Not terrible. Not great. Not for everybody.
Route Service Merchandiser (Current Employee) – Lansing, MI – July 6, 2014
Working with Toy cranes and kiddie rides. You get a company vehicle and are expected to run your route according to the route schedule. You can adjust your route if you need to, but what management has on-hand better match what you're doing!
You would think it'd be a "nothing but fun" job, but it's not. Honestly, it's just a job. The pay is decent, but you also earn a percentage towards commission, it's a complicated system, so your work can directly reflect your paycheck.
Because of the industry, the pay is hit or miss. If the weather is bad for a month (snow/ice) people aren't out as much. If they aren't out as much, you're not making as much money. Summertime is obviously great, but it'll still fluctuate more than I'm okay with.
It's not a bad job, it's just not for me. I don't care for the management style throughout the company and absolutely can't stand the way the corporate level handles the policies. Example:
Floating Holidays. You are required to fill out a form and turn it in for every legal holiday. Then the office must fax over the copy to corporate. Let me repeat: you are REQUIRED to fill out a form, sign it, turn it in, fax it over to take the 4th of July off. Why not just give employees a paid holiday off? It's a tremendous waste of time and resources.
I do not enjoy my job. There is no focus on moral (which, having been in management in past jobs, I feel strongly about) and I'm working between 50-60 hours a week and still not getting everything done that I need to.
I'm also a volunteer firefighter and simply do not have the time to dedicate to my position with NEN. If you want to run a good route, you're going to want to spend some personal time to keep everything organized and well-planned. I, for one, do not have this time anymore. I did, before the firefighting started. Now it's just overwhelming and ready to move forward to a different job.
company vehicle, decent pay
takes too much personal time to run route effectively, don't care for management, too many hours needed to be effective.