Schwan's Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Great Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Pros

    Leadership is starting to get better and focusing more on employee's.

    Cons

    Hours are still long, pay is not too competitive with the hours you work. Not too many opportunities to advance.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good when the economy is good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Riverside, CA

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products made it easy to give great service. 100% satisfaction guarantee. Ongoing sales, service and safety training.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, but that's sales. Automated routing system does not work/make logical sense, which would regularly affect your sales/service metrics which would affect your compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with reality by performing regularly scheduled ride alongs. Listen to your sales force, they know thier customers better than anyone.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Hours not worth the pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative (RSR) in Wake Forest, NC
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative (RSR) in Wake Forest, NC

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The coworkers, customers, and friendly boss. Overall the environment, the job itself, and the people are all good. And the benefits aren't bad.

    Cons

    Hours are way too long, especially considering how low the pay is. Expectations are unreasonably high when just starting out.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't make sense to take away "training pay" and give such a substantial pay cut to an RSR after getting them up to speed and having them have been there over a year. Just to have to start all over again paying someone else "training pay" while they get up to speed and then starting the same cycle all over again.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great Experience So Far

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

    I have been working at Schwan's (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic, supportive teams. Talented co-workers, and great brands to work on. My managers are great, and I've learned a lot in a short amount of time. Significant positive changes have been made at the corporate level, and the business performance is radically improved. Exciting changes are ahead.

    Cons

    With all of the changes going on there has been some churn, which can be tricky to navigate, but overall the changes are for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the momentum going, keep attracting better and better people, and keep finding new ways to compel and retain the front line employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Rsr

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

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay Meet a lot of different people A different day every day It's so easy a Caveman can do it Paid holidays

    Cons

    Loooooooong hours. Between 10-14 a day. If you come in before 7 they look at you strange and ask why you're so early. Even if you finish you're route. You should be out building.


  7. 7 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    They have treated me very well.

    Cons

    Equipment issues, training, none none

    Advice to Management

    None none none none none


  8. Helpful (1)

    Area Sales manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Schwan's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good company to work for. Nice bonus package if company hits plan.

    Cons

    Management can mean working long hours and being available 24/7 to take care of issues and the customer.


  9. Physically Demanding and Unrewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative
    Former Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee food discount can be as much as 40% off when ordered online, six paid holidays, matching 401K after 1 year. Some customers are really nice and look forward to seeing you.

    Cons

    12-15 hours a day of physically demanding and exhausting work. Working in the sweltering heat and humidity is unbearable. Expected to service anywhere from 60-80 customers a day and usually half or more of them are never home in the time window which THEY selected. Pay is a joke for the amount of hours worked each day. Definitely a job for a younger person in excellent physical condition.

    Advice to Management

    100 years ago employees demanded an 8 hour work day. They were treated like slave labor and worked 12-16 hours a day for extremely low wages. A revolution took place (and many were killed during the protests), labor unions became the norm, and employees finally received what they had been asking for. An 8 hour work day and income that could support a family. Schwan's is (and has been) going backwards to those days of the early 20th century. WAKE UP! Why do you think the turnover rate is so high? Only 1 of 10 hired last longer than 6 months.


  10. Route Sales Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benefits, good people

    Cons

    Long hours... Stress long hours. Prior to running a route you haven't done for the first time, just finding people's houses is a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade equipment. The above problems could be more manageable with better gps and handheld software.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Struggling company

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

    I worked at Schwan's (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You have some flexibility when it comes to making your schedule. Decent health benefits. You get a 20% discount on Schwan's products.

    Cons

    Did not get paid holidays. Worked on straight commission with no raises. Hard to take vacation days due to lack of coverage.



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