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McLane Grocery Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Good money and benefits, great opportunity for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place to start work out of college and they do take chances on hiring recent college grads which some companies are hesitant to do (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and time away from family and friends are part of the business (in 3 reviews)

  • When first starting count on a very unbalanced work-family life with short notice (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "ADMINISTRATIVE"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McLane Grocery full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    McLane has provided for myself and my family for more than 30 years. Lots of growth within the company. Never had to worry about my paycheck bouncing, never had to worry about showing up and getting a pink slip. Many people who put in the work, and take advantage of their tuition reimbursement program have moved into leadership positions and advanced their careers. My 401K account is AMAZING. Benefits are marketable, different plans to pick from.
    Progressive vacation earnings, can cash out vacation time and get the $ too.
    Lots of celebrations surrounding food......BBQ's,

    Cons

    Summer hours can be long, have to work on the summer holidays, but you get a day in your bank to have off later.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teammates that have been around and ask for their ideas, they have good input.

    McLane Grocery Response

    Jul 13, 2017

    Thank you so much for stopping by! We're glad to have you on our team! Regina C., Social Manager, Talent Acquisition Team


  2. "Decent pay, excessive overtime"

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    Current Employee - Distribution Center Supervisor
    Current Employee - Distribution Center Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McLane Grocery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is decent, benefits are good, incentive is nice (if you get it), 401k is excellent

    Cons

    Supervisors are expected to work ridiculous amounts of hours. Warehouse departments are perpetually understaffed, yet supervisors are expected to run zero overtime. Management is out of touch with the current workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic expectations for supervisors and hire more of them. Supervisors should also be compensated better or paid for the excessive OT.

  3. "McLane Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Periodic travel and relocation for advancement may be necessary.

    McLane Grocery Response

    Jul 13, 2017

    Thank you so much for stopping by! We're glad to have you on our team! Regina C., Social Manager, Talent Acquisition Team


  4. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work

    Cons

    none, good place to work

    McLane Grocery Response

    Jul 13, 2017

    Thank you so much for stopping by! We're glad to have you on our team! Regina C., Social Manager, Talent Acquisition Team


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great pay / slave worker"

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    Current Employee - Truck in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Truck in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McLane Grocery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay good great insurance great 401k ect

    Cons

    No family life they own you don't ask for time off they don't have it... word is a year andvance to get time off frustrating places to get into easy to lose your job they only care about load not worker


  6. "Don't know"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good money, that's about it. Oh, we have priority.

    Cons

    Long hours, take a lot of crap from customers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more, less hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Profit sharing, salary, benefits, atmosphere

    Cons

    Start time but no end time. Must complete the work

  8. "Poor company to work for. Look at else where"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at McLane Grocery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    All benefits are standard to sub par compared to other companie. Great place to sell products that give people cancer like cigarettes and tobacco.

    Cons

    Poor management, no work life balance, no incentives. Sales people are more like accountants.

    Advice to Management

    Its not rocket science. You arent curing cancer, you are causing it. Acts like Big Brother.


  9. "They make a lot but pay little"

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

    I worked at McLane Grocery full-time

    Pros

    okay benefits. 401k is pretty good

    Cons

    they over hire in the summer and then try to fire them all in the winter. the supervisors actually make less than the hourly people

    Advice to Management

    Your employees have families too.


  10. "Delivery Driver-Midwest"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Danville, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Danville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job provides anyone with a strong back and willingness to work long hours the ability to make a good living, I never made less than 60k, made over 90k a year or three and I saw drivers make $115k although I'm not sure that's possible anymore. The health insurance is excellent, as well as the 401k match, typically 2 to 1. Excellent STD and LTD options. Vacation or PTO time is decent. 3 weeks vacation after 7 years, however we got a week of holiday pay that essentially could be used as additional week if you hold on to it. They buy a lot of new equipment, and try to maintain it, unfortunately drivers normally trash a truck in a year. On site truck wash and shop. They have a decent drivers banquet every year. And the yearly bonus, although minimal is a nice addition. Uniforms provided by company. Accident review board with 3 drivers and 3 members of management seems fair. Friendship among drivers is pretty good, and the key is a good partner, as you will spend more time with him than your wife. This job, like many, comes with a lot of frustrating baggage, but I enjoyed the work most of the time.

    Cons

    This job is not for everyone and 7 out of 10 new hires won't make it 3 months. Think deadliest catch of trucking. It is physically demanding as you unload each and every box by hand, two wheel down a ramp and into a customer location rain, snow, ice, heat and cold are normal obstacles. You will spend a lot of time backing into tiny gas station parking lots in large cities so you have to be an excellent driver or prepare a short stay. Typically a driver will run at least 3 routes, averaging 24 hours per week, but you could see over 100 hours a week. Being awake and delivering for 24 hours in a row is typical, so 9 to 5 guys and lazy people need not apply. Hours include weekends and holidays. New drivers subject to the Extra board, which essentially means dispatchers own your soul, can call you with an hours notice and you have to be ready to roll, go anywhere, with anyone. This can be problematic if your co driver just graduated from drivers school, and your headed to Chicago. You will have to preform a lot of additional tasks at a moments notice and told that the "pay is built into the load" meaning you will work more regularly without any compensation. Drivers are robbed at gunpoint regularly for merchandise off the truck and management takes the minimum precautions, including keeping problem areas and specific incidents quiet as to not cause alarm. All the trucks are equipped with nanny cams, pointed at the driver and passenger so your constantly being watched and scrutinized. Company will not stand up to a customer for contract violations and delivery procedures unless it affects their bottom line. A drivers time is free, since your paid by the load, so prepare to invest several frustrating hours a week waiting to deliver, or dealing with a difficult customers special requests without any support from management. Upper management will take feedback personally and hold grudges which prevent complaints and the return of excellent drivers who leave and try to come back. They assign equipment but it is quite common to come in and find your truck is gone, as well as your bedding and personal stuff , so you are assigned someone else's stinky trash filled truck.

         The regularly send out management to watch drivers on their routes, then approach you and waste your time scrutinizing everything. This is an attempt to change the entire way the job has always been done, with two drivers working together throughout the entire route, without regard to what your log reflects. This system has been practiced by drivers and encouraged by management by their route scheduling for decades. Seasoned drivers find it difficult to change and spend an additional 15 hours a week out on the route to run legal without additional pay. Therefore it is major source of contention between drivers and management.

        If you are seriously injured on the job McLane will terminate you without regard for federal laws prohibiting this action. So essentially once they use you up, they will spit you out. Their attitude is its cheaper for them if you sue them then to do what's right and ethical.

         This is a corporate conglomerate, owned by Warren Buffet and profit is the bottom line. So expect to be fed a lot of corporate jargon like "family friendly environment " and "Christian like values" but once your thrown in the trenches, your just a number. However good luck finding any job that doesn't operate in this manner these days.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the grudge holding and stop taking feedback personally. Take into consideration that solo deliveries are dangerous and not possible most of the time. Hiring brand new drivers and sending them out with a seasoned driver equals an exhausted seasoned driver(a sleeping driver can't instruct a new guy what to do, where to go, etc). The nanny cams pointed at the driver are offensive to drivers and a legal liability to the corporation.


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