Assistant manager (Former Employee), Kent, WA – February 26, 2012
I enjoyed working for Dominos they had a great health care plan and a good support system for a new manager. I only left because the store I worked in was sold to a franchisee who didn't offer health care to assistants or thier families.
Route Sales Representative (Former Employee), San Antonio, FL – March 3, 2014
Cons: long hours, no quality of life, low pay as compared to what you put into the job
Anyone applying for this job should be fore warned about this company. The compensation that they're posting for this is grossly exaggerated. To make the $50,000/yr, your route has to have an average of $1,300 in sales per day or $6,500 a week in sales. It's not impossible, but it's extremely difficult to achieve. I had my route up to $1,150 per day – more... when I left the company. Let me tell you what you're going to have to contend with: For one, they have the worst sales training program I have ever seen. Two the handheld computers that they give you out in the field don't work half the time and you end up having to reboot the thing about 8-10 times daily. Third, the route manifests they give you have you running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. When I was running my route, I kept a route book, It would have all my customer's names with cards and they would be in order of when I would service them. The route manifests on the other hand will never have you running the route the same way, EVER!!! Fourth, we have a customer contact center which is a 3rd party company that we contracted to handle customer service. I can't tell you how much business I lost off my route as a result of these knuckleheads!!! The customer service is poor, and they often times tell customer things that are absolutely not true, i.e, I pulled up to a customer's house, and she came out and said "thank God you're here!!!" and I said "why wouldn't I be here?" and she proceeded to tell me how our "customer service" said unless she pre-ordered no one would be stopping by. And last but DEFINETELY NOT LEAST!!! They give you absolutely NO INCENTIVE for hitting your sales plan!! Yet they ride your butt for not hitting it, and when you do hit it, it gets shrugged off by the sales manager. Take my word for it, if you don't really build your route to that $1,300/day average, the realistic salary is going to REALLY be $26 - 30,000/year. If you end up landing the position, don't be the least bit surprised if the sales manager pushes you around and treats you like a dog if you don't perform right out of the gate, I've seen it happen to people. I'm doing you a favor by telling you EXACTLY what to expect from this company, if you're smart, you'll steer clear of this company. – less
GreatFalls, MT-driver/salesperson (Former Employee), Great Falls, MT – February 28, 2014
Pros: with commission sales i made more in one month every month than i normally made in three otherwise.
Cons: there was pretty good medical coverage, that i never had time to use.
Schwans is a good company except for a couple things. you cannot have a life other than the job. There is room for nothing else and with working fifteen hours a day its hard to do anything else, like relax, or even sleep. I gained a good reputation so while working for Schwans, I was frequently sent out of town to the Conrad depot to do good work there. – more... All the while I was worked to the bone, and there was no time to recuperate. – less
Route Sale Rep (Former Employee), Poway, CA – December 10, 2013
Pros: great customers and no micro managing.
Cons: extreamly long working hours. 60+
I enjoyed my time at Schwans for the most part. I loved my Mgr and co-workers. If it were not for the Regional Manager, things wouldn't have gone to sh**, but thats what happens when you have a boss who has never done your job before.
Territory Sales Leader/General Manager (Current Employee), Des Moines/Sioux City – October 7, 2013
Cons: long long hours
I believe Schwans was once a very great place to work but with recent changes it has resulted in no work life balance. I have on many occasions worked 18hour days back to back for a long period of time. I am a very dedicated individual but no one can continue to work those hours and be expected to drive a truck safely.
Cons: work life balance is not available on a daily basis. in the company the job comes first
Albeit successful at Schwans in my job role since starting, the cons out way any pros. The biggest challenge is Work Life Balance. There is not a typical day in my current role. There are days when I perform only my managerial duties and assist my direct reports, but more times then not I am performing both their job and mine. I have learned that my – more... ability to understand the daily challenges that my reports go thru have made me successful. My direct manager is extremely supportive and a great asset to Schwans, but this is the only job opportunity for advancement in my position – less
Schwans was a great company to work for however the hours are really long. I was away from my family a average of 10 - 14 hours a day plus the drive time between my home and the depot. The money is there to be made. If I was a single person with no children it would have been a great place to work. However this job placed way to much stress on my family – more... life plus with the stress of the job it can be hectic. – less
Customer Service Manager (Former Employee), Cortland, NY – July 18, 2013
Pros: worked alone, build relationships with customers
Cons: no breaks, long hours
meeting every morning from 8 to 9 then go out on routes to deliver products to customers. The best part about the job was the relationship with the customers. The worst part about the job was the hours
Pros: you are able to work at your own pace most of the time.
Cons: long hours, you have to push for sales and you can't be kind.
Start work about9 am. Try and make sales and not miss any customers. I learned that it is on ok job for a person that is a salesman. I also learned that others in sales will stab you in the back if given a chance.
Military type environment. My success was due to work ethic, experience in route building, product knowledge, organizational skills and time management. I learned there are better ways to earn a living. Hardly any time to talk to co-workers. Consumed you 14+ hours a day. Customer satisfaction
No help, depot manager is more concerned about himself
Route Sales Manager (Former Employee), Central Point/Klamath Falls – June 13, 2013
Pros: most of the co-workers were good to work with. 1 of them is a thief.
Cons: long hours, terrible management, no support
Was hired to work the routes in Klamath Falls, when hired the Depot Manager told me he would help me get the routews re-established, never lifted a finger to help me in 6 months time. During that time he did hire several new Route Rep's who'se job was to go and help build up the routes that needed assistance. They never were sent to help me.
Route Sales Manager (Former Employee), North Carolina – April 3, 2013
Pros: great product!
Cons: lousy pay, long hours, astronomical quota expectations
Although the products are great, the company works their employees like modern day slaves. I heard all of the promises in the world when I was hired. My father worked for the company for about 7 years back in the 90's when the company was much more desirable to work for. The job itself is easy if you can manage 4 hours of sleep a night between shifts – more... and have no life to speak of outside of Schwans. It is now a typical corporate greed managed company with very little incentive for employees (unless you run a chairman's club route). I considered myself to be a good salesman. The problem with building a route to chairman's club status is that in order to effectively increase sales, the salesman MUST be able to run the route as HE/SHE sees fit. NO ONE knows the customers better than the salesperson! Corporate Schwans however, believes that computerized route sales prediction software is smarter than any human capable of selling product. I had my routes growing to $1000-$1100 daily average from $400-$700 inside 6 months of my hire date. I was definitely making my mark in the depot when corporate decided to start this new software that completely re-organized my route. Now I was forced to run my route by what the computer said and would be reprimanded if I changed anything. I lost probably 25% of my customer base thanks to this poor choice. Within 3 years of employment I saw many changes within the company. I saw many sales reps come and go because they lucked up and found a better job faster than I. Anyone who has worked for Schwans longer than 3 months is considered veteran, and that my friend, is very sad. If you enjoy working 70-80 hours a week for less than minimum wage Schwans will welcome you with arms wide open. – less
Route Sales Representative (Former Employee), Clare, MI – December 12, 2012
Pros: you can make as much as you want, you get out of it what you put into it, you meet lots of different people and make some great friends out of it.
Cons: the hours are long and leave very little time for family or getting personal yhings done.
This can be a great career so some one who is single with no kids or an empty nester. The hours are very long. I saw my family for a few minutes every morning while we all got ready for the day and that was it except for weekends. I averaged around 90 stops per day. the goal is to have a buying percentage of 50% per day. I averaged between $1500 - $1600 – more... in sales per day. You can make as much as you want at schwans. The harder you work the more you can make. I made some very good friends in my five years. You become part of the family when you see the same people every two weeks. – less