Schwan's

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Schwan's Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
324 Reviews
2.5
324 Reviews
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Dimitrios Smyrnios
41 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • My route had great customers, not all routes are that lucky (in 16 reviews)

  • The company has a new CEO and is making a push for a better work/life balance, i (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Some long hours on occasion and must work weekends or days off to cover for holidays (in 63 reviews)

  • It takes every bit of 12 - 14 hours to get over the bottom of the line commision hump (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyed my work with Schwans

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

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A company that's willing to give anyone a chance to be a success

    Cons

    There were several limitations with the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more investigation on employee problems and concerns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People

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

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with many talented people I would want to work with again.

    Cons

    Would have liked more vacation.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Do Not Get Suckered In

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

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Pros

    Employees get extra reward points on purchases which comes in handy. The discount on products is okay, but better when paired with the rewards points. Decent food.

    Cons

    Work 60-80 hours a week. Routes take months to years to build up and get a good customer base. At nine months, you'd expect to make more than $350 a week considering all the hours, but don't bank on that unless you have a great route. Long hours means no family time what-so-ever. Come home, eat dinner, go to bed and then back to work. You are basically the company's slave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your drivers like your servants. Consider changing the commission rates or switching to hourly pay because my family is not surviving on the pay given now. I can pull in $1000 two days a week but am still getting next to nothing on my paycheck. Start listening to what the customers want. Stop making all these fancy foods and wasting your money to "revamp" them when they don't sell. But overall, treat your drivers better. They're people with families and you're making them feel like nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    You DON"T want to work here!!!

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

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Being a customer is great. The food is top quality and they have many items you can not get in the grocery stores.

    Cons

    Want to be treated like a brainless robot? Want to work 14 hour days for less than minimum wage? Want to have a route that is micromanaged by corporate people that have never run a route in their lives? Then this is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's simple! Treat the people that actually run your business with the respect that you would want to be treated with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    too many hours no time for life pay cuts working while injured no personal caring corporate all the way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    customers working outside ability to increase sales

    Cons

    driving a truck working in bad weather new manager 12 to 14 hour days the way they terminate you and yet not another that had more violations their matrix where they tell you you can service a customer and be on your way in 3 minutes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you go get in a truck and follow your manifest and see if you can do it get out of your office let the drivers manage their own routes like they used to instead of being computer generated rememberer we are human beings !!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dont do it!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver/Customer Service Representative in Bolingbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver/Customer Service Representative in Bolingbrook, IL

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    None anything else they tell you is a lie!

    Cons

    They tell you the pay is good then once you get your first check you find out its only minimum wage! No sick days, no personal days no benefits from day one.it's all a lie! Dont waste your time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You shouldn't mislead people this way! And some sort of investigation needs to be done on this company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do your research!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good co- workers. Good customers.

    Cons

    Revolving door...scratch that revolving room of management, and employees. No decent time off. Work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employees. Change your entire business model. The job could be done in a 40 hour work week if you weren't a greedy corporation. You would keep a lot more employees with a shortened work week and higher pay, and they would probably do stellar work. You alienate your employees by keeping them on routes for too long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, horrible hours, mediocre pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Shorewood, IL
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Shorewood, IL

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good camaraderie with the other RSR's. If you're on a good route system, you can actually make money. Otherwise, forget about it. The food is actually really good, and the employee discount isn't too bad.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of driving and trying to park where you really can't. No reimbursement of any kind for using your personal cell phone to conduct company business. Forget about having a work/life balance. it basically is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should actually go out on the routes with the RSR's so they can see how it actually operates and what type of customer interactions actually happen. They should also care more about training and not set unrealistic expectations of 2 new customers per day and 50% closed sales.

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

    RSR for Over Three Years

    Former Employee - Schwans RSR
    Former Employee - Schwans RSR

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You really get to know your customers and they become like family

    You basically work independently, so if you like to be on your own, this is the job for you

    Morale really depends on your TSL and DSL, so your results may vary

    Cons

    My route required me to work close to 70 hours every week

    Getting holidays off requires you to work weekends to make up for it

    Depending on your route and weather, it can actually be quite a dangerous job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work life balance!

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Schwan's was a fun place to work for many years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, I worked with awesome people, the product quality was second to none and the pay was good.

    Cons

    The constant leadership change at the top made it difficult at times to be on the same page with my peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to Marvin's vision and start driving growth again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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