Dannon Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
115 Reviews
2.9
115 Reviews
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Dannon President & CEO Mariano Lozano
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Plus lots of free yogurt, frozen yogurt, and Evian water to eat and drink every day (in 10 reviews)

  • Dannon pays very well and the benefits are great and there are some really great people (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life Balance is difficult to achieve in this fast paced environment (in 14 reviews)

  • Fast paced and changes happen all the time (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was a good place to learn, went downhill the last year

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Dannon full-time

    Pros

    -Great benefits and good salary

    Cons

    -Some managers are only looking out for themselves, very poor coaching and not a sense of a team
    - Poor communication at all levels; not recognition for any work done or in what direction to go
    - People that work hard and aren't highly "political" are often ignored or let go
    - Upper management does a poor job giving direction; there is never a clear idea on what the goal is
    - They preach CODE but very few people follow it
    - Very few people can be trusted or feel like a teammate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the people that work hard and have potential for growth. There are too many people in higher management levels that not only take credit for what others do, but they also give no sense of direction to an entire team. The lack of communication and direction is truly weighing down the company. So many people with potential have left the company or were let go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn a lot but at the expense of work-life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Dannon full-time

    Pros

    -A lot of responsibility early on
    -Learn significant amount quickly
    -Collegial environment in marketing

    Cons

    -Sink or swim mentality
    -Very little coaching
    -Significant pressure to perform
    -Very little regard for work life balance
    -A lot of turnover due to above - junior people are in and out quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review pace of work of junior people to reduce turnover. Most people think of Dannon as a place to learn for a year or two and get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Limited opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Dannon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Its size as a smaller company allows for more flexibility. Stable industry.

    Cons

    International candidates definitely given preference over Americans.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Style

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Management  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Management in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Dannon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company with people who care about the brand. The atmosphere was open and laid back. Only stressful if you caused the stress. Training opportunity and chance for advancement was good. A true global company with opportunity to work in any country.

    Cons

    Upper managment positions (Directors and VP's) are seldom posted and they are "assigned" depending on who likes you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everybody an opportunity to apply for upper management positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent brands & great work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Dannon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Marketing is truly the hub of Dannon. As a marketing manager, you are responsible for your entire brand's business. There is a lot of autonomy at Dannon - this is quite different from larger CPG companies.

    The international exposure in the office is a major plus. You will get to work with colleagues from all over the globe. There are also many opportunities to work at a global office.

    Cons

    Can be a fast paced company - particularly with innovation cycle. This can lead to some long weeks from time to time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resist the urge to recycle brands from europe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Dannon full-time

    Pros

    Free yogurt, salaries are OK and good commute if living in Westchester

    Cons

    Very short term focused, constant change of directions
    Zero analytical thinking- decisions mostly based on gut or what the HQ in France wants
    No funds for training beyond basic company overview
    Poor senior leaders with very little management experience (especially in Sales and Marketing)
    Upward mobility stops at Manager level (few Director spots are ever open)
    Resource constraints in R&D - innovation is stifled by too many random ideas submitted without proper analysis and lack of focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Americans in top executive positions who have have experience in building strong leaders and retaining top talent. Get rid of execs (expats) who are looking for 3 year short term results and moving to next job.

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

    A special place for UNIQUE people

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    Current Employee - Director  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Director in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Dannon

    Pros

    You will never touch as much in your career as you will here, no matter what your role. We are on the cutting edge of changing this category every day. We work with the most creative, intelligent and caring people in the industry. We are about results, not hierarchy...action not politics. EVERYONE is responsible for making the company a success.

    There have been many who are not up for this type of challenge as you can see from the negative posts on this site. What is not reflected here are the masses who thrive, have been developed and promoted and who couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

    This environment is not for people who want to clock in an 8 hour day, who are not willing to push themselves both personally and professionally every day or who want to give the minimum in terms of effort. It is for people who want to make a difference, be challenged and stretched and who want to WIN! I absolutely LOVE it here.

    Cons

    Very fast moving and sometimes we changes too much, too quickly. We have work to do in the area of efficiency. Not a formal training ground...bring your talent and create something amazing here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eyes on the prozes and over commuincate. You have done the work of a career in the last 5 years. We will get there!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Use to be a great place to work but has steady declined in last 6 years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Dannon

    Pros

    The benefits program is very competitive.
    The vacation time is generous ( if you can take it).
    Most of the people that you work closely helps make the day go by.

    Cons

    The stress level is always at a very high level in every department. Maybe it could be this way because the company is always reactive versus proactive.
    Work life balance is non existant.
    Too many good people have left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to recognize that it is the people who has help the company grow and do a better job of keeping the talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Yoghurt spoils if you do not refrigerate properly

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Dannon

    Pros

    - A great place to grow
    - Collaborative work environment
    - All on the "same team"
    - Sell products you and customers believe in

    Cons

    Some of the above changed when the business slowed and most of the good people left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use CODE. Employee morale actually does matter and has an impact on company performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Grow!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Dannon

    Pros

    The sky is the limit!
    Opportunities abound to go beyond the normal scope of your responsibilities
    Exciting category and vision for the company
    International Culture and experiences
    Great pay and excellent benefits
    Flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    Becoming a bit lean with our aggressive growth plans in mind
    Very dynamic environment - you need to be willing to stretch yourself and go beyond the traditional scope of a job.
    You need to be able to say No to requests being made of you because you can become easily overloaded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the people in your teams at all levels. This will improve employee engagement and commitment. Share information more often so that employees understand more about the strategy of the company and the corrections being made along the way.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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