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Flowers Foods Reviews

Updated January 9, 2018
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Flowers Foods President and CEO Allen L. Shiver
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and good pay (in 23 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great potential long term career opportunities (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work 7 days a week and long hours (in 32 reviews)

  • Long hours, no work-life balance, all employees are expendable (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Bakery"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good time you have none

    Cons

    No work life balance


  2. "Branch Sales Manager"

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

    I worked at Flowers Foods full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to work with your team to increase profitability.

    Cons

    Very poor Upper Management, 1 for all, all for 1 mentality. Very lack of support.

  3. "Flowers can make you money or break your back"

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    Current Contractor - Independent Distributor in Allen, TX
    Current Contractor - Independent Distributor in Allen, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Flowers Foods as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have a chance to make good money if you have the right route.

    Cons

    No vacation, no days off, clueless management. The whole experience has gone downhill the past 2 years and it’s not getting any better.


  4. "No one knows what's going on with the company. Salaried are in fear for their jobs."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any, none.

    Cons

    Everyone wants to tell everyone what to do.

    Advice to Management

    Karma


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Any Job Is Better Than This!!!!! Save Yourself.!! RUN!!!"

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    Current Employee - Route Delivery Driver in North East, PA
    Current Employee - Route Delivery Driver in North East, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Flowers Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Your "Somewhat" out on your own all day. lots of overtime.

    Cons

    They are Comstantly not picking things. No personal life once you start here. If you don't end up buying the route your covering, you will be "Let Go" and they will make up some Fake Reason Why.. They don't tell you when you start that when the route your on is built up enough for them to sell and make plenty of money on, that if you don't buy it, your no longer needed. Ask anyone who owns a route.. They were once the same as you, Basicly a Temp because your not even hired by Flowers or actually Work for Flowers. You work for a hiring agency and They are the ones paying you..

    Advice to Management

    Stop contacting workers andet them work. They Don't know yet that the areal Reaskn your doing this js because you want to sell the route to them or fire them if they are smart enough not to take it..


  6. "Poor unguided representation of anything that resembles professionalism. Upper level management is the root of it all."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a healthy paycheck that can be earned at the route sales level if you simply pay attention to trends of what is selling and what is not. Sales Managers are in place to assist the route salesman with that portion of things; however, their is also another manager that is "supposed" to be working at each location and they are the best source I of knowledge for operational duties of the route salesmen I and many have I been with the company for a long period of time, so they are best suited to provide the knowledge of how day to day operations can be running smoothly, and often know the little details that do make a sizeable difference in your paycheck in the end. Sales Managers are the ones that are the numbers roles, and can be of great assistance so long as you are willing to heed their advice. Best in mind they are in the position they are due to being educated on how business and Dollars relate to one another, and what it is good for the Sales Mangers is having the sales reps pushing to sell more product and gain space in the stores. They are very willing to help the sales reps so long as the sales reps are willing to apply themselves as well.

    Cons

    Bear in mind I used the term "supposed to be a manager under the sales manager." That was not true for my entire time with the company alrhough there was someone that held that title and received that paycheck, but he was going into his 9th or 10th month of being away from his home and where he was supposed to be employed. During my time I was expected to fulfill my duties of learning my position, learning the duties of the other other manager, as well as knowing how the sales reps jobs are done. Being so that the sales reps feel overworked and have a general hatred for any level of management because they view them as "the company". I was trained by my superior for a total of 4 days that were spiratically​ separated out over 6 weeks time. The sales reps had zero issue with verbally abusing me, not doing as they are supposed to be in accordance with DOT regulations or anything additional passed that which was being passed down to me from corporate to take care of these issues. So as any Manager should do with acts insubordination, you revert to penalties that if compounded will cost you your job. My superior was Avery against that and did not want me doing that. So now I'm a manager with no tools to manage and have employees aware that I'm powerless to them really. So it makes sense they would tell me no constantly. I won't go further into things or details, but the company is a nightmare that is full of smoke and mirrors and bad habits from people who know very little about how a business need to be run.

    Due to the above, that creates high employee turnover rates, as any intelligent person gets out as soon as they can because it's not a good environment for anyone. Managers then spend countless additional hours picking up the slack and never are fully capable of doing their job well. So then they quit. It's a cyclical company of turmoil and won't change until they realign upper management and establish teams of employees that are quality individuals who will push to succeed. Never I happen though. So it's a nightmare now, and will remain so

    Advice to Management

    Promoting from within is great, but management needs management training from accredited sources, and it should be hard to obtain those credentials, took the most of of us 4 years to know the outline and 5 years experience to learn how it applies to topics within the world.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer Mgmt,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Flowers Foods (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The used to care a bout there employees

    Cons

    ALL about the good old boy system,

    Advice to Management

    Needs a uion to get thing right

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Route Distributor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Flowers Foods full-time

    Pros

    Liked being my own boss

    Cons

    No communication. Long hours. Paycheck up and down.

    Advice to Management

    Need more open and honest communication


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Independent Operators bullied by Managment"

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    Current Employee - Independent Operator in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Independent Operator in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Flowers Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    full time work at a fair wage to start

    Cons

    No communication, after some time passes Flowers reduces commisions and stale allowable


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Flowers Foods full-time

    Pros

    OK Compensation yet it is a difficult training process

    Cons

    Long hours,minimal compensation for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip


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