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Stay away from Costing/Pricing department - !!!!!You've been warned!!!!!

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Former Employee - Costing Coordinator in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Costing Coordinator in Houston, TX

I worked at Sysco full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Pay, no holidays/weekends - - Sysco is a great company to work for except for this department. Most want to leave pricing/costing. All other departments love their position.

Cons

cost of insurance/management/training/consistency - Insurance is very expensive with high premiums, management will either micromanage or completely ignore you. This is a workhorse environment. "training" is telling you the name of the screens in the system and what they do. a learn-as-you-go environment with busywork overload. dont expect help from your coworkers. your manager/supervisor will always be too busy to educate you and most don't want to be bothered. Yet you will sign a paper on day one that says you understand your responsibility making it easy for them to write you up within your first year making it impossible for you to be promoted. If you want to work for sysco do it through another department

Advice to ManagementAdvice

take classes on communication and professionalism

Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Used to be challenging and rewarding, now just horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sysco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are still good people there, but many are overworked and underappreciated; I fear they will not be there much longer. Compensation is good.

    Cons

    Since the transformation to the new software system did not gone as planned, their recent business decisions reek of desperation; they seem to jump on the first bandwagon that promises any kind of return without considering the possible consequences or if it will even work (e.g., outsourcing IT to a non-English speaking company; moving all accounting functions to Texas to be handled by new-to-Sysco employees that do not have even a basic understanding of how Sysco works). Both of these have taken away from the bottom line rather than added to it, but corporate is too proud to admit their mistakes and we all must live with the results.

    Management is secretive and, if you are told of something, you can almost guarantee that the exact opposite will happen. The overall work environment today leaves so much to be desired; shortcuts are often taken at others' expense. The unspoken motto seems to have become "as long as it's not on my desk and I can't be blamed for it, I'm fine with it" (it used to be "what is the right thing to do"). If one has a conscious at all, they will have a VERY hard time working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not think it matters what I say here; management will do what they want, when they want... their only concern is that their stock options do not lose value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    WARNING: A Preview of what to Expect. Don't say I didn't warn you!! (The cons definitely outweigh the pros.)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sysco full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    • Fortune-500 company and well-known in the food industry.
    • Plenty of opportunities to be challenged, think on your feet, and come up with creative and efficient solutions.
    • Receive first-hand experience in your area of expertise (especially beneficial for people starting out in their careers).
    • People are mostly friendly and typically open to suggestions (there is an open door policy).
    • Are often times able to manage your own projects and to set your own strategic goals. Able to set up and establish your own performance plan.
    • Receive free food on a regular basis (ex: sweets, bagels, breads).
    • Have an excellent, state-of-the art fitness center and a variety of fitness programs.
    • Have an interactive online classes to hone your skillset.

    Cons

    • Very poor work-life balance. Often forced to work overtime and long-hours (including your lunch brake, night, and weekends) with no pay in order to meet tight deadlines on projects that management dumps on you at the last minute.
    • Management is eager to load you down with projects and expect you to make a way to make it work so that you can complete them by their respective deadlines.
    This typically results in employees having to work overtime on a regular basis.
    • Lack of quality control . Employees are expected to make no mistakes in their work and to have high quality standards. However, their is not a revision process in which management and other team members can catch mistakes before projects are submitted to stakeholders. Mistakes are often found after projects are submitted, which results in reworks.
    • Lack of automation. Everything is manual in Microsoft Excel; no macros. This results in having to work long hours due to the tedious, manual labor, energy, and time necessary to complete project work. COMPANY NEEDS TO USE MACROS AND STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES to streamline and speed up recurring processes used in projects so that employees are NOT overworked.
    • Managers disrespect their employees. They do not value their contributions or time. There is no reward system and very little recognition given to employees in going above and beyond the call of duty. Managers expect employees to manage and prioritize their own projects so that all they have to do is delegate. Employees are often talked down to by management. Managers skip meetings and conference calls on a frequent basis with no warning. Meetings that employees set up with managers are often rescheduled frequently at the manager's will without any explanation. In other words, these meetings get put on the backbench because they're not as important to the employer as they are to the employee (which is sad).
    • Management is very disorganized and has a hard time implementing new ideas. New ideas and creativity is promoted and encouraged. However, very few new ideas are executed (and if so, executed very poorly) due lack of organization and the will power necessary to implement them. In other words, management has so many other departmental issues to take care of and fix (issues that have been disregarded or put on hold) that new ideas are forgotten or put on the backbench.
    • Lack of cross-training and training programs that are enforced by management. In other words, you're expected to learn most things on your own through trial and error. If you err on your job at any time due to lack of proper guidance or training, it's on you not them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Treat your employees better and support them. Without them you will not be able to get projects done at all.
    • Look at ways to implement new ideas, cross-training, and training programs. This should be more of a priority, but unfortunately it's not.
    • There is a dire need to AUTOMATE STANDARD PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES. This should not be avoided, but it has for too long. Stop overworking your employees and find ways to streamline common processes and the amount of work that you delegate to your employees. It will save your time and theirs in the long run.
    • Need to consider paying employees overtime if they have to work overtime on a regular basis due to frequently giving them a very heavy work load.
    • Need to consider strategizing and implementing better quality control methods and revision processes to reduce the amount of unnecessary reworks on projects.

    WARNING: If the above is not considered or implemented it will result in future issues and problems that could be unavoidable and hazardous to the company's likelihood of success. Got to step up your game if you want to continue being prosperous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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