Graebel

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Graebel Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
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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
  • Low pay, suspended 401k matching, nepotism (in 6 reviews)

  • Staff is really stretched and the low morale is a reflection of over-stressed employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Keep looking

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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
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  5.  

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

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    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
  6.  

    Its an ok place

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    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

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    no.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no friends at graebel.

    Cons

    It's challenging because you have to live there to get anything done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

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

    Pros

    Small location where everyone wears at least a few hats. Job security in this way.

    Cons

    The typical gossip is harder to avoid in a small setting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgt is fine given their very limitations dictated by big corporate.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Prepare to be severely overworked and under-appreciated.

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    Current Employee - Global Household Goods Coordinator in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Global Household Goods Coordinator in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    -They have a decent salary for the market.
    -They also have a decent PTO policy, I believe 17 PTO days a year.

    Cons

    -The company is a revolving door when it comes to turnover - no one lasts more than two years.
    -Career path is non-existent, company refuses to invest in its employees.
    -Consistently pressured to work overtime and weekends, work/life balance is awful.
    -Technologically ancient - system used for household goods was developed from free-ware back in the early 2000s and it does not communicate with any of the other departments systems. They have absolutely no intention of upgrading anytime soon.
    -Executive board consists almost entirely of elderly white men - despite being a diverse company at the operations level, it seems diversity is not celebrated on the executive level.
    -The disconnect between executives and operations is palpable, which makes driving change and improvements to the day-to-day job incredibly difficult.
    -Benefits are sub-par, zero perks of working for the company. For example: as an employee, if you go to the warehouse and request used boxes, they will charge you full price for them! Incredibly stingy company, despite record profits in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retention bonuses, lower case load, remove redundant manager positions that clearly add no value, improve your systems and software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Absolutely a wonderful employer!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graebel

    Pros

    Excellent career growth potential and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    I absolutely love the company - no cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing --

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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