Farmer Bros. Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. get feet wet & move on

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Farmer Bros. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    pretty laid back. lots of employee gatherings, for birthday and/or cultural holiday. unlimited coffee/tea/slushy & tastings. allowed to buy from company score at wholesale price

    Cons

    tedious work, whatever your job description is it's exactly what you'll bne doing day in and day out. no room for growth or learning curbe. most who are in management positions are because they knew somebody, though they themselves don't know how to manage.

    Advice to Management

    truly screen management-managers & supervisors & listen to HR & exit interviews. They will tell you A LOT about certain managers


  2. Accounting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Okay benefits for health and dental.

    Cons

    Hard to grow within the company, employees are not valued as they should.

    Advice to Management

    Better options to apply to different departments without department management approval. If there is an opening with a different department, employee should have the right to apply it without asking permission for it.


  3. Difficult Environment

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    Former Employee - Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee...for now at least.

    Cons

    Low morale. HQ is moving out of state so everyone is losing their jobs soon.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees in the loop.


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  5. Farmer Bros. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is Longevity and Stability working with this company.

    Cons

    Not much on the job training; most things are learned as you go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employee more informed.


  6. Route sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Farmer Bros. (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good products, company with good history

    Cons

    Rigid, management has extremely high expectations, work like and dog and then turn around and every year expect you to do MORE work more more never ends constantly moving the goal line,


  7. Moving forward

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Revamped executive management. The new leadership is ambitious and looking to grow the company.

    Cons

    Little acknowledgement from executive management. Difficult to work with some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Reach out and grow relationships with more employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Worst morale

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Office in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    for the most part, there are some genuinely cool people and you get the benefits expected of any corporation. Work-life balance is decent.

    Cons

    Complete lack of transparency within the organization and within departments. Nobody knows what's going on and it's hard to trust senior management. There are some departments where people are completely incompetent and you never hear back from them. HR is a complete joke. Nobody trusts them or take them seriously. If you have a problem you really have no one to talk to because your supervisor is not going to help.

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent to your employees. Tell them where the company is headed to know that headquarters is moving out of state. This was a very rude awakening and horrible betrayal to personnel. It's no wonder that morale is so low and everyone is unhappy!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good pay, lousy leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really like my co-workers and the job itself is not strenuous and basically easy. I have had less paying jobs that required a great amount of physical labor ,but at my location there are employees in their upper 60's that are still working.

    Cons

    No time off and if you take a day off it is held against you. You have to be there five years before you can take a single day off with pay. Unbelievable. Very unorganized and if an operator doesn't supervise them self then of course they are to blame. You really can't win.

    Advice to Management

    Put on your big boy pants and learn how to lead not find fault with everything!


  10. an ok-experience, but not the best place to work for a long time

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    stable work environment, good benefits

    Cons

    buerocracy, corporate culture, old-school business thinking.

    Advice to Management

    adaptation of modern office culture, embrace sustainable measures


  11. great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Farmer in Eastern Heights, NC
    Former Employee - Farmer in Eastern Heights, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    like working outside with nature

    Cons

    in the winter try to use better equipment

    Advice to Management

    try to listen to your employees sometimes



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