Echo Global Logistics Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
131 Reviews
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Pros
  • Echo Dallas has a great work environment for someone who wants to work hard and play hard (in 19 reviews)

  • kickball team on thursdays, softball team on tuesdays, beer fridays and happy hours regularly (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible commission structure, low salary (in 11 reviews)

  • Base Salary sucks and it takes a while to build business (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, upbeat environment, excellent career path opportunities, fun work space (zen room, ping pong table, golf green, beer Fridays, business casual) awesome insurance benefits, philanthropy clubs, fast paced

    Cons

    Pay is lower in the beginning but tenure is recognized and rewarded. Must be self sufficient and a go getter. Will not micro manage so sink or swim!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is great, provide better training for lower level management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Dissatisfied

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Sales Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Sales Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun Work environment
    Central location
    Young office atmosphere

    Cons

    terrible commission structure, favoritism, unprofessionalism, competitive price driven market, difficult customer base to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to set a better base with the expectations they have on employees. This is a stressful job in an unreliable industry. We are expected to close accounts, manage accounts, track our shipments, do all of our accounting and service our customers like they are our only ones all while making 35,000 a yr. The work environment is fun but the blatant favoritism of certain reps whom have not worked hard enough to earn the accounts that have been handed to them without anything to do with the sell-close process is so flagrant; all of your employees know who deserves to be rewarded for their hard work and who are given accounts they did not earn nor deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This job is not for everyone and most people quit w/ in 6 months or stay for the long haul.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Carrier Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Carrier Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Young, fun employees and beer Fridays are perks.

    Cons

    You will be working 55-65 hours per week. 11 hrs M-Thurs, 12 Hrs on Friday and 12 Saturday shifts per year at 8 hours per shift. There is absolutely no work-life balance. 401K plan is the worst I have ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management can be rude and unprofessional. We have to be there for about 60 hours per week so lets keep it fun.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Favoritism is prevalent

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual
    Some co-workers are decent
    Good benefits
    Remodeled office space

    Cons

    River North Location is not great.

    A lot of egos.

    Work pace is so fast it's hard to focus on quality. Some managers are all about # of releases and don't care about real added value or quality.

    A lot of favoritism. Recognition is a problem if you are not part of the club. Some peoole get praised for doing way less than others.

    Managers are mostly young and inexperienced andvthat leads to the cons above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to hiring competent experienced managers. It's about technical abilities only. Leadership is about managing motivating, mentoring and nurturing employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Echo Global Logistics for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, really young but not quite as "fratty" as similar companies. Casual dress code (polos, button-downs and jeans, so a little nicer than then industry standard.) and beer Fridays.

    Cons

    Long work days can be stressful. Also not many places to eat around the Chicago office although they do have Fooda come in every now and then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

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

    Great company to work for. Great company culture. They really care about their employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun and energetic company. Young crowd. They really care about their employees.

    Cons

    Pay is low to start out. It can take up to 1 or 2 years before you start to make commission because they are monthly goals for sales which is a very difficult goal. Quarterly or yearly goals are much easier to get commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has to be an easier route to gain commission or something else that motivates me to stick around and keep selling.

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

    Great opportunity, hard work, can be frustrating at times.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The culture is great. Most people are fairly young and hungry for success. Management is very helpful. They hand out beer on Fridays at the office.

    Cons

    Cold calling, sometimes things that are out of your control can temporarily limit your opportunities, there are a ton of employees so one on one help isn't always available, salary is better than most sales jobs but still not great until you make commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Echo is an awesome place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is a young and high energy culture with Midwestern values. Super nice people and very social atmosphere. Everyone wants you to succeed. If you've ever thought about giving commissioned sales a try, this is the place to do it.

    Cons

    The first 6 months are difficult - lots of cold calling. But if you can stick with it you will succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time

    Pros

    Great people, office culture is very outgoing and fun. Beer on fridays, you are basically left alone after training to do what you need to do

    Cons

    TERRIBLE tier one managers. No patience, don't answer questions, don't care about you and are downright unprofessional and inappropriate. There is so much office gossip and little support when you first start out.

    You are cold calling/emailing all day every day until you are able to convince someone to pay their ridiculous rates (good luck) or have accounts handed down to you. It gets old very quick and you have to find all of your leads outside of office hours (basically you're forced to work overtime if you want to be remotely successful). I was constantly stressed and hated my job within the first month. You really have to take a lot of crap for months so you can do well. Salary is too low for what they ask of you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new managers who can actually handle the responsibilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    moving too fast to do things right

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Echo Global Logistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Laid back work environment
    Casual
    Fun people to work with
    Decent benefits
    Great gym in building

    Cons

    poorly organized
    can't fix obvious problems
    "good enough" ethic is firmly entrenched
    hidebound
    completely unsustainable pacing of work.
    Everything is urgent and important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take technology more seriously. You can't do your business without it.

    Slow down and do things right instead of rushing through them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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