Darling International

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Darling International Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
22 Reviews
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Darling International Chairman and CEO Randall C. Stuewe
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  1.  

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

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Incompetent GM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Darling International full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Leadership (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 ManagementAdvice

    Teach your GM's HEPA Laws, mentoring, HR & last, but not least---PEOPLE SKILLS!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I recommend this job for short term only.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Driver in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Driver in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recoginize 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company in a growing market

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Long Term Choice for Employment.

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

    I have been working at Darling International (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing naturally and through acquisition. Opportunities for growth constant.

    Cons

    Communication of growth potential improving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    current employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Jackson, MS

    I have been working at Darling International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    stable job if you don't screw up

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Too many chiefs, and too many OLD chiefs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and no communication from Ops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support and training is needed across the board and mainly in the office handling exsisting customer concerns and requests.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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