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Schwan's Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • long hours, wages not commensurate with the work (in 133 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance could use adjusting (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Working for schwans"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Stilwell, OK
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Stilwell, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, Great pay, clean, and free pie

    Cons

    Needs more people to take on responsibilities


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun work environment for those tired of the traditional boss hovering job.

    Cons

    Long work hours, but like anything it takes time to get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work take care of your RSRs.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "CSR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to work at the speed you want.

    Cons

    Need more commission pay rather then 1%


  4. Helpful (4)

    "RSR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Bangor, ME
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Bangor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun co-workers that's really it.

    Cons

    Micromanaged, terrible life family balance, they work you like a horse and if you don't do above 1200 in sales you aren't a valued employee to them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Analyst"

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

    I worked at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    Engaging work, I cannot think of another positive attribute

    Cons

    Lack of support from mgt, terrible work/life balance


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Schwan's Consumer Brands"

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

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    -experience working in CPG industry with key retailers
    -discount on food delivery
    -okay benefits (401K, health insurance (available after a month), 15 days vacation (rolling), 3 personal days, standard holidays)

    Cons

    -lots of politics and undermining others to get ahead, favoritism prevalent
    -promotions are given to those who are in the "club" and not necessarily the best or most intelligent leaders
    -very high turnover in both DSD and at corporate thus leading to confusion and poor leadership across the company
    -Corporate strategy is uncoordinated and ever changing; constantly reorganizing company to get to "desired state"; practices and ideologies as a result of the company model are antiquated
    -national brands are facing ever increasing challenges and Schwans is not nimble or adaptable enough to change to meet these demands
    -huge disconnect between field teams and corporate leads to both sides trying to blame the other for poor performance or missed goals
    -facing intense pressure from retailers as grocery segment continues to face challenges brought about by Whole Foods/Amazon/Lidl
    -HR adheres to antiquated policies which drives away talent and leads to lower employee morale
    -micro managing encouraged across all business units, lots of tracking and score carding of employees, this is a way for managers to establish blame and create scapegoats for their poor performance
    -very conservative on flexible schedules, case by case basis
    -limited advancement opportunities; employees just considered a number and replaceable
    -strict no rehire policy
    -unstable company and in constant turmoil

    Overall, I'd suggest working at another company with better brand recognition, innovation and advancement in ideas (both about the workplace and the product). This is not the place to learn or grow in the CPG industry.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Shared Services Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shared Services Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Shared Services Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong core values, cost structure well managed, and iconic brands supports a culture of innovation. Upper leadership, lead by CEO, empowers employees to solve complex organizational challenges

    Cons

    Tremendous change appears to be difficult for more tenured team members, but substantial change leadership work underway to ensure we continue to innovate as a company

    Advice to Management

    Continue investments to improve the Route Sales Representative role (hours and pay)

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    Company was full of people that wanted you to succeed and overall good people to hang out with outside of work

    Cons

    Tough industry, I don't personally consider that a con but others did.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Stay far away"

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

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ...none

    Oh, probably the gas card. That's it.

    Cons

    -low pay
    -unrealistic benefits
    -unaffordable medical insurance
    -no incentive to sell
    -run your own vehicle into the ground with very poor compensation

    Advice to Management

    PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES MORE! Schwans will eventually be gone because they are on the bottom of the totem pole as far as pay and benefits. More vehicle compensation so we can take care of our vehicles that are required for this job. Find affordable insurance.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Long hours. Unprofessional management."

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Marion, IA
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Marion, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schwan's full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are decent. The employee discount is good. 40% ish off. Other than that... I can't think of anything.

    Cons

    They say 50 hours but it's really 60+. Managers work even more. The trucks break down all the time and the handheld computers rarely work right. GPS is terrible. If your truck breaks down you have to work Saturday and finish the route. They say you get holidays off but you have to make up the day the following weekend, so it's not really a day off. My management was unprofessional - constantly using profanity and sexual innuendo. One manager bragged about ignoring employee phone calls.

    I went to Schwans because I believed there were advancement opportunities. Six weeks later and I'm convinced Schwan's is a sinking ship. The company is losing money. Do yourself a favor and stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better company to work for.


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