Barry Callebaut Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen B. Steinemann
Juergen B. Steinemann
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Pros
  • International environment, open-minded people and welcoming work atmosphere (in 3 reviews)

  • Great Workplace, Learn a lot, less downtime and always have something to do, room for growth (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • They have little to no understanding of actually working in a facility to expect us to jump through hoops with little resources (in 2 reviews)

  • Instability of work/life balance should be taken into account while considering work in this company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work even better place to learn.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Barry Callebaut full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and have the freedom to try different ways to improve how things are done. The company is willing to invest in assets to build the company and expand.

    Cons

    Things are slow to change and the relentless focus on does not really work. HR needs to become more employee focussed and stop thinking HR software is the solution.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees. Investing in employees will return greater than assets. Just being lean does not guarantee success. The company is great at what it does, keep doing it!


  2. poor euro-focused management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pennsauken, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pennsauken, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    THEY ARE ALWAYS HIRING, REVOLVING DOOR,benefits PACK IS ok.

    Cons

    cold, dehumanizing, with robotic dictators in charge, bow to Belgium gods.

    Advice to Management

    LEARN HOW TO SPELL TEAM.


  3. Free chocolate on Friday...

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

    I have been working at Barry Callebaut

    Pros

    They have a growing business in the Americas, so there are always new things happening. Relative high personnel turnover in the Chicago HQ - that's a negative, but opens up possibilities for growth for people that stay. There is a small management team in Chicago, so easy to interact with senior management

    Cons

    Lots of processes dependent on global HQ in Belgium Management is very busy & more focused on growth of the business then their people - need to be self start to be successful here.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on mentoring and building skills in your people.


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  5. Working in a stress place with the wrong people !!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shipping Suoervisor in Eddystone, PA
    Former Employee - Shipping Suoervisor in Eddystone, PA

    I worked at Barry Callebaut full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Started off well until after I left the HR Department

    Cons

    No organization just thrown into a job with out any training !!!

    Advice to Management

    Get a new Shipping Manager!!! quickly


  6. Helpful (1)

    Lean- Be prepared to work a lot

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barry Callebaut

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

    Pros

    Interesting business and industry. There are always goodies around the office

    Cons

    If you aren't one of their designated 'high performers' its impossible to climb the ladder


  7. Disrespectful Upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Eddystone, PA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Eddystone, PA

    I worked at Barry Callebaut full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very Knowledgeable operator level employees.

    Cons

    Poor sense of direction with disrespectful unprofessional upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Respect is earned not given.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Depending on which department you are in, there can be no career development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barry Callebaut

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free chocolates and samples from the kitchen every so often. There's no lack of food.

    Cons

    The department I am in does a horrible job at succession planning and career development. The department is run like a monarchy which is funny because majority of the people working there are young adults. To top that off, HR does nothing to set things right when employees provide feedback about being treated unfairly or verbally abused at work.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great and fast growing company. And having the right people is key. But HR can do better in hiring the right people. They need to listen to the employees, not just the managers but take everyone's words seriously and sincerely.


  9. Always busy, very challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barry Callebaut

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good dedicated employees that work hard

    Cons

    Very fast paced and lean facility


  10. Helpful (2)

    It is never dull at Barry Callebaut. The company offers endless amounts of complex multi-disciplinary opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    This company allows open access and opportunities for anyone to develop improvements or deliver on their entrepreneurial projects.

    Cons

    The internal company design is very complex and difficult to navigate.


  11. Learning experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid weekly and Friday treat day.

    Cons

    New management new rules, previous management was awesome.



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