Great Lakes Coca-Cola Employee Reviews

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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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"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.
Pros
none
Cons
everything
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Full Service/Merchandiser Driver (Former Employee) –  Wrightstown, WISeptember 10, 2018
Too much time away from home
too many hours required to work
poor communication
lack of quality equipment
poor training for new employees
wouldn't recommend this company
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none
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none
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Great place to work
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL 60651August 13, 2018
Management was great, but if you are part time they keep you at part time and they do not give you full time even after a year with never being late or absent.
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Good job for those who like to work.
Driver Assistant / Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNAugust 12, 2018
As a merchandiser or a CDL driver you will be working with between 15,000-20,000 pounds of product at the least. A lot of repetitive motions between bending, stacking, and shelving. Forced overtime and a lot of it. You can up to $100,000 a year and work 60-70 hour weeks, or you can get paid as little as 50,000 but only work 45 hours a week. Its really up to you. Great benefits.
Pros
good pay, great benefits
Cons
Injuries. Lots of them. Have fun walking by 70
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Good old boy network at its finest
Manager (Former Employee) –  IllinoisAugust 8, 2018
I never really saw an atmosphere of inclusion. They made attempts to "look like" they fostered inclusion, but in reality on a day to day basis you knew you were not what they wanted on their team. I learned that if "JS" didn't like you, you were screwed because he had major influence with the executive team. Management would walk by you and not speak, made you feel invisible. The hardest part of the job was being motivated to work there. The most enjoyable part of the job was representing the Coca-Cola brand.
Pros
The Coca-Cola brand
Cons
A culture that was not inclusive
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Not a place to work long term
First person (Current Employee) –  Bay City, MIAugust 6, 2018
They are eager to replace anyone at a moments notice.
Be prepared to work the job of more than one person.
When someone gets let go, they do not replace them, they just add the workload to another employee.
Pros
None
Cons
Over worked, unhappy employees.
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Work place with the tunnel vision of limitless profit margin.
company driver (Current Employee) –  Eagan, MNAugust 5, 2018
A typical morning starts at about 5 a.m as the routes are handed out.The trucks are loaded with between 400 to 600 cases of Coca-cola products to be delivered to customers.I know the expectations of management is to see new drivers pick up their work pace fast enough within weeks of starting.Drivers believe that the least time they spend in a store the better the day.The hardest task on the job was to find the location.The most enjoyable part of the job was the ride in the,iconic bright red,Coca-cola truck.
Pros
You get all your overtime pay.
Cons
Daily routing has incompetence written all over it.
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tough work and long days
Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Saint Charles, ILAugust 2, 2018
Work from 0600 until you're done. Can be told to go anywhere at any time while clocked in. Work is hard on your whole body. No real team mentality. hardest part is motivating yourself to get through the day. best part is clocking out for the day. management isn't bad, it's the CEO/ profit-driving mentality that adds to the workload/ workday.
Pros
15.99ph, work alone, number one beverage company
Cons
body aches, pain, no down time, long hours, seniority rights (sucks for the new employee)
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I enjoyed being an employee at GLCCD. It was a great work environment. They took great care of their employee's.
Distribution Center Administrator (Former Employee) –  Flint, MIAugust 2, 2018
I really enjoyed working at Great Lakes Coca-Cola. The employee's were always friendly. Sometimes the job became stressful just as it is at any job. My manager was amazing. I am glad I got to learn and grow with the company for the time I was there. I gained so much knowledge and experience..
Pros
friendly work environment
Cons
eomtimes over worked
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Very busy
Merchandiser (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 25, 2018
Takes a toll on your body and no sick days Management want's you to work over and beyond but is not compensated. The Weekly pay and benefits are the best part of the job
Pros
Working in the field
Cons
Breaks your body down job very physical
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