Great Lakes Coca-Cola Employee Reviews

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Terrible work enviorment, extremely understaffed at all times, heavy workload, rundown and outdated equipment, poor management.
Order builder (Former Employee) –  Lansing, MichiganJanuary 16, 2019
They have one mega shift. 2nd shift. So you work until everything’s done. I worked a 16 hr shift one day. and constantly worked about 70 hrs a week. With little to no recognition for hard work. Had no life, was easily depressed in this enviorment. Management seemed extremely sexist, and played favorites. Employees caused a lot of drama on the daily. Very physical work. Equipment is rundown and outdated. No room to advance. Union/seniority based.
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Good job for a while but not a career.
Merchandiser (Current Employee) –  Rockford, ILJanuary 5, 2019
This is a pretty brainless job that requires constant physical activities such as filling coolers, stocking shelves, building displays, organizing backstock, and rotating product. Pay is generous and vacation time is very good. Benefits are terrible with some of the worst health insurance I've ever seen. You'll need to use a pallet jack and occasionally a forklift or ground stacker.

The real problem is the mental taxation you'll go through on a day to day basis. Every store hates you because this company does not care about their customers. Upper management is completely clueless on what you go through every day. Every department is against each other. Backstabbing coworkers and lying to customers just to save your own behind. Your sales rep will order insane amounts of product regardless of if it can be stocked or not. They will throw you under the bus anytime because they are scrutinized for every single tiny problem that arises from an account. You are a scapegoat for everything. There is no team mentality. Its every man for himself. If you work in Rockford you are treated like an outcast and have zero support from the big wigs in St.charles. It takes a special kind of person to be able to handle the physical and mental abuse you go through every day. Don't ever expect to get weekends off and there are no sick days. If you can get past the physical part of the job, you can make it work but it is not something I would ever recommend anyone to do unless they are desperate. This is not a career job like it was before Reyes Holdings took over. They are a bunch of crooks. Your
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Pros
Pay and vacation. Work alone. Some easy days.
Cons
Being a scapegoat. No team mentality. Physically and mentally taxing
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Very stressful
Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Appleton/Wrightstown, WIJanuary 1, 2019
Lack of communication from Store manager to Coca Cola Sale Accounts to Coca Cola Merchandiser to Coca Cola Supervisors.
Since working with Great Lakes of Coca Cola, they been though 3 supervisor within a year and have a hard time hiring merchandiser. Poorly train seasonal merchandiser.
You will wait for deliveries from Coca Cola driver for a long amount of time, which make your day longer. Also as Coca Cola merchandiser, you be treated wrongly from Coca Cola Sales Accountants, they will poorly communicate with you with notes on paper with no detail of changing display and what to be remove each week for display. But Coca Cola issue you a work phone with work email and phone number.
You as Coca Cola merchandiser will be treated wrongly, disrespected and be harassed by the Stores management and store workers. When you need help to service stores, they will not send help and if they do, other Coca Cola merchandiser will barely work. There is no team work. On the days off, another Coca Cola merchandiser will work the those days and leave a lot for the next Coca Cola Merchandiser to do more because they don't work service that store normally or doesn't service that store the next day. Doesn't condense, clean, and organize which make your job harder and stressful.
No lunch or breaks even though they tell you have 2, 15 minutes paid break and 1, 30 minutes unpaid lunch. You will work all day feeling pressure to get done. Larger stores allow you to pull pallets with Coca Cola products to a certain time, so you have to rush. Being on a route, you might have 2 or 3 larger stores
  more... with a time limit to work until a certain time or to pull pallet to the floor with a pallet jack. If time is reach before you get done working the products. You have to work the product to a cart and work it from there. Really physical and stressful.
Coca Cola Sale Accounts try to get their numbers in when ordering, so it also make a Coca Cola merchandiser job a lot harder to work.
As Coca Cola Merchandiser, I been hurt physically at work, harassed by store mangers and store workers. Been stress due to no help or little of help that you get from other Coca Cola Merchandiser due to their experience from seasonal or poorly trained hired merchandiser.
Poorly work detailed from Coca Cola Sale accountant and be treated poorly for it cause they think you as a Coca Cola merchandiser should know where everything at or how to build a display or placement.
Coca Cola Supervisor, doesn't pick up your calls when you need help, having issues or problems. Barely communicate with you. Doesn't resolve issues or problems. They tell you to take pictures of the problem and doesn't address or fix the problem.
They will assign you to different stores and you as Coca Cola merchandiser not knowing nothing to little about the store.
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Work with no supervision and co worker.
Cons
Bad communications and team work.
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Long hours
Driver (Current Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIDecember 17, 2018
As a driver at Great Lakes Coca Cola your day will start very early 3 or 4AM and you can expect to work 12 to 13 hours a day. Management will try and write you up for any little thing on drivecam. 95 degrees out in the summer and your driving a truck with no AC don’t even think of taking a sip of water while driving if you’re caught on drivecam it’s a write up. Your workload will be so heavy you will be excepted to deliver to accounts after receiving times so be ready to be yelled at for being late even though you have no control over it.
Pros
Thousands of dollars in overtime
Cons
Long hours, micromanaging not much time for your family
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Stay Away
Driver (Current Employee) –  Eagan, MNDecember 16, 2018
Wasted 6 years of my life if all you care about is money then go for it. BS company that pretends like they care about employees. Cameras everywhere union was ok but loosing its strength fast
Pros
Money
Cons
Everything else
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Great Atmosphere
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIDecember 12, 2018
Starting my day going in see co workers and a supervisor that a full of life. Working on the bottle filler taking down info from the bottles and from Q.A.. Simple job can sometimes be stressful in the beginning if not use to this type of work but become easy when you figure out your own method.
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The company has high turnover due to people being overworked and is frequently understaffed.
Account Manager (Current Employee) –  Eagan, MNNovember 26, 2018
Management continues to struggle in keeping competent people from leaving their jobs. Expect some long days of 10 - 12 hours. Their customers are frequently upset and sometimes enraged by their lack of service and unfriendly policies and sales team must take the heat.
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Long hours, every weekend, early mornings, very physical
Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Wrightstown, WINovember 24, 2018
Poor work environment, grocery store management and employees are very rude and show case power. Coke employees constantly complain about and throw each other under the bus. Working every weekend and early morning hours, very exhausting not a lot of energy after work. Constantly getting late deliverys making you work longer. No advancement, coke will hire outside experience every time. If you can stomach all of that and grind it out a few years you can get hired elsewhere for your experience. The fringe benefits are quite good, ample vacation time, 3.5% 401k match , cheap insurance, but they cut back a lot in recent years.
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Benefits, vacation, 401k
Cons
Unprofessional co-workers, treated poorly
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tough management requires working the jobs of many people.
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNNovember 13, 2018
Went from working one persons job and helping out when needed, to working 2 to 3 peoples jobs and a new title with out being given expectations and proper training. If you want to work 60+ hours a week with little recognition, and even less chance for advancement then this is the place for you.
Pros
Free Coca cola
Cons
Operations manager is a micromanager with expectations he doesn't convey.
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I can’t recommend Great Lakes Coca Cola
Associate (Current Employee) –  Alsip, ILNovember 4, 2018
Good work life balance and compensation but management team is a disaster. Plant manager is a micro manager yet has no manufacturing experience to speak of.
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"The bottom line" drives this business...
Merchandiser/Driver/Warehouse (Former Employee) –  Kalamazoo, MIOctober 30, 2018
...and it shows. How do they achieve it? By running "lean and mean". This translates into "doing more with less". Under-staff and over-work account managers and merchandisers. Raise order requirements for accounts to deliver to them less often. Focus on "hyper markets" like Walmart and Meijer's, but largely neglect mid-size and mom-and-pop shops. Greatly limit credit amounts for broken/damage/loose (BDL), pick up credits less often, and publicly shame the top ten BDL account manager "offenders" weekly via internal company emails. Remove vending machines and coolers from accounts if new minimum case requirements aren't being met, thereby diminishing Coca-Cola's presence in the trade while allowing Pepsi and 7-Up to swoop in and take the forfieted space. Close distribution plants one by one in Michigan (and likely in other states) and consolidate them all into three or four production facilities, thus delaying customer response times and greatly increase drive times to reach far-flung accounts. Handle plant closings in an apathetic manner, with a HR department that is lethargic in offering what little response it can muster. Then GLCC loses a noticeable percentage of the employees "affected" by the plant closure, and higher management acts rather shocked and surprised so many people left. One would suspect there is a disconnect.

The pros of working at GLCC? Lots of company swag. Some are fairly nice and useful, but most of which is just creates uneeded clutter (excessive amounts of caps and t-shirts). Hourly employees are offered a fair union-bargained wage. Salaried positions
  more... are offered what appears to be a fair wage until one divides the salary by how many hours one has worked. Your results may vary. Medical/eye/dental benefits are passable, but not great. They also offer a matching 401k. The vast majority of hourly and mid-level management are pleasant to work with, and largely capable in their respective fields. In higher management, the situation tends to become more spotty.

At this point I would recommend a job at GLCC if one is in need of money regardless of the work situation, or if one needed some experience to put on a resume. But based on GLCC's business practices, I would strongly suggest it be a short-term employment, if any at all.
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Pros
Brand recognition, free caps/t-shirts.
Cons
One can't pay bills with caps/t-shirts.
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worked to death
driver (Former Employee) –  alsip ilOctober 30, 2018
If you like being worked to death with little appreciation or regard to your well being then this is the place for you. You will have a points system hung over your head with every move you make (7 points and they fire you) you get pointed if you call off, if you're a couple minutes late, if you take a sip of water while you're driving (all trucks have a camera in your face) pretty much anything you do they want to write you up. Final warning if you are caught on your phone while driving (they will call you numerous times throughout the day when they can see that you are driving because your truck is tracked by gps). In the summer you will work 12-14 hours every day with excuse after excuse about why they cant hire help (you will run into pepsi, dr. pepper, all the beer companies and they all have helpers on the truck to assist with the heavy work load). Their equipment (trucks, trailers, liftgates, pallet mules, hand carts, handhelds, printers, etc.) are all junk. You will be sent out every day with at least 1 item that is going to fail on you. You are set up for failure every day at this job and it will always be your fault. As a driver anything and everything that goes wrong, becomes your fault. Their customers all despise them because they do not take care of their customers rather they force loads of unneeded product through their doors and the customer will take it out on you all day every day. They do not stand behind their employees and will let their customers walk all over you. After you work these long, exhausting, mentally testing days and you arrive back at the  more... plant, you have to fill out numerous useless pieces of paper only to go inside and get lectured on something tedious that you did or did not do wrong. Nothing is ever good enough for this place, they'll make up new rules on the fly. You can show up to work with the flu and be throwing up in front of them and they will tell you "just tough it out you'll be alright" and send you to work a 13 hour day. If you go home for being extremely sick you will get a point and they will guilt trip you about it (no you do not get any sick days). You will be sent into the worst neighborhoods whether you like it or not where people are shooting at each other with no regard to your safety and you are not allowed to leave the area until your deliveries are done no matter what the conditions. Of course you are not allowed to carry a firearm or weapon with you even if you have a concealed carry permit. If you have somewhere important to be at dinner time just consider calling off for the day. You can request the day off or let them know you have to be somewhere, and they seemingly make sure you have an even longer day.

They literally do not care about anybody or anything other than forcing their product through peoples doors.

There's plenty more to say but you get the idea.


I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy.
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Pros
money is alright
Cons
everything
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Ok job but not a career
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  WisconsinOctober 27, 2018
Work there is mundane. They talk about training all employees to do other jobs so that you have better chances for promotion but there is no follow through on promises. There is very limited opportunity for advancement at all. I would recommend this job for college students looking to earn some quick cash and maybe some skills for a persons resume but it is really just a stepping stone for bigger and better things at a different company. Management is so wrapped up in the bottom line they forget to nourish their employees engagement. It has the potential to be a great company with a little bit of a change in local management. It is a very "who you know" and not "what you know" environment.
Pros
Good pay, nice coworkers
Cons
Poor management, negative atmosphere.
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Good to lose weight and get fit.
Truck Driver (Former Employee) –  Alsip, ILOctober 19, 2018
The work environment is not that bad at all, just like every other job things don’t go as plan, but u work around it, and u push through. Only bad thing I can say is when your in the driver/merchandiser position you will bust your feet, and sometimes you will have a heavy load with no help.
Pros
Good pay & good workout
Cons
No help and long hours
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Reyes Holdings
Merchandiser (Current Employee) –  MichiganOctober 14, 2018
Ever since Reyes Holdings brought out Coca-Cola in Michigan things have been going downhill. This company only cares about turning a profit and will cut your hours and do every single thing in their power to not give overtime. They will bring in new Full Time employees and call the “seasonal employees” in order to pay them a lower hourly wage and not have to provide them with benefits. Be aware of job postings saying Full Time.
Pros
It’s a job
Cons
Poor management, Company does not care about their employees
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Great union brothers in a toxic environment.
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIOctober 3, 2018
No training at all. Maintenance blamed for broken equipment that management will not allow to be worked on. Management has no respect for the employees and they have absenty owners.
Pros
Great union brothers
Cons
Managment
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Continues to advance
Order Builder/Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Traverse City, MIOctober 1, 2018
The warehouse break room got way better for the employees during the time I was there. Employees were usually fun to work with and easy to get along with. The work days were usually very long and you'd find yourself working 6. maybe 7 days a week because we were understaffed in the march department.
Pros
Fun environment and cool people
Cons
Long work days and lack of management for a bit
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good pay bad work place
WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Alsip, ILSeptember 12, 2018
fast pace picking everyday
I learned that some jobs only want to get what they can out of you.
management is bad, work place is very bad, culture is bad.
hardest part is working long hours and not getting to send time with your family because you work from 5 pm till 3,4 and 5 am most days.
most enjoyable part was my co-workers we made the best of it everyday and got the job done.
Pros
good pay
Cons
no way to advance through the company
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4.5/5 stars
Operations Intern (Former Employee) –  Niles, ILSeptember 11, 2018
Overall, a successful and exciting company to work for as an intern. Definitely a place I could see myself working at in the future due to my interest in the field and the prosperity of GLCC.
Pros
Room to advance in your career: mobility
Cons
Busier around holidays
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This company only cares about how full their pockets are
Route Driver (Former Employee) –  Kalamazoo, MISeptember 10, 2018
They've already closed multiple plants in Michigan and push current employees to pick up the mess they've created. Having 20 people to do the job of 40 people is a poor business model. If you come into this company now then you better expect to work 14-16 hour days and not have any hometime for pay that isn't even close to what you could make driving somewhere else.
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none
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everything
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