ARAMARK Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
682 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance if you are in the right account, good 401k program and benefits (in 16 reviews)

  • Ability to learn various aspects of contract management; opportunity to work in different lines of business (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • They have great training programs, great work life balance, great benefits (in 20 reviews)

  • The upper management that wasn't at the direct location was never seen (in 29 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Feel Like A PLUG_IN

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - C-8 Executive Chef in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - C-8 Executive Chef in Phila, PA

    I worked at ARAMARK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Good people who worked there.

    Cons

    Required to go up and beyond the scope of profession, example 12 hrs per day and running the stewarding as well as being responsible for the food aspect,. should have two different managers, for these kinds of responsibilities.
    came to end of quarter was laid off. Feels like just a plug in for a quarterly term, with little chance to advance or even become competent in job at hand. loading of responsibilities without proper training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep close watch on persons in the director roles. How they treat workers to get end results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    HR Director

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    large global company with many locations

    Cons

    large global company that isn't truly global

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to begin your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at ARAMARK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) Good place to begin your career
    2) Lots of training and networking opportunities
    3) Lots of opportunities for advancement

    If you are hard working and ambitious this is a great place to begin your career. There are plenty of opportunities for growth within the company and internal candidates certainly have a leg-up in the interview process.

    Cons

    1) Poor work-life balance
    2) Changing company culture that is not "Aramark" cultur

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aramark sells services (services = people) not products. There is a reason that a lot of the top talent has left over the past two years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    I've enjoyed working with the people but the work life balance is horrible.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Aramark is large company and you can move anywhere with them and can be promoted easily. The medical, and vacation benefits are great.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect with the corporate office and the field. The salaries are very low. The saying is- you have to quit and then come back to get a better salary. The work-life balance is horrible, they continue to want more and more of out of the teams and do not deliver in the compensation. Communication on new processes is confusing and majority of the time inaccurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and communicate thoroughly and accurate information. Pay your current employs well and maybe turnover would decrease.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great mobility and a great place to grow in your career.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    great people with good company values

    Cons

    very large company so sometimes you feel like a number

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of work and praise, but organizational difficulty

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Most salaried positions will allow you to work all over the country because of the spread of ARAMARK. There is a lot of work to do and you will be paid and receive bonuses, but overall the industry is not the best for someone looking to settle down or be competitive for salary.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of competitive salary, and going to the most remote locations in the States and Canada.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to employees who have ideas about how to improve work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Payroll

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payroll in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Payroll in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    The work colleagues that I met were very nic.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Wrong choice in the new CEO. Too many people, including my position, have been laid off. Many positions have been moved to Nashville, TN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more approachable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant Layoffs and Cost Cutting - not a positive outlook for the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at ARAMARK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth; company is trying to bring systems and processes into the future but are still far behind other companies in the industry

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible due to massive layoffs in the past several years; annual 2-4% 401K match - if you do not make it to September every year - no match; insurance expenses continually rising while pay is not; annual raises max out at 2% every year regardless of performance; poor employee morale; former company culture that was treasured by employees has dissipated since new CEO took over a couple years ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasis on employee recognition does not make up for lower pay and longer hours than other companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great family workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at ARAMARK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great and work-life balance is the best here. It is a family atmosphere where do things together during and after work. The benefits are comparative to the private sector.

    Cons

    Computer systems needs to be updated, outdated applications need to be changed and overall change management needs to be communicated from the top to the bottom. Compensation needs to be bumped up to be competitive in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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