Union Beer Distributors

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Union Beer Distributors Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
11 Reviews
3.0
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Sales Rep- long hours, but learn a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Union Beer Distributors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This position will teach you so much about sales, account managing, effective business partnership building, marketing, and many other things that can be effectively transferred to other companies/positions. Excellent training opportunities, and a top-notch company. Competitive base pay, with great commission opportunities.

    Cons

    They want people who are willing to work 50-70 hrs per week every week. They want people who will commit their entire lives to this company. You can make a lot of money if you put in the time, but it is very stressful and exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have amazing managers at Union Beer that really do everything they can to help you out, including working long hours in the field and offering themselves to make sure you succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Union Beer is a good company but they work their sales reps too hard.

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    Former Employee - Deli/Bodega Sales Representative  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Deli/Bodega Sales Representative in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Union Beer Distributors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free beer, occasional beer tastings and brewery presentations.

    Cons

    Work life balance while going through training. I was consistently told it gets better once you become a full time rep but I could never see myself completing a route within a reasonable amount of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on sales rep work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of opportunity, but, management could be better!

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    Former Employee - CDL Route Truck Driver  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - CDL Route Truck Driver in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Union Beer Distributors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of overtime to make extra money.

    Cons

    Management don't take time to know their employees and their hard work, and compensate them accordingly, always pushing, pushing, pushing. The job already does that for them, why them too?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the employees, their each individual value, got a lot of family men's that are hardworking and dedicated and are being forced out because of mistreat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Beer Distributors

    Pros

    It provides a base salary, gas stipend and (bonuses*)

    Cons

    Labor laws are frequently and repeatedly overlook, verbal abuse from direct supervisor are a daily occurrence, Unpaid overtime is strongly encouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick up a copy of the NY state labor laws and actually read it! Offer more support to your sales people from the chains and deli departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I had a good experience working at Union. Employees were always treated well, very professional.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at Union Beer Distributors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot about the industry and products. Sales training was good and applicable to other industries. Internal growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The amount of work was not fairly compensated. Bonus structure was unrealistic and difficult to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonus structure should be restructured to be achievable to motivate stronger sales. Management should look to provide fair balance between hours worked and hourly salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a bad job but could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Night Shift Supervisor  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Night Shift Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Union Beer Distributors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company has good benefits and pay in on par with the industry standard. The lack of established processes could lead to opportunities for the aspiring manager willing to undertake the development of such processes.

    Cons

    This is a transportation job/ company that lacks the necessary processes in place to insure a smooth running operation. This company puts great products in the marketplace but does so in the most disorganized fashion I've seen in almost 15 years in the industry. There needs to be a top down initiative to bolster existing processes and create new ones to improve efficiency because there is no valid reason that it should take 14 hours in some cases to get the nightly tasks accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good long look at what processes are broken or ineffective on the administrative side. These processes directly effect the operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    It starts off great, then sucks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Union Beer Distributors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. Free beer
    2. Become a part of the bar and restaurant scene in NYC
    3. Sell great product

    Cons

    1. Style of management is forwarding emails from bosses and then asking you about them 2 weeks later.
    2. Always adding new obligations and non-commissioned responsibilities
    3.Upper management fratty, and career advancement is limited if you are not one of the guys.
    4.Known problems and issues are ignored, expected to "deal with it"
    5. Job is a grind, never good enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit acting like you know what a rep's job is like. The myriad of new policies, standards and procedures, competition, and issues make the position incomparable now to when you had it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    No job Security for anyone but top Mgt.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at Union Beer Distributors

    Pros

    Cool Products
    Respected as best Beer Distributor

    Cons

    Fired at Drop of a Hat
    Incompetent Area Managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a sense of loyalty
    Follow through with your promises

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Stressful, can be rewarding if you put in 100%.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Union Beer Distributors

    Pros

    Better paid out of other beer distribution companies. Lots of incentives to make money. Fun, creative atmosphere. Plan out your own days.

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance. You can put in your own hours but will never get anything done. High turnover rate but that is with any industry involving sales.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Lack of direction from management at times.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salesmen  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Salesmen in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Union Beer Distributors

    Pros

    -good start offpay
    -monday- friday job
    -some room for advancement
    -learn about the beer industry
    -they have great products

    Cons

    -communication skills lacking from supervisors
    -long hours
    -task a toll on your car from all the city driving.
    -sometimes left in the dark

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