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  • Submitted: Sun, February 17, 2002
  • Updated: Wed, March 31, 2010

  • Reported By:Raymond NH
Ryder Inc
6000 Windward Pkwy Alpharetta, Georgia U.S.A.

Ryder Inc. Allows, sexual and verbal harrasment of employees and intimidation...

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: And I can sell you a bridge in NY too...

*UPDATE Employee: Terrible HR department

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Watch Out!

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I worked for Ryder in the Integrated Logistics divsion from 1998-2001. I worked on site as a contractor for a Large Electronics /Telecommunications company, in Massachusetts. During the first year, things seemed to go well. I was the first hire after the Customer Service Manager. Who actually recommended me for the job.

We were to handle the logistics for Lucent Technologies Merrimac Valley works. I was in the Haverhill location. For the first 3 months everything seemed to be starting up very slowly. We had just taken over the logistics for a company that failed called Skyway. Nothing seemed to be going as planned. However, we were still working. I believe the Manager got cold feet and decided to give his notice of April of 1999. This left us with myself, and two other people Ryan Boccelli and Nick Kudrivitz. They came on board about 2 to 3 months after I began. I trained them both.
Nick was very headstrong and competitive. However, I feel now as if he was not being heard. Ryan was very quiet and appeared to be a good guy. We had a logistics manager Jeff Puddington, who was an excellent person. However, it was hard for him to be around alot due to him being spread thinly amongst his many projects.

I seemed to do the brunt of the work. Which was fine, because there wasn't really enough to go around. I discovered I was pregnant, I was on Maternity for eight weeks which Ryder treated me very well on. My HR person Pat Devine, seemed to be a wonderful man and very understanding. So, I thought. I was so happy with the way he treated me with my maternity. I gave my newborn son a middle name of Patrick, after Pat Devine.
Ryan however, called me on the phone during my last two weeks of maternity asking when I would be getting back. Partly, I think because he could not stand to be with Nick alone. Partly, because he was clueless to what he was doing.

I got back in September. By November, Ryan had been pushing for the Customer Service managers position. It required extensive travel at the time which I could not do with a 3 month old child at home, as well as two other small children. I supported Ryan in going for the position. He seemed eager, and I thought I knew him enough that he would be respectful and support me when it was possible for me to move ahead.
Ryan got the position. Jeff Puddington resigned a month later. I do not know what transpired. However, I believe it was not very pretty. Because he just seemed to vanish. Early in 2000, I received word thier was a noew logistics Manager, who would be in charge of Ryan and our group for Lucent as well as Graybar Electric. This man's name was Randy Young. This man is evil and the devil, posing to be a geek. He immediately made fun of my New England accent upon our first meeting and hardly said anything else.

We hardly ever saw him at the Lucent location, yet he was in charge. Lucent was paying for 4 people on site, yet all they got was 2 people for almost 1 yr. You wonder why they are going down the tubes. They were also being double charged by Ryder for thier services.

In January, Ryan brought in a female buddy of his he was going to school with at night. Paula Valvo. She had hardly any experience in transportation, but was going to college for leadership. She was hired in February. Didn't do much for about 2 months, than hardly anything after. Except talk about her alcoholic boyfreind, her jailbird brothers, and her sexual exploits of her and her boyfreinds private life.

She had absolutely no class, was a complete pig, not only morally but, physically as well. I noticed after my vacation the two of them were working together to push me out of my job. They did everything possible to be rude, obnoxious and unfair. Including taking two hour lunches for Paula to get her nails done or Ryan would leave for the rest of the afternoon to golf.
Yet I would be on cal 24 hrs a day and every weekend. Until, Paula became the lead customer service person. This lead was given to me before Jeff Puddington left while I was on maternity.

I had the most seniority and experience with the job and Lucent.
I was also in charge of all the transportation responsibilities
by the head of transportation at the two lucent locations I was working for. This meant nothing. They were trying to get me out.
Anytime I was on a project, if Ryan or Paula could not take credit for it they would take it away from me or get angry if I got credit for it or a good review. They would send pornographic emails of people eating each other poop naked. Paula would walk around all day chasing other male employees around and making sexual remarks to them. This woman was in desperate need of attention!!!

I had a great repore with the people at Lucent and they tried to ruin it as much as possible for me. Ryan was suppose to leave our location and transfer to Graybar electric. He told us before he left he was going to feel all of our breasts on the last day. He never left. Paula was always making sexual remarks and if I did a project with any of the Lucent engineers, she would ask me if we were going to get a hotel room, or make sexual remarks saying they wanted me sexually etc.
Last year on presidents day weekend, I made a complaint to Human resources to Pat Devine. A man I thought I could trust. It took over a month for him to send an HR person down. He also sent in Randy Young. After all my complaints, all they did was deny everything. He wanted me to sign a paper to come back to work, that said none of the sexual harrasment was found and I could not complain or press any more charges against them. He also made Paula Valvo the customer service manager. The person who did absolutely nothing. Was morally a complete pig, and an incredible liar. By her doing wrong and getting complained about, she received a Managers position as reward. This is Ryder Inc.

I suggest to anyone who is working for Ryder or planning too, to be very careful of those people. With all thier programs for diversity and harrasment and perks and socially responsible deeds etc. Ryder hides behind this some huge lies. Huge companies can do this. Look at Enron! They hide behind thier mask of do gooders!! I believe it's time for the unveiling of thier true colors!!

Lisa
Raymond, NH

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

And I can sell you a bridge in NY too...

AUTHOR: Haverhill, MA - (United States of America)

Wow, Lisa, you really need to check your facts.  The only true statement in this report is the first sentance.

As someone in that facility, you clearly view what happened - and your performmance - through fogged up lenses.

You should really write the facts, rather than libel people on the internet.

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#2 UPDATE Employee

Terrible HR department

AUTHOR: Ryder_ick - (U.S.A.)

I've been working for Ryder for over 10 years and I have never been able to contact HR. They don't even list a phone number. This is right from the Ryder Employee web page.
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Ask HR, Compensation & Benefits is an employee Q&A program that allows employees in the U.S. to send questions directly to human resources, compensation and benefits experts and receive answers in a timely manner. Employees can send questions via Lotus Notes to the e-mail address: "Ask HR, Compensation & Benefits" or fax them to (305) 500-****.
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Only managers have access to Lotus Notes and not wanting my manager to know what I was contacting HR about I can only resort to the fax and that goes un-answered.
My rebuttal has to do with Pat Devine and his incompetence. He came to speak at one of our town hall meetings one year and was talking about appearance and uniforms and representing the company.

Anyway to make a long story short he basically said to our all male location When Friday comes around and you all get paid and you go to the bank and there is a fat ugly girl working behind the counter you're not going to want to bank there anymore. You will find another bank to do business with.

No joke! Not one person even flinched at that comment and all the big bosses were there. I walked over to the top people of our account and asked what they thought about what he said. They said he didn't mean it that way. What the hell did he mean then?

They would harass our assistant manager anyway so they were just a bunch of pigs anyway, who also way overcharged the account I work for. Managers transferring a boat from one state to another that was bought by one and they met half way and charged the mileage to the company we are working for. I'll have to write my own Rip Off report because I can go on and on about Ryder.
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Watch Out!

AUTHOR: Brian - ()

Harassment is definitely overlooked. As an employee who had to quit due to threats from a coworker, Ryder (now connected with Budget) doesn't care about anyone. The Human Resources department is a joke!
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