Schwan's

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Schwan's Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
341 Reviews
2.5
341 Reviews
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Dimitrios Smyrnios
48 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • My route had great customers, not all routes are that lucky (in 16 reviews)

  • The company has a new CEO and is making a push for a better work/life balance, i (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Some long hours on occasion and must work weekends or days off to cover for holidays (in 63 reviews)

  • It takes every bit of 12 - 14 hours to get over the bottom of the line commision hump (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Route Sales Representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative, Schwans in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative, Schwans in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Pros

    Salary + commission tied to your personal effort. Option to work 4 or 5 days after you have routes. To a degree the product sells itself, so if you provide friendly and steady service and use simple suggestive selling techniques, you should do quite well. Great entry level sales opportunity.

    Cons

    Hours can be excessive if you're not a self starter.Equipment is outdated and in short supply in many instances. Management is a mixed bag. The good ones came up through the company. The bad ones generally didn't, although there are exceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within if you want the lower level management to actually lead the warehouse and sales floor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Driver Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schwan's

    Pros

    Cool people U meet

    Cons

    Poor upper mgmt no people skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and care about the customers more

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of discord but still potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Marshall, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Marshall, MN (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedule and good work life balance. New leadership seems sincere and strategy is simple enough. Good products, with a focus on quality and starting to weed out the management that is unwilling to adapt to change. Everyone is nice enough but definitely some small town click stuff in some departments.

    Cons

    Really low pay for the industry and the cost of living in Marshall. This appears to be systemic throughout the organization and seems to be a reason they can't keep talent. A lot of discord and with holding of information across functional areas of the business that makes it difficult to get your job done. Lack of discipline and direction in how businesses should run creates unnecessary stress if you are someone who takes pride in your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix pay structure and invest in marketing and advertising. Stay the course, you have a good plan, it just needs to be fine tuned and executed. Need to keep working on career path planning; a new tracking system for succession planning is not the same as actual opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    RSR in Bowling Green

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Bowling Green, KY (US)
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Bowling Green, KY (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Pros

    meet with customers every day and develop a relationship with each one (over 400 currently).
    work with other guys who share the same goals each day. a fun way to meet lots of new people.

    Cons

    14 hr. days. Some days you make less money than others. work outside in the elements. Hot days in the summer and cold days with some snow in the winter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I like my job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Relief Driver in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Route Relief Driver in Cleveland, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    I like the flexibility of not having bosses watch my every move. I like how what I do varies from day to day

    Cons

    Some early mornings and hard work. It can be hard to learn all the different routes for when you cover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are paying commission, trust the people you hire to sell enough so that you don't have to send out scripted orders. If they aren't doing enough, pay higher commission rates so they have more incentive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    ehhhh

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    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Pros

    decnt pay decent boss good trucks

    Cons

    to many hours not enough pay IMO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, and no guarantee of good route and pay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Running routes you have some freedom of not having supervision right over your shoulder. Good insurance and benefits.

    Cons

    Long, long hours for sometimes less than minimum wage some days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to fix pay structure for route drivers. New drivers won't stick around for minimum wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Decent Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schwan's

    Pros

    Depending on your Supervisor, work life balance is average. Can work remotely if life happens, Benefits are average and co workers are willing to help coach you.

    Cons

    As exempt employee, you are expected to put in unlimited hours if you want recognized for your work. You can do excellent work in your 40 but not get recognized

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    VERY unpredictable , ever changing , unstable , unethical , non family friendly company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Florence, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Florence, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Paid weekly, 1 week vacation after 6 months, another week vacation after a year

    Cons

    very limited training given, language barrier between employees, days and hours of work schedule subject to change at ANY time- 10 hr, 12 hr work days 6 days a week, small raises. HR department is a joke, constant management change, company policies are not enforced the same for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more gratitude to long time loyal employees, put people first , better balance between work and family

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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