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McKee Foods Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Profit sharing, great 401k benefits and some good people (in 7 reviews)

  • They have a solid package of benefits and are family owned which leads to a better job experience (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Distribution system sometimes can hurt our business with negative distributors (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bad company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegedale, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegedale, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Gets me out of the house.

    Cons

    Too many lazy useless people. No team work! Benefits suck! No vacation or sick time just PTO. When you use PTO you still get an attendance point.

    Advice to Management

    Should offer vacation time and sick time. If a person had PTO and calls in no point should be given.


  2. "Operator"

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

    I worked at McKee Foods full-time

    Pros

    Vacation days, paid every week, profit sharing.

    Cons

    To many to list.

  3. "Wholesale Distributors treated Poorly by Mckee"

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    Current Employee - Wholesale Distributor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Wholesale Distributor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gets you in stores to see other companies that offer more to their Wholesale Distributor's.

    Cons

    There is no support given to WD's even though that's District Manager's job description. District Manager's are overpaid and hardly work. Honestly the District Managers I've dealt with are never available and if you do get through to them it's clear they're at home or doing some other personal errands while giving you an excuse why they are not doing their job to support you. Mckee expects you to put up all your time and money to sell their products. They pay less commission than any other company, charge 100% back to you for credits, give no warehouse allowance, you have no support whatsoever to sell their product which with hostess getting aggressive on prices the product has no value! Unless you want to spin your wheels wasting a tremendous amount of time and your own money, do not let them talk you into being a Wholesale Distributor!

    Advice to Management

    Do your job! Support your Wholesale Distributor's like you're supposed to. Read your job description and practice it. You're overpaid and do not do your job!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Used To Be A Good Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Stuarts Draft, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stuarts Draft, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a gym and dental and health (which they've decided we should pay more for so they don't have to)

    Cons

    I have to constantly tell them about broken or items that are in disrepair, those items get put on "pass down". Which sounds good but the next maintenance shift is just as understaffed as the last.
    We currently have two shifts that are floating among the plant on different shifts because there production lines are dissolved and sharing your line with the "floaters" means up to 2 people must go home everyday to save on efficiency . Employees are getting an average of 32 hours a week or less (depends upon your line). When we asked the vice president what the plan is for getting everybody working again the answer was "we hope to be in better shape in 10 years". which is a cop-out because vice president contracts are for 5 years(based upon work performance by Mike Mckee) Upper management has informed all of management that our plant needs to"clean house" (fire people) So there starting to implement new rules- off the cuff- to start the write up process on as many suckers as possible. The employees have several ideas to save the company lots and lots of money but management won't here it and instead feel its more necessary to take away everyone's job security by telling us the old "do more with less" attitude. Upper management keeps blaming the economy as well for slumped sales. We as employees realize that the economy plays a role but with gas prices and ingredient costs back down it is shameful not to pass those savings on to the customer. Simply by doing so volume sales would raise again. (how bout that , and I've never been to college).

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense, offer incentives instead of threats. Listen to employees for advice in being more efficient, new product ideas, and keep the door open on your "open door policy". Stop keeping secrets from your hourly's. Oh and one more thing how bout deducting a percentage of your salary since we're all tapped out in the hourly department.
    Thanks for reading


  5. "It was great for my first twenty years"

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

    I worked at McKee Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They tend to do well in bad economic times. People will always buy cheap snack cakes.
    Stability, many long-term employees.
    Decent pay scale.

    Cons

    While OD McKee was alive, and while his sons were directly involved in the company, innovation was encouraged and praised. Once the third generation took over, OD's catchphrase "There's a better way. Let's find it!" has been quietly set aside.
    Nowadays, it's run just like any other heartless, clueless megacorporation, with the exception that (seriously) God is claimed to be its ultimate guiding force.

    Advice to Management

    OD made that company what it is. Get back to encouraging and rewarding innovative thinking. Let the grandkids quit thinking like MBA's and get back to thinking like small business owners.


  6. "frustrated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingman, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingman, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McKee Foods full-time

    Pros

    One of the better paying jobs for this location. Yearly bonus. Benefits are available to employees. Also have 401K available.

    Cons

    Would not refer refer anyone to apply. Management has no idea of all the back-stabbing and favoritism that goes on in the warehouse. Company policy book might as well be discarded. There are a lot of employees not following the policies and management does nothing about it. Used to be a family oriented business, now it is everybody for themselves. There is no preventative maintainance. There is a lot of potential for injury.

    Advice to Management

    Get up off of your chairs, get out of your offices and spend some time in the warehouse and observe what goes on out there.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "route sales"

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    Former Employee - Route Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Route Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McKee Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good product , product that customers like, and you get to sample the products.There are a lot of bad routes but there are some good ones

    Cons

    Before you buy a route make sure you do your homework on how much the route runs.Also ask why are there so many open routes because they dont do enough business.Ask why there are so many dsrs on routes.Your expenses will be about 200 to 300 dollars a week. gas ,storage for product and truck, they required to carry a million dollar insurance policy,you need to buy a hand held computer and printer , there are a lot of little things you have to pay for

    Advice to Management

    You cant run your business same way as you do in the south as you do in the west. There is a lot more competion out here. and your expenses are lot higher

  8. "Not easy to get information or resource needed to complete job assignment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegedale, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegedale, TN

    Pros

    People are friendly. It is a family culture. Not too busy with your work. Not too many traveling or over work. Get a C day if work at the weekend.

    Cons

    Not enough resource to complete job assignment. Sometimes, need to be self-motivated to find works to do to satisfy myself.

    Advice to Management

    A little open-minded management to share resources with your employees. Promote employees from inside which can motivate employees.


  9. "Ok place to work but need alot of work far as communication between management!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stuarts Draft, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stuarts Draft, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    time off, profit sharing bonus, good benefits

    Cons

    Management needs a major overhaul, and major cuts. Why on earth do we need so many supertindents! Too good to lay anybody off instead will just cut everybodys hours back while the big wigs still get a full paycheck. Just ain't right!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Work more on getting better equipment into the plants, and focus on cutting down on waste and lean more towards going green to save on costs! not cut back worker hours and keep making price increases to product. This is hurting are volume of cases!!!!


  10. "Not what it used to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Collegedale, TN
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Collegedale, TN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McKee Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Some decent people. Some training available. Room to climb up the ladder if you feel like working for it.

    Cons

    I'm a 3rd generation employee, and it just seems like the company is no where near as good as it used to be. The upper management knows nothing about what's going on. Health benefits aren't as great as other companies and are expensive for the coverage offered. People who work for raises/promotions typically don't get them, people that know someone important typically slide in the position. Very few team players on the production level.

    Advice to Management

    Run the company like the small, family business mind set it started out with and pay more attention to your employees. Work on employee moral and getting employees to work as a team.


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