Coca-Cola Company

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Coca-Cola Company

Pros

Coca-Cola is overall a great place to work. The culture is unlike any other you’ll find in Corporate America. There is a strong emphasis on people, education, ambassadorship and development. However, you must pursue it – don’t expect your manager to hand it over. There was a performance review process that I thought was effective. You set goals and review them. Management is supportive as it comes to growth, feedback and opportunities.

In Coke, there is what is called a “friends and family” network. You must be able to adapt and figure out who does what and how to get things done. The more people you know, the more successful you’ll be. Otherwise, you’ll be left behind.

No doubt, you’ll work hard, long hours and sometimes swirl around waiting for leadership to make a decision, but you’ll never learn more about your craft. Having left Coke, I understand this to be very true. My skills in other companies far surpass the same level position. Working at Coca-Cola will take you to the next level in your career.

Cons

The Coke environment is very politically driven. This goes back to the negative impact of the “friends and family” network. For the most part, leadership makes all the decisions (it’s top to bottom always). Unfortunately employees do not challenge leadership and their decisions even if they know it’s not the right way to go. People just execute accordingly to 2 minute conversation had with sr. leaders. And, another negative thing is that policy is often created in the “elevator” rather than considering the longer-term necessity of change.

More often than not, you’ll swirl around wondering why you spend so much time in meetings rather than getting the work done. There are meetings to plan the meetings then follow-up meetings to talk about the meeting that happened. It’s inefficient, but is a part of the environment.

The communicate style is interesting and lacks transparency from the more sr. leaders, but overall the communications is strong and they drive brand awareness very well. You’ll certainly be shocked at the amount of money that is spent and wasted on a daily basis -- all because employees can not slow down enough to think and make practical decisions.

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For leaders, I think you should focus on your resources and position them for success. Stop and take a moment to think about whether or not your decision is relevant and necessary. There are always 10 ways to get something done. Listen more to your experts, i.e. employees. Realize the impact your decisions have on all employees. Stay focused and quit doing “one-off” projects that will not make a difference to the larger vision. Be strategic and stay out of the tactics – that’s why you hire people. Trust your people to do good work. If they don’t, then it’s your job to handle it, quickly. Be clear. Stop assuming employees can’t understand the environment and/or changes that are coming. Be clear. If you hire intelligent people then micromanagement is not necessary – it paralyzes progress – the very progress that you demanded. It’s counterproductive.

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    I have had an interesting experience.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Benicia, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Benicia, CA

    I have been working at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    Company vehicle
    Bonus Plan
    Company incentives
    Company medical plan
    gifts

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities
    Pay Plan
    Promotions
    Lack of Training
    Stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More positive feedback to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Overworked and underpaid

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    Former Employee - P/T Merchandiser in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - P/T Merchandiser in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Coca-Cola Company

    Pros

    In the distribution side, you are in a steady job, with no real layoffs.

    Cons

    Very physical work. Many other associates are paid more for doing less. Very poorly monitored and rewarded for positive hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more involved in the operation. Instead of worrying about BD&L, and the hours the employees are working, worry about the routes they are being sent on, and evaluating their performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
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