Route salesman, Durham Coca Cola - July 22, 2013
Worked At Durham Coca-Cola for a few yrs. Mostly good people to work for and you can make some great friends. Some management seems to be worried about themselves and their job security more than the company in whole. The rest are great people and bend over backwards to help. Injuries with route people are common and don't ever get hurt on your own time. They have many policies to keep employees from working till 100% better and then others to terminate you the day your FMLA/ disability runs out if not able to return yet. Reason stated is because you have not returned to work but first policy prevents you from doing that under anything but full duty.You could be there 30yrs and you get dropped like a rock like you never existed.You can be rehired but at new employee status with no consideration for past work history with them and loss of all accrued benefits. Happened to more people in just the last few yrs. Workmans Comp protects those with on the job injuries though. Hard to advance up the chain so its a better stepping stone job than career or retirement job prospect for a route person. Company bottles and puts out great product though for the public. Being a privately owned bottler they have less money for more employee benefits and newer equipment upgrades for daily operations like trucks and vending machines. They have quite a few work areas you could get involved with and that's a plus to learn different things. Good physical job for young people to start in but not so much for the older folks with all the lifting and moving of drinks in route level.