Danone Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber
Emmanuel Faber
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Pros
  • Good benefits, work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management in Danone global are very open minded and helpful (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • De la gestion et de la culture comme tous les autres soci (in 3 reviews)

  • Too much internal politics and struggle between departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    General Managers' Paradise

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Commercial
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Commercial
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Danone full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, fast paced, big spender on employee training, global thinking with locally adapted solutions

    Cons

    The Group's priorities change a lot, depending on who is in charge. GMs are almost untouchable and get away with anything

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to employees, don't drive talent away


  2. Good for young people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Danone full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has good benefits comparable to other companies in the area. Culture has improved over the years. Lot's of opportunities for younger employees.

    Cons

    It is challenging to manage work life balance. Projects are managed too quickly and often inefficiently.

    Advice to Management

    In the US: Until more women and americans are in senior positions you're going to have retention problems.


  3. Danone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice people

    Cons

    Lack of processes and frameworks


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great Company & Career if you are French Only! All top level management is French!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    entrepreneurial spirit in less established countries for their small teams, (dairy & yogurt division

    Cons

    ALL top management is French or at least a couple French Expats! This was the case in many geographies worldwide. Their website claims they are a diverse company but that is absolutely not true. Being French puts you at a huge advantage over your peers. In other multinational companies such as Kraft, Mondelez, Pepsi, Unilever see you a huge diversity when it comes to country of origin but not in Danone. If you're French, your career is limitless but if you're not French that is a huge obstacle. At higher levels, the French people who are typically upper management, start to congregate and speak French. In Asia you had a French person running at least operations & as the general manager at minimum. In China it was the worst I had seen globally as it was full of expats as directors: marketing director, supply chain director, logistics director, market research director, general manager, and the finance director. Globally, there are even positions for regular level managers who become expats even though they are less seasoned employees simply because they are French.

    Advice to Management

    More diversity! Too much French and especially French men at the top. Also, nepotism is huge. Which is a vicious cycle because at the end it is even more French people. This company is way behind other similar profile companies when it comes to diversity at the top levels.


  6. very nice

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    friendly environment, nice management, there are always yogurts in the refrigerators for employees:)

    Cons

    employees salaries could be higher

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and increase salaries of your employees


  7. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company has wonderful health benefits and 401K options.

    Cons

    Promotions are slow although it depends on your department


  8. Good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Danone full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work and learning environment.

    Cons

    Micro management from seniors staff.

    Advice to Management

    You recruited staff. Have courage and faith in thrm to deliver. Dont micro manage them.


  9. Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Leader in their FMCG area, fast growth

    Cons

    Over emphasize on their culture


  10. Excellent learning and it's application but career growth not adequately charted

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Finance in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Head Finance in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Danone (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Authority and responsibility with trust given to employee. people centric led company which gives more room to perform and take company ahead.

    Cons

    Career growth path not discussed or charted. Process oriented culture missing in key profiles like HR. HR Learning opportunities not adequate.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make HR process oriented


  11. Supply Chain Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Domdidier (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Domdidier (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Danone full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    > young staff, > good dynamic and spirit > values and principles: "Healthy products", > professionals > human development oriented

    Cons

    > staff turnover > coffee could be warmer > no air cond > staff too much welcoming > difficulty to leave the company

    Advice to Management

    Maybe, to deal with more mature and lasting marks.



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