Schwan's Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Delivery

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

    I worked at Schwan's

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

    Pros

    Good wage, good support if you get into trouble on the road.

    Cons

    Have to make your own sales.


  2. Helpful (2)

    low pay long hours

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Met some wonderful customers. being out of the office

    Cons

    Too much misinformation. Long hours for little pay.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest in your dealings with your teams,


  3. Helpful (1)

    Stay away!

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

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

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

    Pros

    About the ONLY plus to this job is being out of the office with noone looking over your shoulder. My customers were great!

    Cons

    Long hours, long hours, long hours...being strung along for 3 weeks whilst waiting for mgmt. to determine my fate.

    Advice to Management

    Review with Corporate what is deemed to be a "preventable" accident. Would you rather have a mirror clip a tree or the truck hit a school bus?


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Mgr (left blank)

    • 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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    New CEO has changed top tier of exec's, and up-turned profitability trends. Main body of managers want change, but without personal risk, and only starting to believe in new CEO hands-on approach to leading.

    Cons

    status quo culture means new ideas are resisted, ignored, and villanized. HQ runs more as an intellectual exercise center, meaning good results are optional; advancement success better with "Don't Do That" approach not a "Can Do" attitude. Silo'ed and insular; too many buzzwords reflect limited understanding of supply chain dynamic.

    Advice to Management

    DS has many plans not yet revealed. First, move quickly on riffing out the Peter Principle blockers. Second, adapt compensation incentive around peer evaluations, ala quality circles. Third, thanks for getting better story material....


  6. Helpful (1)

    Don't work here!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you like working by yourself all day and out of the office lifestyle.

    Cons

    Managers that call or text you with questions all day and then long after you have completed your day because they can't figure out how to do their job. Then they expect you to fill in for someone on vacation because they have no extra people to do this... and at the same time having to do your job too!They wonder why they have such a big turnover when they are now cutting salaries while you will be doing more work. They think you live to work for them..they don't care about your personal life!

    Advice to Management

    Hire a manager who knows something about the company and the job they will be doing. They are terrible at handling situations when someone quits or are injured.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Better than most say. This is a company that rewards honest effort. If you work hard you will be successful.

    • 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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Committed to improving the quality of life for the sales force. RSR's are now working much less than they did before, and for the most part are paid considerably more.

    Cons

    Utterly clueless on training. RSR vacation pay is an insult. Consistently changing how management is measured when the year is 2/3 of the way finished. Senior management predictably makes changes every March/April, and then panics later in the year when the changes don't immediately produce the desired effect.

    Advice to Management

    Do not complain about employee retention, and then change how employees are paid. Stop messing around with bonus programs for management. Don't try programs that failed ten years ago and expect them to produce different results.


  8. Helpful (3)

    RSR

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Products are good quality and sell themselves.

    Cons

    Management is worthless. McDonald's has better management. Company relies on equipment that hasn't been updated or supported by manufacturer for over 10 years. Looks like a company in decline to me.

    Advice to Management

    Put some effort into supporting your salesmen. Lying to salesmen to get them to stay a while longer doesn't help.


  9. New Customer Sales Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    Fun
    Well known brand
    Very little competition

    Cons

    Driver Turnover
    Price
    New position
    I don't have any more Cons


  10. Manager

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

    I have been working at Schwan's (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    It's a company with great products and opportunities. New leadership is taking the company in the right direction.

    Cons

    The food industry is highly competitive. This can be both fun and stressful at the same time.


  11. Almost 20 years and very happy

    • 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 full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The company provides a great product and service to its customers at homes and stores. Enjoyable work that changes everyday. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    The company is looking for ways to improve and stay with the current customer trends. Long history takes a while to change the culture and embrace the future.



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