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Fresh Del Monte Produce Chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh
Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh
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    Former Employee - QA Department in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - QA Department in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to test the waters in the field of produce commodities. Use it as a stepping stone to better companies that offer a better future. At the "labor" level the people are, for the most part, good-hearted and congenial - willing to help, joke around, and be real. The benefits are competitive even slightly better than other warehouse workers. Vacation time is generous and more time can be earned in a reasonable amount of time. Sick and personal days could be better. But at least they offer them. Their maternity plans and time off are very good as well. They give out prizes for time served, and some of the prizes are pretty nice or at least useful. You will meet many people from many diverse cultures from around the world. Just know that you MUST bargain for your best deal when getting hired, because it is hard to move above that mark once you are there. It's difficult to get fired or laid off, as you will see below in the cons section- unless you really mess up. The 401K is fair, I suggest getting into it as soon as you can.

    Cons

    Immediately above the "Labor" level workers is the butt kissers, cliquish groups who never really made it in high school (thus never went to College). There are bigots and racists floating around; even so brazen to let the off color jokes out once in a while! But it mostly goes on ignored, sometimes it was laughed at because I suppose the supervisor thought "ah, they really don't mean it". The vacation days have suffered over the years, originally claims of the depressed economy causing it even though Del Monte Fresh Produce was always still making a huge profit! Sick days and personal days are coming to an end. It used to be 5 and 3 respectively; now there are just 3 pooled together. (In total almost two weeks have been revoked) It would seem that when you shake hands to accept the job, the "verbally" agreed upon deal only works one way. The pay raises NEVER go above 3% unless you are corporate. No bonuses and no Christmas parties any longer either except for the sporadic catered meal in the office. (This varies among different offices because Florida workers like HR/Corporate still enjoy group outings to Marlins games etc.- and are quick to show how much fun they had in the quarterly newsletter photos) The management can be very petty, even ignoring you when you say "good morning". Supervisors say they want to help you get more schooling but when you inquire about said education, it is never the right season...too busy now. No real advancement, and if you threaten to leave, they virtually say bon voyage! They reward laziness, ignoring those who go the extra mile to finish what needs to get done. The responsibilities between departments have gotten mixed up and truthfully, between finger pointing and jealousy, there seems to less time for productivity. And just above all the "immediate supervisors" ( Hey ever hear the one about too many chiefs and not enough Indians?) come the absentee corporate managers who tell you what they want and by a specific time but have no clue as to how to accomplish that ultimatum. The PSION system for inventory and reporting is grossly outdated (although for them its state-of-the-art; because of the amount of money invested in it). The company invests too much into college educated people who have little to no experience, and don't recognize the value of dedicated employees who have decades of experience in the field. BTW, don't expect to transfer to another location unless you do have a diploma of some sort.

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    Bring in Undercover Boss for a month... heck maybe two! In all honesty, one cannot realize how much goes on behind the lines unless you have been there for a bit of time. Believe me, the longer you are there, the better you will realize where your losses are coming from. ****I WOULD SWEAR ON A STACK OF BIBLES THAT I PERSONALLY COULD SAVE DEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE OVER $250,OOO (YES A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS) A YEAR! (AND I CAN PROVE IT!!!) *** By just making a few adjustments.

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