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Columbia Distributing

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Current Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR
Current Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR

I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (more than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Affords flexibility while running sales route.

Cons

There is no strategic planning involved in regards to geography / demographics. Supplier dictates what products are sold into accounts with broad brush stroke.

Advice to Management

Focus on what "moves the needle" from a strategic stand-point.

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  1. Company is running itself down.

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Active job, usually working by yourself.

    Cons

    There are the common downsides with being a merchandiser - sometimes you come in to work and find out that your usual 8 hour day has been bumped up to a 10 or 12 hour day. But this company has been running itself into the ground ever since the merger. Expect 8 hours minimum, and almost never any weekends. If you're lucky your weekend will be on-call. There is almost no room for advancement - I have met some other merchandisers who have been doing the same job for 10 or more years. Once upon a time the company was more casual, but lately things have been getting increasingly uptight to the point where people are getting written up for very minor things that could've been solved with an extra 5 minutes of work.

    It seems that the higher ups are starting to think Merchandisers are disposable - not realizing we're the ones out there making their product look good.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the floor once in awhile. Create advancement opportunities. Treat your employees with more respect or you're going to lose a lot of them.

  2. Good people worked for the company just poor leadership..

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    Former Employee - Sales in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Sales in Kent, WA

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Industry was very fun to work in.

    Cons

    No solid plan of act to increase business.

    Advice to Management

    New senior leadership team at the VP level, more enpowerment at the employee level.

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