Darling International

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Updated Jun 12, 2014

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2.9 19 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

Darling International Chairman and CEO Randall C. Stuewe

Randall C. Stuewe

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37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great for the first few years...terrible the last few years...

    Office (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are great, pay is better than most other places within the same guidelines.

    ConsLots of captains sinking the ship. They put unqualified people in management positions and turn their eye when they screw up. If you are in their click they like you will cover for you etc...once you do something they dont like you are banned from their "group"

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally look at who you choose to run the show and make changes as needed instead of ignoring the problem because you dont want to deal with it.

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

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    Incompetent GM

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsWork with good people. Compensation is Decent. Great benefits.

    ConsLeadership (GM) is horrible!! Complete lack of direction. Treats people like their beneath him.
    Middle managers and the labor....are what keep that facility, running.
    GM needs to remember the golden rule!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeach your GM's HEPA Laws, mentoring, HR & last, but not least---PEOPLE SKILLS!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I recommend this job for short term only.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsYou run the show for the most part! Good base salary and health benefits plus mileage reimbursement. iPad, iPhone, nice free work shirts, and laptop with sales force are also a plus. Always in restaurants meaning some owners give you free food.

    ConsUpper management lacks fundamental leadership skills
    Operations will throw you under the bus and communication is terrible
    Company has a bad rap with all big chain fast food restaurants that are not customers so opportunities for new business in large quantity are low/ nonexistent. You will not land big chains unless competitor screws up
    Customers resist signing new equipment contracts as they are one sided and carry too much risk
    Service side and operations are slow to react to customer issues and do not care
    No opportunity for growth and no rewards for big accounts high revenue accounts. You can work some serious margins in a contract and won't be compensated
    Company will make you file police reports since theft of their product is rampant. 5 per week is quota which could take 10 to 15 hours per week of non revenue generating work
    All or nothing commission strategy, meaning you need to hit a, b, and c. Aka no commission for you
    Leadership thinks what works in Cold Springs corporate works in CA. No market research is taken into consideration and there last project flopped and next one will too.
    Absolutely no differentiation from the competition and charge more than competition for grease trap cleaning which customers see no value in. Lowest price wins in the business or for purchasing cooking oil highest price wins. The containers you provide will not fit in some locations which will force you to walk from business.
    401k contribution is pathetic.

    Just remember, this company use to own a huge market share and lost it due to is lack of service, stubbornness to pay for product, and do nothing approach when the price of the oil raised several years ago. They were not picking up the phones when customers called. It will be decades and new leadership before they are able to gain market share within So Cal again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime is the only thing that will change this management. Advice to management is... don't do that when your employed. Sadams regime

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Underappreciated company to work for if you are on the front lines

    Driver (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe business is one that will always be needed but Darling may not always be there if the numbers aren't high enough. The pay is just underpayed for the work but one can learn how to do the work and get a better job elseware.

    ConsThe company is making millions of dollars, check on the stock market, yet it cheaps its non-management workers and is continueing to takeaway many benefits that have kept the good employees working there for less pay that could be made elseware. There is no recognition for the work done, everything is about the numbers. Management is continueing to change and may even change its name as it is getting to big.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecoginize all your employees as people as it did when Darling was a lot smaller, friendlier company. This conglomerite that you have built is terible for its employees as the stockholders and higher management have gotten gready. The customers it serves are recognizing this and many are going elseware for their services. Happy employees will get and keep satisfied customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company in a growing market

    Account Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGrowth, Darling is Worldwide. Senior management has experience in the industry. They do a good job of recognizing employees when they exceed expectations.

    ConsSeveral bosses to answer to. Expectations are very high. Challenging to answer to large amount of customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to run this company the way it is, don't be like every other big company that dumps the bottom 20%, keep seeing the value in long term employees.

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

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    Excellent Long Term Choice for Employment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGrowing naturally and through acquisition. Opportunities for growth constant.

    ConsCommunication of growth potential improving.

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

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    Supervisor (Current Employee) Jackson, MS

    Prosstable job if you don't screw up

    ConsManagement does not like to promote from within. Some GMs have no management experience or even a college education which does not bode well for managing facilities. Inept GM = poor production and profit....DUH!

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire experienced managers and promote from within. Allow hourly employees to share in profits somehow other than the pitiful 3% yearly raise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many chiefs, and too many OLD chiefs.

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIndependence with your job roll, but needed disipline for weekly results.

    ConsLack of leadership and no communication from Ops.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore support and training is needed across the board and mainly in the office handling exsisting customer concerns and requests.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A fantastic learning experience.

    Assistant Chemist (Former Employee) Ankeny, IA

    ProsCoworkers felt like family. It's very rare to find a group that meshes like this. Fast paced environment that made 8 hour shifts feel like 2 or 3.

    ConsAs a lab job, there was not enough rotation. Station rotation kept things fresh and kept me on my toes.

    A very small amount of vacation days your first year. For some it was 1 or 2 for the entire first year.

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

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    Good company, dirty work, not many opportunities for advancement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable company that will be here for years, don't have to worry about the company closing. or being layed off.

    ConsMost of the hiring of management comes from outside. They do not promote within the company very often. Recently hired COO, and several VP's all from outside companies.

    Raises are 3% per year, no matter how hard you work. Recent email from Human Resources clearly defines this. With current cost of living increases of around 2.7%, the 3% raises really don't amount to much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice would be to promote from within. No one knows the business as well as the people already working there. There are many skilled and hard working individuals with 5, 10 and 15 years in the same position who would love to be considered for a promotion.

    My other piece of advice would be to base raises on performance, not just 3% across the board.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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