BakeMark Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    It's getting worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's been stable work... That's it!

    Cons

    Backbiting, no backing of management, do or die. Make me to angry to continue...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Screwed up mess - ZERO STARS!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Team culture, results oriented. Nice office environment.

    Cons

    BakeMark CEO is a self serving, write up and or fire the under-performers, out for himself individual! Only cares about himself. Not truthful to his team members. Can look you in the eye and lie with confidence. He's the master. Decisions based on personal opinions of people, not results. Flawed budget process sets you up for failure. Very few survive his wrath and if you do, you are tainted for life!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Global CEO for PE firm and BakeMark CEO don't deserve their roles. Flawed leadership, deceitful, backstabbers. Keep your promises to your associates! Do not be caught lying to your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad Leadership and The Results...

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing/R&D in Pico Rivera, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing/R&D in Pico Rivera, CA

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

    Pros

    The people below the senior level really do care but it doesn't matter because the damage is done...

    Cons

    The current CEO ran this place into the ground! The company is going through major changes but the damage caused by is done. The attitude of senior leadership is why BakeMark is trailing behind all the competitors in the industry. Although the restructuring is in full swing and the current CEO has been demoted to Vice President of Supply Chain, fear still exists in many of his current/former direct reports. Fortunately, in the new organization, CSM Bakery Solutions, there appears to be a higher level of education and business leadership skill required so hopefully this won't happen again. The problem for anyone in the new company is that Parker still has responsibility for Supply Chain, an area he knows very little about. Too bad for anyone who reports to this guy going forward. Hopefully for their sake, the Senior Management team will keep him and his self-serving, paranoid ideas in check.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shame on you for letting someone rule the organization with a self serving agenda and none of you had the courage to stand up to him. Shame on you for obeying and entertaining ridiculous ideas, bad leadership and constant putting people down for a self-serving hidden agenda at the expense of so many employees who truly care about the company. Shame on you for not standing up to Parker's paranoia and not talking sense into to him.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Why so much turnover?

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Management has achieved its goal. There has been a 75% turnover of the national sales force in 3 years. Talent has left the building. Why? The reduction of commission structure to favor management and their bonuses. A "Big Brother" is watching mentality, instituted by the President. Feel free to propose a new idea, it won't go anywhere.

    Cons

    See above. Little foresight or vision. GM's have all the local power and toe the company line, perhaps out of a sense of blind loyalty or self preservation. During previous President company was more open and flourished. Now after huge turnover, replacements are ignorant to their plight. But I'm sure the EBITA is looking fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agree with other comments. New management is needed, even if the current President is achieving desired bottom-line results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong Potential, Risk of dysfunctional culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BakeMark (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture to be the best. Very customer focused. Great health benefits. Easy to approach and talk to the executive team. Annual golf tournament for sales organization. Stable and growing. In business since 1928. Profitable even through 2007-2009 financial crisis. Very little political turfs.

    Transitioning into a global company beyond North America.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in some areas. Very lean. High workload. Very high expectations on its sales force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's very little turf and silo across departments in BakeMark. Which is why there's very little political battles. All energy is focused on getting business done. This is in jeopardy with the merging of the cultures. You are not being careful about the transition into being one global team. The organizational design and the people leading the new roles are bringing the silo culture into BakeMark. You will find in the next 60-90 days if this is not stopped, you will lose the "One team, One dream" culture that has been so effective.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Beginning Very Disappointing End

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company until the Jim Parker era.

    Cons

    Company became very Orwellian during the Jim Parker rein.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Squandered talent

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    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Some, but very few great people who genuinely put forth effort to succeed. Most staff just operates with a CYA attitude

    Cons

    Management focuses only on spread sheets and does not listen. Garbage in garbage out. The approach seems to be take the market hostage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example, stop the intimidation and act like what you claim to be. If you are the industry leader, regain the markets confidence by operating with consistency and class. It is evident to whomever has their eyes open who needs to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Bad Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Low stress. Since employees are not allowed to think for themselves, the actual "decision making" pressure most of us expect from a job does not exist here.

    Cons

    Very we Upper Management. The current CEO, Jim Parker, makes all the decisions and has surrounded himself with the best "Yes men" in the business. He belittles people and their ideas. It is his way or the highway day in and day out. It is amazing to watch the entire group sign up for bad ideas and business propositions because none of them possess the courage to give a contrary opinion to what Jim Parker says. It doesn't matter what functional area of the business you are talking about - Jim Parker is the expert in all of them!!! NOT! He manages by fear and intimidation. He fails to listen to sound, fact based proposals. It is clear that his own insecurities are what drives this behavior, but the issue is the negative impact it has on morale and people's willingness to speak up. He prefers to keep all people in the dark, and as a result, communication and alignment are practically non-existant. His philosophy is not to let any one individual gain too much knowledge so that only he is allowed to know everything. He keeps everything a secret and trusts no body. He is very quick to put blame on people who had nothing to do with the actual problem. Jim's limited financial understanding restricts his effectiveness at managing a business that has multiple solutions at its disposal to solve problems. BakeMark focuses mainly on Margin growth. The issue is that to maintain margin, price increases occur frequently. Many customers are lost along the way because they can get product cheaper elsewhere. As these customers leave, the result is to take additional price increases to make up for the loss and to maintain Margin. This vicious cycle happens over and over and over again. What management is failing to realize is that the customer base is eroding and the business (mostly commodities) can not continue to support senseless, unjustified price increases over time.

    For raises and bonuses, no explanation is given to why you receive the amount you do. Several employees just say "Don't ask, it is Jim's call who gets what."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is sad to see how BakeMark operates. There is tremendous potential but not with Jim in the CEO seat. It is too bad that such senior people all submit to Parker's style and don't speak up. Lose the attitude that BakeMark is the be all, end all and #1 in the industry. This arrogance is blinding you to reality. Senior Management changes are needed in Sales, Finance, Marketing and the CEO level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dear Rhone Capital....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good employees with lots of business aptitude still exist at many levels (except executive) through out the company. Promote the right people to leadership positions. Hire outside people to lead only if they have a successful track record with lots of positive comments.

    Cons

    Too many to name but let's start with the primary problem, the executive Management Team and the current president, 80% of those individuals need to be let go. They rule thru intimidation and oppress free thinking and innovation. Micro managing General Managers, Sales, Operations, Purchasing, Marketing, etc is their standard operating procedure. If you offer another view, no matter how successful, you will be shown the door.

    If they offer you a large salary for an opening, don't take it, run away. It usually means they want you for your connections then once they have them, you will be let go (unless your a yes man).

    Bonus: you're eligible after 2 years
    PTO: 3 weeks total, no additional sick time or floaters
    401k: yes
    Tuition reimbursement: no way, they don't pay you to think
    Everything else is pretty standard and generally out of date with most companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to change the course and nature of a fleet of ships, you start by getting rid of the admiral and their staff, not the crew. Rhone Capital, you have a great company that has so much potential to be that very profitable investment you want it to be, however, the current EMT has the track of delivering poor results over the past years. Their current strategy of hiring key people across the country because of their connections will fail not because it is a bad idea but because they have completely demoralized the employees they are supposed to be leading. The EMT lacks vision and innovation. They are using normal tactics found in this industry, growth through acquisition. Yes, these are tried and true methods but the companies "good will" is in the toilet, which will lower your ROI when you try to sell the company.

    Every review about this company is negative and is pointed at the leadership. Fix the leadership problem and you will be able to sell the company way north of 3 times it's annual earnings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    By law, they do have to pay you for the work you do, or believe me, they would figure out a way not to.

    Cons

    Company is all about numbers only. They are way overpriced in the market. Service levels are terrible. Management says to bring them deals to make, and then can't because of corporate padding. They pay WAY less than industry standards. Run, don't walk from this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have someone who has actual been a salesman who has actual been on the street have a say in what the company is doing. Upper management is ABSOLUTELY clueless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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