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"Company is sales driven, so Admin work is not appreciated"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Sysco (More than 10 years)

Pros

Your experience will depend on the department. I worked with great guys and a Supervisor who supported me and tried to promote me within the company. The guys in the department were very professional and most of the company was the same way.

Cons

Your experience with Sysco will depend entirely on what department you are in. Accounting is the pits.

Advice to Management

Please realize support personnel are also a value to the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Sysco

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Long Time Employer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sysco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, promotion opportunities if willing to relocate. Additional benefits beyond salary insurance (bonus, stock options, restricted stock units) can be lucrative, but obviously not guaranteed.

    Cons

    Poor communication about change, significant changes occurring for several years. Defined benefit pension plan recently frozen. 401k replacement not as good as previous pension - less likely to encourage employees to stay long term.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better about upcoming changes, communicate better about action plans to achieve high level strategic objectives.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "WARNING: A Preview of what to Expect. Don't say I didn't warn you!! (The cons definitely outweigh the pros.)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sysco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    • Fortune-500 company and well-known in the food industry.
    • Plenty of opportunities to be challenged, think on your feet, and come up with creative and efficient solutions.
    • Receive first-hand experience in your area of expertise (especially beneficial for people starting out in their careers).
    • People are mostly friendly and typically open to suggestions (there is an open door policy).
    • Are often times able to manage your own projects and to set your own strategic goals. Able to set up and establish your own performance plan.
    • Receive free food on a regular basis (ex: sweets, bagels, breads).
    • Have an excellent, state-of-the art fitness center and a variety of fitness programs.
    • Have an interactive online classes to hone your skillset.

    Cons

    • Very poor work-life balance. Often forced to work overtime and long-hours (including your lunch brake, night, and weekends) with no pay in order to meet tight deadlines on projects that management dumps on you at the last minute.
    • Management is eager to load you down with projects and expect you to make a way to make it work so that you can complete them by their respective deadlines.
    This typically results in employees having to work overtime on a regular basis.
    • Lack of quality control . Employees are expected to make no mistakes in their work and to have high quality standards. However, their is not a revision process in which management and other team members can catch mistakes before projects are submitted to stakeholders. Mistakes are often found after projects are submitted, which results in reworks.
    • Lack of automation. Everything is manual in Microsoft Excel; no macros. This results in having to work long hours due to the tedious, manual labor, energy, and time necessary to complete project work. COMPANY NEEDS TO USE MACROS AND STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES to streamline and speed up recurring processes used in projects so that employees are NOT overworked.
    • Managers disrespect their employees. They do not value their contributions or time. There is no reward system and very little recognition given to employees in going above and beyond the call of duty. Managers expect employees to manage and prioritize their own projects so that all they have to do is delegate. Employees are often talked down to by management. Managers skip meetings and conference calls on a frequent basis with no warning. Meetings that employees set up with managers are often rescheduled frequently at the manager's will without any explanation. In other words, these meetings get put on the backbench because they're not as important to the employer as they are to the employee (which is sad).
    • Management is very disorganized and has a hard time implementing new ideas. New ideas and creativity is promoted and encouraged. However, very few new ideas are executed (and if so, executed very poorly) due lack of organization and the will power necessary to implement them. In other words, management has so many other departmental issues to take care of and fix (issues that have been disregarded or put on hold) that new ideas are forgotten or put on the backbench.
    • Lack of cross-training and training programs that are enforced by management. In other words, you're expected to learn most things on your own through trial and error. If you err on your job at any time due to lack of proper guidance or training, it's on you not them!

    Advice to Management

    • Treat your employees better and support them. Without them you will not be able to get projects done at all.
    • Look at ways to implement new ideas, cross-training, and training programs. This should be more of a priority, but unfortunately it's not.
    • There is a dire need to AUTOMATE STANDARD PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES. This should not be avoided, but it has for too long. Stop overworking your employees and find ways to streamline common processes and the amount of work that you delegate to your employees. It will save your time and theirs in the long run.
    • Need to consider paying employees overtime if they have to work overtime on a regular basis due to frequently giving them a very heavy work load.
    • Need to consider strategizing and implementing better quality control methods and revision processes to reduce the amount of unnecessary reworks on projects.

    WARNING: If the above is not considered or implemented it will result in future issues and problems that could be unavoidable and hazardous to the company's likelihood of success. Got to step up your game if you want to continue being prosperous.

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