JR Simplot Reviews

Updated May 17, 2015
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  1. HQ

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They value people and the work/life balance is there

    Cons

    a bit slow in decision making

    Advice to Management

    consider moving faster in the market place


  2. If you like playing politics more than actually doing your job, this is the place for you. If not, work remotely.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I worked at JR Simplot

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good 401K. Company is well respected by customers and community.

    Cons

    There are some good leaders but most of them are terrible. Not many mentors. It is very difficult to move around the company. Politics squander valuable time and resources that could be used more appropriately to the benefit of the company and it's customers. Yes, every company has the 'ole political game but wow.....the level of dysfunction is unfortunate for the many talented and dedicated employees who work there.


  3. The pay was average with an organizational structure that was unique.

    Former Employee - Process Operator in Aberdeen, ID
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Aberdeen, ID

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay was average, average benefits that included health insurance and 401K

    Cons

    3 on 3 off 12 hour shifts that took a lot to get used to


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  5. Great People, old school environment

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    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Boise, ID

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security
    pay is good
    top of the industry

    Cons

    good ol' boys club, slow pace, very reactionary, very little room to move up. Slow to embrace technology. poor vacation time,

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about hiring external hires over internal hires. Vacation time is really low. The company is fine with us staying in the same position for 25 years, today's culture is not accepting of that.


  6. Good job, but management needs to be more strict about wasting time.

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    Current Employee - Haul Truck Driver in Afton, WY
    Current Employee - Haul Truck Driver in Afton, WY

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, beautiful environment, good co-workers, safe.

    Cons

    Everyone does the bare minimum, bosses pick favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Make maintenance do their jobs and not just sit around all day.


  7. Old Fashioned, Large, and Slow Moving

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    Current Intern - Environmental Engineering Intern in Boise, ID
    Current Intern - Environmental Engineering Intern in Boise, ID

    I have been working at JR Simplot as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Other employees were friendly, and the job payed decently well. I was given a high degree of independence in my work.

    Cons

    Work was generally pretty dull, very slow moving environment made it feel like I made little impact. The cubicles and office space was pretty mundane and depressing. Very little interpersonal interaction in the job, difficult to get worthwhile feedback. Didn't feel particularly valued as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize the work environment in order to foster more creativity and innovation in the workplace.


  8. Helpful (2)

    If you like to work at a place that lives 10 years behind the curve and makes slow decisions, come here!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) The one bright spot I see for Simplot is Garrett Lofto. At my time he is/was the President of the Agribusiness division. He is articulate, smart and has a vision. Unfortunately, he is so disconnected from his plant locations and working on his vision that he needs to cut some heads. Garrett needs to develop a pipeline for the younger educated employees or he will lose them all.
    2) Everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
    3) Strong safety culture.
    4) They will invest in training for you if you can prove the need.

    Cons

    1) It takes a miracle for employees to get fired from here; hence, Garrett’s problem. If there is a stronger word for complacent, insert it as the Simplot motto.
    2) Family ran business = stupid decisions repeatedly.
    3) Terrible HR at corporate level. When I am explaining to them why they need a ROTH 401k to keep younger employees you have MAJOR issues.
    4) They created an environment 30 years ago where they promoted people based on who knows what. Now they are capping other employees because they do not meet the educational requirements. It's a two faced system that upsets a lot of great and loyal employees.
    5) Retention rate is high and they boast that, but, for younger employees under 30 its terrible!
    6) If your on the manufacturing side the locations are in the middle of nowhere. Unless you like to hunt and fish I would say promotion in Simplot is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Garrett needs to clean house in HR and in upper level manufcaturign mangement to get new ideas and blood in there.


  9. Simplot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you fit in, you're golden. The benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Some departments much better than the others.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good infrastructure, lousy work environment.

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    Current Employee - Food Group Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Food Group Employee in Boise, ID

    I have been working at JR Simplot

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive for the area. The company is very proactive with respect to systems and technology, especially for the industry they are in.

    Cons

    Succession planning and career mapping are virtually non-existent. The company frequently hires at all levels from outside and rarely promotes from within. Politics run extremely deep and hinder the company from capitalizing on the systems and infrastructure that exists.

    Advice to Management

    Promotion must come from within if the company wishes to start succeeding due to its talent and not to market-driven circumstances. Succession planning needs to actually be implemented, not just talked about.



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