ConAgra Foods
3.3 of 5 223 reviews
www.conagrafoods.com Omaha, NE 5000+ Employees

ConAgra Foods Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.3 223 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

ConAgra Foods President, CEO, and Director Gary M. Rodkin

Gary M. Rodkin

(149 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
223 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Pretty good work life balance, generous vacation time and summer hours"
    in 22 reviews
  • "Lots of different experiences with different teams, good pay, good chance of getting a job"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "The work life balance largely depends upon your manager"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Upper Management need to create co-authorship with employee"
    in 10 reviews
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    I learned a lot there, both positive and negative.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe pros are above average salaries for the industry and attractive rewards for performance.

    ConsThe cons were few opportunities for advancement, limited tuition funding, harsh working conditions, and a lack of appropriate on-the-job training for some positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more proactive, attentive, and supportive of your employees. Give feedback regarding employee performance so that the employees can improve and develop better work habits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunities for Interns, Fast paced and often under pressure. Biased due to termination after 15+ years.

    Systems and Network Administrator (Former Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsConAgra still has a pension program, few companies do. If you can stick around the retirement benefits can be significant.
    ConAgra also matches 50% of the the first 6% you contribute to your 401k
    ConAgra encourages learning new.
    Instituting "Agile" change methodologies.
    Most of the staff is really great to work with, they are willing to help with what they can, and go the extra mile.

    ConsOften unreasonable deadlines are assigned to projects without knowledge of the amount of work and supporting resources required.
    ConAgra is trying to address this with the "Agile" methodology, but some of these projects have "dragged on" until it was determined the project was not producing enough, so it was terminated, or started over. This could just be a "learning curve" issue.
    Though ConAgra promotes "standard measurements" for performance reviews, there is still a great deal of influence of "who likes or dislikes you" determining "final grades".
    At least in IT the managers change every 6-18 months, some may consider this positive, but it there is always a "learning curve" with each manager, and the priorities change making it difficult to work on long term goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little more longevity with managers on a team would be a positive.
    When a manager writes their end of year review, the employee should be allowed to see it and present evidence if the employee believes items in the review are inaccurate. The manager could change or not change the review, but at least they would be informed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Overall it is just an average company with old brands and mediocre leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLocated in nice city with great schools.

    ConsToo many old school leaders who have not been held accountable for poor results

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to replace most senior leaders.

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

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    Gaining a focus

    Team Leader (Current Employee)

    ProsGood job in bad times

    ConsIt's a factory. It has a factory culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStand firm

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    Good company to work for

    Senior Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsThis company offers a great Work life balance, benefits and the employee people managers are really nice and great to work for.

    ConsThere is a lot of Micro management for day to day activities. They offer a lot of initial benefits to attract people to Omaha which is a great place but people who are used to the action of big cities would feel a little deserted here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not an Employee friendly environment

    Head Checker (Current Employee)
    Alton, IL

    ProsGood pay in a slow job market

    ConsThe company is very anti-union

    Advice to Senior Managementthey are selling out, so I have no advice. I just hope that the new management will teat employees better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    New Hire, Early Impressions

    Brand Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge company with multiple opportunities to grow and advance, great culture and comfortable work environment, ability to own and run your business, ability to interact with senior leadership team

    ConsSome disorganization with new acquisitions, new hire training was lacking, multiple layers that come with a highly matrixed organization

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to communicate strategies and goals throughout the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience as an Intern

    Continuous Improvement Intern (Current Employee)
    Archbold, OH

    ProsGreat intern program, Really invested in "selling" you the company and making sure everyone enjoyed their time. Very generous Relocation Package for an internship.

    ConsIf you want to work in Continuous improvement you will need plant experience which will require you to live in a more rural area for at least 2 years. Not for everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A dynamic, complex and ever changing company that challenged me and enabled me to grow and develop daily.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsClarity of vision from the top down.
    Focus on People and realizing that there development is directly linked to the success of the company which is evidenced by robust organizational development programs.
    Engagement through expecting and encouraging leadership and ownership from all levels - allowing people to make mistakes, learn and grow from them.

    ConsAgility - due to the complexity there is often opporutnities lost due to the lack of agility in decision making.
    Focus - due to the complexity of operations it may be easy to get lost in the weeds.
    In some functions the people processes fall down.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A lot of positive attributes hampered by disorganization and a mixed culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsConAgra Foods offers fairly competitive pay and benefits including bonus eligibility for the level below managers and above. They are trying to improve the culture and work environment. The CEO has brought about many improvements to the company since he started.

    ConsIf you are coming from a process-oriented (e.g. ISO 9001) company be prepared for a serious lack of process, procedures and training. The organization is built on individuals doing what they think is best and hopefully that matches up with what management expected of you at the end of each year. Goals rarely align with your actual job function, but instead relate to obscure company goals or areas that are actually just fluff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate is top heavy. I've never seen so many directors and "bosses" of just one or two employees. A lot of money is squandered on "meeting pontificators" who rarely get anything done while actual workers are in short supply and under appreciated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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