Schwan's

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4 people found this helpful  

I need a job to support my family and still quit after 4 days.

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Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Kansas City, MO
Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Kansas City, MO

I worked at Schwan's full-time (less than an year)

Pros

The depot manager and other drivers were genuine, supportive, and fun to be around.

Training was above average.

Cons

Arrive at the depot at 8:30 AM, leave at 9:00. Ten minute lunch and no breaks (honest). Get back to the depot at 9:00 PM. One hour of paperwork. Get home at 10:30 PM.

Earn $115

Seriously?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have you heard of Kodak... Blockbuster...or Sears???

This company needs a complete restructureing.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    life-sucking leeches

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    Former Employee - Facility Supervisor in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Facility Supervisor in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You have a job.
    You get an employee discount.
    You meet alot of great people (customers).

    Cons

    As a route salesperson, you report to work at 8am, get a kick in the tail to start your day called a "Power Huddle" to get your ego motivated, leave the depot and begin your route. You complete your route somewhere between 9 and 10pm, return to the depot, complete your paperwork and make a deposit which you drop off by the bank on your way home. You get home after 11pm, to find the wife and kids in bed asleep and a cold plate of leftovers waiting for you in the microwave for dinner because you do not have time to stop and eat during your route day. You repeat this 5 or 6 days a week in exchange for roughly $600/ week. There are always promotions and contests going on to earn bonuses, however there are also lots of exemptions to ensure a reason to deny payment of bonuses when they are earned, such as time window percentages and at location serviced percentaged or must sign up at least 3 qualifing new customers a day for 3 months to be eligible, etc.
    As a depot manager, you work the same 14 hour days 6 days a week and your one day off the phone rings steady with issue after issue, conferance calls and world shattering issues that upper management constantly comes up with because of an acute lack of planning and foresight on thier part. As a manager for over 10 years, I tracked only my hours I put in at the office for the 2011 calendar year and was ashamed I only earned $4.50 a hour for sacrificing 90% of my awake time that would have been better invested in my family...and that is not including the time at home spent on the phone with employees, supervisors, mechanics, corporate, etc.
    If you don't like spending time with your family....
    If you want your spouse to seek attention from someone else...
    If you don't like to have friends...
    If you don't have any hobbies or interests...
    If you enjoy always being told you need to do more, no matter how above and beyond the set expectations you were given you achieved....
    If you LOVE being lied to and having a carrot dangled in your face you will never get...
    THEN this is the perfect job for you.
    This company shamelessly takes advantage of employees who work hard and want to do a good job. Doing the best job here means you have ZERO chance of getting promotion or a raise because you have proven you are capable of working tirelessly to make them money for nothing. The favors they ask you to do today become part of your everyday work expectations immediately for no additional compensation. When merit reviews are performed, and you have been doing backward sommersaults through hoops of fire for the past year they point out that you should have also been juggling running chain saws. One moronic supervisor once told me what you did yesterday doesn't matter, what did you do today? Do I really need to save the company every day in order to valued and appreciated? Isn't that your job as a member of upper management?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So many high wage earning, no results getting, couldn't effectively manage a lemonade stand much less a multi-billion dollar company individuals controlling the helm of this ship it is rediculous. Upper management is scared silly to promote anyone who works hard, is dedicated and has any knowledge capable of moving the company forward because they are fearful of putting qualified individuals in position to take thier jobs. I have had more intelligent conversations with the depot toilet than with the Southeast Region Vice President. When you put reports in his face showing true facts not opinions supporting an issue you are having and showing the blame to be on his team, he makes thin excuses and holds no one accountable. Seems when you screw up they are quick to want to nail you to the cross but let them show incompetence and you get an excuse and a song and dance to make light of the issue to CYA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse Job I Ever Had

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    Former Employee - CSMT in Concord, NH
    Former Employee - CSMT in Concord, NH

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and discounts
    Great customers

    Cons

    It is a very long list. They presented to me the job by shadowing on a short route day, so I thought the hours were decent. The DM started the interview by saying they believed in a balance between work and life. That was not the case. I would leave my house at 8am and wouldn't get home until at least 10pm. I would go days without seeing family that I lived with. They told me I would be working in the Concord, NH area, but instead they gave me a route out in the woods an hour away and even 15 miles away from their Fitchburg, MA depot... Made no sense. They mentioned a new pay structure kicking in 2011. I figured it was going to end up being a cut in salaries, which is a main reason why I left... And I was right. Management didn't care about their employees; I even broke down one night in the pouring rain and almost slid off a dirt road I was delivering on, so I didn't complete the day and they gave me a hard time about it. My manager told me one day if I hit a certain number, he would ride along and help me my next shift. I fell just short and he didn't help me. It makes no sense to punish someone by not helping them increase their sales. Even with health benefits, there is little time to make a doctor's appointment, and if you are sick one day, they make you come in on a weekend and make it up. They even started charging their customers a 1 dollar fee for fuel without even telling them, so I lost a few customers for that reason. I felt like I was set up for failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees, and if they are struggling do more to help instead of punishing them. Employees are people who need to have lives and live healthy, and you don't get that at Schwan's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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