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  1. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robesonia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robesonia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work - lots of professional growth opportunity

    Cons

    Limited resources / declining industry

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Good enough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Associated Wholesalers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent cash when you need it

    Cons

    Physical and night shift is tough.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what your doing


  3. "New England Regional Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Robesonia, PA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Robesonia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Customers, Staff, Environment, Knowledgeable, Growth

    Cons

    I loved what I did. I never had a morning that when I got up I said I don't look forward to the day. No Cons working at AWI.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communications open, as always


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  5. "Fun and Community-Minded Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robesonia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robesonia, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at Associated Wholesalers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An opportunity to positively impact the success of the small independent retailer either directly or indirectly.
    Leverages strong and established vendor relationships to reach out to the community and non-profits in the area through employee events.
    Excellent organization for an individual who enjoys wearing multiple hats; provides a strong environment for learning and enhancing skills in core areas.
    Stellar PTO and 401K plans offered for employees to provide both balance and plans for the individual's personal future.
    Wonderful organization with a truly worthwhile mission - to promote the profitability of the independent retailer.

    Cons

    Create more open forum for communication between departments.


  6. "Close knit culture, but the company doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the times."

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    Current Employee - Store Department Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Store Department Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Wholesalers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere. Good hardworking people. Pay is on par with the industry. You can learn a lot if you put out the effort.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. I can't see myself in a career here. I honestly do not see this company being in business for the long haul. There is too much politics in the different company segments, each trying to stick the other segment with product losses.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in some new technologies to increase efficiency. Modernize all processes. Cut the politics.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Wholesalers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tight knit group, stable upper management, flezible work schedules

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility, pay not so progressive, benefit erosion over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with more creative ways to incentive your professional workforce


  8. "Opportunity to learn many areas of the warehouse environment. Better for those with seniority."

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in York, PA
    Current Employee - Warehouse in York, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Wholesalers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn tasks in other areas than your own.
    The Pay is above average for the type of work that is being performed.

    Cons

    Everything is based on seniority. Those at the bottom get the scraps that others do not want.
    Hours have been cut back due to loss of work.

    Advice to Management

    When the opportunity presents itself, reward those who work the hardest. Somehow make it advantageous for those with a good work ethic.


  9. "Medium Company Struggling in an increasingly Automation-Robotics Distribution Market"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in York, PA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in York, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Wholesalers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    carter to mom and pop shops
    increased individual help to stores
    Customer Service
    Co-Op

    Cons

    Not lowest Cost provider
    Competition is on Mass Scale
    Support GMO's not being labeled
    Widespread use of outdated systems

    Advice to Management

    increase use of robotics and automated systems; go for nitch market of smaller to medium companies; specialize products; support labeling of GMO's - will attract trust and business


  10. Helpful (1)

    "AWI can feel like a family at times, but can also feel quite dysfunctional."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Robesonia, PA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Robesonia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Associated Wholesalers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    AWI offers a fair salary. Most hourly and a few salary employees are nice to work with and generally have the best interest of the company at heart. Most customers are very pleasant to interact with, which allows you to feel invested in their success or failure. The company makes great strides to offer newer technology/equipment, but all too often does not follow through with training or making sure all functions were purchased in order to use said equipment/programs properly.

    Cons

    Too many "bottom dollar" practices, which too often results in customer and employee irritation. Management turnover rate is every few years which causes implementation of previously failed policies (not quick to listen to long term employees suggestions). Mid-level management (depending on the department) often fails to communicate important information, which results in easily avoidable and often costly errors. Upper management often negatively targets employees based on personal feelings rather than fact.

    Advice to Management

    As someone who dedicated almost a decade of their life to this company, I have had the pleasure of working with some great people. I have also had the displeasure of working under a few people who used their authority for personal gain. My advice to management would be to listen to their employees and talk to lower level employees and supervisors to find out what is going on within a department. Focus on the positive in employees and what they have accomplished for your company, instead of the negative which can always be corrected or is explainable.


  11. "Good place to start an IT career"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in York, PA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in York, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Patient with new employees at they learn
    Relaxed work environment
    Flexible hours (8 hours a day, but can arrive between about 6am and 10am)

    Cons

    The co-op principles seem to make for less funds for salaries and workplace luxuries
    Ability for IT employees to telecommute, but it is not used regularly

    Advice to Management

    The co-op principles are great for customer stores and obviously essential to follow to keep customers happy; however, I think putting a little more money into salary and office luxuries (dual monitors for all, ability to telecommute, free donuts (instead of requiring employees to buy them for meetings)) would keep great employees longer and bring more in.


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