I worked at Pacific American Fish Company full-time (More than 3 years)
This is a medium-sized company that offers two big advantages over larger, well-known companies: (1) immediate hands-on experience and responsibility; and (2) immediate recognition, promotions and bonuses, if you do your job well.
Look, it's a food manufacturer, distributor, processor. So, it's a hands-on tough business. If you want to make $15-18/hr working in a nice office at a local bank, then that's definitely an option. But, if you want an opportunity to rise quickly in a company that rewards hard work and gives you every opportunity to take responsibility in various roles, then this is the company that allows you to do just that. A con is that it's a family run operation - no true corporate titles and structure. But,, the benefit is that if you put in the effort, they'll take care of you - just like family.
Advice to Management
Send out quarterly newsletters to all employees to inform everyone on: (1) what's going on with the company (new accounts, successes) to keep all connected like we're all part of the successes; and (2) news of significant events involving employees and their families - again, to promote the culture of a family at work.
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Pacific American Fish Company (Vernon, CA) in May 2016.
I got the interview from a recruiter from Robert Half the same day they told me of the position, so I had to rush to get ready. Once I get there, it was kinda tricky getting in, but I managed. There was this stench of fish throughout the parking lot and building structure. Once I got inside, the smell remained, but diluted with the scent of disinfectant--like the company tried to get rid of the smell, but you can still smell fish. I got to the receptionist, and told her I had an interview. She had to check with her supervisor, but they finally figured out that I do, even the supervisor had to double check. At the time, he was in a meeting, so another employee personnel interviewed me.
They gave me a test of math/accounting questions and logic word problems to complete. The Robert Half recruiter warned me of this, and I brought a calculator, which I asked if I could use, and they said yes.
I finished the page, both front and back, and handed it over, they were fairly simple if you studied at a University. Just some background, I graduated with a B.S. in Business, so the sheet wasn't an issue.
Afterwards I was led upstairs (it still smells of fish and disinfectant), and was sat in a room with a computer with Excel problems. Just FYI, when you partner with a recruiting agency (Robert Half or Apple One) they have you do online Excel and Word assessments, it was just like that. Mind you, these assessments are total BS, you can't use shortcuts or scroll down the excel sheet and other stuff, you'll know what I mean when you take it. Anyways, I finished the test and then went to the employee giving the interview that I finished. He said I got a 90%, and that's when the real interview started.
He asked me questions on my resume, my experience and skills, what he really was interested in is if I had any Accounting experience (which I didn't other than the classes I took at my University).
The interview went extremely well, one of the best I've ever had to date.
When it came my turn to ask any questions I asked if there were any qualms he had with hiring me, and he said that they were looking for an Accountant, so I knew then I wasn't going to get the position.
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