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

Pros
  • Good benefits, opportunity to grow (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent compensation, good benefits, they still offer a pension for long-term employees (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • you can trust no one, and this place literally makes me want to kill myself (in 3 reviews)

  • New management made everyone hate their job (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Old plantation mentality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation, some of the most knowledgable people in pork

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    If 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Interesting Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Smithfield Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There aren't no many pros

    Cons

    Hours during certain times of the year

    Advice to Management

    Tightn up


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  5. LEMON

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great compensation. The people are caring and experienced.

    Cons

    A 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 Management

    Don't assume people are idiots because they do things differently than you. It is demeaning and demoralizing.


  6. Smithfield

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent and in line with industry

    Cons

    Benefits, and management is very sub par

    Advice to Management

    Lose the attitude


  7. Helpful (1)

    Overworked,Underpaid and thrown away.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Smithfield, VA

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Long hours, Cold damp environment, low wages.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as the assets they are. Don't just use them and throw them away.


  8. Everyone is out for themselves

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a free ham at Christmas.

    Cons

    Upper 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 Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  9. Smithfield doesn't value employees.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

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

    Pros

    We get a free ham for Christmas.

    Cons

    There 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 Management

    Listen more to employees and make the workplace enjoyable. Happy employees make for productive employees.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Smithfield, VA

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    People 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 Management

    Get 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.


  11. It was ok but not a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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



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