Blue Diamond Growers Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    great place to work

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

    I worked at Blue Diamond Growers

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

    Pros

    Fun team open communication and good management

    Cons

    Old company that is trying to be progressive, but still very stuck in their ways


  2. CEO Great, everyone else not so much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Blue Diamond Growers full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    CEO Mark Jensen is doing all the right things. They pay among the leaders for industry and location. Company has seen a lot of growth recently.

    Cons

    HR and Finance departments are led by incompetent managers. Politics are values over merit. If you have a different background than the CFO he ignores your ideas and input. They have positions that have been open for 7 months making life hell for us, but they seriously can't find a qualified candidate? Ridiculous how senior leaders talk to you, and try to put themselves above everyone else. Arrogance is the most common trait you find in Sacramento headquarters. There was a time I thought I would never leave and now I can't wait to find a better office environment where doing a good job is more important than how you play politics.

    Advice to Management

    Realize you represent the needs of the GROWERS. Hire more new blood. Sack the CFO.


  3. Outdated, set in their ways, old-fashioned boys club

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

    I worked at Blue Diamond Growers

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

    Pros

    Experienced in their field, profitable company, historic involvement

    Cons

    Everyone who works there has been there 30+ years - no innovation. Men's club. Unapproachable managers. No one seems happy to work there...

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at some of your senior level management's experience and feedback - they shouldn't be there just because they've been there forever


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  5. I would not recommend.

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

    I worked at Blue Diamond Growers full-time

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

    Pros

    The salaries are decent and so are the benefits. I appreciate the emphasis on healthy lifestyles with their wellness programs.

    Cons

    There is a horrible work/life balance. Toxic company culture between plant and salaried employees. Managers are out of touch.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Do you know how to play their game?

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

    I have been working at Blue Diamond Growers (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay was consistent with similar jobs in the industry.

    Cons

    Management is a group of lumbering dinosaurs. If you don't like what they are preaching, you will be forced out. Office politics leaks out into the work floor, and affects bottom level employees at every turn. Want to compromise your work ethics? Then this is the place for you. Food safety takes a backseat to managerial egos. Bad decisions from management are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to upper management (CEO level) would be to clean house. Your management teams care more about their egos than they do the finished product. Someone, somewhere will end up getting sick.


  7. Worst place to EVER work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Lead in Ripon, CA
    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Lead in Ripon, CA

    I worked at Blue Diamond Growers full-time (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Having to work 7 days a week cause the pay you for lunch.

    Cons

    Putting up with all the girls in maintenance depth snitching you off constantly got annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using the F word in every sentence


  8. Culture is changing

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

    I have been working at Blue Diamond Growers full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent salary. Good work / life balance.

    Cons

    Becoming increasingly "corporate" - moving away from co-op values.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Growth and Opportunity!

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

    I have been working at Blue Diamond Growers full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I have been at Blue Diamond now for over 2 years and have enjoyed every moment. Business success has been extraordinary, especially for a food & beverage company. We are experiencing double-digit growth, challenging old assumptions about who we are, and rapidly adapting our businesses and processes to sustain our success! There are great opportunities for talented people willing to work "in the white space" of the organization to have an impact!

    Cons

    Growth and change require agility, an open-mind, and a willingness to "roll up the sleeves"; these are prerequisites for success at Blue Diamond!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Electrician in Salida, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial Electrician in Salida, CA

    I worked at Blue Diamond Growers full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Above average pay rates. Great people to work with. Safe working enviroment. Good maintenance management.

    Cons

    Hot working conditions. Dirty due to high amounts of almond dust.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. The best place to work

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

    I have been working at Blue Diamond Growers full-time

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, stability, growth, challenging, and being associated with so many wholesome products.

    Cons

    The only cons would be not having the opportunity to work for Blue Diamond Growers in other locations outside of California.

    Advice to Management

    Mark Jansen, President and CEO, is moving the company in the right direction.



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