- United Johnson Brothers of Ala10.May 2016 (Last edit 11.May 2016)
Increased sales numbers were the only things of any importance to upper management, leading to alienated employees and customers.
Support from management
Management offered little or no support or guidance.
The sales teams did a reasonably fair job working together.
Freedom to work independently
Must be self-motivated. Set your own hours. Plan your own route. Management didn't offer a lot in the way of guidance.
The same emails forwarded and re-forwarded by every person in your chain-of-command. Daily.
They have done a reasonably good job of hiring women.
Attitude towards older colleagues
The company tends to hire younger employees, mostly due to the physical nature of the work.
Training is almost non-existent. No career path past sales.
Overall compensation for your work
Commissioned sales. No base salary. When asked about an increase in commission rate, the company's response was "if you want to make more money, sell more product."
Office / Work Environment
Drive your own car. Use your own gas. No reimbursement.
The company did occasionally encourage charity work, but only by making it a check-the-box portion of the employee's yearly evaluation.
You will work 60 hours or more per week. Usually 6 days per week. Vacation time is planned at the beginning of the year, no exceptions. Sick time is discouraged. You will work late on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and Thanksgiving Eve.
Employee morale was very low. Most of the workforce was actively searching for another job.
Constantly felt like my job and those around me were going to be eliminated or consolidated.
The company was ADA-compliant, as far as I am aware.
The company was OSHA-compliant, as far as I am aware.
Sales goals are almost unattainable. Vast product knowledge required.
Inclusive / Diverse
Employee input is rarely asked for and even more rarely considered. Most departing employees are not given exit interviews.
Suggestions for improvement
- Stop treating the employees as a means to an end. Value their input. Treat them with respect.
What I like about the company
I liked working around wine. I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable about wine, so it seemed like a good fit.
What I dislike about the company
The management structure, pay, working conditions, hours, company attitude, disrespectful managers, company ethics, and double standards.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyUnited Johnson Brothers of Ala
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2016