Mission: UniFirst's Corporate Mission is to be recognized as the leading provider of quality uniform products and services. Our continuous customer focus enables us to grow, to provide an equitable return on investment, and to create development opportunities for our
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UniFirst National Sales Manager Steve Chikerotis shares a few thoughts on corporate culture and engaging employees. Check it out!
UniFirst is one of North America's largest workwear and textile services companies. We rent, lease, and sell uniforms, protective clothing, custom corporate workwear, floorcare, and other facility services products to all kinds of businesses.
UniFirst's Corporate Mission is to be recognized as the quality leader in our industry. Our careful focus on serving each Customer's special needs and providing total satisfaction enables us to grow, to provide an equitable return on investment, and to create opportunities for all of our employee Team Partners.
We serve more than 300,000 customer locations from sites in Canada, the United States, and Europe. And we operate nuclear decontamination facilities, cleanroom laundry operations, first aid service locations, product distribution centers, and our own manufacturing plants.
A UniFirst career can take you as far as you want to go. The truth is, uniform service is big business, and for the individual who is looking to roll-up their sleeves and get to work, a career with UniFirst can and will be tremendously rewarding. If you have the confidence and know-how to take a job from start to finish, you may quickly find yourself on the fast-track to success. The bottom line is, you'll control your own advancement opportunities. And we’ll make sure those opportunities are in abundance.
We are looking for bright, talented, energetic individuals who want to apply what they've learned in a dynamic and challenging environment. This is a chance to grow both personally and professionally in a company that has historically outpaced both the national economy and our own industry group in growth.
Many members of our management team have been with us for much of their careers, and through hands-on training and management practices, have become recognized leaders within our company and throughout our industry.
The fact is, it takes many different kinds of people to make UniFirst the success that is. Are you ready to do your part? Find out just how far a career with us can take you.
There’s a reason we’ve become the billion dollar industry leader we are—because we’ve managed to attract and retain top talent. One of the many ways in we which do so is through our outstanding benefits package:
UniFirst is a rapidly growing company with opportunities available throughout its core business operations. All afford significant avenues for personal development and growth and provide for continuing career progression. Our Team Partners get top quality skills training, designed to enhance their performance and assist them with career advancement.
UniFirst Corporation has a strong history of promoting from within. In fact most of UniFirst’s senior managers have grown with the company.
Opportunities are abound for those individuals who possess a strong work ethic, a commitment to quality, and above all else, a passion for customer service.
At UniFirst, we believe that our employees should be as diverse as the customers we serve. So in addition to being an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, UniFirst encourages and supports diversity among its employees throughout North America and beyond. Here, you’ll find an environment brimming with different cultures, personalities and backgrounds. Not just because it is right, but because UniFirst believes a diverse workforce makes us a stronger company and allows us to better serve and understand our customers—people just like you.
I have been working at UniFirst full-time (More than 3 years)
I actually left UniFirst after a little less than 2 years. Most of the reps on the team I started with had left and I felt it was my turn. The grass was not greener. Was welcomed back and have been loving it ever since.
Potential to make six figures if you work hard and take advantage of commission multipliers. Very nice Presidents Club trip for top performers. Almost total and complete freedom to dictate your schedule (we are required to be in the office 1.5 days a week). One of the fastest growing locations within the company. Base salary, unlimited commissions, laptop, gas and cellphone allowance. Good training program and support from management. Opportunity for base salary pay raises and promotions your first year (major promotions into management typically require relocation). Not for everyone, but I truly love the job and the people I work with and for. CEO is as down to earth and humble as you can get. Regional Sales Manager is hands-on, energetic and helpful. Branch Manager is sales friendly (former U1st Sales Rep and Sales Manager) and a great motivator and mentor. Sales Manager is a former P-Club rep who knows the job. 2 Sales Reps, Sales Manager and Branch Manager all qualified for P-Club in 2017. Great sales culture!
It can be a grind. To make it to P-Club, you’ll put in some very early mornings and some very late nights on a very frequent basis. Lots of prospecting via cold calling, phone calls and emails. If you can’t handle rejection and cold calls, this is not the job for you.
Despite the high income potential and flexibility to dictate your schedule, turnover on the sales team has been high (service team has very low turnover). Selling products and services that most businesses place a low priority on can be tough, but it can be done. Many people leave too soon.
Advice to Management
Give your sales people the tools to help them succeed. New CRM is not user friendly, please work on improving and add iPhone functionality!
I applied online. I interviewed at UniFirst (Memphis, TN) in March 2017.
The interview process was, as I had read, a bit more cumbersome than one would expect. There was an initial interview with both the sales manager and branch manager together, then a follow-up during which I had to give a presentation on material I was given (to test my "stage presence" and comprehension ability). Following that, there were two phone interviews, one of which was much more in depth (quite enjoyable, actually) before I was done with the process and received an offer. None of the interviews were onerous, few of the questions were redundant, and I was able to get a very good feel for the people for whom I would be working during the process, so I knew it would be a good fit from my perspective; my interviewers knew that I was interviewing them, too, and were very forthcoming in offering information and explaining how thing actually worked in the real world, versus just giving me an idealized picture that was all rosy. I accepted the position because I liked what I heard and now that I am into the rather extensive training, I am eager to start selling.