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
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.
Merchandiser/Visual Marketing (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 22 February 2017
Coca Cola's Merchandisers travel from store to store stocking & building displays to represent the company. Ive learned about marketing in different aspects through building displays & how to attract customers or clients. The hours are long but management is usually flexible & there is no supervision required. The job is not completed until all the work is complete.
Route Process Administrator (Former Employee) – Calgary AB – 22 February 2017
Repetitive work, lots of cross training, room for growth. Learned lots about the company and there is lots of training online you can take to help you learn more about the company. Hardest part of the job was waiting for all the drivers to come in. I enjoyed the morning part of the job the most, you do all the paperwork before the drivers come in.
Account Manager (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 20 February 2017
Coca-Cola is a great company to work for. There are lots of opportunities to advance and there is plenty of support from upper management. The account manager position gives you lots of freedom and the ability to work within your own schedule.