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Former Employee - Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Core-Mark

Pros

Core-Mark International is a place to start your career if you were fresh out of college. You do the grunt work, learn the ropes just enough so that you can look at opportunities else where. Yes, even the CFO admitted that when I left.

Cons

The style of work is very old school. Technology is bare bones. Process improvements are unheard of. There is no work life balance. Management in the finance/accounting team is horrible. I remember my first day on the job and an employee, someone I barely even knew, came up to me and said be aware of her or that. The turnover is extremely high so makes it very challenging to train new people because they would leave after a few months on the job!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get yourself a better HR department and make your employees, at least, feel like they are your assets.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Backbreaking work & underpaid !

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    Former Employee - ORDER-SELECTOR in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - ORDER-SELECTOR in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Core-Mark

    Pros

    The health , dental & life benefits are a plus ! If you make it past the 90 day period which is highly unlikely !

    Cons

    The downside of working for this company is that they have a very high turnover rate due to poor management ,low wages, & the many ways to be fired. If you plan on working for this company be prepared to be threatened that you can lose your job daily. Also prepare to work under extremely harsh conditions. Bottom line is unless you are desperate for work look somewhere else, because at Coremark you are just a number that comes & gos -No Respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advise to Core-Mark leadership is to start treating your employees with respect by raising the starting wages. Also remember that there are real people with family's & lives working for you & they need to have better working conditions if you want to one day start keeping people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Manager - career development opportunity

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Core-Mark full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growing company, adding divisions and has vision of marketplace presence. Introduction of HFM (Oracle) is a positive and corporate WILL train if you ask and are identified as a committed high potential employee (i.e. need to take ownership of your career goals at Core-Mark, no hand holding). This is a US public company so pay for performance is inherent. This low margin, distribution company is for hard workers. Open minded people who absorb high levels of information will benefit from the experience of this company for advancement or career experience. Most managers were competant, committed and hard working.

    Cons

    Compensation average to below average, bonus structure was low by % for level of responsibilities vs. comparable companies. Hours can be very long if you are looking to advance, upwards of 60 hour weeks in busy seasons and occasional weekends. Base inventory and reporting system are old (AS400), may be frustrating to software savvy applicants. A lot of 'busy work' compiling reports that are system generated at other companies. Profit drives decision making process and defines your 'success' as a division, bottom line results oriented.
    Has proven model and procedures that do not require creativity and you are expected to learn on the job quickly. Is a simple business format, so learning and experience will taper over time.
    Advancement may require relocation as management opportunities arise across the 30 division network. Union environment hurts the culture, decision making and profitability of division. Union issues distract management from allocating resources to more beneficial activities, like developing their staff etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed the garden of complainers and problem employees without delay, for managers and non-managers alike. One rotten apple spoils the bunch in more than one instance...
    Everyday decisions will impact culture.
    Break union, block any new union divisions at all cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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