Graebel

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Graebel Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
84 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Proposal volume is reasonable so writers not challenged with work life balance issues (in 5 reviews)

  • There's so much opportunity for advancement here, and the company culture in most departments is very laid-back and inclusive (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, pay 'freeze' that lasted 4 years until I left, blame rolls down hill until it hits someone with enough problems to be fired (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay, suspended 401k matching, nepotism (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mixed Emotions

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

    I have been working at Graebel

    Pros

    Great people to work with with a family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Company is extremely top heavy. Everyone is a SVP, VP or Director and it is hard to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More hands on training, instead of shadowing and putting people out there to learn themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company is OK!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    For the most part they are good people that work there with a few bad eggs.

    Cons

    Understaffed, promotions and pay feels as if it's based off how well you know the management. Very "clicky". Long hours with poor pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really need a set pay scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nepotism, Nepotism, Nepotism

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Ok pay for job duties, gym, cafe

    Other moving companies will hire from Graebel due to the name

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Where to start..

    This is a dying company in a dying industry, the industry has discounted its services as a whole far beyond what anyone could expect and Graebel leads the way. There are known accounts that lose money for branches, customer service, operations not even mentioning drivers because certain Vice Presidents have ties to those accounts.

    The nepotism runs rampant starting with the President of GMI and on down through several departments. You must either be from Wisconsin or be related to someone who has been with the company for over 15 years to have a real chance at upper management.

    Absolutely no training, shadowing is the only training made available in most cases.

    I feel for most of the fleet as this company was founded by a driver but has turned into favoritism that include bribes from drivers to get what they want. Not hard to see that in a daily working environment. The drivers know that they hold the edge by threatening to quit to get what they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut some of the Directors, do you really need more directors than entry level employees?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's a job nothing special.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Production in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Warehouse Production in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Graebel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good co-workers. You have a little freedom because you get to move around & do different jobs & meet new people.

    Cons

    No one takes pride in their work anymore. There's no real benefits to speak of. You'll probably never get a raise. You're just an employee the company could care less about you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to go back to the way it once was taking pride in our work. If you want employees to care you have to show that you care. We need to keep a minimum base crew & keep them busy & work them everyday. You can't run a good business like ours & be productive & have no claims if half the crew is temps. We need to job thinking anyone can be a mover. You have to have a little skill & common sense. You also need to start giving raises instead of taking money away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Company needs more honest people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The general employees are great people, but the turnover rate is crazy so the great people end up leaving.

    Cons

    Management has selective hearing and needs to pay attention to all employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to ideas from your employees and do not think that you have ALL the answers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    If you want great movers use them, if you want a good job don't

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    THE MOVERS. THE MEN ON THE STREET. I have a number of years experience with Graebel. From warehouse, loading the trucks, packing, household and commercial work, I have seen the this company from the viewpoint of a mover. They have excellent drivers who go the extra mile. That's why Graebel moves the CEOs, politicians, colleges, and professional athletes. They care about proper packing, proper handling. These guys are proud to be movers. They are EXCELLENT at international moves. If you want the junk in the basement moved call a no name mover. If you want your beloved, expensive items moved, call Graebel.

    Cons

    THE MANAGEMENT. In the last 2 years this company has made every move that you see a company make when the high level management wants to sell. They lost a ton of drivers. Why, because they give HUGE discounts to big contracts leaving drivers very little financial incentive to work for them. And they have been replacing over the road drivers with train cars. Which, clients hate to see when one gets parked in front of their homes. Graebel puts the pressure on the moving team to explain this away. The office / management makes a lot of promises to get the sale, but steps away and puts the pressure on the crews and drivers to clean up any messes they make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making decisions that help to line your pockets, at the expense of the drivers, packers, and movers. Because, I'd bet if you asked for the honest opinion of the man on the street, a lot of them would feel betrayed by the things they have seen in the last 2 years.
    I kind of feel that the only employees that Graebel management cherishes, are those that work in the office. The salesmen and women who bring in the cash. They don't do so well when it comes to how they treat their movers. As if they are expendable. There seems to be a "We'll just replace them with contractors" mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Keep looking

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    gym on site, nice building, family values, lots of different cultures and nationalities

    Cons

    Little opportunity for growth unless you are related to someone at a high level. Not innovative, low pay, ancient technology, little concern for employees' careers and work life balance, (expect to work on Christmas Eve even though managers won't be there) the mentality is stuck in the past and there is no concern to improve anything. Founder David Graebel is why the strict atmosphere is still there and he makes sure the company stays old fashioned and out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone a raise, have causal day Monday-Friday, provide room to grow that is not just for family members of the executives, SHOW employees they are appreciated, give everyone Christmas Eve off, play music in the office, invest in your technology and your people, diversify the executive board

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice salary, but the company doesn't care about Commercial Sales, only National Account Reps

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Sales
    Current Employee - Commercial Sales

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

    Pros

    Make my own schedule (good work-life balance), company pays nice salary, benefits and auto-allowance and gas.

    Cons

    Lack of training, manager doesn't have time for me, I don't have confidence in my move team because they're constantly changing and using 3rd party reps that screw up my jobs. Boring sales job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend some time training reps on sales techniques in the industry. Also, I don't even know what the company culture is because there are no company events that we're invited to (other than locally at the branch).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Its an ok place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Wausau, WI
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Wausau, WI

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

    Pros

    personal growth,, training, food, clothing

    Cons

    the hours and the clicks within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't have favorite employees

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    New management decided to change processes that weren't flawed before they even knew what the business was about.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Graebel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Focus on wellness through on site health fairs and screenings.

    Cons

    Low pay, suspended 401k matching, nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dumping experienced relocation managers to bring in outsiders that don't care about the business hasn't worked. Your relocation business has been described as a train wreck. You reap what you sow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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