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Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
57 Reviews
2.6
57 Reviews
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Smithfield Foods President, CEO, and Director C. Larry Pope
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Review Highlights

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)

  • If you love inefficiencies, high-stress levels, inept senior management and the constant reminder that you (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Its a Job and Nothing Else.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production\Mechanic in Tar Heel, NC
    Current Employee - Production\Mechanic in Tar Heel, NC

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    For the area the pay is good. Good benefits. Some advancement opportunity. Great coworkers. An experience you will never forget.

    Cons

    No Hiring Requirements set in place, so anyone can take your job and anyone can become management. Management has no regards for employees welfare ( Health and/or Condition ). The Onsite Heath Care facility staff send employees back into the facility to work even though they may have complications and injuries. Management does not listen to employee suggestions on how to improve performance. Working conditions are extremely hard on the body ( Repetitive Motion upto Two ~ Three thousand times a day, maybe more ). Temperatures very in every department from 100° to as low as -40°. Alot of seven day work weeks at 8 -10hrs a day. Allowance of 6 1/2 Points system before termination (for every missed day you receive 1 Point, late arrival is 1/2 point. If you dont call ahead for either you receive an extra 1 point). Management and HR department dont process paperwork as they should, which leads to payless vacations, no raises, and potential termination situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is not management material. If you have requirements set in place for hiring supervisors, follow those guidelines. Dont consider 10+ years working at the facility as the ideal candidate for that position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was okay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various Jobs Between Cut Floor and Conversion in Tarheel, NC
    Former Employee - Various Jobs Between Cut Floor and Conversion in Tarheel, NC

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hourly pay and unionized

    Cons

    Outsourcing lots of work overseas

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would be better with proper management staff.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Kinston, NC

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, convenient location for me. Diverse group of people that you work with, family feeling among my current crew/shift.

    Cons

    Above shift supervisors or lack there of, management is absolutely inefficient. There are currently 24 Mechanics/Technicians split to four, twelve hour shifts. Which is also a rotating shift so the days/nights off are never set days. The short weeks meant that you could volunteer for start up, now its mandatory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new management that knows how to run a plant of this caliber. Hire more supervisors and a lot more mechanics/technicians to do their respective duties where currently mechanics are suppose to do electrical work (even if not qualified), and electronics techs do mechanical work when they could be focusing on making it better. If parts bought for the machines where the proper parts per design, product output would be a lot higher. Etc, Etc, Etc...the list goes on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Equipment is always fixed with a bandaid. Need updated or new parts to make the production better.

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

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

    Pros

    salary is better than where I was and bonus checks are great.

    Cons

    no sick time, sometimes no days off for months at a time. equipment always down an new parts never purchaced. Just put a piece of duck tape on it an keep going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Financially Stable Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Management in Smithfield, VA

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay for similar positions unless you're an elite top exec.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's a job!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labor in Grayson, KY
    Current Employee - Labor in Grayson, KY

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good money and benefits for around this area.

    Cons

    point system!! They wont take doctor excuses and if the doctor would put you off, you still get 2 pts for the 1st day! pt out at 12 and you only get 2 pt roll back every 60 days!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    So scared of Unions that they lose middle management because of it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Clinton, NC
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Clinton, NC

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with better pay.

    Cons

    Expect supervisor to do all the work and upper management take all the credit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your management better, they use Supervisors and them dump them so lazy line people can keep jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    self rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation. Market focused, Has some real good people to work with. Adequate employee training and development programs.

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork and support from management. Disengagement by managers and co-workers. Can be a difficult environment to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not put too much credibility, ability, and advancement opportunities in only those who hold advanced college degrees. Not all jobs require it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Started off great then quickly fizzled out.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Smithfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Strong brand name. Produces a product consumed worldwide.

    Cons

    Growing disconnect between upper management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and they will take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    High stress company with very high demands of employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Smithfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Great group of coworkers, and a lot of opportunity for promotion

    Cons

    Long hours, and on call 24/7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to take their vacation and get away from the office

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