Schwan's

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Schwan's Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
300 Reviews
2.4
300 Reviews
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Dimitrios Smyrnios
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Good Benefits, if you can get passed the deductibles (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Some long hours on occasion and must work weekends or days off to cover for holidays (in 59 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    No direction

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    Former Employee - New Customer Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - New Customer Sales Specialist

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

    Pros

    Training was wonderful. Lots of freedom to tailor the position to your strengths. Great product to sell, but the delivery service needs updating to meet needs of younger consumer that want more instant gratification.

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals with no direct path to meet them. Useless, time consuming conference calls. Outdated in several ways and needs to be brought up to speed if they want to remain successful. Expectations constantly changing. New program so there is no clear cut way to do anything. More company standard marketing materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all igniters on the same page. Allow igniter to igniter communication between regional groups, so they can share what is working for them. When coming from sales managers perspective on conference calls, it doesn't carry as much weight. More event booking done by management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never a dull moment

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible fun everyday is always different. Meet new people. Sell a great product and a great service. Feel good about what you are selling

    Cons

    Micro Management High Pressure Minimal Opportunities to develop sales skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok company but has gone downhill

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    Former Employee - Recruiter  in  Marshall, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Marshall, MN (US)

    I worked at Schwan's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Great Heritage
    -Environment
    -Career Advancement
    -Strong technology department

    Cons

    - Low pay compared to work completed
    - Cliquey environment
    - Constant changes without thinking long term

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Failing Business Model

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schwan's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    An opportunity to dictate your own compensation at a route sales level. Gives the "owner mentality" individuals all the tools to be successful. A certain amount of autonomy exists at the manager level which could be beneficial to the self motivated.

    Cons

    Compensation at the sales management level is significantly below standard for the amount of personal time and energy investment needed to be successful as a manager. Lack of work/life balance in all field sales levels is abysmal. Internal promotability has a focus shift to external hires. It has become easier to attain management levels as an external candidate than as an internal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With an extended operation it makes sense to consider shift management. AM/PM leaders with 8 hour shifts and fair pay would do a better job of ensuring productivity. Each depot should have at a minimum (2) sales managers and (1) operations manager. This would also eliminate the 24/7 on duty livelihood that currently exists with sales managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Saving money by cutting jobs. Currently lacks loyalty to long term employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong brand, humble beginnings. Lots of amazing work with the communities in which we live and operate. Lots of opportunities to change jobs.

    Cons

    Supervisors and plant management spread to thin. Lofty expectations for a modest salary. Far too much saving money vs producing more goods and earning more money while maintaining spend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the people that changes affect most. Too many changes made from an office without understanding the impact on the front lines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    decent company to work for but the hours are long..12 hrs a day

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    decent pay but you are a salaried position so you dont get paid for the overtime

    Cons

    long days and too much turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compact some routes and help the struggling routes like you helped others

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall, bonus - HA!

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    Current Employee - LGM
    Current Employee - LGM

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

    Pros

    Teamwork is great, depending on the RVP and the DSL - for sure- the push for greatness is always there., Goals are easily defined and stated clearly, however they do tend to change ( often), Quality of food - Pride.

    Cons

    Bonus structure leaves little to drive for as a manager, tied to the district and then the corporation so those that don't give a crap weigh down everyone and "steal" the bonuses from those that are busting tail.
    Company let's managers have less and less control of their own business and steal creativity from locations. Accountability from all team members- not there quick enough. Top heavy corporation - puts more strain on the field - for little to no reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more tangible rewards- weekend trips for meeting goals, plaques, recognition from the Corporate heads. Share successes with the team, seems all we hear is not doing enough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    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

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