Barilla Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
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  1. Great Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pasta Chef in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Pasta Chef in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Barilla full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is very understanding. Really enjoy the product and people. Everyone is a member of my family. It does not get better than this.

    Cons

    Too many carbs! Just kidding. I really can not think of one bad thing about this oustanding company. It is the number one producer of pasta in my native Italy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Worst experience ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Barilla full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Nice people, no growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL

    I worked at Barilla full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Good company, but not what it used to be

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL

    I have been working at Barilla full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL

    I have been working at Barilla full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No growth opportunity for long term employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create some levels so employees have something to aspire to.

  7. The food is great...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barilla full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Culture used to be wonderful, declined with new leadership

    Cons

    Not focused with new leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stick to what works

  8. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Bannockburn, IL

    I worked at Barilla

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. 10+ years!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Parma (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Parma (Italy)

    I have been working at Barilla full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with very strong values coming form the shareholders and its heritage
    Very strong brands and products, above all in Italy
    Gaining momentum outside Italy, especially in Europe
    Good work-life balance policies: smart working (i.e. working from home), health benefits

    Cons

    Still too "Italy-centric", albeit things are changing
    Too small to tackle big emerging markets
    Some "taboo" problems, i.e. "we can't do this since we tried 10 years ago and failed"
    Needs to grow in order to being able to attract and retains talents and to allow space for people who want to grow
    Needs to become more digital oriented

    Advice to Management

    Be bold! i.e. don't be afraid to invest money where the growth is (or at least can be!)
    Reduce "fear" and "taboos" by empowering workers

  10. Very formative and intensive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Specialist in Parma (Italy)
    Current Employee - Tax Specialist in Parma (Italy)

    I have been working at Barilla full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personal growth and training on the job

    Cons

    It is still a company with a familiar mindset

    Advice to Management

    More attention to the remuneration of the people

  11. 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

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