Pine State Trading Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Needs work. Good company decent benefits. But very top heavy.due to the nature of the business they will be around for A

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    Former Employee - Service in Augusta, ME
    Former Employee - Service in Augusta, ME

    I worked at Pine State Trading full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work load benefits decent pay. Good company car. Good people on the front line. Great customers for the most part.

    Cons

    Very top heavy management too many cheifs. Afraid to ask for help. Worried more about bean counters the the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the help. The people that got you the Billion in sales. Don't be so damn afraid. You guys are playing prevent defense with 10 minutes on the clock.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Driver Information

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    Former Employee - Employee
    Former Employee - Employee

    I worked at Pine State Trading full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is friendly.
    A good place to gain delivery/driver experience until better employment can be found.

    Cons

    Most interstate routes are long haul in high traffic areas and are set up in such a way where the drivers must move at a very fast pace with little or no time to take a break or a lunch.
    Pine State is a family owned company but taking time off for your own family needs is difficult due to the company running on skeleton crews at the satellite locations.
    They provide hand trucks and pallet jacks but most are malfunctioning and in poor condition.
    You will load and unload your own truck on top of long delivery hours in all weather due to the company not wanting to hire full or part-time warehouse staff.
    PST is a Billion dollar company but you are asked to use your own GPS and cell phone in order to conduct business for them with no compensation for either.
    Pay is basic average pay for the area they are located.
    Occasionally deliveries from the Maine headquarters are delayed and you will have to sit at work until they arrive.
    Drivers are responsible for collecting payments and also depositing/tracking payments in place of accounting staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take anonymous suggestions from all staff and make changes. Correct client delivery addresses since most are incorrect and this costs a great deal of time for the drivers to correct on their own while delivering,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great employee benefits, but as with any company there are drawbacks.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pine State Trading full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You receive a 2% bonus check in February as well as a 3% raise (unless you've done very very poorly, which I've never heard of a case of). In this day and age a bonus "just because" to ALL employees and not based on meeting any incentives is phenomenal. They recently froze the pension plan and while it may be a con for employees who have been with the company long enough and early enough to have received the pension (and are still guaranteed the funds) receive 6% of their gross earned salary as a quarterly bonus payment into their 401k, regardless of whether or not they are currently deferring any money into it. For employees hired after the pension was frozen (unsure if an employee has to be employed for a minimum length of time) it is a 3% gross bonus which is still something and more than employees hired after the pension was no longer offered were getting before this recent program. Even if you aren't deferring any income into your 401k they set one up to put this money in for you. The company pays overtime if needed, which it often is, especially on the delivery and selecting side. This is a con if you consider how often you can and are kept at work past when you would like to be home with your family. Salaried employees receive a flex day for working holidays.Every year for as long as anyone can remember, the company gives each employee (there are over 900 throughout New England) a gift card of their choice to Walmart, Hannaford or Shaw's. Jobs are posted frequently and offer advancement and relocation due to the 6+ states the company has locations in. Superb medical/dental benefits. 401k match of 25 cents on the dollar for the first 6% deferred.

    Cons

    While all of the pros are great, the company is cutting costs anywhere it can
    see them. This means they are cutting funding for supplies and buying a lot of sub par items, but aren't looking at places where money is wasted daily and is brought up frequently but nothing is done about it. Reimbursement requests for required trips are denied payment after the employee has paid for them unless they hound accounts payable. No paid sick or personal time, so if you are sick you are encouraged to stay home and lose pay and are not allowed to use vacation days last minute due to illness. They do have STD and LTD of course, but for run of the mill sickness you are not covered. Certain employees (drivers especially) aren't permitted to take vacation days, but are told they must take 5 days in a row, while most employees can get approval for using their vacation days as they see fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As with all the other reviewers, I agree that employee advice should be considered. The atmosphere at some locations is that one must be very fearful of upper management. Perhaps a suggestion box or a certain time of month or year where employees can be free
    to suggest improvements to their bosses. I hear coworkers daily complaining about the way things are done. I recommend not nit-picking every purchase and cheaping out on supplies and focus on the issues that are costing the company much more money everyday.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Times have changed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardiner, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardiner, ME

    I worked at Pine State Trading full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Things are always changing, which can keep it interesting and fun, but also stressful. There is always an opportunity to learn new things.

    Cons

    Low pay, high stress, lackluster benefits. Management thinks you should feel grateful to have a job rather than them valuing you and your contribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come back to reality, if you continue treating your people as expendables than you will fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Overworked and underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardiner, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardiner, ME

    I have been working at Pine State Trading full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Things are always changing so if you enjoy a challenging environment, this is it. It never gets boring.

    Cons

    More and more opportunities are arising for the company but they're not growing their support personnel to be able to deal with them. There's way too much work for the amount of people to do it. The senior management is out of touch with the employees and the needs to keep the company successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to get back down into the trenches and realize what's going on within the company and where the struggles are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardiner, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardiner, ME

    I worked at Pine State Trading

    Pros

    great people who have great understanding of industry and inter workings between all parts involved. Driven towards a common goal

    Cons

    Not as much recognition as you would expect, Management structure is too tall and information is lost through out the chain of command

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to listen to all people you are managing and the information that is being collected and sent.

    Recommends
  8. A good company to work for, with room for improvement like any another

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pine State Trading full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits, Paid time off (2 weeks for the first 8 years, 3 after that...) Fairly low stress atmosphere. Several locations throughout Maine, and the rest of New England (possibility to move and take a position elsewhere if you're needed).

    Cons

    Company recently took on a huge number of new products, but seems to be taking on too much. Sales incentives are usually hard to meet, or too easy in some cases (bad for company if someone can put up a display for 5 minutes in a store, snap a photo and take it down and get paid for it). An employee of 9 years is only making 9.50 or less per hour, where people now start at 8.00. This is a con for full-time employees, pro for summer help- they give a 0.25 cent raise every summer you return as a driver helper, so at your sixth summer (such as if you are in college and work every summer, you can make more than the full time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat Employees Better (better compensation and attitudes).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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