Graebel Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Bill Graebel
66 Ratings

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. The people and senior leadership are amazing!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel

    Pros

    People
    Leadership
    Family atmosphere
    career opportunities
    company values
    transparency
    The CEO is amazing!!!
    Management in Atlanta is amazing!!!
    Managers appreciate team members

    Cons

    would love to have more opportunties for corporate positions within the atlanta office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for the changes you have made; they have really made a difference!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A good learning experience for recent college graduates, not a long-term place to build your career.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Interesting exposure to a quickly evolving field in mobility, decent work-life balance when turnover temporarily slows down and slow off-season permit, CEO that seems to make an effort to improve transparency and satisfaction of employees. Generally pleasant and friendly co-workers in all departments. Fun company events.

    Cons

    Disorganization seems to be the overarching company theme common to all departments. Constant turnover of top performers and hard workers due to poor compensation, benefits, and lack of career growth opportunities. Favoritism and lack of transparency with promotions and internal interview and review processes. Laziness and incompetence run rampant in those left behind after a few years unable to find jobs elsewhere. Bureaucratic culture that has a form for everything and a process that no one understands or follows. People constantly passing the buck leaving the few responsible and serious employees doing most of the work. VERY poor training and an HR department that seems to specialize in making lame excuses for why one thing or another can´t be improved. Management constantly says that they are open to new ideas which they promptly ignore when actually offered. Many people feel that their careers are stagnating with Graebel and they´re not learning and growing personally or professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actions speak louder than words. Invest in your employees and they will be loyal to you. Stop compensating and treating employees like they are disposable or turnover will never improve and you´ll continue to lose your top talent. Promote management from within because when you don´t it just confirms the perception that your employee quality level is low (or at least you think it is). Eliminate nepotism. Improve your 401(k) match, tuition reimbursement, and healthcare benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. There's good and bad...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel

    Pros

    Poised for significant international growth if they can figure out what "globally centric" really means.

    Cons

    Tension in the department so thick you can cut it with a knife. Backstabbing. Promote the ones you like, push the ones you don't out the door. Setting people up to fail.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Help Desk

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    Former Employee - Help Desk in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Graebel

    Pros

    Friendly Co-Workers and easy environment to work in

    Cons

    Really no training to speak of and the managers do not supervise the other Help desk employees. Mangers were vindictive when confronted with issues going on with fellow employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with employees and maintain an equal job performance for all employees not just the ones you like

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel

    Pros

    If you sang to build up your skills this is the job to reach you his to interact with customers and multi task in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    Not everyone is on the same page or follows company policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more enforceful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Not the place for diversity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    After working 40 hours you actually get a check

    Cons

    Our owner, Bill Graebel who some people seem to think is amazing, in a town hall meeting made a reference to Asian people selling rice. We are going GLOBAL but just insulted the entire Asian race by making a reference to them selling rice, REALLY!!! If you are looking for diversity, don't look here!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Bill a coach

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

    Dysfunctional HR department-Not "Good to Great", more like "Bad to Worst"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel

    Pros

    Bill Graebel seems sincere about taking the organization to the next level.

    Cons

    The HR department has one of the highest turnovers. No trust in the department, allowed to be run by inexperienced management who have been with Graebel their entire career, resulting in no experience with HR best practices. No defined policies or procedures which allow for inconsistencies throughout the organization including HR. The tension is so thick in this department you can feel it when you walk in the office. It is the total opposite of what HR is suppose to embody. No HR strategic plan or goals, absolutely no interpersonal skills from leadership, no HR mission statement, no job descriptions for the majority of employees and no merit increase matrix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone in HR that actually has experience in HR and can bring different ideas to the table and not be intimidated by someone with a brain and leadership skills. Look at pay structure, it is unfair. Bill Graebel will never have a successful company with an HR department in such ruins, decisions are made in a vacuum. If this is the leadership you trust with your most valuable asset, you will not go far as an organization.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Best Kept Secret in the Denver Job Market

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    Current Employee - ITS Technical Support in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - ITS Technical Support in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, family business, personal growth

    Cons

    Not many great places for lunch until DIA valley builds out. Lots of work to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep believing in your people, providing opportunities, listening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    ok as entry level - but don't stick around too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Graebel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great and fun people in my team, the by far biggest plus of this job - learned the (very) basics about ocean and air but you wont learn anything new after a couple months on the job

    Cons

    Employees are treated as expendables (as so often in freight forwarding companies). Promotions do not seem to be merit/experience based - but seem to be awarded based on "special connections"; saw good people getting laid off while not so good ones got a promotion; very clicky, lots of politics going on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    proper training; merit based promitions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Poised to be extraordinary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Graebel

    Pros

    Great teams, passionate, servant spirit, treat their jobs as a calling.

    Cons

    Need some uniformity in processes between teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing and the rest will come easy!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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