Basic American Foods

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Basic American Foods Reviews

Updated Feb 10, 2014

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3.7 17 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

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Loren Kimura

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people but a lack of resources

    Shift Manager (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Drifting without clear strategy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great product, great training, mediocre upper management

    Territory Sales Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsWish the company offered a 401k match to everyone

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure employees at all levels receive the same benefits

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Walnut Creek, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Director (Current Employee) Walnut Creek, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Employees are more dedicated to the company than the company is dedicated to it's workers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Shelley, ID

    ProsBasic American Foods is one of the major employers in the area. They have GREAT benefits and good pay. They are a good community partner. Besides providing jobs in the area, the provide a market place for the farmer's commodities.

    ConsRecognition of contributions is minimal. Little to no advancement opportunities. Workers loose their enthusiasm & drive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a group of Senior management that is more concerned about protecting THEIR jobs than providing a REAL contribution to the over-all company. They point fingers and make lay-offs sound like good solutions, while causing serious efficiency problems due to poor management. THEY are the group that reports to the top management, so Top management never sees the real picture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    at one time it was nice untill they scrwed me

    Class II (Current Employee) Rexburg, ID

    Prosthere is no good reasons other then the pay is ok

    Consmanagement is for management and do not care about the employees unless you suck up to them big time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart careing about the employees and treat the everyone fairly across the board.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Extremely difficult times at Basic

    IT Director (Current Employee) Blackfoot, ID

    ProsThe benefits from profit sharing are usually excellent. In the past this company has been very focused on the employee and that had a culture of everyone being a member of the BAF family.

    ConsPrivately held company that doesn't have anyone in the family wanting to take the business on for the future. The feeling of family and the overall culture has deteriorated. Small things, celebrations, recognitions, and honesty have diminished to almost nothingness.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake certain you are looking at the way you are doing staff cuts. You have already lost a lof of senior level people and that is having a major impact on the overall interest of the company. There has not been much knowledge transfer to a younger management team and this is a problem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Agreat place to work

    Manager (Former Employee) Idaho Falls, ID

    ProsYou are appreciated for the work you do. There are in depth performance reviews where you have an opportunity to say anything you want and the info you supplied is made part of your review for all levels of management to see. The goals are established with you being an important part of the setting and reporting on the goals. This way you know what is expected of you and there are no surprises at your next review. You also can establish goals for your own development and if out side help is required the company needs to agree in writing that the support will be given.

    ConsTheir plants are located in very small towns

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the work to increase sales and diverify the product line

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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