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Updated February 21, 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 4 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. "Opportunities galore"

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    • 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. "Sales Representative"

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

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

    Pros

    Great schedule, benefits, sales experience

    Cons

    Heavy lifting, bending, and merchandising often

  3. "Its work and you get paid for it, not much else going for it though."

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Medford, OR
    Current Employee - Warehouse Picker in Medford, OR
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady work, plenty of overtime available.

    Cons

    Night crew treated terrible by day shift. No real way to move up in the company and if you do switch positions your hit with a pay decrease which is insane.

    Advice to Management

    Raise compensation, hire enough people to fill positions so you don't burn out your few good employee's by making them responsible for multiple positions just because they haven't been refilled.


  4. "Dreadful"

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

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    In all honesty, can't think of any.

    Cons

    Long list, brace yourselves:
    -Company is perpetually understaffed causing good employee to burn out and leave
    -Ratio of product to merchandisers is grossly unbalanced
    -Morale is perpetually low
    -An inspiring work culture is non-existent
    -Non competitive wages: given the perpetual understaffing issues, and amount of product, merchandisers deserve better wages and benefits (if you do a cursory internet search, you'll discover that other companies in the same industry have higher wages)
    -This position is non-union; only workers at the warehouse and truck drivers are union, merches are not. Be warned.

    Advice to Management

    Below are my points of advice directed to the CEO and the highest echelons of the company:
    -Don't be fools, in the 21st century, laborers seek more than a mere "job." Make a concerted effort to INVEST in your workers by boosting wages, and creating other retention incentives.
    -Either 1)Increase wages such that they are truly competitive with other companies in the same industry or 2)Equalize the product to worker ratio, or else the high turnover will continue.
    -Here are my ideas of ways that the company can foster a positive work environment and boost morale: provide the leads (or sales reps) an allowance to take their crews for drinks once or twice a month (the benefits are twofold: morale is boosted, and the merches become familiar with the product they stock); Be generous about providing your workers with free products (e.g. a couple cases of beer or soda per month); Provide your workers with complementary gifts (e.g. gift cards, movie or event tickets etc)
    -In conclusion, we live in the 21st century: workers will not and should not be afraid to leave a company if the company doesn't take care of them and appreciate their contributions to the success of the company. Workers today are not the same workers from 50 years ago; workers today are not, and should not be easily conformed by a few crumbs thrown their way.


  5. "Great management. Room for improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, flexible with vacation. Team oriented. Director and GM very cool people. Union for warehouse workers and pat increase every year.

    Cons

    Expensive health care plan for management. Always changing and new procedures every year. Have to constantly prove yourself to new boss when they change leadership. It gets annoying after a while. Worked for 6 different boss in the last 9 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking for better guys for you already got them. Always up and downs but when we need the guys to push on high volume, they will show up better than any team in the world.


  6. "Fake review and news"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Some really hard working and great people

    Cons

    People taken advantage of and if not a part of the “club” you will not advance. Culture is fake, core values are fake and hard work is not valued as it should be. Don’t believe a lot of the positive reviews that read on this site.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the people that work hard and dedicate their lives to make you successful. Replace all Leadership with people that know how to treat people with respect and actually understand the value of teamwork, positive culture and loyalty. Would have ranked some categories less than zero but it would not allow me too.


  7. "Sales Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time

    Pros

    Columbia provides a competitive compensation package while additionally providing a culture that fits with todays work force.

    Cons

    from myself I have no complaints. This is a really good company

  8. "A great career with room for growth!"

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

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

    Pros

    Room for growth
    Fun work environment

    Cons

    Could involve lower level employees in company news better.


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Distributing Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team environment! Amazing products! Good wages/benefits!

    Cons

    no cons for me at this time

    Advice to Management

    thank you for listening and acting on team needs/requests


  10. "Excellent place to work - Love the beer business!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, team atmosphere, access to fun events, growing company, solid pay and benefits

    Cons

    Work can be hard... heavy cases of beer and soda.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find new ways to engage employees


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