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Odom Corporation Employer Reviews

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Constantly Challenging
Merchandiser (Current Employee), Spokane, WAMay 8, 2014
Pros: steady work, summer overtime, mileage pay, industry networking, possible advancement
Cons: weekends off for route leads only, occasionally very long hours
WORK
On a typical work day I wake up at about 5 a.m. to be at an account by 6-7. I get to an account with a product shipment (load), and check in with management at the store to coordinate the plan of action that day. Once we're on the same page, I'll walk the floor and write down a list of the product I need for primary and secondary locations of the – more... product- for example, the refrigerated beer area and a display next to the deli. I'll head to the back, and begin to downstack product that I need on to a u-boat or cart.
I practice proper rotation techniques by taking the oldest product that needs to be filled from the store's current inventory (backstock). When filling the shelf I also make sure to rotate product. Most of the beer brands have clear best by dates stamped on them, making the job easy. Others don't so they're rotated by package change and simply by always putting what's needed behind what's on the shelf. After filling the shelf, checking all of the secondary locations, taking out cardboard/garbage/pallets, I check out with management and head to the next account to repeat the process.
A stockout, where the shelves are filled with backstock will usually be thrown into a load day, and other days my route consist of only stockouts.

MY EXPERIENCE
Through this job I've acquired the ability to engage random strangers, coordinate with other people on a professional level, work long hours under the weight of heavy stress, and learn about the beverage/distributor/beer industry. I think that the independence of the job will contribute greatly to my resume.

MANAGEMENT

Management is certainly a mixed bag. Communication is occasionally lacking as it relates to brands we've lost of picked up, as well as whether or not overtime is allowed. The merchandising manager, who assigns routes and which store everyone is going to for every day of the week, can be inaccurate or unintentionally misleading- not surprising given that he manages 60-70 people and hundreds of stores, fields complaints from upper management, salesman, stores, and all of the merchandisers. More communication from upper management about overtime, brand changes, and opportunities would create more synergy between upper management and the troops on the ground.

CO-WORKERS
As it is with any job, co-workers range from pleasant and helpful to rude and insane. Many of the veterans are fantastic people and sources of information you can't get anywhere else. Some of the other merchandiser are lazy, some are hardworking. The salespeople are usually intense, as they have to hit certain numbers on their orders to make money.

HARD/ENJOYABLE

The hardest part of the job is dealing with occasionally long hours and store employees that can make your job more difficult. The most enjoyable part is getting exercise at work, as well as a constantly changing environment. – less
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Using work time Correctly
Sales Merchandiser (Current Employee), Juneau, AlaskaApril 28, 2014
Pros: good work enviroment and type of retail
Cons: customers demand of the products
A typical day at would consist of me rotating stock and checking dates. I have learned that everyday the effort that you put in your work shows the quality and how you were trained. I like working with a team because my coworkers are some of the best people I could work with. Having someone who is a team player, gets the job done and is willing to help – more... when it comes to the job. The best part of my job is knowing when I come to work I have a team that does it needs to be done to put the customer first. – less
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Fast paced distribution center of mainly alcohol beverages
Night Warehouse Manager (Former Employee), Anchorage, AKMarch 29, 2014
Pros: food budget and uniform budget for the crew, also was able to reward perks for the pickers with an accuracy rate over 99.90%
Cons: sometimes the shift could get really long when short people and big shipping night
The night started at 6pm and finished when the work was done. I had great support from my direct supervisor who was the Operations Manager. The hardest part of the job was getting everything coordinated and ready to go for the night. What I enjoyed most was the since of accomplishment at the end of every shift by getting everything out on time in a – more... safe, productive, and accurate manner. – less
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Terrible Company
Night Warehouse Worker (Current Employee), Fife, WAMarch 13, 2014
Cons: long hours and terrible management
Long hours and terrible management create a hostile work environment between shifts and management groups. Full of hollow promises and just flat out lies! Hours are long and you have really no time for family and friends until the weekend but by that time you don't want to do anything but rest. Lots of room for advancement because of high turn over – more... rate. Would not recommend this job to anyone. – less
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Fun atmosphere
Order puller/stocker/inventory/forklift (Former Employee), Walla Walla, WASeptember 8, 2013
Pros: free beverages
Cons: short breaks
A typical day started with getting every one set up to start picking the orders till all the orders were done. what i learned? Well my math skills improved. Management was awesome! Co workers were good some of them i don't think knew what it meant to work hard but that's Ok i still got along with them all. The hardest part of the job was trying to pick – more... up other co workers slack to get the orders done before the drivers need to head out to deliverers but we always got the job done. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing we had a long day ahead of us and knowing it was gonna be good on the paycheck. – less
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Great Employer
Merchandiser (Former Employee), Spokane, WAAugust 7, 2013
Pros: good pay
Cons: tough work
Fast paced fun workplace. My work changed day to day depending on what the customers needed. Early mornings however afternoon and nights off. I enjoyed meeting all of the different store associates.
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Family owned business, treats employees as such. Excellent place to work for
Manager (Former Employee), Fairbanks, AKJuly 4, 2013
Pros: very flexible work environment and excellent bennifits
Cons: cold in fairbanks location
Was able to advance my career. Training was always provided to better secure your position with the company. Co-workers were friendly and helpful. Management was stellar
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good paying job
Order puller/stocker/inventory/forklift (Former Employee), Walla Walla, WASeptember 10, 2012
Pros: made good money
Cons: really long hours
i liked working at odom cause my first job was warehouse work i like pulling orders, stocking shelfs using the forklift.

lolatodom – May 24, 2013

Odom is one of the worst companies to work for since SWS split from them. They change policies regarding pay rate all the time. They make you work from home without pay.(Merchandiser) You will end up doing the sales rep job at every location. And to top it off, if you do ever want to quit they give a bad reference to future employers. Even if you were good showed up every day and gave a two week notice. I would recommend avoiding them at all cost.