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Columbia Distributing Company Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of other great people to talk to while working (in 6 reviews)

  • Some of the pros include industry exposure, team environment, strong management and leadership (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The lack of communication runs rampant in this company, Most the time we dont know when we are losing or gaining a product until after the fact (in 3 reviews)

  • No work life balance regardless of what is displayed on posters (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Merch School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    exposure to the industry and plenty of opportunities to make contacts with Coke with Pepsi and Budweiser, most of which will recruit on the spot talent

    Cons

    unpredictable work environment and non specifics of acceptable work performance

    Advice to Management

    regular employee meetings need to be more frequently held and include the temp to hires


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Merchandiser"

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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

    It's a great job if you like working really hard with lots of overtime and mostly doing it all yourself. Lots of other great people to talk to while working. Good for early risers. Hard to get fired. Not Micromanaged.

    Cons

    Extreme lack of communication. Extreme amount of overtime. Expects you to be as fast as flash. During the busy times, you will work from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep. Even worse fact that everyone calls in sick all the time which makes everyone have to work longer.

    Advice to Management

    Implement something to determine who is finished early and who needs help and not have 14 hours of work to a newbie.

  3. "Fun for the 1st 2 years but not so great for the next four years."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is employment and some of the people are very cool. Definite line between non management and management. Too many chiefs.

    Cons

    Your job comes before anything. No work life balance regardless of what is displayed on posters. Maybe should look into potential pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and don't take things so seriously. This job should be fun.


  4. "Delivery class A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    The supervisors were friendly. Plenty of overtime if that is what you are looking for.

    Cons

    The better and faster a worker you are the more accounts they put on your truck.


  5. "Annoying"

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    Former Employee - Over Night Stocker in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Over Night Stocker in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Friendly environment. Cool employees.

    Cons

    WAY TOO MUCH OVERTIME! Feel like slaves

    Advice to Management

    Pay more cause the work deserves more


  6. "Sales representative"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is always looking to improve processes. People have a voice. Great work environment

    Cons

    Can be stressful with sales goals. Same as any sales position

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  7. "Delivery"

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

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Always growing, Always more to do... pretty much recession proof.

    Cons

    Never enough help, very long days

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Would NOT recommend"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company part-time

    Pros

    Worked around my part time schedule while I went to school. Work independently and unsupervised for the most part.

    Cons

    Agree with the other reviews that they over work you and under pay you! Other companies pay around $16 an hour after 6 mths. Columbia will bring you up to around $13 after the same amount of time. They do not listen to employees or hire enough help to get the job done! They also are NOT safety oriented as they like to lead you to believe. A member of my team cut his leg almost to the bone and they refused to get him medical attention until the supervisor arrived on site and filled out the proper paperwork. About 1:15 later, he was finally allowed to go to the e.r.
    I've never been treated or seen others treated so poorly as I have with Columbia distribution! The longest I have ever worked with anyone on my team before they left for another company is 4 months. Very high turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and recognize them for the hard physical labor they provide and they will remain loyal to you!


  9. "Driver"

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    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good money, caring management, good benefits

    Cons

    Can be inconsistent with hours and routes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. "Decent work, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work is simple and not difficult. Management is easy to talk to. Very basic work and mostly forklift work all day.

    Cons

    The pay is under the minimum salary for the position. Have to start with a temp agency for three months before being hired on.


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