Barilla Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good people. Great place to work. Management stiffled by corporate office.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL

    I have been working at Barilla full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere to work in. Great place for recent college grads.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity for long term employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some levels so employees have something to aspire to.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst experience ever

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Barilla full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The idea behind the company and the values the "Family" still believes in (or not?).
    Some colleagues
    Health benefits.

    Cons

    No meritocracy. HR doesn't exist, at all. The "Family" doesn't have a clue of what happens in their company. As soon as you leave, you understand how much your career can fly!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiding and start taking decision (if you're able to take any...)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people, no growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL

    I worked at Barilla full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, especially at the plants, good benefits

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, still somewhat male focused, poor management skills, poor communication even within direct department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will continue to lose good employees if you do not offer opportunities for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, but not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL

    I have been working at Barilla full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people, great benefits, free pasta & sauce! Preliminary feedback on new CEO is extremely positive, however he hasn't been there very long.

    Cons

    Seems like there is a lot of dead weight in some departments and extremely overworked employees in others. Management is inconsistent with how they run the office. Some are strict enforcers of HR policies, whereas others don't care as long as you get your job done. It creates a lot of friction between employees. Very limited growth potential. No matter how hard one works, there seems to be a lack of appreciation. I have noticed a dramatic increase in stress and tension company-wide. People seem run-down & burned out and there is no end in site. Budgets have been cut in every aspect of the company which has also led to a lot of stress. While the company seems to be doing well, salary caps mean you'll probably longer get a raise, and even small raises are few and far between. The main reasons people are leaving are because they feel underpaid (and they are - Barilla is known for not having competitive salaries), unappreciated and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight and use their salaries to reward those who work their tails off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The food is great...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barilla full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Culture used to be wonderful, declined with new leadership

    Cons

    Not focused with new leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to what works

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Brand, Good Environment... Excellent place to get experience in a Private Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Bannockburn, IL

    I worked at Barilla

    Pros

    Great products, Great Brand, Good pay, Excellent benefits. Culture is obsessive about product quality. Great advertising and cool PR activities. The company hires very talented people, pays well and provides an environment where work balance is attainable. Medical benefits are A+. Office facilities are colorful, with natural light and great amenities. Business is growing, which is always a positive.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. Sales department is the business driver. There is an opportunity for better cross departmental team dynamics. Working on pasta business is very motivating, but it is tougher if your responsibilities are in sauce where growth has been difficult to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for people to get cross department experience as a substitute for upward mobility.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Chance to take responsibility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cologne (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cologne (Germany)

    I have been working at Barilla full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very nice and open colleagues
    - Own ideas are heard and if they are convincing you can implement them
    - International environment
    - A lot of employee benefits (lunch, discount on own products, company doctor, health measures, pension, ...)

    Cons

    - Quite high workload, but of course it is up to oneself how much time you really invest and how much you focus and prioritize

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very formative and intensive

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    Current Employee - Tax Specialist  in  Parma (Italy)
    Current Employee - Tax Specialist in Parma (Italy)

    I have been working at Barilla full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Personal growth and training on the job

    Cons

    It is still a company with a familiar mindset

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention to the remuneration of the people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barilla

    Pros

    good work-life balance in the company

    Cons

    the top management is not really able to handle multiple tasks

  11.  

    A family owned company, with great business potential but not really attractive for talents

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Barilla full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Barilla has a very friendly work environment, plenty of nice & professional people. The business itself and the Categories the company works in, offer great opportunity for business growth. the company has a very challenging growth plan and it is in rapid expansion.

    Cons

    Barilla offers limited career opportunities, although the company presence is worldwide, there are only few operative office and branches all around the world. key position are often occupied by old-fashion italian manager, strongly holding their position in HQ.
    Salary level is average: when joining the company you can get great deals, but once inside there is not a clear salary review policy and in any case we are talking of ridiculous salary growth. Employes on the other side are quite protected and normally the base salary is high, while STI or extra bonus remains on the low side.
    it is an extremely bureaucratic and rigid company, Italy-centric, with high resistance to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking to be board members of a huge multinational group. you are not. focus on strategic problems and fix all the organization issues which prevent the company to take off. Get rid of many many people in HQ which are old style and slow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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