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Coca-Cola Company Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • No Work/life balance for management team (in 174 reviews)

  • The long hours of that kind of work can have a negative impact on the work/life balance (in 199 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Just don't. The money is good, but that's it."

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are good.

    Cons

    Bad management, job threats, rediculous hours and expectations, no work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful during the interviews. This job is not like being your own boss. You don't set your own hours. There is no work life balance. There IS micromanagement. Employees will get no less than 6 phone calls a day from overzealous supervisors threatening to fire employees.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Do not work for Coca Cola!!!!!!!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Sale Center in Asbury Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Sale Center in Asbury Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only thing coke has is its name. When you tell someone you work at Coke, they think its great

    Cons

    Everything. The management is horrible!!!!!!!!! They don't know what there are doing!! The only good thing is that they aren't on top of you. But they will take advantage of you. Brown nosin is the only way to get ahead in this bull sh** company. The pay isn't that great, but what annoys me is when they do a reorganization. You have to reapply for your job and if you do keep your job its at reduced pay. And there is a lot of discrimination and if you do complain to your boss or to human resources they do absolutely nothing.
    The benefits aren't that great, and depending on your position the hours suck. They hire incompetent employees that start at the same pay as someone whose been there for at least five years.
    Not worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    You need to hire competent managers and you need to increase the wages of the employees not those in management

  3. Helpful (5)

    "How to Ruin a successful business in 13 easy years"

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    Current Employee - Driver in Smithtown, NY
    Current Employee - Driver in Smithtown, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Vacation time and they also have a great union that protects your job!!!

    Cons

    treated like garbage. billion dollar company and they never want to give decent raises. They HATE their own customers. What ever happened to "The customer is always right"? They get rid of anyone with experience and hire college kids who know nothing about soda or selling period. Past people had repore with their customers. We were proud to work for Coke

    Advice to Management

    The moral in Coca Cola is so low, everyone hates their job. They screw coke every chance they get. Spend some money on your employees. Pay them WELL. Make it a job noone wants to leave. Get a sales force who can sell. Buy all the school contracts. It is great advertisement and gets people used to drinking your brand. They then buy it thru the grocery store for home. Hire quality people and enough to deliver all cases. Don't give someone 500 cases, 20 stops for an 8 hr shift. Impossible to deliver. Put 2 men on every truck and do the job RIGHT. Keep the customer HAPPY


  4. Helpful (2)

    "unsatisfied, sick of the status quo, company can not get out of its own way to do business"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Toledo, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they are recession proof to some extent. I cannot think of any other reasons that I would want to work for this company it is one of the most unorganized, pass the buck places to work that I have ever incountered. Unless you have worked there for twenty years and got an understanding of the inner workings of this company you have no idea of how to do anything internally because theree is no formal training of their systems. everything is learn as you go at the customers expense.

    Cons

    no direction what so ever. everything is hodge podge for being a large company

    Advice to Management

    build a more streamlined business model


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Coke - Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money Money Money Money Money... Make sure your starting salary is REALLY pleasing to you because you will earn every last penny of it at Coke.

    Cons

    The workloads prevent you from enjoying the benefits ( holidays, early days off, onsite events). Working at coke is REALLY not for peple who are serious about having a worklife balance. You will have excellent benefits but you will not enjoy them because you will be working.....hard.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about reducing turnovers and spreading merit pays to all employees annually and not just grades 10 and above. Believe it or not, they are not the only ones making the company successful.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Coke - Don't be fooled by the coke and smile..... On the inside employees are crying. Walk away!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money... Benefits. Good place to work to get great benefit for your family.

    Cons

    You will be working far to hard to enjoy the benefits provided(i.e. 3-4 weeks vacation, paid holidays, etc). It appears deadlines always occur on holidays. Overall ,Coke is not a great company to work for if worklife balance is important to you. They promote it, advertise it, swear up and down its there. But, when the rubber hits the road, it ain't there. You will be on vacation on a beach with a laptop looking for a secured link. I've meet people who were unhappy because they did not get laid off from coke. The recent racial lawsuit still has some serious lasting effects there. Good place to work if you are willing to forgo your private life, family, etc for your career. If you want your marriage, kids, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Consider providing merit pay to pay grades below 10(Principal Levels). Believe it or not, there folks contribute regularly to the success of the company as well. Senior Management do not have a clear grasp on the complex nature of the work below them at Coke. It shows when there are layoffs and the remaining persons have to pick up the slack. Upper management really and truly need to learn and understand the operations of the company and what people do to keep the ship afloat.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Brand but Lacking as a Employer of Choice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefis packages if you are allowed to take advantage of the benefits that are offered to you. Also, great employee forums.

    Cons

    Leadership makes decisions without input from team members who will be implementing strategies.

    Managers are manipultive and dishonest.

    Growth opportunities seem to be limited.

    Lack of respect for personal space within the office.

    Advice to Management

    Increase familiarity with day-to-day business operations before summarily making decisions. Show more respect for employees and avoid the "because I said so" style of management.
    Understanding that a title does not make one a leader.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, pay is ok, but below average compared to competitors. The name coke can look good on resume

    Cons

    Upper management is clueless and could care less about employees as long as we help them make a few dollars more. Lower level managers are all yes men who never question the upper leaders. Turnover is horrible. I have been there 15 yrs and have seen hundreds come and go. We are in a recession and people still quit frequently. TOTAL disregard for human beings.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing employees (as if this will ever happen). The last time we started an initiative called "putting people first" we started getting treated like crap. It has gotten worse and worse over the years and John Brock has been the worse addition to coke , period.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "What happened to the working class image of Coke?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money. If you need it, and nobody else is hiring, somebody will be walking out the door at this company. They have permanent job postings on their website for a reason.

    Cons

    Hours. Depending on your job, you will find yourself with no hours, or more than you can handle. Drivers, say good bye to your family. Merchandisers, until you have some time in at this facility expect to spend a lot of time at home, wondering if you'll be able to pay your bills.

    Technology. This company has invested heavily in new tech., that is useless. They purchased a fleet of trucks that allow smaller orders to be put in a cart, to reduce time spent at stops, building pallets, and reduce strain on the drivers bodies. Then they implemented a policy of using as few of those carts as possible, if any. A voice picking system in the warehouse that not only cost the company a lot of money to implement, but continues to cost them money due to a decrease in productivity, and a need for additional warehouse employees.

    Expectations. This company will expect more than you can give them, and then hang you out to dry when they think they have gotten all they can. If you are considering a job that is physically demanding, be warned that they will expect you to push beyond your limits, and will have no sympathy when you injured. I have seen several employees relegated to pushing a broom for minimum wage for weeks while their body healed. Only to rush back to work before the doctor cleared them because they can't pay their bills.

    Advice to Management

    Manage. Seriously. I've been told, when I asked why a manager couldn't figure out how other facilities had solved an issue, that it wasn't managements job to do that. I was then told it was my job to figure out a solution, and to essentially make the problem non-existent. I don't remember being promoted to YOUR position. With management that has no creativity, problem solving skills, and lacking the ability of communication, it should come as no surprise that Pepsi has nearly double the market share in carbonated beverage sales.


  10. "High intensity sales job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Charles, MO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Charles, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility and a high pressure, ever-changing, fast-paced work environment.

    Cons

    No opportunities for work/family balance. Very long hours and very little respect from the top down. The sales side is extremely cut-throat and extremely high pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Notifying an over-paid and aging workforce that they are about to be laid off and then requiring them to train their younger, lower-paid replacements for two weeks will not yield effective results.


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