Darling International Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Good Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darling International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great work place

    Cons

    Low Pay and working long hours

    Advice to Management

    need to quit micro managing

  2. Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Cincinnati, MO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Cincinnati, MO

    I worked at Darling International

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

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say about this company.

    Cons

    You've been Warned! Everything negative written to date here is all true. Lots of arrogance. Very inexperienced uneducated upper management. Quick to point a finger without taking ownership for their own short comings. Not a clue on how to design a compensation structure or manage for success.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house Randell. Your management team is failing you! There is a reason the company is not growing like you should. I assure you. Your profits and growth to date is all smoke and mirrors.

  3. Worse back stabbing company to work for! Look else where!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Newark, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only pro is that you are on the road.

    Cons

    Darling in probably the worst company I worked for! They treat their account managers terrible, throw you under the bus and get ride of you when ever they want. Even if you do a great job it doesn't matter. If upper management has a grudge with you, watch out! They lie and make things up just to throw you under the bus. I would never recommend this company and their unprofessionalism. They don't care about there people or customers just the bottom line. Their grease equipment my is sub par at best and they are not competitive in the market. Don't waste your time, look else where. You'll be doing yourself a big favor! Worst company to work for period!

    Advice to Management

    They suck! Period! Stop lying and throwing people under the bus.

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  5. Can't wait to leave! I have been working here only because it is a job that only a dimwit could lose.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darling International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are happy doing the same job for the rest of your career, this is the place for you!

    Cons

    No advancement, no bonuses, yearly pay raise lower than the inflation rate, management sucks, long hours, no gratitude for hard work performed- the list goes on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to hiring uneducated, unmotivated employees and your job and yearly bonuses will be safe and secure!

  6. Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darling International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable job- if you're a female and don't want to advance. You'll stay right where you are. Constantly changing programs

    Cons

    no room for growth ESPECIALLY for females. The glass ceiling for females is office manager. That is just an hourly position.
    The company will screw anybody and everybody if it will give upper mgmt bigger bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being male chauvinistic jerks. Stop lying to get results.

  7. Helpful (1)

    WORST UPPER MANAGEMENT EVER - Thank goodness I found out before investing too much time!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Specialist in Cold Spring, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Specialist in Cold Spring, KY

    I worked at Darling International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very talented lower echelon people working really hard to drive innovative initiatives to improve the company. Friendly, but driven so hard settling in, getting to know them and connecting is impossible.

    Cons

    Family business that was all about it's people and customers was sold and now operated and managed by people that care ONLY about how much upper management can make. Benefits and pay are substandard. Management makes decisions on the fly without much thought. Example: Thousands of dollars invested to create a department and hire 10 employees. After 9 months the department manager told they are doing a fantastic job. In mid Dec. 2014 he is told they would all get a raise after the first of the year and a meeting was scheduled to discuss the raises and goals for the team. Two weeks later on Jan 5th 2015 upper management calls an "impromptu meeting" and tells all of them they are without a job effective immediately, the department is being eliminated, there will be no severance, benefits will cease that day.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the hard work and talent that enables them to be where they are, making the salary they do. Remember these are human beings that invest time and energy and at the very least deserve respect. It is possible to run a successful company and maintain integrity and compassion but only if the right people are in charge. Lastly, consider adopting a RECYCLING program. I was shocked to see they do not recycle given the fact it is basically what their business is all about. Recycling for the sake of making money is just as important as recycling to save the planet.

  8. Industry leader, competitive market

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work from home
    As long as you handle your business not micromanaged
    Attainable goals
    Decent compensation
    Decent benefits
    Good hours as customers aren't in till 10AM

    Cons

    Acquisition has led to discourse (people resistant to change)
    Tightening expenses
    Too worried abt stockholders instead of employees
    Limited room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Listen to reps when developing yearly incentive package. Reward top performers accordingly. Increase merit raises

  9. Helpful (1)

    Bottom line before employees' well being

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cold Spring, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cold Spring, KY

    I worked at Darling International part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I worked in the former Griffin Industries building as a customer service representative. Everything was great at first. Catered lunch, flexible hours, thorough training, good coworkers. Griffin was a place I was proud to work at. Which is why it pains me to write in the con section.

    Cons

    At first the work was compensated fairly, then they started adding more responsibilities, taking advantage us. Once Griffin was bought out by this company, employees were not treated the same. Griffin was focused on customer service and quality. Employees were taken care of well. Once we hit the new year, our Irving boss who oversaw my department was flown out from Texas to Kentucky just to lay off my whole department with absolutely no notice (they made the decision 2 weeks prior). We were instructed to return our badges, not to touch our computers, and to leave. My opinion of this company went from very high to extremely low. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone else who works there.

    Advice to Management

    Darling's color isn't just green due to their eco friendly nature. It's also a clear representation of their greedy values.

  10. its too bad they treat employees (back bone) of the business bad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager
    Former Employee - Plant Manager

    I worked at Darling International full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    i can honestly say the employees and lower management are super good people, the beneifits are good, the work is for certain people like any job someone has to do it and the ones employeed do it well.

    Cons

    as a long term employee i have seen alot of people and and i watched the company grow at a rapid speed. things are changing every day the struggle with keeping up with change is a downside to work for the company. the lack of leadership and the down talking and the way they have become is in no way shape or form worth the stress that can be throwed on a person, we have upper management that really doesnt understand what the workers actually do in the field. i think if upper managment had to work in the field for one week they would have a whole new look at the business. they need to put the shoe on the other foot and take a real look how they treat people. as a manager myself i never ttreated my employees the way i was treated. understanding companies are in business to make money but with out the workers there wouldnt be any money. i hope one day they finally see the light.

    Advice to Management

    ceo and vices, have a come to jesus meeting with regionals, they are driving away your workers.

  11. Great for the first few years...terrible the last few years...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office
    Current Employee - Office

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots 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 Management

    Really 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.

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