Lynden Incorporated
2.9 of 5 10 reviews
www.lynden.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Lynden Incorporated Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
Lynden Incorporated – Naperville – “Frontier Office”

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2.9 10 reviews

                             

60% Approve of the CEO

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Jim Jansen

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Intern (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe people were very friendly and helpful in teaching interns.
    The hours were manageable which lead to a good work life balance.

    ConsInterns were offered no paid time off.
    The work got repetitive and mundane.
    The office culture consisted of too many middle age and older employees. There were not many young workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Logistic Coordinator (Current Employee)

    Prosgood environment, the company provides all the support that you need to be successful and do a good job.

    Consit doesn't compensate financially,long hrs and not much time off.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours, low pay

    City Driver (Current Employee)
    Anchorage, AK

    ProsSafety points program, some of your equipment is provided. For example they provide gloves, hard hats, wench bar, and a hammer. You can "buy" boots, coats, etc, with your safety points.

    ConsLow pay. The overtime is forced, they called it drafted. You will work 7 days a week, 11.5 a day, to the 80 hour maximum for the first year, maybe longer. Management is antagonistic to labor, in most cases. The trucks are dirty, and you will be moved from truck to truck until they see fit to assign you one. Maintenance on the trucks is poor, breakdowns are common.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay the truck drivers more. It is very difficult to work at a trucking company with this kind of employee turn over. Remove terminal managers that are not in control of their own emotions, and who idea of management is to make everyone think they could be fired at any moment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Newark, NJ

    ProsMultiple product lines to sell, good service, coverage. Good reputation, company culture -

    ConsAntiquated systems & software ( 20-35yrs old) terrible top down communication, non existent senior management. Need for new blood, too many long time employees doing the same old things....new ideas

    Advice to Senior ManagementPresident, CEO - time for new blood. Regional VPs, manage by ignoring the issues and they will go away. None of them want to bring issues up as it will label them weak or hurt their chances to advance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere were many co-workers that were enjoyable to be around. Lower level employees were professional.

    ConsSome questionable ethical decisions made by upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lynden International does not know International

    Operations Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsLynden Inc as a whole is a very good company with a niche market that has little competition.

    ConsFor Lynden international, there are way too many cons to list here, but will start with:
    Management - They are clueless on how to work in a global environment
    Franchise Ops - They steal revenue left and right form the company
    Sales - In international routed business is 40% of the revenue, yet they do nothing to groom relationships with those companies
    International partners - They burned their good partners a few years back for a crappy one now they have to start all over, but have no idea how to assemble a plan that will succeed.

    In general executive management takes care of the 15+ year employees. They can do no wrong, yet they are the majority of the problem, no vision, no working knowledge outside of the job they have done...Revenues slide down and they blame everyone but themselves...The company will be a revolving door until someone decides what they want to be, then hire someone (or bring someone back) from the outside that understands what it takes to build a successful organization and international program.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop doing what you have been for 20+ years and learn something new. Retire out the 20+ year employees that preach "Why should we change we have worked this way forever". it was successful 10-20 years ago, but times have changed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lynden Transport Anchorage

    Hostler (Current Employee)
    Anchorage, AK

    ProsYou will learn a great deal in a short amount of time. Full time job in the union right off the bat. They have a safety point program that is good. Safety is talked about, and safely doing your job is strongly encouraged.

    ConsZero work life balance, which they will call "opportunity for overtime". You will work 80 hours a week; the dispatchers and managers will get their 2 days off a week, you will not. Managers/dispatchers/executives/owners wages and benefits have steadily increased, while the drivers have decreased. Old trucks make up most of their fleet, and they are not equipped for Alaska. The warehouse has been thrashed, example, most of the dock plates do not work correctly, the forklifts scales do not work. The drivers are viewed with contempt by the the dispatchers. There is no training, it is sink or swim. There is zero communication among the dispatchers, example, drivers are sent to pick freight that has already been picked up by another driver, or we are sent to pick up a trailer that has already been picked up, or make a delivery that has already been delivered, etc. The dispatchers do not make telephone calls/send emails to customers because they rarely get a timely answer back from the customer, and visa versa, so the drivers are sent to customers to pick up, or deliver and the customer is not ready, or does not have the right equipment to load or unload the freight-you can end up going to the same customer 2, or 3 times before the transaction is actually completed. The dispatchers are not given complete information by the people taking the messages(and the people taking the messages are not given good information from the customer because the person making the call is not the person who is actually handling the freight) , so you most often don't know what you are going to pick up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut out a call to the lower 48(the contiguous United States) that you have need of 20 full time drivers. Your drivers are the lowest paid in the union, yet have the heaviest work load of any serving the port and municipality of Anchorage. Raise our wages to equal that of your competitors. Meaningful profit sharing will make for a more involved, and motivated workforce.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Anchorage, AK

    ProsForward thinking company that is always trying to improve.

    ConsWages stay the same and advancement opportunities are few and far between

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work but at least post a job opening before filling it with the chosen ones

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    SeaTac, WA

    ProsLynden has nice work environment, good and friendly people that work together, making it a good place to work for.

    ConsLynden does not have too much promotion going on. It is very common for someone to work at a position with same title over 10 years or more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood and nice leaders at the corporate office. They are people oriented, provide good healthcare benefits to employees. Good work life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work with overall

    Quality Assurance (Current Employee)

    ProsConstantly improving bottom line which is a good trait of well managed companies. Company is also relatively transparent and senior management team is also well-versed and experienced. Benefits are good.

    ConsLimited advancement opportunities due to company structure and low staff turnover rate (which is a good sign of staff retention). Wage is very average and that makes it hard to attract and retain good qualified staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMotivate, challenge and better reward the staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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