Expeditors Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Sep 14, 2020

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Expeditors President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey S. Musser
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Worker in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Expeditors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement here is good

    Cons

    work life balance needs some work

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  2. "Great Company, Difficult to scale"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Expeditor in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Expeditors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management and Really good to your work/life balance

    Cons

    Not easy to become part of the company


  3. "Seems good so far"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Expeditors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people. Decent benefits. Healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to have limited interaction with employees.

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  4. "Great place to work, Always recommend"

    3.0
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Expeditors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance and learning

    Cons

    Benefits are ok not best

  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Mixed feelings"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Export 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Expeditors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    decent benefits , including an employee stock purchase program and 401k. coronavirus response - so far, so good. work from home has made the work life balance much better. hard to get fired.

    Cons

    vacation- depending on your manager, can be extremely difficult to schedule. upward mobility- see a lot of people spinning their wheels. talent is over looked in favor of the ideal embodiment of EI culture. pay- is pretty poor. annual reviews lead to raises, if you're lucky. people- long time management is stuck in the 80's. "back in my day" mentality. formality- logistics company with mandatory formal dress code. maybe the only one on the planet. technology - supposed to be a strength, but archaic internal data systems. can be fun to use, but its old and outdated. training - when you're first hired, the training is embarrassing. its 40+ hours of computer based training with no direction. they basically say sink or swim. i think its some or of tactic to test your meddle. its not helpful and the systems used for the training are flawed and out of date. mandatory 50 some hours of training / year. while its good to keep people the trained, the material is often not helpful and mostly a CYA for corporate accountability. accountability- there is none.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not good, not bad"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Expeditors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Plenty of career advancement opportunity, good benefit options

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance, lack of willingness to work from home unless you’re on salary, revenue first people second.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not your average EDI gig"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EDI Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Expeditors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Expeditors has had an ethos of hiring for attitude, training for skill that the EDI department has stuck to more or less so it's a great place to start a career even if you don't come from a technical background. Logistics can be a fascinating business and working in the EDI department gives you opportunities to develop working knowledge of most of the services Expeditors offers - customs brokerage, order management, warehouse management, freight forwarding and more. If you're smart, driven, and not afraid of asking questions, there's literally no limit to how much you can learn about whatever product you're working with. Expeditors employs some of the logistics industry's best experts who are ususally happy to share what they know because EDI is integral to everything they do. If you're curious and put in the work, the EDI department will be like getting a graduate degree in international logistics. You also work directly with customers and Expeditors branches all around the world. This can lead to adjusting a schedule occasionally to accomodate an awkward time difference but it also has allowed me to develop some great friendships. If you visit a city where we have an office while on vacation, it's almost expected that you drop in and say hi. The work/life balance can be pretty great and 4/10 or 9/80 schedules are available. It's very rare that analysts ever put in over 45 hours in a week. Most of the management team truly cares about it's employees and is phenomenally supportive when an employee is having a personal crisis. Compensation lags behind the Big Tech in Seattle but they've made efforts to stay competitive. If you're working hard and performing well your supervisor will work to get you as much of a raise as they can at every salary review.

    Cons

    One of the hard truths you'll have to learn while working in the IS department is that Expeditors is a logistics company, not a tech company. The corporate culture can feel pretty rigid at times. The dress code is strict and while Expeditors doesn't expect you to work more than 40 hours, they REALLY want you to be at your desk at the same time every day. This can be frustrating in EDI since we're salaried knowledge workers and at times treated as if we're 16 and clocking in at a summer job. It's also been frustrating watching the business side of Expeditors devalue the work IS does. For a company that has invested so heavily in building it's own proprietary software it feels strange that the IS department is viewed more as a cost and not an asset. There's also a belief that Expeditors is safe from Big Tech disruption because logistics as an industry leans heavily on a world-wide network of workers with knowledge accumulated over decades. But many of the executives with that belief have already made their money over the last 30-40 years and don't seem to care that lot of Expeditors' younger talent is getting poached as soon as it realizes there isn't much room for career growth once you hit mid-career.... Speaking of career growth - EDI Systems Analysts are tiered as Associate, II, III and Senior. Going from Associate to II is expected. There aren't many IIIs or Seniors in the department however and management is content letting you hang out as a II. If you're ambitious, your supervisor will push you to either become a III or go the middle management route. If you don't want to get deeper into the analysis weeds or don't have a taste for Expeditors' brand of middle management (its not for me), it's not easy to find a way out of EDI. There's a pretty high turnover among analysts once they come to that point in their career at Expeditors. People only stay if they value stability or really love logistics (to be fair there's an argument to be made that highly complex EDI analysis can be one of the coolest jobs in the company).

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  8. "Secure Place to Work"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Expeditors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stability. Work/life balance. Job security

    Cons

    Salary is lower than other technology positions in the same market

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "This job was not for me."

    1.0
    Former Employee - Desk Agent 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Expeditors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. Job security.

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance. Will not advance in company if you do not put in a lot of overtime. Everyone was overworked and stressed. Corporate culture is strict. Boring work.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Underpaid and Underappreciated"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Expeditors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Health benefits/PTO is acceptable -Senior management is good (but good luck ever getting there) -Nice fellow employees

    Cons

    Where do I even begin.. The company has no distinct culture except for Professional Dress, the rest are simply words plastered on a wall. Many people come into the office and use the word "library" to describe the environment as most employees would rather have you IM a question then stand up and ask them face to face. Agents are expected to work non-stop and if they don't then many of the daily tasks will not get finished in the day (which you are then expected to work overtime). There is simply no work life balance as most "events" last only a few minutes and its straight back to work. Most importantly you are severely underpaid until reaching a management position which takes years of incredibly boring, monotonous and tedious work. Not only that but you are severely underappreciated, rarely do you have a supervisor or manager tell you that you are doing a good job. Most people come in with a long face and I can genuinely say it looks like nobody truly enjoys what they are doing and instead only thinking about the next potential management position.

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