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G&K Services Reviews

Updated May 13, 2018
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G&K Services CEO and Chairman of the Board Douglas A. (Doug) Milroy
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Pros
  • G&K has a focus on its people and culture that is outstanding (in 38 reviews)

  • Great company but unfortunately it was bought by Cintas (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Loved working here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experiece
    More widened area of growth
    Work is preplanned leading to no last minute headaches

    Cons

    Transition to new company wasnt properly planned
    No full disclosure of possible projects for the future which leads to being left out.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your team and involve them in meetings.


  2. "Plant Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Manager
    Former Employee - Plant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company environment in a large corporation

    Cons

    The unforeseen Cintas acquisition was unfortunate

  3. "Good company overall but bad experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work for
    Good benefits
    Corporate seemed to care for their workers

    Cons

    Had a distasteful experience with my branch where I was shorted on my commission
    Managers didn't communicate effectively at all
    When I went to corporate training, my branch seemed the most undeveloped

    Advice to Management

    Work on thorough communication throughout teams and managers


  4. "Branch Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, great business model

    Cons

    Main responsibility was to sell service contracts. Ties customers up for 5 years. Very shady methods used to get people to sign. Sold out their employees to Cintas.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "13 Year Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Upper Management in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Upper Management in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cintas / GK
    I can give a perspective from both sides given
    I know both sides very well .
    The work and amount of things to manage takes a very different person .... Cintas will be
    up front at orientation , noting thier Culture is different and the expectations are high . Like most ,You either perform quickly or your gone .

    Yes the 3 month rule is in effect for both sides . You are expected to Maintain /Grow the business as any business would expect given a business or Corporation is not in business to lose money people !!

    Yes , you will get kicked around and you will learn very soon if you have what it takes or not . The winters are grueling and miserable , the summers are Hot and exausting in our region . The loads were aweful and like others noted missing product constantly to deliver to customers ..

    Route loads Are a roll of the dice and no one is thier to manage your business or route given that is your job , no one has time to baby sit you given they have an immense amount of thier own duties to handle . G&k was a little more patient than Cintas though and from a management stand point bar none more supportive ...

    G&k - Definitely more family oriented and the culture /Completely opposite from Cintas
    Cintas is just better at Squeezing blood out of you and the turnip greens given thier strict guidelines for revenue and Bottom line .

    The industry is flooded with competition, Cintas seems to be weeding those out 1 by 1 .
    Unitog / Nuway , now G&k just to name 3 heads of once powerful companies taken out ....

    THE MERGER - Let me remind everyone , I would think the board of executives would have had to vote on the Merger or Sale of G&K ? I met the CEO of G&K multiple times , he was actually a really great guy , for a CEO, he was even more human if you will than some of upper level executives and even GM I worked with .

    I never met the CEO of Cintas in the 8
    years I was with them..

     Stop blaming the CEO Doug Milroy ..
    Good luck with the Merger GK and What's coming Down your pipeline in regards to the changes and expectations headed your way ..
    You thought the expectations were tuff before ?
    Just wait lol ......

    Cons

    Worked my way up From Driver to Executive level , my days on route sucked !! They were brutal beyond imagination , loads were aweful , Management was Great , Sales was Great , you had all the freedom in the world but you had better hit your numbers !! In Management you could finally make a difference given you were on the same playing field as the plant manager who you always had to battle with as a Route Rep ..

    From my personal experience on either side, if you do not have the blood ,sweat and tears mentallity or you your one to develope later on you will need a GM or Manager who will protect you long enough to develope or you will not make it .

    If you are not familiar with this business or Arena I highly Suggest opting to go another way or start with a different company . Mergers can be messy with all the transitions ...

    If you do happen to get hired on with Now parent Company Cintas , I suggest Sleeping with your Cintas Football or Glove every night because that is all you will be eating ,breathing, and sleeping until you leave the company . You better have your shirt tucked in , your pants pressed ,Shaved and in 9 's and yes that even means the route guys .. I have seen guys chewed and sent to the plant to have thier shirts and pants pressed before going on route . You better not miss a meeting , show up late or call in Sick. Yes that is pressed uniforms before going on route to pick up dirty clothes and Nasty Rags .

    They do not highly recruit military personal for no reason , Cintas is structured machine and they have the same expectations from the ground up ! From thier route guys to thier Management up to Executive level , they are intense and a in your face culture .. They do not Mess around ....
    If you do not bring back honey for the Cintas queen then you are gone ...... It's that simple ..

    Advice to Management

    Good Luck ...


  6. "Territory Solutions Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bohemia, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bohemia, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time

    Pros

    none that i can recall

    Cons

    Management was awful, treated staff poorly


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Talent Acquisition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at G&K Services full-time

    Pros

    Long live the G&K Legacy.

    Cons

    Acquisition by Cintas was a major bummer

  8. "IT"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company
    Nice coworkers

    Cons

    Not much career advancement


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and senior leadership team.

    Cons

    Sold to a competitor and it is likely the culture will change.


  10. "great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at G&K Services full-time

    Pros

    good pay and good bennies

    Cons

    long hours with little help

    Advice to Management

    treat employees as you would like to be treated


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