JR Simplot

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JR Simplot Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
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    Simplot

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    Former Employee - Systems Service Technician in Caldwell, ID
    Former Employee - Systems Service Technician in Caldwell, ID

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Simplot offers a significant level of job security for strong contributors. Pay is competitive. Working conditions are acceptable. The people at Simplot are very friendly, and you are always made to feel welcome there.

    Cons

    The culture at Simplot does not seem to allow innovation, but innovation is expected by upper level management. It seems that there is a breakdown between corporate communicated standards, and what unit level management actually does. There is a definite barrier between hourly and salaried employees that seems to be somewhat influenced by the presence of the teamsters union. I was never a union employee, so I never could understand this separation. I do know that whenever I spoke up, I was basically told to sit down and shut up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management would be wise to somehow get a better picture of what actually goes on at the unit level. For example, audits are viewed as necessary check the box opportunities, and when the audit is over, everything goes back to as it was before. Standard Operating Procedures are nothing more than checklists that do little or nothing to prepare the worker to perform the work in a way that is consistent. Therefore the actual details that guide the performance of the task are learned through trial and error or tribal knowledge. If on the job training is used, there is no documentation of the actual OJT event. People get signed off on their job duties, many times not really knowing what they are doing or why they are doing it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I worked for J R Simpot for 5 years

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor in Moses Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor in Moses Lake, WA

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the job I had there.

    Cons

    They were good to woke for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kep employees happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    An excellent learning experience, nowhere to go

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    Supportive direct manager, good pay for the area, exciting and meaningful work

    Cons

    Mid-level management was continuously difficult to work with, limited opportunity for career growth despite corporate policies encouraging it. Problem employees were well entrenched and held power over other's careers in a very unprofessional way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your mid level managers more closely, give employees a safe avenue to report inappropriate behavior,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Production

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    Current Employee - Production in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Production in Pocatello, ID

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Not enough people or time to keep up on everything that needs done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people to keep up with ever changing challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Family business with career longevity

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Lathrop, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Lathrop, CA

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    career longevity, will invest to further training, can move up quickly if motivated.

    Cons

    Long hours, needs more accountability for those who never complete task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am seeing a change continue to drive innovation and hold accountable those who are assigned important task.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stable, focused company

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    Current Employee - Sanitation Supervisor in Othello, WA
    Current Employee - Sanitation Supervisor in Othello, WA

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a strong foundation, has a clear strategy for competing and entering new markets.

    Cons

    Many jobs are at plants and require shift work at some point in order to gain experience and move up. It can be difficult to break into the higher paying jobs, but this also shows that they are careful about who they move into upper management which in turn leads to a very strong senior management team. Poor communication skills and lack of leadership at the plant level are abundant and can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to find a way to "re-tool" the culture at the plant level. A greater focus on leadership development, although six sigma is taking us in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Job, I enjoy working here.

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lab Tech in Rock Springs, WY
    Current Employee - Analytical Lab Tech in Rock Springs, WY

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Low stress, when you leave work you don't take it home with you.

    Cons

    Petty complaining from work associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Show how hard of a worker you are and not be lazy it will pay off

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    Current Employee - QA Team in Aberdeen, ID
    Current Employee - QA Team in Aberdeen, ID

    I have been working at JR Simplot

    Pros

    I have only worked for J.R Simplot Food Group for a little over a year. In that time I have moved up to a Team Lead. The abilty to move up here is up to the person you will only get out of it what you put into it. The 12hr shifts working 3 days on and having 3 days off is the reasion I wanted to work for JR Simplot. I am happy that they do see how an employee works and will give that person a chance to move up

    Cons

    Some of the Cons to working at Simplot are not seeing people being held accountable for what they do. Managment not helping with Team Work or showing the respect for all employees equal. The biggest one is that Family is not able to work at the same place as a Team Lead or above. Lack of Team Work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people Accountable for what they do and do not do. Show the Employees that you care about what they do and reward the people who are doing good not only talk to them when the mess up. Work on Team Work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Probably the best place to work in Grand Forks, ND that pays well starting if you're applying for an operator position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND

    I worked at JR Simplot

    Pros

    Good starting wage for an operator 12 or higher, depending on shifts
    Nice team leads and management

    Cons

    Seniority. Seems like you have to work at Simplot for 20 years to snag any job or a shift. YOu can get booted from any shift from someone who as worked longer there.
    HR is a mess
    Schedules are awful, they have 4, day, evening, nights and rotation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the schedules up, hire part timers for weekends, get rid of the rotating shifts. Be flexible with schedules and quit the whole seniority thing. Performance should matter. Even sonorities don't make much compared to new hire. Find a way for people to get out of the Union.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Analytical Laboratory Technician

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Analytical Lab Technician

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits: medical, dental, vacation. Good pay for the position relative to the same position in other companies. Hours are good.

    Cons

    Not much room for growing in the a laboratory or in the company unless you are willing to go back to school and get a graduate degree and even then I know some with an MBA that have been working in the same position for years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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