Smithfield Foods

www.smithfieldfoods.com
Profile Unclaimed

Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
10 Reviews
4.0
10 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Smithfield Foods President, CEO, and Director C. Larry Pope
C. Larry Pope
10 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

10 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Tarheel, NC
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Tarheel, NC

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    Good Pay. Decent Growth Opportunity.

    Cons

    Nothing really, it's a hard environment to work in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Dependable hard worker that get job completed

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

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training helping others to move forward in there duties

    Cons

    Preparing the products with proper spices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amicable, friendly, not-too-demanding work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Refrigeration/Utilities Intern in Tarheel, NC
    Former Intern - Refrigeration/Utilities Intern in Tarheel, NC

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Can'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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Good job, but must be willing to work hard

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

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Many 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

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding

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

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

    Pros

    good benefits, policies, safety,environmental etc,

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee's, better pay in some areas.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Competative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Plant City, FL
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Plant City, FL

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    industry leader and know entity

    Cons

    field management politics are a minefield

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    good pay but hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Processing and Packaging in Grayson, KY
    Current Employee - Processing and Packaging in Grayson, KY

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    most jobs dont require any lifting whatsoever,

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Clinton, NC
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Clinton, NC

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wizard Knife Operator
    Current Employee - Wizard Knife Operator

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

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

    Cons

    the 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Work
    Current Employee - Line Work

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    benafits and good about given breaks and overtime.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

Smithfield Foods Photos

the box room@smithfield 2009

+ Add Photo

Work at Smithfield Foods? Share Your Experiences

Smithfield Foods

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.