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Topco Associates Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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Topco Associates President & CEO Randall J. Skoda
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Pros
  • Work life balance better than most companies (in 9 reviews)

  • Great business model which can be very profitable (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • My personal experience with upper management in my department has need less than favorable (in 7 reviews)

  • Unusual/unique industry and business model (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Category/Sourcing Roles"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very competitive base salaries; regularly pay out at or near 100% on bonuses; trying to improve culture and reputation

    Cons

    Low bonus % relative to comparable positions at other companies; higher benefit costs vs. similar roles at other companies; no vesting in 401k until 2 years of employment have been completed; business model makes it difficult to achieve goals, individudal cooperative members often make it difficult to do what's best for the entire cooperative

    Advice to Management

    Work on cost of benefits and a more progressive workplace environment to attract and retain talent long term, especially young talent to sustain the company. Also be more realistic about the time needed to implement processes and strategies and do more thorough preparation; understand what it will truly take to get things right the first time vs. moving forward asap and causing a lot of unnecessary work to fix issues that could have been prevented.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Project manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance better than most companies

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    recognize high achievers and provide equal to greater than national average salaries


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Take the good with the bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Topco Associates (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, decent salary, good work/life balance. Location is good and the building is well maintained. Topco has an excellent QA team and while I no longer work there, I will support their brands.

    Cons

    In my last years there, there were a lot of political "battles" and it greatly affected morale and project progress. Many good hard-working people left the company

    Advice to Management

    I hope the rough seas settled and that Topco experienced have settled. Value the good hard working people and get rid of those who block change and progress.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Learn and move on"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The indirect sourcing branch is an incredible place to develop and refine your strategic sourcing skill set. Great business model which can be very profitable. Well-respected company name on your resume. Also met a lot of smart, friendly people.

    Cons

    The politics and personal connections stuff is so thick in the atmosphere you will basically choke on it. If you work hard and kiss up, you will get promoted. If you just work hard, you will be thanked but your career will go nowhere. Top management is running the show how they want to, which is good for them, but not necessarily for everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Act as leaders and treat all employees equitably.


  6. "Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Topco Associates as a contractor

    Pros

    They Pay Freelancers very well

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say

    Advice to Management

    Review your top management (VP qualifications)


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sr Category Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time

    Pros

    Nice peers, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Management prioritize guys for leadership positions. Typical boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Look at turnover... There is a reason as to why people are leaving left and right in the indirect division.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Disappointing Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people that work here are amazing. I made a number of close friends working here. You get exposed to many different suppliers and retailers, a very small number of which are great to work with. The work environment is generally relaxed; hardly anyone is micromanaged.

    Cons

    The politics are absolutely vicious. The favoritism is out of control. Senior Managers can and will throw you under the bus whenever they please. If you're not politically aligned, you will never advance in the company.

    Advice to Management

    There are a whole host of things (and people) to evaluate and be critical of that extend far beyond what is currently measured by the company's revered "metrics."


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Small company in the right direction"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Topco Associates as a contractor

    Pros

    Management is heading in the right direction

    Cons

    The company is small, and has a hard time growing to match the times

    Advice to Management

    Look to grow and be proactive in integrated up to date technology


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Kenosha, WI
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Kenosha, WI
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Topco Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment for the most part

    Cons

    No initial training when you first start. Sink or swim mentality.


  11. "Sourcing professional"

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

    I worked at Topco Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, interesting and challenging work, pay is standard with good bonus, lots of work gatherings/parties, 8-5 job

    Cons

    Small size too much office gossip, stagnant professional growth, promotions not based on merit but on politics



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