Schwan's Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
251 Reviews

2.4
251 Reviews
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Dimitrios Smyrnios
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are still some good people within the organization (in 10 reviews)

  • My route had great customers, not all routes are that lucky (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Can be some long hours, because your customers have to be home for you to make a sale (in 36 reviews)

  • upper management cares about numbers not the person (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I loved working for this company

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    Former Employee - Location General Manager  in  Sanford, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Location General Manager in Sanford, FL (US)

    I worked at Schwan's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    opportunity for advance is good,

    Cons

    The hours are long and recognition is sometime lagging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize those that are doing a great job in the field

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Flexible work environment in the corporate office but little to no opportunity for advancement.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and has a laid back atmosphere. My work-life balance is very good.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very political and if you would like to advance in your career you pretty much need to switch companies to make that happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employee's have more of a voice.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dead end for the commissioned salesman

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    Former Employee - Customer Sales Representative  in  Phila, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Sales Representative in Phila, PA (US)

    I worked at Schwan's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pros are gone, get out while the getting is good

    Cons

    Capped earnings in a 100% commission structure is a joke! expenses are watched by big brother and management can't make up there minds what the plan is. Aside from that, it was nirvana.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the outsiders and get back to basics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Schwans RSR

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    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative, Schwans  in  Weatherford, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative, Schwans in Weatherford, OK (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved the customers. You become friends and almost like family. Senior drivers were friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Long hours. Hard on family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove metrics from drivers that are high earners.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Transforming and willing to challenge old school thinking - setting up for sustainable growth and a strong future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Able to make an impact, lots of transparency, great brands, addressing culture, ability to move fast

    Cons

    Change is hard any time and some people only see the negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve diversity - MN company with opportunity to have more diverse talent. Continue to make the tough decisions and share why you are doing so. Recognize who is on board and who isn't - at all levels. Empower decision making at lowest level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    need to change

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    Former Employee - TSL
    Former Employee - TSL

    I worked at Schwan's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    left alone to make decisions. great employees. great discount on food

    Cons

    do not like new ideas or changes, pay is low for the hours worked. need equipment upgrades,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees as your most valuable asset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Territory sales leader

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Leader
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Leader

    I worked at Schwan's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cheaper food and decent salary.

    Cons

    Long hours, turn over, not a lot of room for advancement past the TSL position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people from the outside who have no clue, you have plenty of talent within your current ranks. A piece of paper doesn't make you a great leader, hard work, a great work ethic and the respect of your people do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It was an OK job ,very repetitive. Most coworkers were cooperative ,some took advantage of the more productive workers

    Former Employee - Inserter  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Inserter in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Schwan's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The early hours for dayshift. Sometime you could get the opportunity to perform different jobs .Most coworkers were helpful and cooperative.

    Cons

    Line leaders weren't very cooperative in training employees and seemed intimidated by anyone who might have a chance to be trained to do their job .Human Resource department ,not helpful and would try to intimidate certain employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Vacation Pay

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    Current Employee - Schwans RSR  in  Springfield, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Schwans RSR in Springfield, IL (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best thing about this job is my customers

    Cons

    Im not sure how this company expects someone to fill in on a route, and come close to what the rsr assigned to route can do. but they incorporated that into our vacation pay. This company use to be fair, this is by no means fair. Someone filling in on a route usually does about half the sales of assigned rsr. that % into your vacation pay realy hurts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you want to be hands on

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people and strong brands. There are many talented people that come to work for Schwan's, and for the most part it is a family atmosphere. Hard work pays off, and there are opportunities to obtain experience working with many different business functions.

    Cons

    Too much change in strategy and people. Most employees and senior management haven't been with the company for more than 1-2 years. Turnover has been something that has prevented the company from moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing strategy so frequently and focus more on executing the fundamentals. Until execution is improved, it does not matter what strategies are in place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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