Ferrellgas Partners

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Ferrellgas Partners Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Safety Program / Good Pay / Quality Equipment / Ability to make a fair amount of significant decisions for your own operation (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits, competitive income, 401 k program and a company contribution through employee stocks (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Constant demand for 60 hours of work to be done in 40 hours (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management criticizes the lower management with very seldom praise if any at all (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hard company to work with! Management is poor at it's best. Training is not done to a good standard or level.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bulk Delivery Driver in Standish, MI
    Former Employee - Bulk Delivery Driver in Standish, MI

    I worked at Ferrellgas Partners part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meet new people (customers and some fellow employees)

    Cons

    Compensation, perks & personal growth are not there. Regional managers are more worried about the main office then those working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Stop worrying about lining your pockets and start worrying and taking care of employees. Nothing says We don't care about you more then seeing the huge amount that those at the top get all while those at the bottom are told that there is no money for new trucks or equipment.

    2 When you at the top make a decision for the company and the direction it will head and policies that will effect the company as a whole, and those ideas and policies cause a failure then take the blame instead of passing it on down tho the drivers! Case in point: pricing policies were made in 2011 that cause the loss of customer, then the next fall the CEO sends out his lovely letter and states how it is the drivers responsibility to fix the loss of customer and get them back. You broke it you fix it!

    3. Most personal in the local offices have zero idea what is involved in a delivery. They should all do a ride along at least once a year or two. Maybe then they won't call drivers when the roads have 4 fresh inches of snow on them and ask why the driver is running behind and then in the same breath say keep it safe. I understand it takes money to run a company, but it doesn't take greed. Most drivers are over loaded on the number of stops for a 8 hour day, you need more quality over quantity. Over loading drivers also stops interaction with customer, the very people that you rely on and want the drivers to keep happy even when you are the reason for them being upset.

    4. Not all drivers are created equal! So don't compare a newer driver to one that has been doing it for 20+ years or those that just have more experience. Not every person has the same skill set. That driver that has been there for a long time and delivering in the same area, will naturally know the roads and people, were a newer driver is still learning them.

    5. Training is not telling some one to read something and then take a test and then after they pass the test telling them OK you a level 2 or 3. Training needs to consist of reading the book on each task and then some hands on until the person is good at it. Train to task, standards and quality, NOT to time and convenience!

    6. Just because a person is a driver (the lowest postion in the company from what it seems) doesn't mean that they don't have great ideas that would make the company better. Listen to them and learn, use some of those ideas to make the company better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Heavy-handed Supervision & threatened/fired for refusing to violate US DOT rules

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CDL B Delivery Driver in Steamboat Springs, CO
    Former Employee - CDL B Delivery Driver in Steamboat Springs, CO

    I worked at Ferrellgas Partners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outdoors-oriented role as propane delivery driver, good up-front training, fun interaction with fellow drivers

    Cons

    Unrelenting pressure on drivers to exceed reasonable pace, local managers are dictators, weak corporate oversight so 30 years behind culturally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask employees to violate DOT rules, don't retaliate for employees that alert to illegal practices, do independent objective investigations, whistle-blower protections are non-existent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Avoid if at all possible

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Liberty, MO
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Liberty, MO

    I worked at Ferrellgas Partners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The network team is generally pleasant and easy-going if not for a few downsides.

    Cons

    Middle management and up does not give two craps about you. Compensation is extremely noncompetitive, and any excuse will be used to prevent any types of bonus, raises or promotions. Multiple members of staff were only promoted after basically threatening to quit.

    Any form of budget is severely constrained, whether it be toward equipment or staff. There are still devices in production over 15 years old which refuse to be addressed as the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mentality is the prominent force driving all IT decisions here. Poor deployment solutions also squander what little funding is provided.

    Personal growth and training were completely non-existent. Existing staff actively block out others from engaging in work activities as a form of job security. Instead of cross-training into a more effective and capable team, you are only given basic, generalized and repetitive tasks. It's probably the most boring job I'd ever been subjected to (please note 'job' and not 'career').

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least try to vaguely value your employees. Realize that nobody is going to go out of their way to accept an under-allocated salary/lifestyle and poor treatment when your company is clearly not strapped for income. Perhaps revise your overly aggressive (and nonsensical) policies which do nothing but drive staff away from your company, rather than use them as an excuse for inaction or inability to make effective decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst Employer Ever

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist

    I have been working at Ferrellgas Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with out of my office and the other offices.

    Cons

    Training, Unorganized, Pay is just above poverty, Upper management micromanages everyone, Constantly changing the expectations, No power to the field personnel to make any decisions at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more trust in your field personnell to be able to make a decision based on the issues at hand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Don't work here!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bulk Driver in Negaunee, MI
    Former Employee - Bulk Driver in Negaunee, MI

    I worked at Ferrellgas Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If things were different, then I could give some pros. The only pro I can think of is that the company is safe conscience.

    Cons

    Recent company focus/vision change has caused company to fully have the corporate mentality which doesn't care about customers, but instead, just how the numbers look. Also, management where I looked were all about hiring employees that are related in some way, and screwing over veteran employees. Also, the company (especially HR) does not care when an employee clearly was bullied and intimidated by management to the point of anxiety and doing the right thing when it was needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Worst Management ever in Indiana

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    Former Employee - CSS/Lead CSS and Dispatcher
    Former Employee - CSS/Lead CSS and Dispatcher

    I worked at Ferrellgas Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was good, co-workers nice

    Cons

    Was harassed and bullied by Ops Manager and general Manager. Upper management was always changing, changing rules, not adjusting prices to be competitive. Manager liked to play tricks and shut water off to building so i could not flush the toilet, tacs put in my chair, car in parking lot messed with. Reported to Corporate, but the good ole boys, ratted me out and made things worse.. Worst experience in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house on good ole boys, all buddies with CEO...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company; HORRIBLE management!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferrellgas Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits; days off were pleasant when you knew what your schedule was.

    Cons

    Pay VERY sub-par for how hard you work. You will need back and shoulder surgery if you make it 2 years. It doesn't matter how hard you work, you are only a number. If you have a voice or concerns, leave your voice at home. You will be fired if you question safety concerns. Zero chance of advancement. Two-faced managers who are belittling men in a text message, but your best friend to your face. DO NOT work here if you enjoy your family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your drivers and little people. Get back to the company that cares about your customers and employee. Remember that "Money is the root of all evil."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Run fast

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drive in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Drive in North Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    Good pay at first, and a okay balance for personal life until winter

    Cons

    No raises, on call without pay. No chance of promotion unless you are friends with the boss. told to try to win contests against other districts to win prizes or dinners, when you win they never fullfill their part. They ask for sales leads all the time to give to the salesman who doesn't follow up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the new rollouts every few years!! Seriously just do what made us great sale at a good price and have REAL CUSTOMER SERVICE, not just name only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferrellgas Partners full-time

    Pros

    Company pay period is every two weeks, ESOP, 401K

    Cons

    Employees are expected to work 40 hours a week without benefits, low pay when compared to other companies, constantly restructuring, your job never feels secure, they add fees to services to increase revenue so managers bonus, but then lose customer base the following year and blame customer service, run like a good old boy company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a company in debt trying to pay out dividends to stock-holders, while your main goal remains to increase your personal wealth at the expense of others...my advise is to start praying; you will need it in your after-life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agree with delivery driver from OMAHA. Low pay, no opportunity for advancement, poor management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver
    Current Employee - Driver

    I have been working at Ferrellgas Partners part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a job and helps to pay some of the bills. Some overtime in winter months but no full time position available per middle management.

    Cons

    I have been working for Ferrellgas for 7 years as part time driver. Work 40+ hours a week but no full time benefits. No raise in 6 years. Management thinks they can lead by intimidation and bullying the employees. I have had the same experience as the Omaha driver wrote about. I am located in Florida so it appears this tactic is company wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement does not work. It only serves to anger and frustrate drivers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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