Bimbo Bakeries - It takes a lot of work to build a bread route almost from the ground up, but it can pay off very well in the end. | Glassdoor
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"It takes a lot of work to build a bread route almost from the ground up, but it can pay off very well in the end."

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Former Employee - Indepenent Operator in Enid, OK
Former Employee - Indepenent Operator in Enid, OK
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I worked at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (More than a year)

Pros

You are self employed, to a certain extent; You set your own hours, to a point; It can be very good money if one is dedicated, and unafraid of hard work and long hours in the beginning. You can sell the business anytime you want, provided you find a buyer for it, of course. Also, any average sales you add to your route, you add to the equity you hold in it, e.g. if you bought your route for $75,000 and you added $1000 in gross weekly sales over 6-12 months, you can sell your route, depending on your region's averaging system, for $85,000, with the extra ten being pure profit.

Cons

While you are considered self employed, you do have to comply with company, regional, and store standards which, in and of itself isn't a con, but sometimes there are individual "kingdoms" within those that can make life miserable if you aren't careful and diplomatic, but that's the way it goes no matter your occupation. Prissy store managers and angry backroom receivers(a.k.a. "trolls) are another matter, and can be just as troublesome or worse. Being amiable, friendly, and as non-confrontational as possible, attempting to find solutions that are palatable for you and they(whomever "they" may be, i.e. BBU, store managers etc.) are the best tools in getting along, and sometimes avoiding catastrophe, such as losing your route.

Advice to Management

Thrift stores are a bad idea for I.O.'s: They encourage the I.O. to let his shelves go empty rather than catch the extra sales and have a little extra product leftover which the company will count and penalize him for.

Other Employee Reviews for Bimbo Bakeries

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Look Beyond your Nose"

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has major market share in their industry.

    Cons

    They operate to close to the vest. Makes for an unpleasant work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Management should utilize the talent they have around them. Making all the decisions from behind their computers isn't always the answer. This has always been a people/service business. Get back to basics.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Company leadership is failing fast..."

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    Former Employee - Salaried Employee in Elkhart, IN
    Former Employee - Salaried Employee in Elkhart, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, tuition reimbursement, and its very difficult to find anything else that stands out as being a "pro"

    Cons

    Total lack of transparency, several dictatorships, a mission-vision-value statement that is not real, unrealistic expectations from senior leadership...

    Advice to Management

    Get down to plant level and really listen to floor employees, they actually know whats going on. Work to create a transparent workplace and company

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