Darling International Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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Darling International Chairman and CEO Randall C. Stuewe
Randall C. Stuewe
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    WORST UPPER MANAGEMENT EVER - Thank goodness I found out before investing too much time!

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    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Specialist in Cold Spring, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Specialist in Cold Spring, KY

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    Very talented lower echelon people working really hard to drive innovative initiatives to improve the company. Friendly, but driven so hard settling in, getting to know them and connecting is impossible.

    Cons

    Family business that was all about it's people and customers was sold and now operated and managed by people that care ONLY about how much upper management can make. Benefits and pay are substandard. Management makes decisions on the fly without much thought. Example: Thousands of dollars invested to create a department and hire 10 employees. After 9 months the department manager told they are doing a fantastic job. In mid Dec. 2014 he is told they would all get a raise after the first of the year and a meeting was scheduled to discuss the raises and goals for the team. Two weeks later on Jan 5th 2015 upper management calls an "impromptu meeting" and tells all of them they are without a job effective immediately, the department is being eliminated, there will be no severance, benefits will cease that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the hard work and talent that enables them to be where they are, making the salary they do. Remember these are human beings that invest time and energy and at the very least deserve respect. It is possible to run a successful company and maintain integrity and compassion but only if the right people are in charge. Lastly, consider adopting a RECYCLING program. I was shocked to see they do not recycle given the fact it is basically what their business is all about. Recycling for the sake of making money is just as important as recycling to save the planet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    They Were Okay Before The Merger With Griffin

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    Former Employee - Transportation in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Transportation in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Darling International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Darling's plan was better before the merger, but the compensation is still the best in the business for drivers.

    Cons

    Fear is the go-to management tool. Women and minorities can forget advancement. Top-heavy and fantastically inept. Customers are unhappy. Workers are unhappy. Management is headless and heartless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop abusing the entry level. No one sticks around for longer than a few years, even in a down economy. The result is your first line of customer contact is always brand-new people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    absolutely horrible, nothing told to you, horrible work conditions and expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    no reason to work with them.

    Cons

    long hours, huge expectations, expect you to be a slave to you work, no personal life, horrible management, poor ethics and integrity of leadership and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at some other professional companies, and follow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Poster child for IT 'Worst Practices'

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    Great environment. Lunch is provided with healthy options. Cubes are spacious and private enough. People are fairly friendly. Irving location is convenient.

    Cons

    CTO is all about buzzwords but does not know the technology well enough to apply it correctly. Database is a disaster! They do not have anyone on site who has DBA training. The database was developed by non-professionals. When poor coding standards were pointed out (with documentation), management responded negatively and personally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're growing fast but your foundation is sand. If you do not hire professionals and LISTEN to them and ACT on their concerns, your system will fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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