ConAgra Foods

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ConAgra Foods Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
285 Reviews
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ConAgra Foods President, CEO, and Director Gary M. Rodkin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be good depending on your manager (in 33 reviews)

  • Excellent pay and benefits, and the company values are outstanding (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance because of cutting positions to the bone (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper Management need to create co-authorship with employee (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work as long as you can keep your mouth shut and stay off managements radar.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Assistant/Maintenance Mechanic in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Production Assistant/Maintenance Mechanic in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Production employees on the floor are some of the best I have ever worked with. Safety is a top priority driven by the production employees. Everyone is always looking out for you to make sure you are working safely. Veterans are always willing to take the time to teach you new things as long as you are willing to learn. Clean facility, requires constant attention over the course of your shift. For the most part everyone helps contribute to this goal. I've heard stories about the corporate world and how they don't care about their employees. I never got that feeling working there. I worked as a production assistant for 6 years and loved it. Then took a position in maintenance (Against my better judgement) and it all went downhill from there.

    Cons

    12 Hour shifts, some like it some don't. Seniority rules so you will eventually get put on night shift. They allow you to accumulate vacation time, but it is next to impossible to use it. If you are unfortunate to get on an improvement team then you usually have to come in on your day off for meetings. Over managed, the left hand of management doesn't know what the right hand is doing most of the time. It's hard to talk to your boss because they change structure weekly and you can't keep track of who you report to. There are opportunities for advancement as long as you are willing to take the position that management wants you to do. Even if you are qualified and there is an opening, the manager of that department has to like you in order to be considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the most part management will leave you alone if you are doing your job. But watch your back because if they have to throw you to the wolves to cover their mistake they won't hesitate. I developed a severe distrust over the last couple of years because I was coerced into taking a promotion (Against my better judgement) by promising me things they couldn't deliver like training and school. And then being stuck in that position because I was told I wasn't qualified for any other position in the plant. When an employee tells you they don't feel safe in their current position take the time to listen and consider their situation. That is if you care whether or not the person stays or leaves. I was told "management doesn't care if I quit" I didn't want to believe that was true. But I found out on my last day all of my fellow production employees went out of their way to wish me luck. But, none of the managers bothered to even say goodbye to me. I didn't want to quit, but didn't have a choice and I can't say I didn't give you the opportunity to keep me there.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, OT for supervisors, total income 70k+.
    Not micro managed. Hours are great, flexibility if needed, and great benefits with low costs for salary folks. Obviously only option is 401k so No retirement or pension.

    Cons

    HR at plant level doesn't take care of hourly workers as they should. Union and management rarely agree causing a high amount of disgruntled employees. When issues are resolved then it's not communicated causing more stress for supervisors especially off shifts. Advancement is not a reality unless relocated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Quality Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, room for growth/development, great goal settings, encourages learning opportunities, good working environment, vacation time

    Cons

    Not consistent in process, too many meetings, benefits lacking, lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it consistent and schedule less meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Hermiston, OR
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Hermiston, OR

    I have been working at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, starting salary, and chance for upward advancement.

    Cons

    Shift work, too much expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Big on safety.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Labor in Boardman, OR
    Current Employee - General Labor in Boardman, OR

    I have been working at ConAgra Foods full-time

    Pros

    I have that they provide all the necessary tools and equipment needed to be successful.

    Cons

    This would be the rotating shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

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

    Practice in Patience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance depending on management/position. Many talented people walking the halls of corporate headquarters. Many chances to integrate with higher levels of the organization. Company is pushing hard with their "Teach and Trust" motto which is great for learning in most cases. Good employee resources available.

    Cons

    Tough to climb the ladder at times - Top heavy organization. "Sugar-coating" occurs at various levels over and over again. Unbalanced resource allotment across functions - very heavily staffed in some places while over-working employees in others. Dealing with an "Art" vs. "Science" crossroads where too much authority rests within marketing personnel hands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let bad news go to the top where decisions can be made to remedy. Don't overlook local talent - top business schools does not equal top talent. Even out the allocation of resources, (eliminate multiple managers for same individuals) and the whole organization will benefit from improved outlooks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ConAgra's evolution......

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Finance in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Director Finance in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Never a dull moment as the Company changes and evolves. Plenty of opportunities to have an impact and show your worth. The culture today is hghly collaborative and imaginitive and continues to evolve as it integrates new acquisitions. Benefits are well rounded and the Company continues to fight to keep costs low for employees. My team is fantastic with highly engaged, trusting, collaborative and imaginative team that empowers all levels to maximize results and impact on the Company.

    Cons

    Talent management philosophies and execution are maturing, but range across the company - so are dynamic and progressive and some functions are antiquated. Recent restructuring has shrunk the corporate workforce which has resulted in negative press which is understandable but not an accurate picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accelerate growth in talent management and accelerate efforts in simplification and execution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good internship program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at ConAgra Foods as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay
    rotational style program allows for learning in many different areas of IT
    exposure to IT management

    Cons

    lack of work for interns at times, even when continuously seeking work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Quality job, co-workers and management in general but stress can be high and job security somewhat low.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for learning new skills and personal growth. Pay is fair for the industry and benefits are good. I have had good relations with all levels of employees with almost no issues. Promotions are offered or given to those who have earned them. There is rarely an issue with how or when one takes vacation time. I get the impression that management at all levels cares about me.

    Cons

    Many employees are at a disadvantage for advancement or raises if they are not working out of the Omaha headquarters. I think this is because the corporate movers and shakers in Omaha will not know you and your contributions very well. Constant major changes in business procedures, computer software, and turnover in upper management can be very stressful. Depending upon your job, meetings and trainings can often take up to 50% of your work day making it necessary to put in longer hours to finish important actual bottom line work contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reducing the almost constant juggling of positions/responsibilities of your middle and upper management. I think this creates many "jack of all trades" with few masters. I also feel this is unfair to their quality of life. IDP and PMP expectations are very stressful and can take up much valuable work time. Consider eliminating them. After all, you will know if fiscal goals are being reached on time and people who want to "improve" themselves are free to do so. For the rest of us, what is wrong with simply doing a great job?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    My experience at ConAgra Foods was excellent at my plant.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at ConAgra Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Continuous Improvement and engagement of manufacturing personnel were a strong emphasis that I believed in. Quarterly review of my goals and career in 1 on 1's was essential and a program I stood by wholeheartedly. Continued investment in leaders, leaders in training, and development of employees got better during my 3+ years. Value of supporting Ending Child Hunger was evident, real, and a focus.

    Cons

    The company is focused on what it should be: earnings and growth. However, much is left on the table about investing in the plants, and then acquiring other companies to achieve hyper growth expectations laid out by the board and execs. When the overlap of capacity occurs, the investment in the plants can result in high performing plants closing, instead of closing lower performing plants, and move that production into a more effective plant further on it its engagement and cont' improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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