Smithfield Foods
2.8 of 5 42 reviews
www.smithfieldfoods.com Smithfield, VA 5000+ Employees

Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated Mar 5, 2014
Smithfield Foods – US – “the box room@smithfield 2009”

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2.8 42 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

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

C. Larry Pope

(20 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Amicable, friendly, not-too-demanding work environment

Refrigeration/Utilities Intern (Former Employee)
Tarheel, NC

I worked at Smithfield Foods as an intern for less than a year

ProsVery pleasant co-workers being in the South. Managers were very understandable, great mentors, and open-minded; 9/80 work schedule. Work-life balance is fine. Training was minimal but I was only a summer intern and my supervisors were very understanding and didn't expect me to know everything off the bat.

ConsCan't say much about full pay/benefits/promotions as I was only a summer intern. Surrounding locale of Tarheel and rural NC is pretty sparse and devoid of much development. The plant is fairly old and grounded heavily in its traditions, so kind of old-fashioned/not really innovating much with the fast pace of technology. Information isn't shared well across departments with insufficient accountability/follow-up. Not the worst thing as it makes work less demanding but don't expect your work to lead to applied results.

Company management may be different after Smithfield was acquired by Shuang Hui in Oct 2013.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to "update" the management model of the plant as a whole. Company still feels like it's operating at the pace of pre-Internet days of the 80s/90s.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good job, but must be willing to work hard

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Smithfield Foods

ProsApproachable management
Good benefits
Smithfield is a great location for people with families and children
Lots of opportunity for advancement and professional growth

ConsMany of the positions are high pressure- thats fine for many people, but not my thing.
Location- Smithfield is not a great place for young, single people

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Manager (Former Employee)
Smithfield, VA

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

Prosgood benefits, policies, safety,environmental etc,

Consletting go of experience workers for educated workers. no promotions,

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employee's, better pay in some areas.

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Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Plant City, FL

I have been working at Smithfield Foods

Prosindustry leader and know entity

Consfield management politics are a minefield

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good pay but hard work

Processing and Packaging (Current Employee)
Grayson, KY

I have been working at Smithfield Foods

Prosmost jobs dont require any lifting whatsoever,

Conssome lines require you to lift 60-70 pound hams up onto another conveyor belt, and thats about the only hard part

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Smithfield is a very rewarding workplace with many opportunities to advance in a career.

Supervisor (Current Employee)
Clinton, NC

I have been working at Smithfield Foods

ProsIn my experience I have learned more a bout Environmental than i ever knew before and I love it. Managers have a lot to do with that. Pay is good, and the opportunities are great. If you are interested in a career at Smithfield Packing, management will help you get there. Community involvement is great. Environmental issues are handled promptly.

ConsThe only downside that i see with the company is that they don't want to spend the money to put enough people, or (the right people) in our department. When one person is out there is no one to take their place and the Supervisor has to do the job along with their own job. That results in not a lot of time for family or to take care of business matters.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to see how many hrs. Salary employees are putting into the job and compensate for the hrs. daily or cut back the hrs. I work 12 and 13 hrs. a day every day for the same pay.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hard Work But better on first shift now but my pay dropped .50 and I do the same job

Wizard Knife Operator (Current Employee)

I have been working at Smithfield Foods

ProsGood Benefits able to move up in producton good pay my hours are good now paid vacation paid holidays

Consthe point system the pain involved there are some good supervisors but there are others that dont understand the waything should be done we are the ones that do the job hands on so i believe when there is an easier way of doing the job but the same amount of work is being done and its less strain on us it should be took into concideration

Advice to Senior ManagementI know u cant put this company on tv but I believe we need to have an undercover boss come in every plant from somewhere high up in the chain so they can see for there selves the thing really going on then mabey if they try and do a job hands on they will see there are better ways of getting the right amount of production done at a smoother and more organized fashion

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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the company been great ,but managent needs help in alot of stuff!

Line Work (Current Employee)

I have been working at Smithfield Foods

Prosbenafits and good about given breaks and overtime.

Consmanagent wont lisen to workers on input in safty meeting and no team work

Advice to Senior Managementif white hats put quaity first it would be better, they just want to get the meat out the door ,so it looks better for corpate ,hourly wage people work hardes get paid lowest ,if they would pay more they would get even better ,and maybe have more team work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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