G&K Services

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G&K Services Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
181 Reviews
3.3
181 Reviews
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G&K Services CEO and Director Douglas A. (Doug) Milroy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have been working at G&K Services for less than 3 months as a outside sales rep (in 17 reviews)

  • The company also supports work/life balance and in some positions, flexible work arrangements (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours with no breaks that violate DOT (60-70) (in 14 reviews)

  • Rumors that Bohemia shop will be closing, don't waste your time with G&K like I did (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and management. Great pay.

    Cons

    Long hours, ridiculous holiday schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Factor in a 4 day work week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long Term Career Path that rewards Success

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

    I have been working at G&K Services

    Pros

    Promotions from within
    Sales Culture
    Operational Excellence Expectations
    Run your own Buisness

    Cons

    Tough Management to Success
    Large Expectations especially with Y-O-Y

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on Coaching to WIn
    Keep in mind that the corporate office should support the field not the other way around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Territory Sales Executive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Executive in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Executive in Denver, CO

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    G&K really cares about their employees which is evidenced by the strong tenure among the organization. Upper management also cares about their workforce and listens to them for suggestions on how to make things better.

    Cons

    Competitive industry for sales and a lot of cold-calling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Training Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Training - Commission plan - work/life balance - Local promotions - Support - Great team that has passionate managers pushing and supporting you to achieve your goals

    Cons

    Requirements for high activity in a very competitive industry. While to commissions can be very good, they are tied to profit, and in competitive situations that can be a problem. Phone allowance does not cover my actual expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more competitive in some markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Loader/Unloader (Manual labor work horse)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Loader/Unloader
    Former Employee - Loader/Unloader

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers who were fun to work with. Route drivers would provide some help if the other loader/unloader and myself were swamped with work.

    Cons

    Absolutely no guidance or help from our branch manager. Practically minimum wage pay for being a labor slave. 12 hour shifts of constantly pulling, pushing, or lifting very heavy objects. Unloading some of the soiled carts and slings was gross enough to make you gag or throw-up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Branch managers need to be a part of the team and not just sit in their office doing God knows what. Management makes the workforce feel unappreciated and low on the food chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Challenging. Hard work. Quality of life. Ability to carve out your own path.

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

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership from corporate. Great local leadership. There is opportunity to move up. This company has multiple examples of RVP's, GM's, and other high level positions occupied by people who started as an hourly crew person.

    Cons

    Every rewarding job is hard. It takes commitment. Things happen that you don't agree with. You work with people who may not be the best at what they do. If you under perform, you might lose your job to someone who can perform. Then you get on GlassDoor to complain. What company will fire people who are doing a great job? Not this one. The pay rate is revealed early in the hiring process. Of you cannot accept the rate, don't take the job. Simple enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better training tools for entry level jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A horrible place to work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company. If you are looking to work at a uniform company you should try out UniFirst or Aramark. They actually value their employees!

    Cons

    Management is not qualified to be in the positions they are placed.
    Service will always get a new account wrong regardless if it is the uniforms or the customer service.
    They over promise and under deliver.
    The compensation is horrible for the work put into gaining new accounts.
    Among so many others..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together or all should be replaced with competent staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working by yourself and at your ow pace great, team work? that will never happen, but they talk about it allot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shuttle Driver in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Shuttle Driver in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    when you are first hired you are promised the world, lots of money, team work and no pressure, for someone with a second job and income it's OK, but you will work long hours with no help, just to generate money so other can sit in a office and not pull there wait., again remember they promise the world, but they wont be able to deliver.

    Cons

    culture and diversity, yes but it's only to meet quotas at the end of the day any complaint by customers while you do your job as per company policy, you will be hang to dry. as far as pay, you will never have a chance to figure that out, when it's convenient your are salary and if not commission. so at the end of the day every credit written by a manager or there helper comes out of your pocket not there's. as an only income you will not support a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you really can't advise folks that wont hear you. management is changed out quicker that anyone can change underwear, but the smell is always the same, you need straight shooters to stop giving the profit away and a real way of keeping them accountable, there paycheck comes from does working under them, so they should work as hard not just sit in the office and enjoy the free ride until they get replaced, hope you guys some day come up with a real equal opportunity program and nondiscrimination program, that way you can take care of your own, then and only then you can be a great company to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ready for the coming change

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

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A refreshing view of unity between my fellow brothers and sisters
    Sitting back knowing that a change in the status quo is going to be happening
    Knowing that a great many managers are about to be on the outs

    Cons

    Hours: Currently expected to do whatever hours are necessary to get everything done while only getting paid a base salary for 40.
    Don't expect fair pay until the vote for unionization comes. They believe they don't have to follow the DOL laws because they claim DOT certification and then turn around and pretend they don't have to follow DOT laws because you're paid a salary.
    Middle Management: Don't trust any of them, even the ones that were once in the trenches. They sold themselves for the chance at more money by squeezing it out of those that were once their brothers and sisters
     Upper management: They are a joke that only care about numbers. The more money they can save by working you to death without paying you, the better.
    HR: These people are a joke. They will use any excuse to try and make you think you should be happy for the crumbs thrown your way and will try and convince you that you'll be worse off with representation and will lose all the benefits that a union will secure for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give it up. Too many have seen the light and are waiting for the chance to vote to bring an end to the way you treat us. There will be no more terminations of those that actually stand up for their legal rights. Especially when they took the precautions of recording the facts. Just waiting for the Department of Labor to finally send him back to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard work - Get nothing for it

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

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time

    Pros

    Right now the only pro to this job is going to be watching the managers scramble around trying to save their jobs from the coming storm that is about to hit the company as a whole.
    Otherwise, the work crews are a great bunch of guys to work with

    Cons

    Long hours that only get longer with little to no relief or compensation
    Expect to be told that you'll do a 40 hour work week with possible overtime, but you'll never get overtime and will be expected to do in upwards of 60+ hours
    The constant 'Do better' attitude when the routes are constantly being shorted or overbilled customers are left irrate because management does nothing about it other than tell drivers to charge more.
    Being told to increase revenue on a daily basis; you can't get blood from a stone
    Complete lack of respect from management; they have their jobs because of us
    Zero justice from corporate, complaints are ignored and just repeated to local management for them to deal with; threatening jobs or terminating people for complaints
    Zero rewards for any work above and beyond; promising a 'chance' at extra money if you can guarantee the company will make money money with a contract. Odd how they want guarantees for themselves, but only offer a possible chance to the people actually doing the work.
    Constant Lip service from management that you know they will never actually come through for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You brought it all upon yourselves. Should have treated the employees like they had value and were respected instead of like they were your personal vassals that were required to fulfill your every whim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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