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    I never felt valued by upper management as an employee for my knowledge and contributions to the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lawton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawton, MI

    I worked at Welch's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were great for the area. A lot of the employees were close friends and after awhile they became extended family.

    Cons

    Too much overtime and a seemingly lack of concern for family and quality of life outside of work by management. Always felt as if we weren't valued as people but rather only as bodies to run machines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourself in the shoes of your employees. Do their job for a week, forced and last minute overtime included. Talk to them and treat them as if they are family. After all, you spend as much daily time with them as you do with your family. Listen to them, don't just hear them talk. They have a lot of pride and have a lot to contribute to the success of the company.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reorganization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

    Great Location, USED to have passionate people, Tremendous Brand with storied history, strong marketing presence, ability to work in almost every area of the business, now has plenty of elbow room.

    Cons

    Very poor execution of recent reorganization
    3rd rate senior management team
    Terrible communication program
    Computer systems support from senior management non existent (just MAKE it work attitude)
    Senior management with no industry/business organization experience with no intent to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes the best course of action is to admit a mistake or poor judgment, then work to correct it. The attitude has been that once they make a decision, they're going forward with it regardless of the outcome. The reorganization was the most poorly executed I've ever seen. The business process re-engineering that was promised never occurred, so the work load on those left increased exponentially.
    Decisions were made with no input from the existing employees that understood the complex operating structure of the company, so many critical success factors for continued operations were missed.
    The ERP system DOES NOT WORK!!! And telling people to make it work will not fix the problem. Roll up your sleeves, sit with your employees at lowest level of the business and understand the business, the institutional environment, the cooperative system, and your business model before making changes. Your history of making change and promising to deal with the problems then falling down on that are going to kill the company!!
    Board of Directors - Challenge your senior management team!!! Find out what they're doing and verify that it will work in your line of business, with your business paradigms. Remember, although it's still a business that needs to compete against other businesses in the same industry, your company was set up as a cooperative for a reason. There are benefits and costs that come with that structure and you can't ignore them when your senior management (who has no idea what those benefits and costs are) act with blinders on against the mandates of a cooperative!!!!

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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Caveat emptor - Welch's could be great.....but isn't, and won't get there soon.

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Welch's

    Pros

    Work/life balance, though this has slipped considerably in last couple of years (2007/2008). Lots of people have left the company in last 18 months due to the bad environment here.

    Cons

    Very challenging business conditions - run by a cooperative of grape growers who are focused on very short-term profits; very limited ability to invest in upgrades to infrastructure that are very badly needed. Extremely limited in ability to invest in supporting the business (advertising/promotions/new products).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees to do more -they are willing, capable people who care. Get out of the way and let them do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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