Farmer Bros. Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. an ok-experience, but not the best place to work for a long time

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    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Torrance, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  2. Good pay, lousy leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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!

  3. Mismanagement of IT at Coffee Bean Intl in Portland, OR

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    Former Contractor - IT Support Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - IT Support Specialist in Portland, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and culture at CBI subsidiary in Portland, OR, a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    Main company out of touch
    Delays in keeping technology current led to huge problems
    Management misled employees
    Company policy against providing references of any kind
    Shackled to unreasonable SOX compliance

    Advice to Management

    Do not blame your IT pros for mistakes made at the executive level

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  5. great

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    Former Employee - Farmer in Eastern Heights, NC
    Former Employee - Farmer in Eastern Heights, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  6. Your Dedication Matters

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and exciting opportunities to work with foodservice products. You are only limited by how much you give back to the work. Different work everyday, new opportunities to grow the company.

    Cons

    Very political environment - need to stay on your toes to stay ahead and out of the weeds.

  7. Misery

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    Former Employee - Route Sales in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Route Sales in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great co-workers, work mostly on your own

    Cons

    many of the management team that I worked with were completely incompetent. lots of stress thrown on the sales team by jr. & middle mngt. The co. is struggling and blames it all on you.

    Advice to Management

    Really look at who's running your branches

  8. Helpful (1)

    heath insurance debt due to mishandling from H/R -

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    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Farmer Bros. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None. I worked as hard as I could with no appreciation at all. Accounting, 30 cent raise in three years. They pretend to promote within but theydon't. Big named job title .... maybe a dollar more. Disorganized, working like a dog for nothing really.

    Cons

    sad, heartbreaking ...... $4,000.00 in hospital bills for my baby being born, due to H/R and their health insurance. Five years later......... still in debt.

    Advice to Management

    apprecaite the employees, give raises.... promote within , in a real way. Realize the people that really work hard.

  9. Not the best place I have worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farmer Bros. full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good but expectations are ridiculous. Good discount on coffee and other products.

    Cons

    No room for growth, upper management is constantly turning and lower level managers are horrible. Benefits are terrible for the amount we pay. Very questionable pay practices of not paying overtime to sales force because they are considered "outside sales" even though they are delivery drivers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that actually know something about management not just sales

  10. Helpful (1)

    Rough and not much support from management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farmer Bros.

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

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule. Company is on a better track to success

    Cons

    Lack of support from management. Goals of Company were constantly changing, making it difficult to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and support employees

  11. The pay was good, and the vacation time, and there's a reason for it!

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    Former Employee - Refurb in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Refurb in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You accrue vacation time as soon as you are hired on. You don't have to deal with anyone with any hr knowledge (all in California), free coffee at break time, and sometimes an upper will being donuts.

    Cons

    No one at the okc branch knows what to do with temps. When you work you don't know who is really your boss because you may have 3, mind you 1 may actually know what your job entails. A lot of time wasted on meetings about time, potluck, and being friends with coworkers. Not enough time addressing problems when they arise like stealing, sexual harassment and bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone on there to represent HR onsite, retrain the current production manager, on second thought retrain all managers.

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