Glacier Water Services Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Amazing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Install Helper in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Install Helper in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services

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

    Pros

    401k
    Low cost medical and dental
    Plenty of overtime to be done
    Great management
    Treat you well feel like a family

    Cons

    How about none
    I can't think of one con
    Glacier is a great company to work for
    You won't be disappointed

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. Service Tech

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

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom of making you own schedule. Company truck, gas card, tools and phone. 10 paid holidays a year.

    Cons

    Working outside in the heat of summer and the cold of winter. My hands freeze. Never know what time you're getting off if a service call comes in.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more often. Let us know how we are doing. Provide some real training, a few days with another employee is not enough. And training in Vista, Ca for a week seemed like a waste of money although I did enjoy going to the beach.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Sweat shop like environment with 80% turnover

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Some of your coworkers are nice people who are just stuck in the same horrible employment as yourself.

    Cons

    Management is awful. They work the actual people in the lab like its a sweat shop and pay them like it too. Bonuses are nonexistent regardless of what they tell you in your interview. 401k matching is a joke. Upper management is an even bigger joke.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent management. Breaking labor laws


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Industry leader- Sinking Ship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Tech in South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Service Tech in South Bend, IN

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Driving, very easy work.

    Cons

    Degree of separation between upper management and analysts, Zero advancement opportunity, Loy pay and zero "Max out" pay. Cant support my family on without help.

    Advice to Management

    Seek Management with some training or education.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Not a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Company car, Ease of work. Enjoy the freedom of being able to be out on my own.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management, not a career. After 5 years here still making under $16 an hour. Hired in at 13. Raises are 2% if you are at the tops.

    Advice to Management

    Start with a new CEO and all upper Management. Ice Machine concept will cost more than its worth in the long run.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Management with no Education or management skills

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

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Easy work
    Good benefits and average 401k
    Enjoy coworkers I interact with during the day

    Cons

    Management is poor at best, no education or management skills.
    Talk down to you as a person
    Lack of training
    Zero real advancement opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Hire management with at least a degree or some level of confidence.
    Get off the computer playing games and talking to wife all day and do something.


  8. Helpful (5)

    If you like to work a lot and make little, this place is for you

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Houston, TX

    I worked at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime, benefits, management, flexible hours, work truck

    Cons

    Corporate is horrible, pay is low, big brother mentality, illegal modification of time sheet

    Local management is decent, they actually have a brain and can make good decisions. Corporate in Vista California has their head on backwards. They come down from California and preach like they understand you and appreciate you. Then go back to California to drive their BMW home to their nice house, all while your making 12-13$ an hour.
    When you finally get a raise, if you beg and your performance is excellent, you will be lucky to get 50 cents, but will likely get an even lower raise. Politics. Pay is entirely controlled by corporate.

    This is a skilled trade, requires knowledge and a good mechanical understanding to do the job efficiently. So given the low pay, they end up hiring people straight off the street, with zero experience to do the job. Which is fine, if the person did not consider McDonald's a career before coming to glacier.

    Turnover is bad. I would expect the turnover here to be normal for a Walmart type environment. Some get fired, some quit. Most quit because of pay. Some quit because of the gestapo like corporate. They will watch you, how long you were at a certain place, when you left there etc. They will watch your speed. THEY WILL CHANGE YOUR TIME SHEET BASED ON WHAT TIME YOUR TRUCK STARTS. THEY WILL NOT PAY YOU FOR WORKING THROUGH LUNCH. They will deduct time from your sheet to cover their butts in a legal perspective. All of this is illegal.

    If you have to work at home for an hour or so, you will either not get paid, be questioned about it, up to being fired. Management knows how the job works, they know you have to do things at home sometimes, but the second you get on their bad side, they will find the ammunition to fire you.

    Their installers are allowed to work, doing plumbing, without either a plumbing license, nor a water treatment license, The service technicians the same. Plumbing code does not exist to glacier water, which puts the health and safety of the water in those machines at risk.

    Overall, this is a wonderful temporary job. In the long run, you will not make any money. You want to work somewhere 20 years and top out at 19.00/hr this place is for you. If your fine with oversight(lack of trust), having your time sheet illegally changed, and working a minimum of 55 hours a week. This place is for you.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to corporate. Pay people more, quit treating ever employee as if their a cheating spouse, quit illegally modifying time sheets, reduce work hours


  9. Demanding

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

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits company truck hours are normal to available

    Cons

    Job performance is based on service calls which seem unfair. Customers unplugged machine your fault, if dirty your fault. Spotless machines 3 calls on a machine your in trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your stats they are unfair.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Be aware of Administrative Cliques

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Vista, CA

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    No micro-management
    Technicians are really nice on the phones
    Practically sit here all day, doing nothing
    You can go to the restrooms whenever you want
    Some job security if you've proven you can do your work quickly and efficiently

    Cons

    The biggest con of working in the corporate office is the fact that there is one clique that rules all. If one person of this particular clique does not like you, the others automatically do not like you. This wouldn't be a problem if this clique did not consist of leads, managers, and HR personnel that have control of your employment status. In addition, the fact that most people are highly uneducated within the operations department makes for an extremely immature atmosphere.
    Benefits are terrible. Within the first year employees only receive 1.3 hours of vacation per pay period. After 1 year employees are given 2.6 and after 5 years it goes up to a whopping 4.5. Good luck finding relaxation. Health insurance is cheap, might as well pay healthcare services out of pocket. Bonuses? How about a $50 Visa card once a year, in December.
    Corporate employees get paid minimally to increase wages for executives.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new managers. Old does not always mean experienced. Most managers are not respected here. Let the VP of HR go also, because she is the one allowing such careless behavior of managers.


  11. Helpful (3)

    If you can handle the lack of pay it is a great company. (service tech)

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

    I have been working at Glacier Water Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Take home company vehicle, fuel card, no time clock, my supervisor is the best boss I have ever had.

    Cons

    On call 24 hours a day. The pay stinks. Only allowed to drive truck for daily route and service calls. Managers above district managers don't listen and have no clue what it takes to be a service tech. Corporate has no idea how bad the Division managers treat the managers and techs below them.
    90% of service calls you never find a problem. 5% of service calls are coin jam customer related. The other 5%.... well you know........

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your techs. Stop blaming the techs for problems that your Managers are creating. Make Division Managers accountable!



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