Companies to Watch: Coca-Cola
Industry: Food and Beverage
Headquarters: Atlanta, Ga.
CEO: Muhtar Kent
Coke's business is built on a franchise model. The Coca-Cola Company manufactures concentrates that are sold to distributors, who then go on to bottle, package and sell the product to the markets they represent. This means that there are three major players that comprise Coca-Cola's business operations in the United States.
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated (CCBC) is the second-largest distributor of Coke products in the states. Their territory covers most of the Southeastern United States.
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is the largest U.S. distributor of Coca-Cola products. Their territories cover the majority of the remaining U.S. markets.
In recent years Coca-Cola has experienced significant growth in its markets outside the United States. What this means for job seekers is that Coca-Cola is hiring at its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., and its corporate offices around the world, in order to manage and oversee this growth.
Since CCE and CCBC both represent domestic operations, both companies are hiring for various local production and distribution centers, as well as for their respective corporate offices. Those interested in a career with CCE should check out their corporate webpage.
One tip from McGuire works at Coca-Cola, but you might find success with this tactic at other companies. He advocates connecting your past with your potential future. "I have found that there are times in the interview process where the right person is able to connect an example from their past experience that perfectly fits what the interviewer is looking for in the conversation," he says.
People always want to know what it was like working for Coca-Cola, the most recognized brand name in the world. I worked for the company for seven years and whenever anyone asks, I tell them that it was good, bad and ugly; but mostly, it was good.
When I first applied at Coca-Cola I was told I wasn't eligible for a sales position because I did not have any beverage experience. I was so mad that they did not even want to give me an interview, I promised myself I would get a job there, no matter what it took ...
A Peek Inside Coca-Cola
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