Schwan's Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    route sales representative

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

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful customers and coworkers. Working outdoors

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and employees.

    Advice to Management

    To go totally internet will require major network advertising and major improvements on technology and fleet.


  2. Helpful (2)

    worst company ever

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The 20% discount on the food

    Cons

    Mgr is horrible to work for. Would not recommend this company to anyone looking for a job. Long hours. Paid by comission plus the basic day. I've seen good weeks and bad weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Raise your base rate up. Your retention rate is failing because the pay sux. Not real sure why I even decided to try working for this company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    rsr

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employee discount is great, good benefits, very affordable, also have other ways of cutting cost on insurance

    Cons

    Long hrs and not enough pay. You have no life other than just going to work and going home to bed. Will make you unfit in a hurry

    Advice to Management

    Gotta work on cutting hrs, no time with family. Put better managers on place


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  5. Great opportunities to grow a career

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

    I have been working at Schwan's

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

    Pros

    Great leadership team with the vision and execution needed to grow the company.

    Cons

    Work/life balance continues to be an area of struggle.


  6. Staying for the "Long Haul"

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

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been with Schwan's for over 10 years and can see myself staying until I retire in 40 years. I have worked in 3 different areas within the company during that time. Schwan's is great at looking at internal talent and finding the best fit for our employees. Just another way they show that Culture really does matter. I have found there is a great work-life balance. I am able to work directly with my supervisor if I need to take time off for a child's school function or other items.

    Cons

    can't think of any at this time


  7. Helpful (2)

    Route Sales Rep

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

    I worked at Schwan's

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

    Pros

    Meeting New people, not micro managed.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Pay can be dependent on many factors you can not control, Terrible Truck Fleet, Poor Warehouse loading wrong products or wrong trucks in general.

    Advice to Management

    Become more organized! Rase the base pay for RSR.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ignitor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ignitor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Ignitor in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great, and made the job fun. The product offering was great too.

    Cons

    It's hard to influence peoples buying preferences. My job was to get new customers for the RSR and they would service them.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to the coarse, there seemed to be multiple changes in direction that eventually lead to the programs failure.


  9. Route Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Bedford, VA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Bedford, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well established company. Opportunity to build your business. You control your salary.

    Cons

    Long Hours, difficult regulations, poor structure.

    Advice to Management

    Give your rsrs the ability to control their own routes and run them in aAnne they feel is best.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Too many hours for not a great deal of money

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It was nice working outside and interacting with customers and people. The LGM was very easy to get along with and not overbearing with the "numbers."

    Cons

    Very few days less than 10 hours. It was hard to develop new customers for a brand not many people had heard of. Price of products did not match quality. Days of endless rain/cold/snow really affected morale.

    Advice to Management

    When a higher-level manager explains that mass marketing the product(s) would result in demand outpacing supply, it might be time to re-evaluate the big picture.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Wait until 2016+ to work for Schwans Home Service

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good employee discount on good food. Two vision plans, and the buy-up plan is excellent.

    Cons

    The Hand Held Computer system is 8 years old. The "dynamic" routing system used to put customers in order was not able to be implemented the way they planned when they bought it. Instead of admitting their mistake and accepting a million dollar loss, they did a work around. Now Sales people have to follow dangerous routes and hit time windows that re in flexible and unrealistic. They have been losing market share since this software was implemented. Experienced salespeople don't follow the assigned order, but if you're covering a route or just starting out, you won't know any better. I wouldn't recommend working here until after they upgrade their hand held computers, improve the routing software, and increase the truck to route ratio. If you are new, I guarantee you will have route days moved due to breakdowns of their old fleet of abused trucks. Most depots have only one spare truck, sometimes for as many as 16 routes.

    Advice to Management

    Have a truck to route ratio of 6-5. You should always have trucks available to build. Moving route days due to trucks when you have no way of notifying customers they shouldn't wait for you, or when you'll be coming is rude and bad business. Lock sequence on the routes. Let the experience route sales people determine the best order to run their customers. Don't limit time windows to 2 hour blocks starting on odd hours. Improve your decision making processes. The silos in Marshall prevent profitable decisions.



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