Graebel

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Graebel Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
87 Reviews
2.9
87 Reviews
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Bill Graebel
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Mixed Emotions

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    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
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  5.  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly with flexible hours. I have a good but over-worked Manager.

    Cons

    Very low pay, raises given are in cents and very rare, heavy workload, dishonest, rude and unappreciative management in some parts of the company. Cliches everywhere and nepotism. If you're related to management or executives you automatically have a job.
    When hired you get a couple days training and you are thrown on a desk with a huge workload and a ringing phone. Rules and regulations are made up by supervisors and management as they go, nothing is written as law. No one listens to anyone between the departments, no one is willing to help each other out. Every department thinks they have the most important role in the Company. Slackers are rewarded with raises if they say the right things to the right people. You cannot trust anyone. Management will walk right past you in the halls and not even say hello. All of this creates low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some policies in writing that managers can't make things up as it suits them. A training program is in dire need, everyone from the janitor to the highest executive should have a training policy to follow and for God's sake do not let people deal with customers without the proper training. Give some raises and bring some of your employees out of poverty. Get some new trailers. Recognize who your quality employees are and hold onto them. Hint: They are probably the ones not related to a higher up and not walking around talking all day or in other peoples business. Make your employees feel appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Company is OK!

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    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
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    Keep looking

    • Comp & Benefits
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    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
  11.  

    Company needs more honest people

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    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

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