- Western Distributing Company24.Nov 2015
No you can't bring up any difference in opinion. They don't care to hear it whether it would be an improvement or not. High level of nepotism and many cases of family members reporting to other family member supervisors.
Support from management
HR department is unwilling to review supervisory inappropriate behavior - if a manager behaves poorly, the problem is "swept under the rug"
Co-workers do try to work together as a team regardless of supervisor issues
Very low # of women in supervisory capacity
Attitude towards older colleagues
They actually support long term employees as they are aging by keeping them employed as long as they want to work. Best thing about Western.
I don't think the words personal development are in their vocabulary
Overall compensation for your work
Do offer good benefit options and pay on time. Salaries are low
Vacation policy is weird. Not based on annual basis, but rather date of hire. Then you are stuck taking same # of days each year - from June to Jan and from Jan to June until you pass an anniversary which adds more vacation time. Your vacation period days are set by what you took in the first year of employment throughout your career.
Not unless you are a member of the family
No handicapped doors into offices at all. Many stairs
Training? What training?
Individual accomplishment is based on each individual but is not necessarily acknowledged by management or company
Inclusive / Diverse
Not at all. Generally do not hire minorities at all and extremely limited # of women or minority supervisors in relation to size of employer
Suggestions for improvement
- Move employees who report to a family member to other departments or have report to a different supervisor. Send HR staff to professional training so they understand the need for confidentiality when dealing with employee issues that should not be communicated to non-necessary personnel. Review salary within job categories and bring compensation level up to market standards.
What I like about the company
While they don't provide adequate training, they do allow you to learn on your own. The knowledge gained this way can never be taken away. It can be frustrating though when trying to "wade" through policies without direction.
What I dislike about the company
Too much nepotism. I know it's a family run company, but employees should never report to family members in a supervisory capacity. They are also unwilling to consider suggestions (at all) for improving working conditions or products. Human Resources department is in need of change - if you address issues that should be confidential, the HR Dept shares those concerns with others within company (sometimes even with the manager that an employee is concerned about). Gossip within HR Department to other departments is highly unprofessional.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyWestern Distributing Company
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2012
- DepartmentMarketing/product management