I applied for a vacation relief route position with Bimbo back in October 2013 in Oklahoma City. I received a phone call in July of 2014 about this position and if I was still interested. So be prepared to wait a while once you apply. I interviews 3 different times before I was hired.
Vacation relief drivers work 6 days a week. So be prepared. You'll have either Wednesday or Sunday off.
Bimbo does have a union, so advancement opportunity is seniority based, so don't look to move up too soon.
The DM I interviewed with told me that I would have my own route within 6 months because of my previous vending experience. This unfortunately, was not the truth. I had 5 vacation relief drivers ahead of me, so I wasn't going to get a route anytime soon.
Out of all the vending jobs I've had, the bread business is the best paid once you get a route. And its and easy job. IT'S BREAD.
A typical day will start you out around 3 am to 5 am depending on the route you have. You load and unload your truck everyday and you are responsible for most of the ordering. Only a few account call in there orders. Depending on how fast on are, you could be done anywhere from noon to 5 pm.
The nice this is that most accounts, you don't have to worry about getting checked in. So that saves a ton of time.
Working here, you'll never have to buy bread or snack cakes ever again. You're encourage to take home product. PERK!!!
As a vacation relief driver, you will wor
There are better places to work... this isn't one of them.
This job was the WORST I've ever had.
When I was hired I was promised at least 20 hours a week to get medical benefits and I was told that school wasn't a problem. So I signed up for classes and I thought everything was fine.
I didn't get those hours. They kept me at 18 hours a week because upper management didn't want to provide a part-timer health benefits.There was the odd occasion that I worked over 18 hours I was only supposed to get a week of benefits. Which doesn't make sense but my health insurance literally turned off and on depending on how many hours I worked.
The other thing was I was only working 18 hours which was great for school because I had plenty of time for my class work. It was only during the end of the term that things got worse. I was nearing my 3 month probationary period and I got called in for a review.
I want to say first off that I am an exceptionally hard worker. I arrived on time everyday, I always communicated to make sure that I am doing things right, and I have a really strong work ethic.
This was the worst review I have ever had, ever. They blamed my schooling for not doing the job correctly. Which was untrue because the manager kept changing her mind. I had to ask everyday what she wanted me to do because everyday it was different. She even got mad when I did something that SHE asked me to do. My manager also blamed me for having to schedule around my school even though she said it was fine when I gave her my school sched
ProsNo pros. Lots of Promises but no Delivery.
ConsAwful Management, Awful Work Environment, Awful Place to Be.
I was hired as a Baker's Helper in the Williamsport Bakery. After quitting my stable job for the lure of $17 an hour (lie), really was ($13.70 for non-stop work), we were told that 3 out of 10 people would not make it past the 60 day Union/Company ponzi scheme known as probation. This was a Union facility and $286 would be deducted from your pay before the 60 day "probationary" period, yet you had no rights that go along with Union membership and 3 out every 10 people hired are given the boot for no reason & you cannot recoup your $286 Union fees. We were told to not talk back to people that would treat us horribly for merely being the new hires or we'd be fired instantly. I was fired after thirty days of work for no reason, I showed up on time, ran 2 lines by myself because my "Union trainers" would constantly smoke and disappear for hours on end, and never called off sick (if you call of sick even with a doctors note or request a day off in the first 60 days your immediately fired). The place is Union yet it gets to be well over 120F in the facility! I am not making this up. I was let go because of the childish mentality that I would not hang out with grown men on my breaks. I needed to cool down in the locker room in order to keep from passing out and didn't want to hang out with the adulterers that smoked outside, so I was shunned as a non-team player even though I carried the weight of 2 to 3 employees and was merely the "new guy." The company is in with the Union and
ProsSlave labor for the billionaire company.
ConsFellow employee treatment, low pay for work delivered, no training that helps you learn, Union dues immediately taken out yet no Union representation, Company threats, no healthcare for 3 months from hire, mandatory steel toe shoes must be purchased out of own pocket, erratic hours, HEAT, HEAT AND MORE HEAT IN FACILITY!
I was hired by Sara Lee/Bimbo Bakeries as a Thrift Store Route Driver. This was an entry level route sales position or so I was told. When I was hired, I was told that I would be on salary pay for the first 12 months, then I would be put on the depot average pay scale or get bumped into sales. When my one year came up, I got put on the back burner for about 3 months then I was told that I would now be an hourly paid employee at about the same pay. I was also told that I would no longer be classified as route sales and be at stand alone seniority and if I wanted to be in route sales I would have to apply just like anyone else. I was there two and a half years making the same amount as when I started. Upper management felt that my store accounts needed to go back to the "traditional routes" so my position was eliminated and I got laid off. A week before my lay-off, a position became available at another depot. I applied, got interviewed, had to come in the following Monday morning 4 hours before I started my route to get a feel of the job responsibilities. Again I was put on the back burner for a week. Then I get a text saying that the company has gone in a different direction and "good luck". Since then several positions have become available, I've applied and called HR and have gotten ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSE!! Management is a joke. They talk bad about things you do wrong but when they make the same exact mistake and get disciplined themselves they become your friend and ask fo
Prospaying union dues to a union that does nothing to help save your job or help you get transfered
Consa 12 hour day, crammed into 8 without overtime, management, only making half the pay of all the other route drivers who got commission, never getting what was told to me when i accepted the position.
Bimbo only cares about production, everything else is just a number to them. People will always be considered last on their list of priorities.
Bimbo always has and always will struggle to keep people because they view them as numbers and not asbhuman beings. There was a tier system removed which encourage employees to learn more to get paid more. It guaranteed $25 of pay after 3 years of knowledge. Almost 8 years later and I barely make $24. They replaced it with a quarterly bonus program based upon production numbers. We regularly maxed out this bonus, so they removed it. Have you ever heard of less than 1% 401k match? How about 15 cent shift differential? Well Bimbo has both of those great incentives. 5 pto days off a year for new employees and 2 weeks vacations. 5 years employment to get 3 weeks and 12 years to get to only 4 weeks of vacation. Also they make you pick all vacations time for the following year before this current year is over. Expect to work all summer holidays and have your schedule change during all winter holidays. They can force you to stay 2 hours overtime to cover, based on seniority. This regularly happens since they don't know how to keep people. The majority of supervision and management have the least knowledge of how to do the actual jobs on the floor. They promote people whose removal will impact production less. Also those who are willing to be most unlikable people to get the promotion. There is poor communication between Supervisors per shift and supervisors to employees. Which only causes more stress on the people whom do the work and the process.
ProsFriendly co workers, okay pay, day to day task are not hard.
ConsShort breaks, weak union, very poor supervision and management. Poorr work life balance. Not enough PTO or vacation time.
Typical day at Bimbo Bakery would be ... make sure you're in the building in time to get your uniform, which was the white bakery outfit, hair net.... and beard net if a male. so you change your clothes in locker room, put hair net on. go out to break room ,, wait till it was time to punch in, which NOONE, was allowed to punch in till 5:40pm, at that time you would go into the meeting room where the RL(resource leader)from the shift before us and our RL and us woud talk about the day and what all needs done , at 5 till 6, we would head on out to our line. i worked in wrap and i would either go to conveyer belt on where the muffins were coming down to be inspected,, or in back, where all the machines. bagger. splitter, medal dectector, boxer, weights measurements and shippers packers, would be there. at break you would switch front to back or vice versa. if i was training i would have a training packet/folder that i would go over and give them a tour from front to back.
I learned alot from this job. we was always taking classes. and one class i did take was personalities that work together. Very educational. Management was helpful. they would join us in the meetings, give us ideas on how to make our jobs easier.
Hardest part of the job, to me, was learning all the machines, how they worked, how to fix them...
The most enjoyable part of that job was learning the new lines, bread. and starbucks. and the other employees. Ive never worked with so many employees who all would
ProsFree Muffins or bread, benefits, classes to learn more about your job
Consshort breaks, 12 hour shifts, not having family time.
I worked their for three months and I met some of the best people to work with, the lead men were , without a doubt, some of the best I've worked for, the training regiment is non-existent they send you to the dogs and hopefully,you survive. The hardest part of the job besides loading donuts onto trays and putting them in racks, is trying to work your way through management , some of the most incompetent bunch I've ever seen, every week you had an evaluation, I was placed on five different pieces of machinery and told to listen to the operator. I was the only trainee who did that . Their isn't any Standard Operating Procedures and if your given a bad operator your out of luck . Make sure to get copies of every report that's given to you, I was given good reviews up until the last four days of my ninety day probation. Every word that was said to me was negative and i was mostly evaluated by only two of the 15 Supervisors. It was stated to me if I was positive you would have nothing to work at.Two of the supervisors that were their everyone would walk on eggshells when they were around they could find something wrong with your PPE or your uniform at any given second. I guarantee you, if you ever work their you will know who they are by the ego that both of those supervisors have I'm surprised they can fit through a door. Any person that is in upper management is treated like royalty by the two yes men.So, if your looking for a place, that pays well and you want Sat. and Sun.
Unless you are desperate and I mean absolutely desperate......like sleeping under a railroad bridge, I would not seek employment at BBU, especially the Carlisle plant. To start the facility is managed like something out of a turn of the century sweatshop. The management has no respect for the union contract, let alone it's employees. Even beyond the union contract management still has no respect for their employees or their famalies. Production forced to work overtime and their days off, forced to work in dangerous and unsanitary conditions. There is a real culture of fear generated in the workforce, if you are injured and report it, you will be given a write up possibly fired. Maintenance department is being forced to work 10 day schedules, or forced to work nonsensical "weekend utility shifts" so good chances are if you hire in the best thing you can hope for after 15 years of employment is that you can move from weekend utility graveyard shift, to weekend utility daylight. Management is abusive of their employees in the way they talk to them and treat them, what kind of place have you heard of that bosses go around farting in employees faces. The union cannot do anything for you because they just don't know how to, and they don't care. If somebody comes in here that cares about the union or knows anything about it they fire him.....only person knew anything about the union they just fired for no reason and also his friend. So stay away.......stay far away
ProsAll the free toilet paper you can use to wipe yourself with
No work/life balance. Unrealistic expectations. Engineers that hire in, quit within a few weeks. Very high stress environment.
There are no scheduled breaks or lunchbreak in reality. The moment there is a call you are up and running. You cannot leave the plant for breaks.
The plant is significantly understaffed. There are as many administrators in engineering, as there are people doing the work.
Senior engineers do not have their areas evaluated for fitness. When the areas get bad enough, they swap their area with another engineer to have that engineer start fixing their negligence.
The new engineer will never see a weekend off, and will work evenings and nights most of their career here.
There is zero potential to advance here.
This is a very high stress environment.
Vested for retirement in 5 years.
Be careful when hiring in. They may say you can eventually get weekends off or work day-shift, but that won't be available to new hires after initial training (a few months), for another 20 years.
ProsGood benefits, Vested in 5 years, good employees to work with.
ConsNO WORK/LIFE BALANCE !!! No scheduled breaks or lunchbreak, cannot leave the building for breaks, no where near enough engineers to do the work needed, senior engineers dump their neglected area onto other engineers, high stress environment, less than 8 sick days allowed per year without being fired, non-observance of time off to support school functions of children
Maintenance Technician | Albany, NY | Feb 13, 2022
You will start with one sick-day for your first year. Training does not exist. Your schedule will be all over the place as the company finds loop holes to disregard the Union contract. The Union does not care. You won't even meet any Union, aside from other workers, unless you're being fired and they're obligated to show up. Many maintenance shifts are spent making operator level set ups, cleaning and adjustments on machines. This is because the operators who aren't sleeping, stoned or focused on their cell phones are left guessing how to run the machines they've had barely any training on. The same can be said for too many mechanics. Management consistently creates new rules, yet enforces none of them. So the culture with workers will not likely change. Parts are frequently unavailable. Tools are frequently unavailable. Information, even between shifts, is frequently unavailable. Management ignores protocols and procedures regularly with their priority being their specific shift production numbers. The company has been understaffed for years. Nearly all of the experience has left the company. There is an excessive turn over rate in every area, including management. It is an uphill battle with your hands tied.
ProsSome workers are aware of our collective struggle and show empathy.
ConsIf you show a good work ethic, you're going to be mobbed like a glass of water in the desert.
Un ambiente de trabajo con mucha precion responsabilidad y poco tiempo para descanso y vida familiar
Mi dia de trabajo empezaba alas 06:00 am checaba me presentaba con mi supervisor despues me iba a mi camion acontar el producto y si teniamos junta empezaba alas 06:30 am setardaban dos horas a veces nos daban cafe y pan y eso cuando iba el secretario sindical despues terminar de contar lo que dejamos pendiente sacar el camion con dos o tres horas de retraso y empezaba los problemas con los clientes por llegar tarde, y si sedescompone el camion, golpe ochoque o robo se tiene que llamar ala planta y agencia para que manden al mecanico al gestor, seguridad para lebantar las actas y terminar la ruta sino visitan todas las tiendas que llevas en las maquinas tedespiden o por dejar producto fuera de clave llaque terminaste llegas ala agencia habren la caja se saca el dinero se acomoda el camion en sulugar sedeposita inmediatamente se regresa al camion abajar la devolucio las charolas llevarla ala devolucion para contarla regersar ala sala de liquidacion acuadrar terminas boy con el supervisor bueno si esta o con su auxiliar para hacer el pedido para pasado mañana siempre y cuando legemos antes antes de las 18:00 pm normal esde 06:00 am a 19 asta 21 horas que si es un robo 23:00 pm 01:00 am y hacer todo lo mencionado anteriormente y al otro dia llegar puntual como siempre porque sino pierdes mucho por una falta mil quinientos pesos pero eso si todo el tiempo tedisen que es una empresa cien por ciento humana de humana no tiene nada cuando se emferma un familiar por emergencia y no te
Proscursos de superacion personal eventos para con vivencia familiar
Constrabajar domingos y dias festivos, de dicandole poco tiempo para la familia
Questions And Answers about Bimbo Bakeries USA
What is the best part of working at Bimbo Bakeries USA?
Asked Apr 2, 2020
Being paid weekly lol
Answered Jul 3, 2022
Answered Jul 2, 2022
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Bimbo Bakeries USA a better place to work?
Asked Feb 17, 2018
Without the subordinates their is no management. Team players are very important at each level. The examples given to the employees, communication and empathy are very important to make employees feel well and desire to work. A happy employee will strive to do his job and do it well, for his benefit and for the employer. It's not cost efficient to lack employee's due to their unsatisfaction or lay off. In the long run the company looses money recruiting new employees, overtime, new training, etc.. If I were the employer I would pay attention to the feed back given from the employee's and this site
Answered Jan 3, 2022
I’d have a set schedule so my employees are happy and well adjusted to work life routine. It would set up my employees to be more productive and also to work safely. I’d also look at raising the hourly pay seeing how McDonald’s employees are about to get $15 an hr.
Answered Jan 20, 2021
What would you suggest Bimbo Bakeries USA management do to prevent others from leaving?
Asked Mar 28, 2017
Yes!!! They think that always hiring new people cause of massive turnovers looks good well it doesn't. It makes the company look bad.
Answered Sep 29, 2021
Allow your employees time with family. You work them to death 6-7 days a week, change schedule a day prior, Make them stay longer than scheduled WAY to often etc. Nobody is allowed to have a life outside of the company. The pay is good yes but I'm sure people would give a dollar or three up just to have consisten weekends off lol most the time you're lucky to get 1 day off. Idk how osha allows you to work people in 115 degree humid factories as well. It's nuts. Y'all preach safety well fatigue plays a HUGE factor in safety.
Answered Mar 6, 2020
How are the working hours at Bimbo Bakeries USA?
Asked Jul 31, 2016
If you work for bimbo, that’s all you’re going to have time for 12 hour days are rough but the pay is nice
Answered Apr 29, 2019
Working hours it's all about yo energy coz
you can agree on how many hours you can
Answered Apr 19, 2019
If you were to leave Bimbo Bakeries USA, what would be the reason?
Asked Mar 28, 2017
At the Decatur, GA plant.. I would leave due to management not having control over there employees. It’s a Union Based Plant so everything is based on seniority and filing grievances. The workers their feel so self entitled to everything and new employees. They do what they want and it’s sometime no fairness.
Answered Mar 7, 2020
Once again I have been discriminated stop discrimination bimbo is not all that great when you have those people who only hire who they want to hired so people then what is not that great when you have that person in charge 12 Avenue Sacramento