Manna Freight Systems Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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  1. Solid company that is driven, creative and constantly trying to improve

    Current Employee - Lead in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Lead in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great support and willingness to help you succeed at your job. Good employee development and encouragement. Very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Hours and shifts vary and some Saturday work for certain employees. Training could be better but they're working on improving that. Parking is free but space is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing. Excellent management team in place.

  2. Entrepreneurial environment - taking the next step

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Account Manager Guardian Global in Mendota Heights, MN
    Former Employee - International Account Manager Guardian Global in Mendota Heights, MN

    I worked at Manna Freight Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees who choose to contribute are recognized and their ideas are considered by those who can make these changes. New ideas are encouraged. Many opportunities for the company and its employees. The company is not afraid to take risks and at the same time, admit to taking a wrong path and making adjustments as needed. Unique benefit plan that promotes healthy living and financial savings. I have been in the industry for 30+ years and the executive team is comprised of seasoned veterans who know this industry - this is a real plus.

    Cons

    When a company embraces and promotes individual employee empowerment there comes the downside in that some people are not prepared for what comes with this type of responsibility. It's the price paid to generate fresh and creative ideas, unfortunately it does backfire (I experienced this in my role). While it negatively impacted me, I do think this empowerment is worth the price paid. In more cases than not, this approach ensures good employees rise to the surface.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The only advice i could give is that, when possible and without hampering the independent spirit at Manna, be more selective your management/ leadership team. they need to better understand their roles and the expectations of these roles. I witnessed some really capable and good employees being slowed down by managers who were unclear and unprepared to perform as good, supportive managers and supervisors. In my experience this was definitely the exception. Most were grateful for their roles, were supportive of their teams, encouraged contribution and rewarded good performance.

  3. A company that places blame instead of rectifying the situation, servicing themselves instead of their customers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Lead in Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Route Lead in Mendota Heights, MN

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly liberal PTO policy, most junior managers are easy to get a long with.

    Cons

    Middle management, Operations manager level are in serious disconnect with their subordinates. They create an uncomfortable atmosphere of sexual harassment, dating then demeaning others in the office. Manager fires first line supervisor, then continues to blame that supervisor for company failures 3 months later, when the failures where on that operations supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Time to conduct a root cause analysis of your actual issues, decide why you have had 75% turnover of your first line leaders in the last 4 months, and see if that may have to do with higher management.

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  5. Good Company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good people, some really great people work here.
    flexibility,
    Education, The executives really try and educate people and further them along in their career.

    Cons

    Some of the Executives are really emotionally attached to the history and they're not willing to change. Accountability is not always applied across all departments of the company. Family Company

  6. Company's Senior Leadership intimidates and threatens employees, creating an uncomfortable and hostile work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Specialist in Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Route Specialist in Mendota Heights, MN

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company does a have a long term and aggressive growth plan, the vacation and personal time is ample, hours can be flexible.

    Cons

    Management does not have a clear and consistent message, will constantly waver from what was said previously to what they are told to say by the companies executive team. Management harasses and intimidates employees, creating a tense and uncomfortable environment. Human Resources has been made aware multiple times, is unconcerned, and blames the employees.

    Advice to Management

    It is very hard to give advice to the management when they are the ones to blame. HR department states that they understand employees challenge a company, and it is HR's job to performance manage employees. Hard to get ahead when the company blames employees from the beginning.

  7. Great company Great Senior Management Team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mendota Heights, MN

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, lots of fun, the work is fast paced some times. I really like the people in my department. The work hours are good.

    Cons

    Training could be better.
    There are people who should not be leads and that makes working on some of the teams hard. They don't know what they should do and most of the time they do nothing but complain.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people to leads they are not helpful to their teams or the company. Tell people to follow a dress code. There are people who look like they slept in their clothes for a month and aren't they suppose to cover up their ugly tattoos?

  8. Training Still needs to be addressed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment and great people to work with

    Cons

    Training is almost non existent
    Certain leads and Managers are really holding this company back by being degrading, continually making costly mistakes and not paying attention to there employees

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at who you have in lead positions, they are what is holding Manna Back

  9. Management not in tune with first line leaders, employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Specialist
    Current Employee - Route Specialist

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company portrays an image that it is family friendly, and that it promotes growth from within.

    Cons

    The company doesn't hold to its values. managers state that they want salaried employees to work saturdays for free. Director of HR says that they can work salaried employees as much as they want!

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more in tune with employees, and understand their frustrations, not just keep telling them to weather the storm, because they are keeping the bottom line lower.

  10. The Future Looks Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mendota Heights, MN

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Recently, significant changes have been made at the executive level of the company and middle level management which is making a huge impact on the culture of the company and the way business is conducted. Service providers are now being treated as partners. Management is now more competent and able to train people internally for growth. The company has always been forward thinking with a great culture but is now better equipped for growth. If you have good ideas, management will listen now more than they ever have. Lots of room for promotion from lower positions in the company.

    Cons

    The structure of the company has a tendency to create silos internally. Systems and processes need standardization. Compensation is improving but is lower than it should be in some cases. Incentives have been designed in ways that compete with each other. Employee turnover and poor management hiring decisions have been a problem meaning experience in a complex industry and knowledge of the company history is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Management is on the right track to fixing a lot of the historical issues. Having a strong leadership team who can actually teach employees to improve and make better decisions will allow more internal employees to be promoted from within rather than seeking external candidates for higher positions in the company. This will improve employee turnover and allow the company to move forward more quickly.

  11. dedicated to improvement, entrepreneurial mindset, great environment to be recognized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Manna Freight Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    these folks do not fear failure as a means to always improve. They give you freedom to get your job done, but there is the responsibility to make a business case, and want to make sure they are doing the right things to grow the business and keep customers satisfied. One more thing, they also give back to their community and support military troops with fundraising events.

    Cons

    because we deal with consumer delivery issues you need to be responsive on weekends and nights.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the individual recognition programs

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