Echo Global Logistics

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Echo Global Logistics Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
128 Reviews

3.5
128 Reviews
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Echo Global Logistics CEO and Director Doug Waggoner
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Excellent Training, Few Opportunities for Long Term Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - National Account Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - National Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The LTL training program was excellent. They've reformatted it a bit since I was hired, but Echo was my first supply chain job. It was a thorough and comprehensive introduction to LTL transport.

    Cons

    Very high turnover. Salesmen complain of "lead-lock," or a lack of available prospects to call on. Disputes over leads and accounts are frequent and usually settled in favor of senior reps, so it's difficult to gain traction as a young salesperson. Sweeping changes in benefits and commission structure were made without warning.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where Careers Go to Die

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    You will generally work 8AM-5PM, but longer hours will come depending on the amount of clients you have and what time zone they are in. Echo requires their employees (namely sales employees) to wear many hats so, while it may be annoying to manage all your shipments from entering in the database to invoice payment, all of your clients' payment collections, and deal with inevitable freight claims, it is useful experience that will increase your business savvy if you continue to work in logistics.

    Cons

    Echo has a 'churn and burn' type of atmosphere, in that sales reps and account executives will work like crazy to see little or nothing in return, aside from their base salary check. You are not valued until you produce, but most employees get too worn out before they can do so.

    There is virtually zero respect between employees and the lack of professionalism is imminent. No one holds themselves accountable for getting their job done and there are blurred lines with policies and procedures. Additionally, the culture of the company is similar to that of a high school clique. Regardless of your work ethic, education, work accomplishments, etc., it is impossible to move up from an entry-level position in the company unless you are in the in-crowd. It is no wonder that a good portion of management is actually pretty incompetent.

    The pay at Echo is severely low. The base salary is generally in the 25-50% compared to average industry rates and because your compensation plan can change at any time. It is not uncommon to see your pay drop from year to year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The screen when you walk into the office says "Echo Values Its Employees." This is a colossal lie and is evidenced by the amount of untapped potential at the company. HR, managers, etc. should be working with employees within the first three months to determine their strengths, weaknesses, and goals, and help them to realize their potential. 360 feedback would be beneficial because a large portion of management is pretty awful and incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Below Average Career Opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Young and fun work environment.

    Cons

    Poor pay, management doesn't stick to their word.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more consistency

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of busy work/ low pay / replaceable

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good place to start out and get something on your resume

    Cons

    Frat house. Young inexperienced managers. Too much hiring from within which means you get people with Echo tunnel vision. The bureaucracy is to have systems in place so that everyone is replaceable. You spend most of your time creating paper trails to cover your ass. Most people have extra part time jobs on the weekend to cover the cost of living in Chicago. A team lead's sole purpose is to micro-manage and squeeze more work out of you. It doesn't seem like anyone gets a chance to take a lunch break so everyone eats at their desk. Then they bribe you with beer on Friday. If you paid more we could all buy our own beer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't know. Never get to interact with any of them because I'm low on the food chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Filled with false hopes. Plenty of hard work and nothing in return.

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    Current Employee - National Account Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Young, fun work environment for the most part. Snacks and sodas and coffee provided. Opportunity to make a good amount of money.

    Cons

    Plagued with favoritism, micro-management, and executives who don't care about 90% of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of everyone, quit hiring everyone for sales and then giving them other jobs. Source people and train them for the jobs they will be doing in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Young atmosphere with a lot of green sales people.

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    Former Employee - National Account Manager  in  Troy, MI
    Former Employee - National Account Manager in Troy, MI

    Pros

    High spirit and lots of people just out of college and in the work force. A good experience for learning cold calling and accountability.

    Cons

    Very regimented day to day and feels very military-esque. Most of this is due to the extreme pressure put on the supervisors to perform. What this means is that you can forget asking your bosses to leave for doctors appointments and don't call in sick or ask for vacation without someone acting like it is the end of the world. Due to the young work crowd there are a lot sales rewards based on pizza and $10 gift cards to Starbucks. Worst part of working there-even if you were good at your job you felt like you could be fired at any time in a very unprofessional manner. Also, the commission structure is nearly impossible to get to in the first year-don't believe what they tell you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company isn't a start up anymore-stop treating it like one. The cold call to death sales tactics are not going to work much longer. You need to start hiring seasoned account reps and pay them a fair wage. People working at department stores downtown make more money that your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for the unmotivated.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Sales Representative  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Client Sales Representative in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Great opportunities to make money and learn

    After a year you will be an expert in the Logistics industry.

    Cons

    Can be a 24/7 job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None as of yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Echo Dallas, a great place to learn both sales and transportation management

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Great Co workers, dedicated managerial and executive staff. The company is growing at such a rapid pace, there is a lot of room for internal promotion.

    Cons

    In my tenure thus far, i have not seen any cons worth noting. At the pace the company is growing, its good to see that they have kept most everyone happy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the dedication and face time within the branches, it helps motivate employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work amongst peers but tough to be more than just a number

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    If you're a young person just starting out, this is a great first job in Chicago. Nearly all of the 300+ employees in Chicago are between 23-30. Easy to make friends as most people are in the same boat, first job in Chicago, don't plan on staying there for very long.

    Cons

    A new recruiting class of 20 every month. You are not much more than a number and if you aren't catching on the company will not hesitate to cut you loose. There is a lot of external competition in this industry in Chicago, but the enormous amount of sales reps in the company creates an enormous amount of internal competition. High volume/small margin approach makes it exceedingly difficult to reach commission threshold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a better system for handling old leads could allow customer sales reps to have more success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great young work culture...always looking to expand...salary could be better.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Young, fun work culture
    Great for post grads looking to see what they want
    Relaxed work atmosphere, providing you do your work
    Nice location

    Cons

    Micro Managed
    Not high enough commissions
    Salary could be better
    Cold Callin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would have loved to see higher commissions and a salary bump to feel like we were working towards something worth staying for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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