Basic American Foods

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Basic American Foods Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
21 Reviews
3.7
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blackfoot, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blackfoot, ID

    I have been working at Basic American Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong executive team. Investing in innovation and CEO communicates strategy updates to employees. Recognizes the importance of hiring great talent and has a good mix of promotion from within and external hires. Ownership is committed to the business. Great growth opportunities for the business!

    Cons

    Maximum of four weeks of vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to communicate updates on the strategy and never lose sight of the impact great people provide to the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for in an excellent environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Blackfoot, ID
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Blackfoot, ID

    I worked at Basic American Foods as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits for full-time employees. Innovative ideas and great projects to work on. Allow even an intern to become involved in big portions of large projects. Great place to learn as an engineering intern. Project managers are willing to spend the time to train and put a lot of trust in the intern.

    Cons

    If you are in a position outside of the office working in the plant, conditions are harsh (i.e.--extreme heat and humidity.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Am 48....and this is like the worse place i ever worked at

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temp in Shelley, ID
    Current Employee - Temp in Shelley, ID

    I have been working at Basic American Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management thinks there god and the seniority part of the job...should be changed..i was a temp...training basic employees

    Cons

    Need to fire some ppl and recognize ppl that break there butts...to better the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you came from ...stop thinking you can do whatever and let the real workers advance...not just the ones that kiss yawl butts

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

    Poorly Managed Company - Don't Risk Your Health Working Here!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Laborer in Rexburg, ID
    Current Employee - Shift Laborer in Rexburg, ID

    I have been working at Basic American Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay for the area is above standard. Leader in safe practices and processed potato industry.

    Cons

    Unfortunately my experience at BAF has not been great and very frustrating. Management seems to be the rejects other companies don't want to hire. When you try to communicate a concern that affects everyone a few months down the road, they refuse to listen and say you're causing too many waves. Then when the crisis hits a few months later, they wonder why no one saw it coming.

    The focus recently has been less on employee health and more on the owner's wallet. They force employees to work past their scheduled shifts without prior notice and tell them it's fine if they don't want to, but if they don't they probably won't have a job to come back to the next day.

    The Rexburg plant is also poorly ventilated. It's regularly above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer inside the plant and management hasn't pushed to provide a safer environment by providing some more airflow inside the plant. This also creates a lot of bacteria and mold issues that are quietly done away with when we have an audit by hiring tons of temp employees right before an audit to clean everything. If only the auditors saw what it was like during a regular day. We are so understaffed there's no way the plant is being cleaned as it should for a food safe environment. I'd never eat their food and I feel sorry for those that do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to put the employees and customers first, owner last. It'll come back to bite you in the end when all you have are B-level employees and more and more customer complaints.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people but a lack of resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager
    Current Employee - Shift Manager

    I have been working at Basic American Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and an awsome challenge. The company is investing in new ideas, and there is a strong sence of job security.

    Cons

    Un-informed decisions are often rolled out to the floor. Sometimes the people behind desks take the time to learn why there ideas aren't working, but more often, the failure is pushed onto the people who didn't have the resources the accomplish them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont take any more steps back. You have seen a big enough picture. Instead get up close and get your hands dirty.

  7.  

    Drifting without clear strategy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Basic American Foods full-time

    Pros

    BAF provides good benefits for employees. They want to do the right thing for the longevity of the company and those that work for it.

    Cons

    The executive board is very fickle and unwilling to stick with a long-term strategy. Multiple companies have been purchased and sold in hopes of diversifying their capabilities, but they don't stick with their strategy long enough to see it through. There is an unwillingness to admit that dehydrated potatoes and beans aren't a growing market in consumer foods, and probably never will be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your core capabilities, but don't expect it to grow. BAF needs to rethink expanding into fresh/frozen and see it through the growing pains instead of abandoning the strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great product, great training, mediocre upper management

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I have been working at Basic American Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They still have the best dry potatoes in their category, and their beans are seriously top notch. They provide great training and decent perks

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be grasping at straws when it comes to a GTM strategy. Three rounds of major lay-offs, getting back to their "core" items and creating new positions doesn't seem to be working. They need to understand that in some markets, dry potatoes are still considered low-class cafeteria food, no matter how good they are. It's time to change your focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have three major sets of lay-offs and the numbers still haven't turned around, maybe you need to start looking at those who are creating the strategies, instead of cutting those who are just following the orders.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Basic American Foods full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, senior leadership team cares about employees, focus on continuous process improvement

    Cons

    Wish the company offered a 401k match to everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees at all levels receive the same benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent work environment feuturing really good people who treat each other with respect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at Basic American Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive work / life balance can be acheived, not a combative or highly competitive workplace.

    Cons

    At times can be too collaboritive - driving gridlock, Veteran workforce and culture that is not readily open to change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fine, fast moving with very nice people to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at Basic American Foods

    Pros

    Good compensation at Basic American Foods
    Good promotional opportunities at Basic American Foods
    Several employees have been at Basic for a long time.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizaitons at Basic American Foods and the amount of work that was expected to be picked up by employees that stayed on was ludicrous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The continual purchasing of outside companies does not appear to be successful for the organizaiton. Perhaps that strategy should be reconsidered.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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