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Voortman Cookies Route Sales Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Hopeful for change"

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    Current Employee - Route Sales in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Voortman Cookies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New owners so we hope they will run the company as needed to improve sales. Cookies are good and they deliver to distributors. Have extended product payment requirements and enabled us to carry more product so we don't run out.

    Cons

    No store ads. No payment for ends or space in stores. Current local managers for the most part are a joke. No real effort to get into stores we do not service and managers will not spend the time to increase sales by going into these accounts. Increasing our inventory will increase sales slightly but not significantly. Charge you for displays!!! Cannot have real route people buy routes because they actually limit what you sell a route for to just 4 times!

    Advice to Management

    They need local ads, coupons, pay for space and have managers approach all of the accounts we do not service if they want to see big increases. Fix route pricing to improve to attract better people. Free displays? Put GPS systems in your vans that managers and regional managers drive to keep track of what they do. You will be surprised at how much time they actually work.


  2. "Not enough support"

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Pensacola, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Voortman Cookies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Independent... no one breathing down your neck everyday.

    Cons

    no credit for stales... have to buy your own displays.

    Advice to Management

    give $1 off coupons to help distributors move through close dated merchandise. pay walmart to have 4 ft. wooden racks placed in all there stores.

  3. "dont recommend anybody working for voortman cookies"

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    Former Freelancer - Route Sales Independent Distributor in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Freelancer - Route Sales Independent Distributor in Fayetteville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Voortman Cookies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    you work independently work your own hours and days management does not get on your back

    Cons

    you only make 16% commission minus your stales limited shelf space in stores no support from management nor company your stales average 15 - 25 % weekly no advertising or coupons to support product high turnover rate with distributors no equity in your routes average sales of routes are between $1,000 - $5,000 minus the stales the new distributors pick up which end up you owing the company. right now their is 50 - 60 vacant or open routes in the USA you cant make a living bringing home $200 - $300 a week in commission after expenses and credits. management deceive and lie to prospective distributors and pad sale figures

    Advice to Management

    replace all regional and district managers they are lazy they lie and most doesn't have much experience as a manager


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Love being my own boss! Illinois"

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    Current Employee - Route Sales in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Schaumburg, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Voortman Cookies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Make your own hours and rarely work Saturdays. I work 4,days a week, approx 35 hours a week, and take home $800 a week after expenses. It's not a fortune, but pays the bill. Sure you can make more delivering pepperidge, but not until your 200k plus loan is paid off!

    Cons

    We don't have the name recognition like pepperidge or nabisco. Or featured in newspaper ads. Great products!

    Advice to Management

    Just that we need to start advertising more in grocery store ads to get out name out there.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible experience"

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    Current Employee - Route Sales in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - You're not confined to an office cubicle
    - Building and maintaining relationships with grocery managers and store owners is very rewarding
    - Shoppers can be very appreciative of the work and time put into setting up displays, offering choice product, keeping product in stock and maintaining a clean and organized retail space throughout the store
    - Working for a company that is a leader in terms of wafers and NSA/SF cookies
    - Key account nation-wide promotions

    Cons

    There are several "cons" in which pertain to the job itself, and several in which pertain to working for this company.
    Job itself:
    - Receiving issues (working around receiving hours, dealing with malfunctions in computer managed inventory systems, waiting for transport trucks, change from DSD to Central, etc.)
    - Long travel times
    - Being a part of the retail industry (being subject to a "guarantee sales" philosophy, having allotted space replaced by better products, etc.)
    Company Issues:
    - The managers dance around many questions in which you poise, omitting information while not being upfront in their responses
    - Many managers portray a bad image. Many use fowl language when dealing with store personal, are unpleasant, smoke in front of the store, act like they run the store, are uneducated and correspond using emails that are so poorly written you need to read them twice to take something away from them
    - This company will take money from their distributors for anything and everything you can possibly think of

    Advice to Management

    1. Hire skilled managers who are educated, implore sufficient interpersonal skills and a genuine care for the product and their job in general
    2. Be upfront with your employees. Don't like to our faces. Have some ethics!
    3. Foot some of the bill. A partial gas allowance would be more than appreciated. Full display coverage is not too much to ask

    Voortman Cookies Response

    Jan 4, 2016 – Representative

    Thank you for your response and sharing your opinion.
    Voortman’s has a large distribution network of almost 500 distributors. We pride ourselves in hiring most managers from the DSD network itself... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "job is what you make it"

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    Former Employee - Route Sales
    Former Employee - Route Sales
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    selling cookies to grocery stores is not hard. build relationships with mgrs and make some $ not long hours , good pay

    Cons

    early hours. no nights weekends or holidays. independent contractors so no benefits but can take time off when you desire

    Advice to Management

    higher commision