Contessa Premium Foods

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Contessa Premium Foods Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
14 Reviews
1.6
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Troubled

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    Generally nice people, and generally want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Serious problems making decisions. Money troubles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company Bankrupt

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    Former Employee - Executive Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Management in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is really no more training, office culture, or life balance associated with Contessa Premium Foods: the Company No Longer Exists and has already been sold through the "ABC" (Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors) process.

    Cons

    There are really no benefits or values or other perks associated with Contessa Premium Foods: the Company No Longer Exists and has already been sold through the "ABC" (Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors) process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too Late For Advice - Company Already Dissolved/Sold Through ABC...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't confuse NEW Contessa with OLD Contessa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods full-time

    Pros

    New CEO, Don Binotto: Good clean family guy with morals, uses classic business models to run a company with true, positive, respectful, demanding but reasonable leadership. Track record running other companies to significant success. Great mentor.

    Old CEO, John Blazevich: Founder, true visionary, offered great compensation and perks.

    Cons

    New CEO: Very demanding. High pressure to meet project deadlines, sales projections, new product development with a staff so lean it is impossible to do a genuinely great job with any sense of sanity. Clearly biased with his Pittsburgh staff making these challenges that much harder for the Los Angeles crew to execute.

    Old CEO: See all reviews 2011 and prior. His arrogance was probably the #1 source of his bad karma. When the company began to suffer prior to BK not one customer gave a dam and colleagues secretly wanted the CEO to fail. He was doomed before he was doomed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Binotto is a great CEO. He doesn't need advice.Although he did get involved in a money pitt! Not his fault.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    This was a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with were good people. They used good modern technology. Clean work environment. Good products.

    Cons

    Very negative environment, rigid, mean, cold, harsh, suspicious, paranoid and stifling. Micromanaged. No ability to improve things or use your brain. People are treated like machines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanagement and allow thinkers and leaders to help improve the process. What got you here won't get you there. Companies grow and the way they are managed should grow with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No respect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very nice and safe office
    Non executive management and staff are nice and friendly

    Cons

    Too hostile environment, mean upper management, not true leaders as they only blame other people working for them. No appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be appreciative. True leaders take responsibility of the result, share credit and take the blame. They are doing the opposite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Contessa work place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    This company pays a fair salary for the position hired for. Good benefits such as health, dental and vision. 401 K program and vacation package.

    Cons

    Difficult working enviroment. Lack of leadership from the CEO and his management team. Offsite backstabbing of anyone who is not present at that particular party or get together. Very insecure and paranoid upper managers. ( made me wonder what they are hiding? ) Promises not kept. Would not recommend anyone to work for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the management need therapy for anger management in a hurry before they hurt someone more than just emotionally with tirades!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This was the worst company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    The salary was competitive and the benefits (medical, dental etc) were also comparable to other companies. The new plant they built is eco-friendly.

    Cons

    This place is micro-managed, people are treated like they are disposable and there is a general climate of fear and mistrust. Even managers are treated with little to no respect. The environment is cold, wet and unsafe for the employees. Employees are sometimes expected to work up to 6 or more hours straight in 40 degree cold without breaks. All the floor employees are temps, maybe of questionable legal immigration status, and even people with years of experience and dedication are just terminated at the first mistake they make. This is a very cleanly organized eastern bloc labor camp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to allow the people you hire to do the job you hired them to do. Quit supporting a culture of fear and intimidation where mean behavior is rewarded. Hire some of the temps that have been dedicated for so many years despite the tyrannical way they have been treated. Try listening to your managers. Get educated on how the world does business these days. It's the 21st century and people aren't treated like chattel anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hostile and uncomfortable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    Mid level management is generally nice. Some employees were friendly enough. Occasional free samples and products. Discount on products.

    Cons

    Although mid level management is generally nice it does not mean they act in a professional manner or promote/compensate employees fairly. I believe part of the reason for that is there is a high level of fear in the office at all times so management really has no control over decisions and is constantly afraid for their own jobs. The CEO often berates management and employees over the loud speaker. The CEO has a very heavy hand in all decisions in every department and does not trust the educated professionals he employs. He seems to be more concerned with becoming a celebrity than actually running the company and makes employees do personal errands that are not appropriate. Excellent job performance reviews will not get you a raise or promotion because several company policies are in place to make sure no one moves ahead. There is absolutely no room for growth in any of the departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO needs to trust the experts he employs. Management needs to stand up to CEO or this company is doomed to fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Run as fast as you can away from Contessa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    Money is the only reason to be there. The company has no redeeming value to an employee.

    Cons

    It's a horrible place to work. Long hours and little to show for it. Everyone is afraid of the CEO who never stops yelling. The turnover is huge because no one can stand the stress. Only brown-nosers can survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some positive reinforcement would be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is a hostile place to work--only for those who can handle constant stress.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    The products are quite good and the company professes to be environmentally responsible.

    Cons

    Very hostile work environment. No training aside from the sales department--you are expected to just find your own way without much direction or support. The CEO is a madman, so there is an atmosphere of fear that causes employees to throw each other under the bus to avoid getting screamed at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give positive feedback--not just negative input. Protect your subordinates instead of sacrificing them to the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend

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