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Chiquita Brands Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
60 Reviews

2.8
60 Reviews
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Chiquita Brands President & CEO Edward F. Lonergan
Edward F. Lonergan
21 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of free bananas and a very clean and modern work environment (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Too political when you get closer to upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management has no strategic plan (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    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
  2.  

    Business Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hoping to grow with a new company

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    Current Employee - Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Employee in Charlotte, NC

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

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

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has been good at times, but constantly changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ripener  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Ripener in Boston, MA

    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
  7.  

    Good comapny over all

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistic Analyst  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Logistic Analyst in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    Pros

    It is in general a good company with great environment at the workplace

    Cons

    Too political when you get closer to upper management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working on IT Innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst Network  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst Network in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    Pros

    This is a challenging company

    Cons

    Does not have competitive salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More value to key employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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