PLS Logistics Services

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PLS Logistics Services Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
102 Reviews
3.0
102 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I literally wake up and get excited to come to work and use my book of business to its full potential (in 7 reviews)

  • Its a young environment and fast paced (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Job was very stressful and worked long hours (in 8 reviews)

  • Stressful sales job but can be lucrative (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    PLS Logistics provides a solid Entry Level or Lifelong Career. They really invest in their trainees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive Trainee
    Former Employee - Account Executive Trainee

    I worked at PLS Logistics Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    2 week Industry Training is provided.
    Management is available to help with issues that arise.
    Lots of freedom to specialize in transportation that interest you.
    Effort is directly proportional to success.
    Strong job security for those who make it through the 1.5yr training. Lots of transfer options into other departments.
    3 Months with a mentor is provided to learn the operations of the business. Support is available.

    Cons

    it takes a LOT of effort to be successful and sometimes a little luck.
    It's a sales job, you'll cold call businesses, get over it, it's not that hard.
    The first year is extremely difficult to succeed on a standard 40hr work week schedule. The first year is 60-80hrs a week include outside work research and preparation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire less, but better individuals. Nurture those especially talented. It may even sound crazy, but somewhere in the training process, offer people a payment to quit right there - you'll save yourself money in the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Do not work here

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

    I worked at PLS Logistics Services

    Pros

    People are friendly and you can meet people your own age
    Logistics is an interesting industry, but 3PL is not the stress
    You will learn about many different places in the U.S and Canada via Google maps

    Cons

    Extremely high employee turnover
    Immature environment and management is obsessed with sports which is a huge distraction. Definitely a "bro" environment (there are even football graphics on the wall...) Not that I don't like sports, but it was a little bit overwhelming
    Hard work for little gain
    Not professional. Some employees do not even have college degrees
    Dead-end job
    Favoritism and clicks
    Insufficient training that does not give you the tools you need to succeed
    Saturated industry
    Cold calling and long after hours (you will even need to work on weekends in order to meet the sales quota)
    80% of trainees will be out of a job within 6 months
    Definitely sucks if you relocated for this job to a city that you don't really like and then be out of a job 6 months later

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try a new approach to management
    Train your employees longer. Don't fire someone just because they didn't meet a lofty sales quota. PLS fires employees right when they are starting to get the hang of the place, and it would be wiser to INVEST in your employees and improve your sales training techniques.
    Hire people with some experience. Don't just hire someone with no degree just to see if they can make the cut.
    Diversify the workplace, especially when it comes to gender.
    Somewhat more professional dress code. No jeans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PLS Logistics Services

    Pros

    Awesome atmosphere, helpful managers, and an uncapped salary.

    Cons

    Hours may seem long if you are not working hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

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  5.  

    Challenging but fulfilling!!!

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

    I have been working at PLS Logistics Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Young and energetic company
    Ping Pong, air hockey, basket ball, putting green, and other fun activities to wind down
    Fun corporate events
    Management is extremely helpful
    Training was quick and simple, they let you get on the floor to get practical training.
    Attractive compensation plan and benefits
    Rapid expansion, hiring managers from within
    The harder you work the better your chance of making it! It's up to you!

    Cons

    Long hours, but time passes by quickly
    Quotas can be challenging to reach, but anything good is worth the effort

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay Away!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist

    I worked at PLS Logistics Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good money for entry level college grad
    -Fun atmosphere
    -Young professional environment
    -Office events (like pot luck lunches etc)
    -Opportunity to make friends your age
    -Mid-size company
    -Good benefits
    -Great fit if you are an aggressive, money-hungry, type A, super motivated, "I love sales" person.

    Cons

    -No job is safe here
    -Turn and burn
    -If you are not in the "click" your opportunities and freedoms are reduced
    -Company is not promoting management as quickly as they say
    -Immature work environment
    -College 2.0
    -Training is not as good as they advertise
    -If you are an introvert, you will not get the job, nor will you fit in or succeed
    -Do not expect to make a career out of this job. When they hire you, your employment has a pre-determined expiration date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The overall training for new employees needs to be addressed and implemented more. You are hiring recent college grads and are setting them up to fail without the necessary tools to be successful. One to two weeks of training is not enough. Your HR people also need more rigorous training. You are doing a disservice to these kids when you don't invest enough time in them to train them properly to keep them there longer by meeting and exceeding your expectations. You need to invest more in your employees to train and retain them across all departments in the satellite offices. Also,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, but really not worth the time.

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

    I have been working at PLS Logistics Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is fairly high for an entry level job.
    Youthful work environment.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover rate.
    Lack of work-life balance.
    Not nearly enough training to help you succeed.
    Work from 7:45-5:15 and most people are expected to stay later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more hands on training activities outside of the classroom in order to better prepare your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Fun Place for a first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Account Executive Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at PLS Logistics Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment
    Concerted effort to make it a team environment
    Good Training Program for learning the industry
    down to earth managers

    Cons

    Although the company grows from within. It doesnt provide the opportunity for people with less to no experience to learn from others with professional experience outside of PLS
    Somewhat Immature environment even though it is friendly
    lack of technical sales training
    Feeling of irrelevancy especially during first 3 months
    misleading salary 38k + commission is whats told. but its much more complex than that
    Alot of information and information not available about certain parts of the industry which caps you in opportunities. unless you can figure it out on your own
    100 cold calls a day?!!?!???!!??? on top of trying to do other work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring outside experienced managers or account executives in the industry to help the company learn about different industries (Van, Reefer, Specialty)
    Dont mislead salary. It sounds great for kids straight out of college. very misleading to others.
    work with sales 1-on-1. don't rely on phone stats to figure out if a person is putting in work. its just a part of the formula.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pretty bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Cranberry Township, PA

    I have been working at PLS Logistics Services part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is growing, opening new offices all over the US, 80% of the employees are under 30 years old.

    Cons

    The company is growing horizontally. it is impossible to move up in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive Trainee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive Trainee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at PLS Logistics Services

    Pros

    fun work environment, lots of energetic young professionals, uncapped commission (if you make it that far), fantastic exposure to lots of different industries

    Cons

    no job stability, extremely arbitrary industry, minimal training, higher management of the company shows little to no interest in employees, you feel expendable from day one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more comprehensive and honest training, longer training period, better organization, actual enforcement of salesforce rules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult to balance everything; Not a pure sales environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL

    I worked at PLS Logistics Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture was very good. It was a laid back atmosphere where I felt free to take time to wind down by playing ping pong or taking a walk. There is plenty of support if you feel like you need help in a certain area between sales managers and office leaders. This position will give you the opportunity to build cold calling, lead generations, and closing skills but you also have to handle all the operations and billing which takes away from your time selling. The starting salary is also very attractive plus commission once you've been selling for a little while.

    Cons

    Doing well and hitting your quotas isn't 100% on you. You're subject to truck availability and the time it takes to actually arrange the transportation. Quotas don't take into account what time of year you start selling - not good when shipping slows down in the winter. It's also pretty difficult to become one of the heavy hitters, you almost have to land a large account which are few and far between at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure goals/quotas to take into account market forces and seasonal changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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