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"It was cool"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Benefits and long hours working in a warehouse with minimal supervision.

Cons

Work environment climate. Bosses may not like you if you don't work long overtime hours.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good pay, long hours"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -They are constantly changing with the market and always have new products in the pipeline
    -They make sure you will make a certain pay range if you hit your numbers and you will at least be close
    -My truck had A/C and actually got warm
    -Some of the long tenured District Sales Leaders are very helpful
    -Because the work is hard, you will build almost a fraternity with your peers
    -Pepsico does listen, they have a great culture in that respect
    -Pepsico is very intense about safety
    -If you hit your numbers, they will let you get away with a lot
    -You can start when you want (for the most part, still early mornings though)
    -You get a lot of benefits, but they are average at best
    -Sales goals are realistic for the year
    -If you are self-motivated, that's really all you need to succeed here.

    Cons

    -You must wear many hats, too many for the pay including: sales, merchandiser manager, trainer, stocker, trucker driver/unloader, plan-o-gram setter, customer service, truck mechanic (must do inspections), safety liaison, handheld expert, ect.
    -Your boss will try to make himself look good by pushing unnecessary product into your stores. Then when it stales out, you eat it. Oh, and he won't ask you.
    -Frito Lay thinks its plan-o-grams are gospel, when in reality they very highly store to store, but you will be told you must follow it by some kid out of college.
    -Personal time not respected. Be prepared to come in on days off, on vacation, at night, get phone calls when off or on days off, ect.
    -A very physical job where you will be doing "sales" about 1% of the time. Your title is very misleading.
    -If you work over 50 hours (which you will almost every week), you get variable rate over time (Chinese overtime). Basically, it amounts to about $10 an hour and goes down for every hour you work over 50. They say it is to discourage you from working too much, but in reality the work HAS to get done, so all it does is anger the hard-working people.
    -Be prepared to sit through many meetings that could all be done with e-mail in 15 minuets. Did I mention Pepsico doesn't respect your time?
    -Starting out you will work many 14-16 hour days because training is inadequate. Especially when you are an RSA.
    -You told you will work a 50 hour average, but if you are passionate, expect to work more. Also, if you take over a route and you grow it a lot, expect to work even more.
    -Company policies are ignored for the sake of sales. For example, you can load up a store with back stock to hit your numbers, even though it is against policy.
    -Your orders must be in by 4pm and sometimes you will have to guess to get them in on time. Also, the plant is very inflexible and will push product to you all the time, but won't take any back.
    -If you get a boss (DSL) who was never a RSR (other than the 6 weeks of training) they will be terrible. They will make unreasonable requests and delegate their work to you! They know very little about your stores, but will try to tell you how to run it. This will make your job that much harder.
    -Your merchandisers, while paid very well for the work, are lazy and don't rotate like they should. Expect to work extra hours because, even though Merch's are paid by the hour, they will do the bare minimum. The good ones get promoted quickly because Frito doesn't give raises. The only way to get one is through a promotion, which means you have a lot of salesman in managerial roles in this company, which isn't good.
    -Health benefits have gone up in cost a lot, pension was eliminated, and 401k matching is low compared to other companies.
    -Zone Sales Directors are very political and will try to put a positive spin on anything to get RSRs to like it. Then later you will figure out they only told you the good things.
    -Hard to get promoted to anything other than DSL. If you get DSL, you will have to move, so for most people RSR is a dead-end job. Also, it is rumored DSLs don't get a 401k anymore.
    -Work can get boring after a while, but Frito will throw you plenty of curve balls.

    Advice to Management

    If you want us to do all that we are supposed to and not cut corners on everything pay us better or hire more people! You are creating an unsafe working environment and taking away our service advantage.


  2. "Drama"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent Pay, and if your full time you have good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management, and lack of communication between the merchandisers

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