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Columbia Distributing Company Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of great people to work with - the majority of the sales reps, office staff and lower management are great friendly people (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  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!

  3. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, casual and positive team environment, flexibility with projects/work schedule, career opportunities and it's a fun business to work in.

    Cons

    This is a busy business and can require overtime during peak season/holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication and advancement opportunities for employees.


  4. "Solid Place To work"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Beer!
    Good community of people.
    Consistent schedule

    Cons

    Lots of time stocking shelves, gets boring.


  5. "Merchandiser"

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Family oriented company
    Works with employees with disabilities

    Cons

    Long work hours
    Pay advances below industry norm.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people that are extremely under appreciated."

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

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with - the majority of the sales reps, office staff and lower management are great friendly people.

    Cons

    Unless you are upper management you get the vibe that you are very easily replaceable. Upper management very rarely interfaces the non higher ups and when they do it comes across as obviously disingenuous and forced. It is a common occurrence to overhear employees discussing that they feel undervalued and nothing more than a number in a spreadsheet to upper management. Columbia is notorious for not paying their employees enough, asking for a raise is like pulling teeth. I have seen multiple exemplary employees given 5-50 cent raises when the company is doing excellent financially. It is extremely common for sales reps and other positions to work long extra hours inside accounts improving relationships at the cost of sacrificing time with their own families.

    Advice to Management

    Companies have financially great years and companies have financially bad years, if you want to show your employees that you really care, give them some extra compensation when their hard work is improving profits. Words of encouragement at executive leadership meetings do not pay bills, you have great people working for you, show them you care by being competitive with your wages and actually sharing your profits.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Beer industry what a good job! Or is it? The devil is in the details."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beverage industry is pretty fun.
    Get access to new beer and other beverages early

    Cons

    Management has a lot of family politics
    Company just went trough a merger.
    You work a lot phone never stops going off whether its customers or your boss (yay salary)
    They say they adhere to all these core values but you're better off cheating lying and stealing like the rest because honesty will get you pinned. Its all smoke and mirrors. Once the big man steps away its back at it.
    I was in sales zero work life balance.
    vacation is a pain. Pretty much no holidays off.
    Never call in sick. They wont let you unless you are pretty much dying. If you do they will punish you indirectly.

    Advice to Management

    You all need to lead from the front. Quit this horrendous game of "do as i say not as i do". We can hear when your talking from your living room on the phone and were out earlier and later than the rest of the trade. Showing up to sales appointments looking like you got 3 hours of sleep.

  8. "Growing company"

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    Former Employee - Merchandising Team Lead in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Merchandising Team Lead in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Several chances for advancement for hard working, dependable people. Lots of overtime during busy season which is all but 3 months out of the year.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Really long hours and several poor leaders. No accountability. Several inexperienced supervisors with little to no experience managing teams . Lots of overtime. Chance to make Alot of money if one can handle the long his. People are great. Very independent job. Normally work in teams of two or four for their big accounts. $25 cell phone allowance as well as .51 cent a mile.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and don't be afraid to hold people accountable for their actions or inactions. Screen new hires a little better.


  9. "not a fan of management."

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

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

    Pros

    Discounts off cases in the dent room, work is mostly independent. Compensation for phone and mileage.

    Cons

    Inconsistent raises, hours and schedule. Managment does not seem organized. Paid least out of the beverage merchandisers.

    Advice to Management

    With a merchandiser's hours it can be really hard to get to the Yeon office before it closes, and several times when we could, managment had left early.


  10. "Not glorious...not horrible."

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

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

    Pros

    -Form great connections throughout the industry
    -work in teams
    -generally not micro-managed
    -Paid overtime
    -Benefits such as health insurance, retirement planning, PTO, etc.

    Cons

    -Often misogynistic
    -Long hours
    -Receiving clerks are often very difficult to communicate with and sometimes will actively work to make your job harder

    Advice to Management

    Reward the hard workers. All too often my manager's "favorites" were the ones who were fun and funny, but took way too many breaks and would do absolute minimal work that other teammates would have to clean up later.


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