G&K Services Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
165 Reviews
3.6
165 Reviews
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G&K Services CEO and Director Douglas A. (Doug) Milroy
Douglas A. (Doug) Milroy
109 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have been working at G&K Services for less than 3 months as a outside sales rep (in 15 reviews)

  • Good benefits and lots of long time sales employees (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Extremely long hours driving without any breaks (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    High pressure but highly rewarding

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

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    G&K likes to promote from within so there is great potential to move up in the company. Compensation is fair at the bottom and very good the higher up you are in the ranks. Drivers are paid based on the size of their routes and the amount of products they sell. Sales blitzes are very common locally and provide extra income if you put in the effort. Great training programs and a growing product line to sell. Very good, balanced company overall. G&K does have a top down structure, but it provides everyone in the company direct knowledge of the CEO's goals and intentions. Things are well communicated from the top down to the bottom.

    Cons

    Some leaders are better than others. Off cycle price increases (which were recently ended) are difficult to explain to customers. High pressure workplace from the route up to the CEO. Everyone has someone to answer to and blame can and often times is deflected to the person's direct reports. Some people act with little to no urgency which can be frustrating. Days can be long (12+ hours).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving processes and product selection. Listen to customer concerns and do everything possible to correct them. Differentiate G&K from the other uniform companies by doing things the right way. It may take some time to build the reputation as the honest uniform company, but it will pay dividends in the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very fast paced work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Vice President  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Regional Vice President in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you want to climb the ladder you can do so through hard work.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your good people close

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, Great Leader

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are many opportunities available at G&K. As a 20+ year employee, I have held many different positions within the company. The company contributed to my education helping me fulfill a life long dream of a college degree and becoming the first in my family to graduate from college. You will be challenged, mentored, and provided with great career opportunities working at G&K. The company also supports work/life balance and in some positions, flexible work arrangements. Our current CEO is providing great direction to an already solid company. I see nothing but growth and improvement ahead for G&K.

    Cons

    Need systems that talk better to each other so we have less manual work-arounds. Delays in IT support - both incidents and projects are slow to no response. IT improvements are under way so I anticipate these will get better over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to see the company continue flexible work arrangements but better communication is needed for those not connected to an office every day. There is training, open enrollment, etc that goes on in house but I only hear about it through the grapevine. I do not even know who my HR Rep is if I did have a problem I wanted to address.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging.

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

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Consistently challenging yourself to to do better. Income is directly related to effort put forth. Excellent team for the most part.

    Cons

    To do the job the right way requires commitment and family support as the hours are long,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find way to compensate RSR's for windshield time. Some guys are covering significantly greater distances than others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learned the Sales Process at G&k...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at G&K Services

    Pros

    Great sales training and methods

    Cons

    Lots of sales team turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support salespeople in the field

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Team members are very supportive
    - Executive Management team is amazing.

    Cons

    - Less Diversity.
    - Hierarchical structure.
    - Packets of micro management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Couple of things
    1.Sense of urgency in everything creates inefficiency and dissatisfaction. 2. Though CEO promotes open culture, many are not open especially in the middle management. If Management can address these G&K can create great work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    G&K Services is the kind of company that gives capitalism a bad name..... Pathetic management and culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative

    I worked at G&K Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was nice being in your truck and having freedom. The customers made the job worthwhile and interesting. Health insurance was good.

    Cons

    I literally don't know where to start..... I will give it a try, though. The entire company is built and operated on a bedrock built of dishonesty, deceit, manipulation, and greed. Making a healthy profit is one thing and taking advantage of every possible person, situation and scenario is another.... The managers were all habitual liars. They would do and say anything to manipulate a situation for their benefit. Customers bills would constantly go up for bogus reasons and management would only drop prices if the customer called them out on it.... Route drivers pay would go down for bogus reasons as well. They pay you a percentage of your route, but would arbitrarily drop that percentage when they see fit.... In general, the corporate office is steadily looking for ways to 1) charge (steal from) customers more and 2) siphon away employee compensation. They try to make their piece of the pie a little larger by employing these tactics. Its really a disgusting thing to watch and be a part of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With great authority comes great responsibility. Thousands of lives are affected by your decisions and policies. You have lost your way because of your love affair with the almighty dollar. You are handling your responsibility poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to work less than a year then this is your place

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

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You dont have your supervisor all down your back every day. You have your own office.

    Cons

    They have cant keep a district sales manager for more than a year. When management dont like you they will oush you out for no reason. No actual moving up with the company. They will give you a different title but you will be doing the same things has everybody else. They don't give raises. The car allowance is horrible 330 a month. Highway robbery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should learn how to treat your sales rep and you would be ale to keep one for more than a year. When you decide to switch different sales managers make sure they are willing to get to know the reps before they just try to get rid of them. Consider actually talking to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Current employee

    • 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

    Excellent fast pace career path

    Cons

    sometimes inconsistent philosophy on core business from local personnel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people who I worked directly with were very professional and valued my work. They treated me with respect as I did them. We were like a family.

    Cons

    Stressful, management from off site location was rude and very unprofessional treated employees like they were below them, they were more concerned with employees doing better than them than the outcome of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose very carefully who you give a lot of power to. Give associate surveys so you can really find out how your management team is treating the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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