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Just curious about Cheney. I am think of looking for a change and these guys have moved into the area and are on my radar. They seem to be doing a decent job as far as being new to the area. I hear good things so I just am curious if they are true or just biased points of view.  I am not looking for bashing comments just looking for insight as to the following.

1. Work environment  
2. Pay
3. Product availability
4. Management (positive and negatives).
5. Any obstacles to over come 

I have 15 years of experience and the corporate machine is just getting to big. All I hear is "look for a family owned company", so this one has me interested. I haven't inquired with them yet but before I do I want to have a clear understanding, good or bad.




  
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From what I’ve read on this sight, they seem to be a great company to move to. But I also feel that every company is opco or warehouse specific in its strengths and weaknesses.

Unfortunately they aren’t in my area otherwise I would absolutely entertain their management team. I have sat down with every other major and mid major player in my area but none compare to my current situation.

The non compete is a beast and as much as I think every one of my customers would move over with me once it was over, realistically 50% would be huge and give me the confidence to do so.

Your call bro, but positive outlooks are the key
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Aging Equities

So I have also come from a corporate distributor and came to CBI about 10 years ago. For me, it was the best move ever. CBI is family owned but not new to the area as they have grown since they opened in 1925. When I was first was coming to Cheney I was told they were the little guy but once here I find out there was a lot of misinformation out there and our little warehouse had twice the products than the corporate distributor from where I came. The culture was like it was at the corporate one 20 years ago, very laid back and they let you sell without doing a report every time you walked into an account. We still have reports, we still have great comparable computer programs, and trucks with tracking and scanners, we are not backwoods as one may think. The margins were far better that I could make money and I do very well. We have other warehouses as well, 3 in Florida, one in Ga, and 3 in Carolina and that does not include our fresh seafood warehouses and our meat cutting facilities to which we order from and transfer products as well that u may have in one house and not the other. We did over 2 Billion last year so it’s pretty good. As for obstacles I would have to say our largest obstacle has been growth in the sense we cannot build out fast enough which does cause some issues but I hear all the companies have as many issues in that department. As for me, I am pretty happy with my area, my DM, and people in my district and even though we have a lot of competitors like Sys, US, PFG, and Gordon, I really don’t sweat them as the way we are set up as a company we are super competitive. U can Private Message me if u wish and we can speak by phone and I would be glad to answer any questions and point u in the right direction if u want to continue with potentially working at Cheney. Have a fantastic week, Mike
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Magic, I was still in the business I would definitely look at Cheney.
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Formerdsr yes, I know a lot of reps from other companies will read my post and think how is it so great over there? Or that I am some sort of headhunter or something. I am not saying it’s perfect but it is leaps and bounds over where I was with a major distributor. I have nothing against them, and have a lot of good friends there and will say the training they offered was great for a new rep. I will say unless someone has worked for an Independent to experience it, it sounds like hogwash. When I was not at Cheney, I even heard that they are so cheap with the prices they were doing something unethical or buying business and I will tell u without a doubt there is no way this would ever happen. It’s just good relationships and a different tier of how the Independent operates rather than a publicly traded company or a corporate entity. The fact is I had stock like many do through the company I was with, and those stockholders need to have a gain on there investment and rightfully so, I know I did. This incurs a cost to do business. Also u have to pay the kitty, these corporate companies have a base of operations that gets a piece, and again there is nothing wrong with that. This is a cost in doing business m. So even if u secure the best procurement cost of goods in the business, by the time it gets to the customer, it is watered down greatly. This is why Independents can offer such a competitive price - they operate lean and mean, at least that is my take on things.
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