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Columbia Distributing Company Reviews

Updated September 6, 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)

  • "Monday through Friday schedule makes for a good work-life balance, and it's goal oriented so you work until your job is done" (in 5 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. "Combo Sales Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Combo Sales Representative in Yakima, WA
    Current Employee - Combo Sales Representative in Yakima, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment with competitive pay and plenty of opportunities! The company culture is very friendly and eager to help you grow and reach your goals. If you have a work hard - play hard mentality, this is a fantastic company to be a part of. Monday through Friday schedule makes for a good work-life balance, and it's goal oriented so you work until your job is done.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. There's a lot to learn at first so if you don't know how to do something, just ask!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow

    Cons

    Merch. is under staffed and over worked

  3. "Lot of hours."

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    Former Employee - Stocker in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Stocker in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Lot of hours = lot of pay

    Cons

    Early hours, 6 days a week


  4. ""In The Business of Firing.""

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wake up at a normal hour like 5AM most days.

    Cons

    14+ hour days not enough employees. No accountability or discipline for bad workers.

    Advice to Management

    What management? Hire people. Don't get reviews like, "In The Business of Firing."


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Doc sales were the best, cheap beer.

    Cons

    Management was all older males who didn't listen to new ideas very well. They also struggled with the technology which made it difficult to learn.


  6. "A good starter / fall back job"

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    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


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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


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