Baker Distributing

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Baker Distributing Reviews

Updated 12 November 2014
Updated 12 November 2014
12 Reviews
2.3
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Caring company culture, overall loved it, but low pay

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I worked at Baker Distributing full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Leadership cares about employees
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Low pay
    Hardly any advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit compensation plans per industry, market and company size standards.
    Develop career paths with clear goals for employees on how to achieve the next step in their careers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Old Boy Network still lives in this Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I worked at Baker Distributing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Close to home, free coffee, clean office. Co workers friendly.

    Cons

    Managers I didn't expects to be best buds with, but I expected them to be impartial. Not! Medical plan didn't cover much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Based on the recent reviews Glad to see in the time I've been gone things haven't changed. In over 5 years never got a word or praise only told when things went wrong. No reviews were given in the years of wage freeze because if there is no raise available there is no reason to tell you if we like how you do your job. Wonderful answer from my manager. Should have left sooner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    it was fun

    Current Employee - Warehouse Assistant in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Assistant in Richmond, VA (US)

    I have been working at Baker Distributing part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    it is a team oriented work place

    Cons

    it is hard to get a raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give a better raise please

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    Horrible company to work for. All they are worried about are the stockholders and numbers.

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    Former Employee - COUNTER SALES
    Former Employee - COUNTER SALES

    I worked at Baker Distributing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Monday - Friday 8-5
    Some benefits, vacation, 401K available, inside the A/C, most of the time, counter sales commission available if you fight for it.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Constant favoritism from upper management. Constant pressure for sales, sales, sales. Threats of losing job if certain "numbers" or budget are not met. Too many upper management positions (VP of Profitability ? Come on) Positions filled by "friends" of upper management. They are getting rid of, firing, repositioning, forcing out long time (20+ years) employees. They want to get rid of them because long timers had 4 week vacation and 6 sick days, and are getting paid, pretty well. Halfway long timers, like myself, had 3 weeks and 6 sick days, now, your max is 2 weeks. On top of that, are hiring new people, with no field experience, and no or very little whole sale experience, to fill positions, as opposed to hiring from within to avoid paying a decent salary. Basically, they hire a 25 year old, with no HVAC field experience and very little skills to fill a manager position because he'll do it for half the salary of a qualified person. I have personally witnessed, as have other employees and customers, the manager at the branch where I was employed belittle, use profanity, make sexist remarks to a female employee, make age related remarks to an older employee, use money out of the cash drawer and replace it with his own money at the end of the week or when an auditor would come in. I saw the manager ask another employee (his personal friend) to borrow some cash to replenish the cash drawer because an auditor was coming. I have seen this manager come in an hour to two hours late EVERY DAY. He has come in hungover, numerous times. This manager has been reported to HR at least 4 times, 3 times by employees at 2 different branches, and at least once by a customer. On one occasion, the complainant was actually retaliated against and written up by the zone manager for "poking the bear", as he put it. On 2 occasions, the reporting got right back to the manager about whom the report was made. HR relayed the complaint to the zone manager, who went and relayed it right to the manager. I, myself, had never filed a complaint because it's obviously a "good ol' boys club" in business attire. I jumped ship at the first opportunity that I saw. There is so much more that I could say, but have neither the time nor space to write about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring and firing employees for no reason. There is no stability as an employee at Baker. Get rid of all of the useless positions, such as VP of Profitability, in corporate and focus on the employees at store level that actually do work and not just send endless e-mails all day long pushing for more, more, more. Get rid of the cheer leader, Mike Hall. He's useless. Get rid of the EBIT system. Maybe focus a little more on employee issues and customer service, and not the shareholders. Stop making empty promises to current valuable employees, just to turn around and stability them in the back. Too much to list. Overall horrible company to work for. If I could give it a "0", I would.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Dirty Company

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Baker Distributing full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a job, but thats all

    Cons

    Way too many VP's! Local management has absolutely NO team leadership! NO Training, pay is below industry average, corp office changes commission structure in the middle of a commission period and takes your commission away when you think you have made one. Poor inventory. No opportunity to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some leadership and training. Maybe try to communicate with your sales team. Don't talk bad about your employees behind their backs. Have some moral values. Try to be decent human beings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Going,Going,Goooooooone

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    Former Employee - Service Center Manager
    Former Employee - Service Center Manager

    I worked at Baker Distributing full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's was a job.......It used to be much better people actually came into work smiling

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians. This company is prime example of what happens when Wall Street meets contractors. Contractors could care less whether your traded on the stock market or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your experienced guys not your book smart people. Get rid of ALL of the VP Friends Club in Jacksonville and put people that have field experince in those positions. Remember having a degree does not mean your smarter it just means you completed courses Management in Jacksonville has done some people dirty i.e. firing managers that was blamed for sales but had no outside salesperson and very little help inside. They hold back the manager then blame it on Watsco when you complain to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I Use to love working Baker, not so much now.

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    Current Employee - COUNTER SALES
    Current Employee - COUNTER SALES

    I have been working at Baker Distributing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are OK.

    Cons

    They are turning the company in to telemarketers, and we know how much people like telemarketers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are sick of sales, sales , sales everyday. Customers do not want us calling them everyday with new specials. We do work in the Hvac/r business and people don't have time to answer calls from us everyday. Focus more on employee development.

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

    Baker Dist. is a good HVAC wholesale supply house that has branches and sister companies all over the country.

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Baker Distributing full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have enjoyed the freedom of my outside sales position in the Atlanta market. And I really enjoy the people I work with.

    Cons

    At times it feels like Baker is just too big. It can take a long time to get things done. There are too many VP's in the corporate office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I in joyed working for this company!!

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    Former Employee - COUNTER SALES in Tulare, CA (US)
    Former Employee - COUNTER SALES in Tulare, CA (US)

    I worked at Baker Distributing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    made lots of friends' enter acting with the tech. and customers..

    Cons

    double check your manager back ground! I know I would be still working for this company!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to drug test your manager

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very few advancement opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baker Distributing full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially strong corporation, with a long history in their business segment.

    Cons

    Pay below average with other companies in the industry.
    Too much focus on bottom line vs. employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to provide recognition to outstanding employees and foster involvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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