Chiquita Brands

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Chiquita Brands Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
69 Reviews
2.9
69 Reviews
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Chiquita Brands President & CEO Edward F. Lonergan
Edward F. Lonergan
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of free bananas and a very clean and modern work environment (in 11 reviews)

  • The company has always been family friendly and promotes and lives up to a good work / life balance (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management struggles to recognize improvements (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management is the problem people in charge don't know what is going on and don't really care (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    IT CO-OP intern

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    Former Employee - IT Co-op Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - IT Co-op Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Chiquita Brands as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Beautiful building. Most people are very friendly and cooperative. End of semester presentation in front of high level management is great practice in public speaking.

    Cons

    Way below average pay. The rotational IT co-op program sometimes puts you in groups where there is no work to be done. Other groups will work you non-stop. This is a better internship for SIS than CS majors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the interns present the work they are doing on a weekly basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great diversity and growth opportunities!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diverse culture, always innovating and in the cutting edge of produce.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is a struggle. Senior Management struggles to recognize improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to go back to the family environment of the past. Stop and recognize milestones and improvements.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Big decisions have lasting effects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Demand Planning/Network Planning in Salinas, CA
    Former Employee - Demand Planning/Network Planning in Salinas, CA

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and managers, emphasis on personal growth, reasonable travel schedule, cross functional training, competitive salaries and good promotion program. Puts money into certain technologies

    Cons

    Some senior management blunders over the past 10 years have hurt company growth. Supposed opportunities when moving the headquarters to another city did not always materialize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with winning strategies and not just copy cat strategies that spur growth instead of constant cost cutting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to learn the produce business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, iconic brand name.

    Cons

    Changing management, shifting objectives, unclear growth strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve employees early in the process when significant strategic changes will be made so customer service does not suffer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a good experience however I think that in order for it to be you must be committed, optimistic and patient.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company has good benefits. There are opportunities for advancement however you must seek them out and work all angles.

    Cons

    The air of uncertainty due to changes the company is going through has affected office moral, employee turnover, and confidence in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out there, talk to your employees not just by email statements. Take some time and come down from your pedestal and approach your employees, see the office and employees and experience what goes on. It's been said we are the company, well experience the company and not from within your glassed office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    In salads, Mid to Sr. level management is the problem; the ones making the bad day to day decisions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great employees, benefits are cheaper than a lot of comparable companies. If you're willing to work, the opportunity is there. Pay was comparable for me, but I know other reviews say differently.

    Cons

    The executive team has a good plan, but that plan falls on deaf ears of VP and Sr. Managers who are supposed to carry out those plans. I think everyone wants to get to the same goal, but a small handful of director level from the previous Fresh Express days think their way is the best way.

    On the salad side, the company is customer focused, to a fault. There are Sr. Managers and VP level with sales backgrounds trying to be operational leaders, without operational experience. The company continues to lose money based on the "do anything to sell 1 case" model. Just tell some customers the truth with a "No, we can't service you". Instead, big promises are made to customers and Fresh Express/Chiquita loses money all in the name of service. Several departments communicate and call out these risks, but at the end of the same director level up make operational calls, based on their past sales experience.

    Collaboration is great among team members and manager level. Well thought out decisions are made based on weighing out of pros/cons by entire project teams. Unfortunately, even some unanimous decisions are overturned by the same people mentioned above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the restructurings that have been done in the last 3-4 years. You know that small handful of director/VP level people that have moved up, then down, then sideways, been retitled, etc. Stop moving them around and changing titles, and instead move them out!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Business Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chiquita Brands

    Pros

    Nice environment, good people, not a lot of pressure.

    Cons

    Decade long cost cutting and searching for direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal promotion would have made a big difference.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hoping to grow with a new company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work-life balance, and diverse work environment

    Cons

    Salary, disorganization, management career promotion lacks, and work overload

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work, watch out with the salary package.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands

    Pros

    it is a very competitive environment, having a large operation not only in US but in other regions around the world.

    Cons

    No material Cons. maybe the full salary benefits is not really as good as we expect. it is a very competitive environment, having a large operation not only in US but in other regions around the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No further input to advice management, maybe to make sure they really care about people within the organization, no only in US but other regions.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has been good at times, but constantly changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ripener in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Ripener in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands

    Pros

    - Above average benefits
    - Wide variety of career paths due to the nature of the industry
    - Strong commitment to promoting from within

    Cons

    - Lack of stability due to high frequency of layoffs
    - Many career paths lead to dead ends due to specialization common to the banana industry
    - Highly political environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work environment has become increasingly competative to the point of paranoia. There is a struggle in the production areas between production and quality which has seemingly caused a reduction in overall banana quality over recent years.

    No opinion of CEO

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