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Columbia Distributing Company Reviews

Updated May 31, 2018
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Columbia Distributing Company CEO Chris Steffanci
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Pros
  • "Great Culture, Great people and plenty of opportunity" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Good work-life balance but opportunity for extra hours if you want" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge at times" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Really long hours and several poor leaders" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Opportunities galore"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Columbia is a rapidly growing company with tons of employment opportunities in a variety of areas. Management appreciates and acknowledges hard work. The brands represented by Columbia are the best in the industry. The employees work hard yet know how to enjoy both work and play.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is coordinating efforts between branches and across state lines. Each market is a little different from a cultural standpoint and business landscape. What is effective in one market does not always resonate in the others.


  2. "A good starter / fall back job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    2 days off in a row
    Minimal holiday work
    Available overtime

    Cons

    A lot of overtime during holiday times
    Base rate noncompetitive and not progression based
    Senior management disconnected from how things work in the trade

    Advice to Management

    Make a progression based pay scale

  3. "Old Boys Club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Pay is okay, beer is cheap. Decent health benefits. Nothing special.

    Cons

    Aging company, not ideal for anyone looking to advance career. Old boys club feel, ran by aggressive old men who can't spell or formulate emails. It's like deciphering the Da Vinci code. If you're looking to waste 20yrs of your life doing the same thing every day with no appreciation, this is the place. High stress, low reward. No incentives, poor self-care. People get burnt out and lashout.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like you want them there. Your core teams are old and will retire in less than 10yrs. Invest in your employees. PTO is non-existent, provide some self-care. You could cut through the tension and stress with a butter knife.


  4. "Don’t work here!"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company. RuN away from them !!’

    Cons

    Poor management. Long hours. Non competitive pay. No training.

    Advice to Management

    Fire or retrain ALL middle management. Listen to employees.


  5. "Bad management - lots of lies and deceit"

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    Former Employee - Database in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Database in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cheap scratch and dent beer. Good coworkers. Parking is not usually an issue. Office is very very very cold year round.

    Cons

    Managers and leadership are terrible. Bad benefits, health insurance not that great for price and goes up a bunch each year. Not very much vacation. Underpaid for market price - very easy to get a raise at a new job with better benefits. Managers need training desperately. CEO is a bad public speaker and not a good leader, runs over time by 30+ minutes during all company meetings. Apparently the new slogan “100% accountable” does not apply to management, yet it should. Inexperienced managers and bad organization overall. Have a huge turnover rate for all jobs, including IT and office/administrative jobs, not only merchandisers and warehouse workers. Overall culture is very toxic and negative.

    Advice to Management

    Get training and psychological help. Aggressive,
    demeaning behavior and perpetuating a negative environment are bad leadership practices. Lack of raises and expectations of being on call 24/7/365 despite vacations and holidays. Stop lying to prospective employees about benefits and work conditions, over 60 hr weeks on salary are not normal after saying 40 hr weeks during the interview process. 1 on 1 meetings are not time for managers to talk about their personal issues to employees- we are not your your psychologist. Overall inexperienced and shoddy management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Management are liars"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Don’t work here unless you’re looking for temporary job

    Cons

    They will fabricate anything to get rid of you.

    Advice to Management

    Ethics


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Growth at any cost...Beware!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and culture. Great co-workers!! This section would have been loaded 2-3 years ago. Keep watching the reviews, they will continue to get worse.

    Cons

    Executive team and most department leaders. Over the past few years, its has become obvious that growth is more important than company culture, employee moral and work-life balance. This unfortunaite trend has only been accelerated by the retirement of Gregg Christiansen. The new CEO is ruthless in his drive to grow the company and make a name for himself. While he often talks about maintaining culture and the value of all the employees, he is hiring and promoting an executive team that is requiring all departments to sustain a workload that is honestly unreasonable. If you can't or don't want to work 60-70+ hours a week to meet the new demand, no problem, they will let you go any find someone else that will. Work-life balance is gone and the company is quickly loosing the talent required to get them to the next level, which ultimately puts more work on those that stay. This isn't a sustainable business model and Columbia is in trouble if they don't change their ways.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize what made you successful to begin with. You can only redline a motor for so long before it blows up. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of you. Your employees need and require a proper work-life balance. Growth is only good when you have the ability to support it, which you are quickly loosing (if you even have it anymore). The new executive team and department leaders are destroying the department, culture and company quickly. Stop the destruction before it's too late.

  8. "Sales rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    You can make good money if your willing to put in the time.

    Cons

    Not a lot of training to help people get to the next level


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No diversity and no one cares"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture for some (if you're in sales or in the "in" crowd with leadership). Lots of growth.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is mostly all white males and there is no effort to work toward changing that. There are even jokes made, referring to the few senior female leaders as "token women" that get laughs from all the men in the room.

    Advice to Management

    Change the good old boys culture.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Hard Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    - Overtime pay
    - Freedom in execution of job

    Cons

    - Hard, physical work
    - Long hours (summers often include back to back 55+ hour weeks)


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