Coca-Cola Company

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Merchandising is not a position that you want to spend more than 2-4 years in.

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Former Employee - Part-time Merchandiser in Harahan, LA
Former Employee - Part-time Merchandiser in Harahan, LA

I worked at Coca-Cola Company part-time (more than an year)

Pros

The pay is decent..great opportunity for someone in college to have general work experience on their resume when they graduate..benefits are good...you work with minimal supervision so your supervisor won't be on you that much...driving between stores is the nice with the freedom you have and the reimbursement of 55 cents per mile is nice too...you get to meet some nice customers and associates in these stores

Cons

long hours...for all the work you do you just get a half hour lunch break...terrible work/life balance..i'd start at 7 am and most days i wouldn't finish until almost 7 pm...some management in these stores view you as not worth the floors they walk on...sometimes i have to work behind someone who doesn't know what their doing or lazy...maybe both....so i end up doing double-work sometimes(including rotation)...there is no reward for doing a good job...no merchandiser of the month or anything...bad supervisor..when i voiced my concerns about anything to my supervisor he always says i'll take care of it, but nothing gets done....same goes with account managers when it comes to supplies(tape, repack boxes)...but they'll rat on you in a second of there are much left to be repacked....can't do anything if i don't have the supplies....communication is bad...i'd walk into a store ready for an order and i expect 5 pallets for the order..the truck driver ended up pulling out 10 pallets...call up the account manager like what's up with these 5 extra pallets?....oh i have to meet my quota for the month...so to the future merchandisers out there, prepare for everything i've said if you decide to be one

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend more time actually seeing what goes on in the lower levels of the company. Merchandisers go through plenty. Develop a better training program. Keep a better on these account managers. Needs to improve communication among supervisors, account managers, and merchandisers.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good place to build a resume

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is ok. You can make an average living.
    Decent benefits
    One of the most recognized trade marks in the world
    Looks good on a resume

    Cons

    1. Pay - Pay at CCR is below that of similar companies.
    2. Auto policy - They require account managers to buy a new car (five years old or newer). They require it to be worth a certain amount (18,000). However, the reimbursment policy falls way short of covering the cost of owning the vehicle. You end up driving your car into the ground for the company and end up with a worthless piece of junk. This policy resulted in a $10,000 a year loss in income.
    3. Hours - If you are in an account manager position, be prepared to spend 60-70 hours a week TRYING to get the job done properly. Understaffing causes each territory to contain way too many accounts. This may not be terrible when you are young and single, but when you have a family; work life balance is impossible to achieve. There is zero respect for your personal time, and they violate it 24/7.
    4. Management - Most managers are good people with good intentions. However, self promotion and preservation are their top priorities. They only want to hear that things are great. If you come to them with a problem, you are labled as a "boat rocker". They give a PC response and send you on your way. They no longer see their employees as people, but rather a tool to advance their careers. And watch out for the ego-maniacs.
    5. Diversity - While diversity is important, CCR takes it to the extreme. At my branch, management completely overlooks white males when it comes to development and promotion. They openly state that they are filling a position with a diversity candidate regardless of experience and ability. I personally was told not to apply for a position because they were looking for a diversity candidate. I have alsmost seven years of experience at the branch, a college degree, and an excellent work record. I was passed over in favor of a hispanic person with only three years experience and no experience in my market. FYI, if you are female or non white, this is an excellent company to build a career with. They do go the extra mile to promote a diverse work force.
    6. The Account Manager position - CCR is trying to promote this position as a white collar, professional position. Make no mistake, THIS IS A BLUE COLLAR ROUTE SALES JOB! You will work your butt off! It is physical, dirty, and demanding. Don't be mis-led by the hiring manager.
    7. Hard work is not valued - As wierd as it may seem, busting your tail and getting the job done right is looked down upon. Management is completely out of touch with what it takes to win in this position and therefore end up hiring the wrong type of person. I have never seen anything like it!
    8. In-fighting between departments - Fighting between departments is horrible. Their is no accountability or cooperation. Instead, there are deliberate attempts to make each other look bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 .Increase pay and staffing. You are not going to win with a culture of poeple who hate their job.
    2 Don't forget about white employees. Diversity is great, but hiring someone based only on their color or gender is not the answer and is counter productive. Look within!
    3. Take a good look at the abilities of your front line managers. Are they really qualified?
    4. Creating a better work life balance will go a long way in fixing what is a broken culture.
    5. Remember that your employees are poeple. We have families, hopes, dreams, and ambitions. Most importantly, we are what makes the machine function. Don't just flush away those hard working tenured employees who don't look the way you want them to. Remember the years of loyal service that made you what you are. Remember that we are also your customers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Hated it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits were good. Plenty of OT

    Cons

    Wear and tear on your body and your ride, high turnover rate for a reason
    Company recently changed hands. Long time employess are disgruntled and see new employees that are sent for them to be trained, as their replacement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs a more structured training program.
    Make sure the boss has actually done the job that that he is half ass training people to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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