Merchandiser II (Current Employee) – Hancock, IA – 26 April 2018
If you can play the good old boy system you can advance and have opportunities. If you come in under the BMT program you have a leg up. If you walk on so to speak you are stuck at the level unless you were hired by and related to the good old boy system. Slow changes with new CEO but still growth and ops and just are not there if you don't come in under the management training system.
Work / Life is easy to manage
No upward chance if not hired into the BMT program.
The Scoular Company can be a stressful place to work at times. The working conditions are miserable, especially during the summer. Outside labor force doesn't get along very well. Much of the time operations are ran inefficiently, in a haphazard manner. I never intended to work there the rest of my life, it was merely a job while I went to college.
I really enjoyed working at The Scoular Company. The people were good, the culture was good, and the work was interesting. I truly felt that The Scoular Company cared about it's employees and treated it's employees well. The environment was fast-paced and there was a lot of work to do, but it was manageable and there was a good work-life balance.
The only drawbacks, for me personally, were that the pay was a little below competitive and there were not a lot of opportunities for advancement. I was very early in my career when I worked here and advancement was important to me.
Performance based compensation, manage your own business
Manager (Current Employee) – Unknown, Unknown – 10 July 2017
Scoular seems to have a culture where each business unit is given a large amount of freedom to operate in the fashion that they believe will make them the most successful. I assume that there may be different cultures in place depending on who's umbrella you are working under. I really enjoy the culture in my unit. I feel that I am a major contributor over whether or not my location will be successful. People in the group are very knowledgeable, aggressive, and regularly share information with each other. One thing that I enjoy is that I don't think that success is purely measured with overall profitability, rather how many opportunities the market gave us. I also believe that compensation is largely based on individual performance, something that some of the competition does not do. Many company's are more likely to pay based on specific roles. If a person is in a position and brings much more than the average person in that role, I believe there compensation should be noticeably higher.
Corporate Safety Specialist (Former Employee) – Omaha, NE – 8 April 2017
Hands down some of the best people I have ever met in my life. I didn't agree with one what I consider a major safety concern, which was the belt style man life. I know that they are "grandfathered in" but they are a work fatality just waiting to happen..
Manager was in a different office and not very flexible when family issues arose (didn't happen often). I handled wheat transportation and then went on to help with warehousing and feed storage. I handled warehousing, rail and trucking invoices. My co-workers were wonderful and always around to help out if work became a little overwhelming. I loved going to work every day.
Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Overland Park, KS – 23 August 2015
Middle management is the worst I have ever witnessed. It's a pyramid of displacing blame all the way down. Some groups are better than others, some are horrible.
If you interview for this company, be absolutely sure to find out as much as you can about the business of the group you are interviewing for. Try to dig out as much information as you can so you can be certain the manager has a comprehensive business plan and isn't "winging it" week after week.
The pay is above average and it seems all they actually care about is being at work, results are much less weighed when evaluating employees. So just show up on time and leave after your boss, do whatever it is you're told to do and truly do not bother doing anything extra, because it will: a.) go unnoticed or b.) claimed to have been your superior's idea.
Great exposure to the markets and how they really work.
The company is a revolving door. About a 25% chance you get in with a good group, 75% chance you board a sinking ship.
Receptionist (Former Employee) – Downers Grove, IL – 21 June 2015
A typical day at the Scoular Company for me included answering telephone calls, maintaining the office supply room, sorting and delivering mail, booking conference rooms, and some filing. With this company, I've learned to communicate more effectively, manage my time, and how to work alone as well as with the a team. Management was friendly, fast, and reliable. My co workers were some amazing people as well. I don't think I had hard task although, staying on top of the high call volume could get stressful at times. However, I enjoyed everything about this job.