Republic National Distributing

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Republic National Distributing Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
95 Reviews
2.8
95 Reviews
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Tom Cole
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • people below upper management feel like a family (in 5 reviews)

  • Easy job, great people, and you're always in the know of local events (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The worst is the lack of work life balance, its not a great job for a single parent or even a family oriented person (in 9 reviews)

  • My upper management was uneducated, so they don't really value college degrees (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Republic National Distributing

    Pros

    Love the perks and the samples

    Cons

    Work long hours, weekends and holidays

  2.  

    Challenging and dynamic place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Republic National Distributing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good team effort , cooperative and supportive staff
    Fair pay for hard work

    Cons

    Only those on a so called career path get opportunity for advancement
    No career path for the "other" people
    Not a meritocracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt a fairness policy and adhere to it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good for the office employees, but can be bad for others

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Republic National Distributing full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you are working in the office then you have it made with a standard 40 hour work week, lunches, and paid holidays off. Plus you get free coffee everyday and periodic free food for lunch. The office staff is nice and family oriented. The company provides bare bones benefits, certainly nothing special but Its better than nothing if you need health insurance. Management is nice for the most part and responsive to employee needs and concerns.

    They put a lot of time and effort into developing employees and setting them up for future success. They have many opportunities to join various employee groups, such as the women's leadership group. They offer so many training opportunities as well to help further develop your skills.

    RNDC is also very active in the community and participates in various charities and causes. Every year they have multiple employee events like truck and forklift rodeos, golf tournaments, company sponsored trips to theme parks, 5k runs, etc.

    Sales employees can make close to six figures if you get the right territory. If you are in a slower territory then it can be difficult to break 40k, that wouldn't be too bad except for the fact that you pay for most expenses (gas, insurance, oil changes, cell phone). You get a small allowance for these expenses.

    Communication about company changes and events is constant, which helps employees know what is going on in the company and industry. Overall, Its a good place to launch a career, but long term growth with the company would likely leave you underpaid and overworked.

    Cons

    If you work in sales, the warehouse, or as a driver, then you don't get the same benefits of work-life balance as the office staff. Especially in sales, there is no such thing as a paid holiday because they are commissioned. Drivers and warehouse might work on holidays depending on how busy it is, but they at least get paid double for the day.

    The benefits are barebones. The health plan is a high deductible plan that costs almost $100/month for a single person. The 401k is ok, they match $.50 on the dollar up to 8% of your income. Again, nothing special. The vacation policy could be revised to be more employee friendly. They require 8 years of service before giving you a 3rd week. What's worse, they blackout vacation use for most employees during October, November, and December. I agree with another reviewer that said RNDC should start employees off with 3 weeks of vacation from day 1 to make up for the lack of family time during the holidays.

    Pay is low compared to other industries. If you get a raise then you'll be lucky if it reaches 3%. Even if you get promoted, the raise will likely be only 10%. It's almost a disincentive to take on more responsibility. You have many instances where supervisors make less than the people they supervise because the raises for accepting a management promotion are capped and fail to take into consideration the rate of pay of the subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better vacation benefits and at least the option of a better health plan. Revise the pay practices to ensure subordinates do not make more than their supervisors. If you fixed these issues, RNDC would have been a much better place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Room for advancement. Takes care of employees. A lot sales support. Upper management is always open to employee ideas

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Sandston, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Sandston, VA

    I have been working at Republic National Distributing

    Pros

    In the few years that I have been working here, I have been promoted twice. There is definitely room for advancement within the company. It is clear that RNDC likes to promote from within rather than outsourcing. The vibe is relaxed yet professional.

    Cons

    Some in upper management tend to play favorites

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Republic National Distributing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some flexibility. Strong product line. Great place to learn about sales. Extensive sales training. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Few to no holidays. Trending to the extreme end of micromanagement. Lots of physical labor. You use your own car and pay for your own gas. Job trending towards people fresh out of college with no experience or other alternatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Was a great company before new president came in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Republic National Distributing full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay but not very balanced.

    Cons

    Upper management was all about protecting themselves. Didn't care about their sales reps at all. Health benefits got worse over time and them implementing 6 days of week work days, we had no time to spend with our families. Divorce rate was at a high level because nobody was able to spend time with their families. The new regime really messed up this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your sales reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative- Chain in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative- Chain in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Republic National Distributing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not stuck behind a desk all day, flexible schedule, ability to adjust on the fly, no cold calling

    Cons

    Chain sales doesn't seemed to be viewed in high regard when applying for higher positions with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Representative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - On-Premise Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - On-Premise Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Republic National Distributing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of perks like travel and dinners. Expense accounts are pretty awesome also.

    Cons

    Lots of driving and no reimbursement for pretty much any of it. Gets to be exhausting. Oklahoma is such a small market there isn't much opportunity for advancement either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to not just promote your drinking buddies, actually people who know what they are doing and are good at their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Beware of night supervisor

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

    I have been working at Republic National Distributing

    Pros

    If your looking for long hour short week, this would be your ideal job.

    Cons

    They don't care for their employees to farther their education, have time off, or pay raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers, they are the back bone of any company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Learned ALOT but be prepared to work!

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

    I worked at Republic National Distributing

    Pros

    Make great money, unlimited potential since it was commission based. Managers always there if needed (phone call away) I worked retail wine and you have a lot of freedom to go about your route. AS long as you work hard and your work gets done and your buyers are happy there isn't much to complain.

    Cons

    6 day a week work weeks and then during Nov-Dec its hell. You work so much you don't enjoy the holidays anymore. Its 7 days a week from about the week before thanksgiving through New Years with Christmas day off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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