Smithfield Foods
2.7 of 5 45 reviews
www.smithfieldfoods.com Smithfield, VA 5000+ Employees

Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2014
Smithfield Foods – US – “the box room@smithfield 2009”

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2.7 45 reviews

                             

43% Approve of the CEO

Smithfield Foods President, CEO, and Director C. Larry Pope

C. Larry Pope

(23 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Old plantation mentality

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent compensation, some of the most knowledgable people in pork

    ConsHarsh culture, lack of progression/succession planning. Company has too many layers of management, and most have "meat packer" mentality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you aspire to be a CPG, you're going to need better people and flatter org structure to achieve it. You also need to get rid of the good ole boy fraternity since it keeps some of the dead bodies around.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Smithfield, VA

    Pros- Decent compensation
    - Approachable Management, especially at the IOC level

    Cons- Large disconnect between Smithfield Foods and the other IOC's. Smithfield Foods appears to be the golden palace.
    - Definitely no true middle management. The company likes to give inflated titles to employees, ie - a "Manager" will be performing primarily analyst type duties.
    - You definitely work for every $$ you earn.
    - Lack of true leadership throughout the company, Smithfield Foods and IOC's

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere aren't no many pros

    ConsHours during certain times of the year

    Advice to Senior ManagementTightn up

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    LEMON

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tar Heel, NC

    ProsGreat compensation. The people are caring and experienced.

    ConsA lot of uncertainty about the future. Keep rotating the same ineffective people around. Very little diversity. So many layers of management. Poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't assume people are idiots because they do things differently than you. It is demeaning and demoralizing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsPay is decent and in line with industry

    ConsBenefits, and management is very sub par

    Advice to Senior ManagementLose the attitude

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked,Underpaid and thrown away.

    Quality Control Inspector (Former Employee)
    Smithfield, VA

    ProsIf you can bring yourself to kiss the boss's butt you can advance and do pretty well. If you can't you
    end up like me! See above.

    ConsLong hours, Cold damp environment, low wages.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees as the assets they are. Don't just use them and throw them away.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Everyone is out for themselves

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Smithfield, VA

    ProsYou get a free ham at Christmas.

    ConsUpper mamagement is only concerned with their own careers. It is not a pleasant place to work because the mentality is to draw blame on others instead of working together to acheive a common goal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smithfield doesn't value employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Smithfield, VA

    ProsWe get a free ham for Christmas.

    ConsThere limited potential for growth unless you are in with the who's-who. There is also an uncertainty about layoffs. Employees were let go with not reason other than we don't need you after 30 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to employees and make the workplace enjoyable. Happy employees make for productive employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to use for experience, don't let them get their hooks in your for long term.

    Director (Former Employee)
    Smithfield, VA

    ProsGreat place to gain experience if you are starting out, but use them and leave them.

    You will gain enough experience (trial by fire) in 2 to 4 years that you will be very marketable elsewhere. The exposure and stories you will have for the next interview table will make you seem like a 10 year veteran in whatever field you may choose.

    ConsPeople are disposable and the margins are very low and at times non-existant. This is a mix that is recipe for disaster.

    As with other commodities when the market turns look out because the senior management knees start jerking in reaction. Senior leadership talks a good game and says the right thing, but at the facility level the employee conditions are terrible and at times 3rd world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to your roots.

    At one time senior management was aware of the community and had ties to all levels of the plants. You've gotten to big for your own britches. Senior division management is just trying to keep their jobs not make long term decisions that are a benefit to the company and the people that work for them, it is scary to work under them. You can talk about ethics and doing the right thing all you want, but actions speak louder than words and are remembered much longer.

    Your union troubles are a result of corrupt practices that just give the union more ammunition to use against you. They won't win, but it won't be because your Division VPs and Facility Managers are doing the right things to keep them from winning.

    Get back to your roots and listen to your community, not your VPs that are running scared and wondering when they are next on the block.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was ok but not a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsUsually 45-50 hours of work per week. Most people were nice, but everyone was stress out and depressed.

    ConsNew management made everyone hate their job. Most people quit shortly. Most people were felt negatively about the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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