Temporary Order Picker (Former Employee) – 2750 Boul. L'Assomption, Montreal, QC – 24 July 2013
I interviewed twice with this company in the space of one year - once for a production position in Richmond, BC, and another (for which I was hired) as a seasonal order picker at the distribution center in Montreal, QC. The hiring was done via a phone interview with the head office in Toronto, ON, and an in-person meeting with one of the warehouse supervisors. I had done the same process for the job in Richmond, only without being retained. What stood out at that particular engagement was the way the hiring manager referred to his habit of "booting out" temporary workers that, for one reason or another, didn't meet his requirements (namely obtaining a "boiler ticket" - the reason for which was never clearly elaborated upon); and that they met with many candidates for my positions, and so I shouldn't get my hopes up. He also made me wait for 20 minutes past the appointment time in the lobby. Generally very unprofessional and corporate in diction/demeanor.
Basically, there's no realistic way to be hired permanently by this company if you're taken on as a temp (or seasonal) worker. I inquired and was told the waiting list for a permanent position goes back to 2006. Apparently it now takes one of the "old-timers" (read: guys who've been driving forklifts for 37+ years because they're not competent to do anything else) retiring before a position's available. At that point, it's given for night shift (the one no one generally wants), then evening, then day (both of the latter having their own respective waiting lists).
I found the two on-duty supervisors aloof and disinterestedmore... in warehouse operations other than to chide the material handlers for not moving fast enough. The order pickers themselves were given to slacking off and smoking cigarettes behind the pallet racks, and constantly complained of what they were being asked to do. I also found the jokes between the supervisors and workers (usually directed one-way with sarcastic overtones regarding performance) to be entirely inappropriate for such a large company. The sanitary conditions of the lunch room and toilets was also wholly sub-par.
Suffice it to say that my training (which took place during the day) lasted a few days, after which I notified the supervisors that I was leaving. It's worth mentioning that temporary workers are paid half of what the permanent workers make (therefore not a lot) and that you'll get put on night shift (occasionally evening rotations) if you choose to stay. They also informed me that the bulk of the work would be during the summer, after which the work would essentially dry up for us and only long-term temporary & permanent workers would be able to make 40 hours a week.
PS. For all the references to the benefits of having a limitless supply of soda in the cafeteria, I found the Coke flat and the other beverages less-than-flavorful compared to what's sold in stores.less
honesty: They tell you that your hours get cut off in the fall
Truck Driver - Class 1 (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 9 July 2017
coke cola was a very good job with an excellent environment. The work was manageable, and there was a positive environment. Problems occurred when management forgoes necessary safety protocols for the sake of rushing.
Fast paced experience with an international corporation.
Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 28 June 2017
Coca Cola was an interesting and challenging place to work at. A lot was asked of the sales team ,but a lot of tools were given as well. I spent my days driving from account to account making replenishment orders, pushing new products and displays. The management team was engaging and had high expectations of their team. The hardest part of being a sales representative was hitting quotas during tight economic times, but I enjoyed working with my customers to help them grow their business despite a trendline of decline.
Merchandiser (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 22 June 2017
The only thing i would say that i don't agree with in the job is how easy the sales associates get off. Unfortunately the merchandisers are the one doing the heavy lifting and hard work while the sales reap most of the benefits such as bonuses etc. Other than that the management has been very well and easy to work with.
Cola Refreshments / Warehouse / Relief Driver (Current Employee) – Cranbrook, BC – 8 June 2017
Look after all incoming and out going product, inventory control, loading and unloading of trucks, general clean up, set up service appointments for all equipment. The hardest part of the job is never knowing what time your product would show up from the supplier and to learn after years that there is no job security. The most enjoyable part of the job was the fellow employees and the customers you get to meet and grow a relationship with.
Senior Manager, Supply Chain (Current Employee) – Brampton, ON – 29 May 2017
the people that work here are awesome. however, the company lacks strategic planning and too many unknowns. there is no job security and that's the reason why people come here and just want to move on to another company where they have job security.
WAREHOUSE OPERATOR (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 29 May 2017
Ive never seen a company care so little about its work force. Management is very poor. I still know people working there who are being forced to quit because the work environment, thus coca cola will not have to pay any severence when the warehouse closes. Which will be soon i imagine.
Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Sydney, NS – 9 May 2017
standard day consists of driving from store to store to ensure all stock is on shelves, displays are built and back stock is condensed. no guaranteed hours and not highly compensated. ensure you lift with your legs and not with your back..
Driver Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Lloydminster, SK – 24 April 2017
I liked working here. It's hard work so don't expect it not to be. The biggest problem with this company is communication. Your boss is in a different city entirely. Great hours but long. Weekends off but sometimes during the week you won't get home until late at night.
Account Manager/Sales (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 17 April 2017
Responsible for ordering/selling/inventory management and merchandising of stores within a territory. Must have a valid drivers licence to commute from store to store and sales centre for sales meetings
Intern Disitribution Coordinator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 11 April 2017
I started working as an intern in the distribution department last summer. I learned so much about day to day practical supply chain that I could link back to the theory I was learning at U of C. It was an amazing learning experience. Most of the people were friendly, and it was hardly ever boring. I would say the biggest con was disorganization at times and lack of communication between departments or shifts. Biggest pro was the flexibility - started as a summer internship but I was able to work the full year part time after my classes. Best internship, I am so thankful for my managers at Coca-Cola. They actually make interns do stuff, and make business choices and help with strategies and projects. Best entry level job to learn and grow!
Could be a great Job but large geography with a small work force makes for long days and a large workload
Account Manager (Former Employee) – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL – 10 April 2017
Was a great brand to represent and gave me a sense of pride to say whom I worked for. My latter years with the company were more challenging as new ownership brought on changes that were difficult in a large geography, small work force area.
A typical work day is 10 to 12 hours with only a 5 minute commute to nearest account. Days can be longer at busy times or if you decide to stop to eat or have to "fit personal things" into your day. The job does have some flexibility to fit things like doctor appointments into the schedule but you still have the same amount of work to be done each day.
Management in my area have a large geography to cover and there was a lot of expectancy from upper management which usually leads to asking for more out of employees.
The company does offer benefits that are not as good as they were in years past or as some other companies offer. Also the pension plan is probably near the bottom of the pack IMO.
The job does have a good physical flow to it that keeps you on your toes and you meet a wide variety of people that you may not get to meet in other jobs.
The company also offers great courses in a variety of aspects pertaining to the industry (some mandatory some optional) and I have found that these courses still server me well in my life after Coca Cola (highly recommend doing most of them if given the opportunity).
Some flexability and vacation time based on years of service
Long hours, poor recognition for hard work and increasing cuts to perks
Sales Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 22 March 2017
I had a great lead who accommodated my semester schedules. The down side of this job is the labour aspect. You will visit 4-6 stores a day and have to merchandise their shelves. Moving skids of coke products is one of the harder things to do in a grocery store.
Distribution/Warehouse Supervisor (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – 15 March 2017
Great place to work, very friendly work place with a great management team. Job entails long hours and dealing with an unionized evironment. Job entails working with some great drivers who were very respectful to the manament team.