidays. Drivers are stating to burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in the sales staff. Working the warehouse and drivers at near max capacity for so many long stretches is part of the reason you are having a retention problem. Back off on being all about the money and expansion for the sake of expansion. You used to be very family oriented. It would be wise to return to those roots.


  7. Refrigeration / Fire Protection

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Refrigeration/Fire Protection in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Refrigeration/Fire Protection in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Dot Foods (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have never had a layoff. But, they do not need one. This place turns people over a lot.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a hard job this is it.

    Advice to Management

    Bad word gets around a lot better than good.


  8. All talk. No diversity. White male good old boys club

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    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Dot Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most hourly employees are very friendly and great to work with but few salaried employees especially management give them the respect theyour deserve. Company is growing quickly and new positions are being added. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    The company especially top management, which basically is the Tracy famil (and since the family is huge that will not be changing very soon), preaches diversity and inclusion and says it's a top priority at every large meeting, but that's all it is- talk. It's a conservative white maless born and raised in the Midwest club and those who are the biggest suck ups, or as they call it "brand building" are the ones who advance. When they are able to bring in diverse candidates they expect them to conform to their cookie cutter image instead of embracing those different points of views. This is why diverse employee turnover is extremely high. There is also a constant pressure to "build your brand" which basically means it's a higher priority to walk around and socialize and hang out with coworkers on weekends than it is to actually do your work. There is a constant pressure to conform and they even say that you're being watched at all times which makes it a nerve racking work environment - it's like you can finally exhale once you've left work. Because the rapid growth of the company they are turning into a soleless corporate machine rather quickly, by treating employees as a number and pinching pennies whereever possible. Employees used to get more flexibility and perks but that is no longer the case. If you want to be a robot who has to leave your personality and opinions at home and are ok with being promoted based on your ability to conform and socialize rather than your work this is the perfect job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Basically read the cons and do the opposite of what you are doing now. Embrace people's different points of view because it can benefit the companies future- the world is changing quickly and if you always do what you've always done you will always get what you've always gotten. Allow employees the ability to feel comfortable to express themselves at work and use their creativity instead of making people feel that they have to fit your specific mold in order to be able to succeed.


  9. Better than average. Delivery Driver.

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    Current Employee - Customer Delivery Specialist in Mount Sterling, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Delivery Specialist in Mount Sterling, IL

    I have been working at Dot Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, catered lunches during initial 2 week training. Meals covered while on the road training. Generally positive atmosphere. Attentive management. Flexible schedule options. Showers reimbursed

    Cons

    The company prides itself on being family owned/oriented But, the company is growing so large so quickly that it really has no choice but to begin to adopt the soulless corporate atmosphere found everywhere else. Literally back breaking labor,for deliveries, sorting and separating up to 20 tons of individually packaged food items at unpleasant facilities with unsavory types of people. Full truckload deliveries can take up to 6-8 hours with injuries very easily occurring from dropping cases and/or pallets, tripping over pallets, splinters from pallets, torn/stretched muscles. Rolling sleep schedules every 10 hours. Inability to move wit out pain for several days following an ungodly large delivery. Plus all the usual truck driver unpleasantries, peeing in a bottle, sleeping in a car, long boring miles for 11 hours at a time, disconnected from normal society. Away from family and friends, sleeping at work, irregular bathing opportunities. No apus in trucks means no appliances or air conditioning while trying to sleep in your car after heaving 20 tons of freight in 100 degree heat with noisy trucks/cars/people all around you at all hours. They do not use Qualcomm, they use a clunky slow system called peoplenet. They tend to over-pinch their pennies. Especially considering drivers spend more time in their trucks than they do in their own homes. Basic modern conveniences of home, specifically air conditioning.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of PeopleNet, get APUs for the trucks. Upgrade your warehouse software so it will not only get the freight fit on the truck but can accommodate the human having to unload it by themselves on the other end.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Worse job I've ever had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Dot Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company does a great job selecting their employees, so that allows for good atmosphere, loved the people I worked with, they all help each other out. I believe it has to do with the selection and not that they're happy there. Good benefits .

    Cons

    The pay is awful! They have a system to pay their drivers that it's just confusing (how convenient) you work really hard for what you make...example: you would have 39 pallets (double stacked) in one trailer, you have 3-5 stops, these 39 pallets brake into 120-150 pallets. A lumper service wouldn't touch that load for less than $750.00 ( I asked ) the company would pay me $110.00 or so plus .30 per mile, which by the way you can only drive around 1000 to 1500 miles due to spending 8-10 hours at the docks unloading. So the benefits I mentioned above, they're great but in the end the employee pays for them by being compensated what's fair. They brag about being one of the riches family own companies in the nation, but what does that mean for the employee?

    Advice to Management

    Pay for experience and go up on the pay for unloading your freight. Share that profit you brag about among your employees and they will be happy.


  11. Helpful (1)

    They treat you like a person.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dyersburg, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dyersburg, TN

    I have been working at Dot Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dot is a good place to work because they actually treat you like a person and not just another number. The company is big about being family friendly and keeping a good working environment. They don't tolerate their managers yelling or behaving aggressively. There is room for advancement for those with education.

    Cons

    They claim that people don't have to have degrees to advance in the company but in reality if someone wants to advance further than a floor lead or trainer they have to have some sort of four year degree. They do have a tuition assistance program so it's not all bad. In some areas they have some poor managers but overall their leadership is good. The biggest thing that they could improve on is diversity and inclusion. They claim to have a program but in truth most managers and supervisors have a major problem with this.

    Advice to Management

    Favoritism is a big problem in quite a few areas and there needs to be a more conscious attempt to prevent it. Nepotism is also present and needs to be dealt with a little better.



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