Schwan's Reviews

Updated 22 April, 2015
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Pros
  • My route had great customers, not all routes are that lucky (in 16 reviews)

  • The company has a new CEO and is making a push for a better work/life balance, i (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Some long hours on occasion and must work weekends or days off to cover for holidays (in 63 reviews)

  • It takes every bit of 12 - 14 hours to get over the bottom of the line commision hump (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great company, that helps develop their employees!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schwan's has helped develop my career. I started in an entry level position while completing college, and now I'm in a leadership role. Not to mention, Schwan's has OUTSTANDING Frozen Food Products, and a Great Employee Discount!

    Cons

    There has been new leadership within Schwan's. Our new leadership will continue to move Schwan's to the next level, but change is hard for some.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on what the consumer is looking for, what's best for the employee, and what's best for the company overall!

  2. Love my job, but wish for more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with a great history and great products. New leadership really cares about employees and has a great vision for the future - although the changes may negatively affect some.
    And the benefits are awesome - health, dental, vision, 401K with company match, life insurance, excellent discount on Schwan's products, and the occasional company perks like free pizza or ice cream, company picnic, and free tickets to a game or movie.

    Cons

    With the constant flux the company has been in for several years, it is hard for corporate employees to know what's up next. You keep your fingers crossed that your job will be safe. I'd love to move up in the company and progress to the next level, but it's hard when you don't know what might happen next - what if you step into a position that's deemed expendable. Hoping the long-term visions of the new leaders will create stability soon.

    Advice to Management

    A little bit goes a long way with employees - both good and bad. We support the turnaround, but it is hard to stay committed to a company that cuts more than grows - especially in a competitive job market like the Twin Cities. Money spent on employee growth and development will pay off once the current visions are achieved.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Delivery

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schwan's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good wage, good support if you get into trouble on the road.

    Cons

    Have to make your own sales.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshall, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshall, MN (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    New CEO has changed top tier of exec's, and up-turned profitability trends. Main body of managers want change, but without personal risk, and only starting to believe in new CEO hands-on approach to leading.

    Cons

    status quo culture means new ideas are resisted, ignored, and villanized. HQ runs more as an intellectual exercise center, meaning good results are optional; advancement success better with "Don't Do That" approach not a "Can Do" attitude. Silo'ed and insular; too many buzzwords reflect limited understanding of supply chain dynamic.

    Advice to Management

    DS has many plans not yet revealed. First, move quickly on riffing out the Peter Principle blockers. Second, adapt compensation incentive around peer evaluations, ala quality circles. Third, thanks for getting better story material....

  6. New Customer Sales Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time

    Pros

    Fun
    Well known brand
    Very little competition

    Cons

    Driver Turnover
    Price
    New position
    I don't have any more Cons

  7. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Marshall, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Marshall, MN (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a company with great products and opportunities. New leadership is taking the company in the right direction.

    Cons

    The food industry is highly competitive. This can be both fun and stressful at the same time.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Better than most say. This is a company that rewards honest effort. If you work hard you will be successful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Committed to improving the quality of life for the sales force. RSR's are now working much less than they did before, and for the most part are paid considerably more.

    Cons

    Utterly clueless on training. RSR vacation pay is an insult. Consistently changing how management is measured when the year is 2/3 of the way finished. Senior management predictably makes changes every March/April, and then panics later in the year when the changes don't immediately produce the desired effect.

    Advice to Management

    Do not complain about employee retention, and then change how employees are paid. Stop messing around with bonus programs for management. Don't try programs that failed ten years ago and expect them to produce different results.

  9. Almost 20 years and very happy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshall, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshall, MN (US)

    I have been working at Schwan's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides a great product and service to its customers at homes and stores. Enjoyable work that changes everyday. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    The company is looking for ways to improve and stay with the current customer trends. Long history takes a while to change the culture and embrace the future.

  10. ahh its ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schwan's

    Pros

    ok pay if you sell enough

    Cons

    long hours, ok pay, not good for families

  11. Helpful (1)

    past employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schwan's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, great benefits, uniforms, great training, chance to learn to drive a commercial truck

    Cons

    one day off the week and knock on people's doors late and disrupt people late at night

    Advice to Management

    double up on employees and find another method of deliveries for employees to spend time with family

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