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Low Pay LONG hours
Driver/Route Sales Manager (Former Employee), Lima, OHApril 28, 2014
low paying job and your expected to work 14 hours a day
The customers are great
management works 4 hours a day
co-workers are great
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Good Job if your single.
Route Sales Representative (Former Employee), Marshall, MNApril 24, 2014
Pros: meeting new people
Cons: hours, pay
Schwans is a good company if you are young and single. The hours are not the best if you have a family.
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Long hours
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee), Byesville, OHApril 20, 2014
Very long days so not much of a career for a person with a family.
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Really long hours
Route Sales Representative (Former Employee), O'Fallon, MOApril 16, 2014
The place was fun, liked that I didn't have anyone breathing down my back. The hours that you had to put in were crazy.
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challenging but rewarding
Facility Supervisor (Former Employee), Newport news vaApril 10, 2014
Management was great a little demanding at times but overall great
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Bad management No structure
Delivery Driver (Current Employee), Richardson, TXApril 10, 2014
Pros: getting off early
Cons: salary, benefits below average, no structure, no communication, very hard for minority to move up/ racist company
Bad management, no communication, no advancement, bad equipment, trucks always breaking down and idea lease doesn't fix them properly. No unity among the sales reps and drivers. Their always asking how can we help and still no changes made to benefit both sides. The only great about this job is getting to work early and getting off early, only if your – more... truck doesn't break down and now your waiting 3 hrs for a town truck – less
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Good place to work
Sales/Driver (Former Employee), NVApril 8, 2014
Long hours good pay. Great people in communities. Good food at fair prices.
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Not organized
New Customer Sales Specialist (Current Employee), ChicagolandApril 7, 2014
Pros: work from home
Cons: leadership
This is a great company with a great product! The position I held was new and management continued to change the position guidelines and expectations.
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Busy but rewarding
Sales Representative (Former Employee), Carlisle, PaApril 3, 2014
Pros: being on your own
Cons: worked every day
Typical day was servicing an average of about 8 to 10 stores.
I learned that as long as you did your job. It rewarded you.
Co-workers were easy to work with. Hardest part of the job is that we pretty much worked every day. Every day you met new people,
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challenging
Depot Sales Trainer/Route Sales Rep (Current Employee), Mount Pleasant, TXMarch 29, 2014
Cons: small base salary if you meet 3 tiers of criteria, plus commision which is % of average of daily sales
long hours and hard on family life. 12-14 hours a day. lots of driving
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Schwan's is a great place to work, it very steady easy work, just not enough hours .
Material Handler (Current Employee), longview, TXMarch 26, 2014
I go in to work about 9pm, two or three nights a week, get the load sheets, suit up for the freezer, go in pull the product off the shelves needed for the order. Keep the shelves stocked with product, come out of freezer, count the product so that we make sure we have everything on the order. Then we load the trucks. Once a week we have a semi that – more... delivers product that we unload and put the product on the shelves in the freezer. I've learned that the freezer and trucks must stay at -degrees in order for the product to stay froze.Our management at the depot is really great. Anything you ask them they try to get anything you need for your job, or if your having trouble or needing something done about your check, insurance, or anything else they try to get it fixed for you as soon as possible. My co-workers are awesome, they do anything for me if there is something I needed help with. We work really great as a team, all pitching in to help one another. The hardest part of my job is being the one unlocking the freezer and going in first and the cold air blows on me. The most enjoyable time is telling stories of our weekends or back when we were younger. – less
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wonderful place to work
Maintenance Engineer (Former Employee), Deer Park, TXMarch 25, 2014
make sure all refrigeration techs are doing their job

all employees were like friends, everyone got along great

plant closed
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Good co-workers
Administrative Specialist (Former Employee), Tupelo, MSMarch 19, 2014
Pros: i was employed, good supervisor, good wages
Cons: no opportunity for advancement
A typical day for me consisted of screening job applicants, discussing/explaining the job the details of the open positions. Occassionally I would listen to unhappy customers vent and try to resolve their issue with their delivery person or product. Once a week I ran sales reports. Once a year I planned, organized their annual awards banquet. I worked – more... in a nice office by myself most of the time. My supervisor was the regional sales manager so he was gone most of the time visiting other locations. There was no advancement opportunities at the local level. – less
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Loved working with my customers and their families.
Route Customer Service Representative (Former Employee), New Albany, INMarch 17, 2014
A different experience everyday. Your job and your income is what you make it. What you put into it, and just how successful it can be. Your customers welcome you into their homes, they trust you, and they care about you, they make the work, long hours, the job worth it.
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Great place to meet new people
CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER (Former Employee), Riverside, CAMarch 12, 2014
Pros: customers become friends
Cons: long hours and tough to hit sales goals
Great place to work, fun environment, everyday is a new challenge.
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overall a Good place to work
Territory Sales Leader (Current Employee), High Springs, FLMarch 12, 2014
Pros: good management
Cons: hours
Good place to work. Start at about 7am work till 9pm at night. I learned a lot of great sales techniques
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Great Compensation, but no balance
Route Sales Representative (Current Employee), Prestonsburg, KYMarch 3, 2014
If you enjoy working with the public, and don't have a home life this is a great opportunity. A representative will average about 14 hours a day going from door to door selling products. Due to the fact that the products are high quality foods the job is not difficult. You work independently most days, and the hardest part of the job is dealing with – more... stress of dealing with corporate red tape. This company tends to stand in it own way. You will get to know your customers, and become part of their lives. Bring families together while making a living isn't so bad. – less
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worse position I have every had
Territory Sales Leader (Former Employee), anywhere, USAFebruary 24, 2014
Cons: everything associated with schwan's
As a manager I was always short staffed and hiring people was nearly impossible. I offered 12-13 hour days for a base pay of $100 and commissions. 40% of the routes only produced 9-11 dollars in commission per day. My employees worked their tails off to try to get new customers but it was hard to sell them on the idea of buying over-priced processed – more... food from a truck. When I was short-staffed I was responsible for covering the open routes and managing the depot which correlated into 16 hour days. My home life was in shambles when I left because I was never home and the constant job threats because you came up short on sales stressed me out so I wasn't a joy to be around when I was home. Schwan's chews you up and spits you out with a kick in the bottom when you get burned out from the hours and can longer do it anymore. The benefits they offered use to be good but of course like the pay structure that they have changed four times, the benefits changed for the worse also. The health insurance they offer is pitiful. Please, Please run away from the company if you value your family and sanity. – less
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worst company in america
Route Sales Representative (Former Employee), Fremont, CAFebruary 12, 2014
exploitive, poor treatment, unattainable goals, constant pressure, poor equipment, 70 percent turnover. company going downhill fast.
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Schwan's can be a fun job for the right person
Route Sales Representative (Former Employee), Maple Grove, MNFebruary 8, 2014
Pros: great products
Cons: very long hours and very demandiing
I worked for Schwan’s over a 7 year period. I started out as a builder for the Waconia MN Depot and was very successful and then transferred to the Hampton IA Depot. Building for Schwan’s was a two-step process, my first day would be to walk the streets knocking on doors, introducing myself and asking if they would be interested in taking a catalog – more... and allowing me to return in a few days with a truck and see if they wanted to buy anything. My second time through the neighborhood would be with a truck and I would endeavor to contact them again and ask for an order.

Once I started working my own routes, my day would start at the depot, getting ready for my day and unlocking the truck. I would then head out on my route making sure I stopped at every customer who was due that day. I would let them know what specials we had and ask them for an order and then suggest any other products I thought might interest them. I would pull the order collect their payment and leave a sticker for the next time I would return. This would be repeated throughout the day. My average day would contain anywhere from 55 to 80 stops. In-between times while waiting for customers to be home, I would try building to add customers to my route.

At the end of the day, when every customer had been stopped at I would return to the depot, lock up the truck and complete my deposit and head for home.

I would get to the depot on average at 9:30 in the morning and leave the Depot anywhere between 10:00 and 10:30in the evening.

As I said, Schwan’s can be a good job for the right person, but they need to know that the hours are very long and the work can be demanding. – less

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