Danone Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Danone CEO 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)

    Danone Turkey Completely Sucks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's an entreprenurial company when compared with other multinationals in Turkey, the compensation package is similar to other multinationals.

    Cons

    You can't talk about the leadership qualities of Danone Turkey because there is no such thing. A lot of people have been fired due to operational issues and leadership team can't handle this operation. There is too much frustration within the company, basically non-Danone people are not wellcome in here. If you are thinking about coming to Danone Turkey think twice

    Advice to Management

    Well my advice will be their resignation because it's obvious that they can't overcome the obstacles in Turkey. I find it almost impossible for Danone to become successfull in Turkey without an acquisition.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Stay away from this company if you are in Russia

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Danone full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very strong and healthy products, R&D is the best in diary industry and has huge investments into development of new products

    Cons

    Self-explanatory - for the last year more than 20 people left marketing out of 45 and the rest are searching for the new jobs. Danone is a chauvinistic company as all the management team in Russia are French, the internal politics is common. Overall the company is under pressure and not growing.

    Advice to Management

    You would better clean up the mess in Danone Russia very quickly (especially in marketing), otherwise the situation might deteriorate even further. One of recruiters from the head hunter agency complained, that nobody from the pool of available candidates on the Russian job market wants to work there and there is a negative buzz about Danone as HR brand.


  3. Helpful (5)

    To call the experience dreadful would be an understatement.

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    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition in Bath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition in Bath, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good image based on marketing material they give away; - apparently employee-friendly policies (although I never witnessed them) - Joined to get experience in the sector

    Cons

    Pretty much everything but will structure more below: - People. I've had the worst experience of my life working for this company. I joined with the expectation of becoming a part of the Danone community that they so much advertise internally; in return I was treated like an outsider from the outset as the majority of people there had the same upbringing, values, culture, eating habits, discussion topics; I was the odd man out. It soon became clear to me I could not integrate in this company; - Management. Very bad and utterly destructive. In the department I worked, all communication was taken place on an horizontal dimension, basically all bosses would stick together for better and worse and turn against their own individual employees when required.Another point: work expertise; every so often, managers would have absolutely no clue of the work their subordinates were doing every day. In moments of crisis, they would be totally stuck and helpless and then would blame the subordinates for making a mistake and incurring costs on the company. If things went well, they would take the credit; if things went badly, they would be the first to explode and put all evil on the back of their subordinates. - Defficient communication - this company is the best example of how double-standards are best practised in a corporate environment. On the facade, Danone advocates open, honest communication;in reality, there was none of it in the department I was working. If for example, you did something wrong, nobody would come to tell you directly and help you improve; by contrast they would approach their own bosses, HR, or any other parties, apart from yourself. By the time you get to hear anything at all, everyone else knows very well what all is wrong with you. Dreadful approach. - Extremely hierarchical in reality - Danone promotes itself of a great company with a wide range of benefits where everyone gets on with everyone and everyone works together for the common good of the company. Sounds a bit socialist, doesnt it? Well, the reality is quite different. If you join new, bosses in the entire department will expect you to behave in a certain way just because they are sitting at the ruling desk (and yes, watch out, there is actually a management row of desks in this department where all bosses sit by themselves, far from their teams, I think this needs no further explanation)... And sadly, there is so much more, I could write a book about the emotional misery incurred on me by this company, but it's high time I moved on. If I were you, I would conduct the background check carefully before joining the Danone world. Good luck!

    Advice to Management

    Yes, please see above the references to management.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Pathetic culture and dysfunctional setup

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Danone full-time

    Pros

    Free yogurt that you get in the office..thats about it!

    Cons

    Unaligned and dysfunctional setup. They can restructure the organization in a day and from one department shift you to another(despite your career path) or simply ask you to leave! With no clear reasoning. Too much politics and management makes fake plans till their temporary tenure and the lower management takes the brunt of their mistakes. No job security or even department security..they could shift you from supply chain to research! No clear career paths and everyone is working in circles and trying to make the other look bad, instead of focusing on the present problems in hand. No strong leaders and airheads running the show...!

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and share your worries with the lower management Work as a team, and not a dictator set up on which you alienate the hardworker and put your mistakes on a poor scapegoat. Own up to your mistakes and solve them. stop the blame game!You will lose and are losing good employees who will never even think of ever returning back


  6. very nice

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ok, but poor management team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, good work life balance

    Cons

    Poor IT systems, poor project management, euro model not suitable for Asia Pac, culture not healthy

    Advice to Management

    Need to balance the experience with youth. Improve IT systems.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Fast Paced, Young Company, Nobody Knows what they are doing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - High Turnover in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - High Turnover in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can be promoted very quickly. We have seen secretaries promoted to entry level positions in marketing, supply chain, and sales in less than six months. But that is also a possible sign of finding a lack of qualified applicants from outside.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. The company has the lowest score for employee satisfaction feedback surveys annually. Managers and directors have no long term vision or experience when put into their positions. It is a mess and creates a bad environment for growth, so you end up looking for other opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Danone full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, interesting work, nice collegues.

    Cons

    HR people are not so nice, be ready to be overworked for no real compensation.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Very bad culture in Dubai Office

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Danone full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free yogurt and water. nuthing else

    Cons

    Too much internal politics , extremely bad management, HR behavior appalling. Incompetent people at management level

    Advice to Management

    senior management needs to be changed in Dubai



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