Farmer Bros is a good company to work for. I see a lot of grief being posted on the web about FB - do not listen to those voices, every company has some disgruntled folks and FB is not an exception. The bottom line is that we take good care of our top performers and poor performers are 'counseled' out.
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I was employee for FB for 36 years and after Mr Farmer died it has went to c-ap ever since. I was forced out early retirement thank god I had my time in union vested or they woulda screwed us to. Torrance was old and a lot of fines but overall the $ they spent for new facility in Texas they could dated in Calif for same price. And the 3rd party outfits are laughing all way to bank on what they charge for distribution and warehousing. Hopefully Johnathon gets on the board maybe things will change.
I meant I posted the thread 9/11/18
Oh, the irony. I posted the above and was terminated a month later. Haha, jokes on me. Given FBC continued slide, however, I'm glad it happened. Miss the branch guys though, good dudes.
Then I guess you work in a cozy office with a comfy chair because in the field, it is absolutely not what you think. As Sales Reps we are often told we cannot get equipment to customers who want to upgrade because they do not spend enough money, but if you have a NEW account, then the sky is the limit even with no history on purchases. How much do you think it cost to obtain a new account and maintain it???? Way more than you think. How can we increase sales if we cannot get equipment to those who will pay for it???? As field Sales Reps we are not in the loop on things that Affect the way we make sales. As an example, the software on the tough pad is a joke at best. There are 2 systems for inventory. 1 on the front end that we use, and the 2nd in JDE that management uses. But the best part is they DO NOT LINK up together and sync (even tho we are told they do). Coming from someone who uses it daily, I can tell you it DOES NOT. It takes several days for it to catch up and by that time our inventory is off which is 1 reason for lower sales. If your computer says you do not have it, then you cannot sell it...
Another problem is getting product to sell. Again, if we do not have it how can we sell it???
Farmer Brothers was a good company that cared about their employees. It started shifting its focus in 2018 and the people that worked there started to suffer. It starts at the top. The mid level manager many times didn't know what was going on. The managers didn't want to embrace change either. Many workers started to leave the company in large numbers in 2018. There are several managers at the company that should be released from their duties, because of such high turnover rates in their departments. Their systems & ideals s---. It's their way or no! Not open for suggestions, but they have forums asking you for ideas to make things better. Then it comes to people they are hiring. Field managers don't want you to hire people over a certain age to be salesman. That leads me to wonder why the entire HR Team that started in 2015 is no longer there. People left abruptly. People sued the company or filed complaints with EEOC due to discrimination at the top of the chain, down to middle management.
I was a good salesman reaching goals and increasing sales and never missed a day of work in almost 20 years of faithfull service and I got let go. It blindsided me..wheres the loyalty nowadays.? It hurts.
9/11/18 -- farmer brothers restructure and layoff at least 70.