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A rudderless ship, haplessly searching for direction.

Anonymous (Former Employee) Austin, TX

ProsJob security, free case of beer every other month, company vehicle as a sales rep (could take several years), hunting trips if you like slaughtering deer, and a good place to observe a train wreck on occasion. Average 401k plan and good health insurance. Some really good people just lost and stuck in the current regime.

ConsLack of direction, cronyism, average pay, below average bonus structure, must work a decade to get a third week of vacation, if you like working on holidays sign up here, micromanagement, glass ceiling, incompetence is openly accepted if not encouraged, company goals are ambiguous and contradictory. Too many Managers and not leaders. A title can be a dangerous weapon in the hands of an inexperienced user.
Training is limited.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow the younger core to collaborate with senior management to right the ship from sinking. The problems are clear but are never addressed or blatantly ignored. It really is a sad state; however a renewed passion and desire to remove the issues could make a significant difference. Cross-training and monthly panel discussions on the state of the market and company could prove to be very successful. Your were a great company, fix the glaring problems, remove certain individuals who have no business being in management roles. Too many individuals as managers but not leaders. A title doesn't make you a leader or automatically garner respect. Treat your employees with respect and take a look in the mirror. The foundation is severely cracked but it can be rebuilt. Give your employees the tools to succeed and get out of the way. Avoid the same propaganda, it's antiquated and doesn't work. With all respect, best of luck. You can regain your spot as the top wholesaler in the Austin market.

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

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    Job security, but underwhelming pay and incompetent management...

    Office Staff (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    I have been working at Brown Distributing

    Pros: Job security is great -- unless you're an absolute dope you're not going to… Cons: Because you have to be a idiot to get fired, LOTS of management/supervisors (especially in the sales team) are grossly unqualified for their jobs. It's… Advice to Senior Management: Open your eyes and really look at who you're hiring and promoting internally. Just because so-and-so says they're great, doesn't mean they are. Next thing… More
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