Darling International

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Darling International Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
20 Reviews
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Darling International Chairman and CEO Randall C. Stuewe
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  1.  

    Great waste management company!

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    Former Employee - Manager in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Darling International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great management team ... lots of innovation ... well managed!

    Cons

    Just sold by Maple Leaf Foods ... this might actually be a very positive thing as the Maple Leaf company rules were inhibit.ing the development of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep at it ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent company in a growing market

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    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
  3.  

    Excellent experience. Best company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Excellent people.

    Cons

    There are no cons to the company. Keep up the good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good pay, Excellent 401(k) & Profit Sharing, Outstanding Insurance

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    Current Employee - Foreman
    Current Employee - Foreman

    I have been working at Darling International full-time

    Pros

    The company keeps growing, especially after buying Griffin. The work seems to keep increasing at all plants, this translates into a very steady job. The pay is really good, especially for low skill positions. They match retirement contributions and have profit sharing. The health insurance has become outstanding.

    Cons

    The work is very physical with long hours and harsh environments; hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It can be a dirty and smelly environment. Also, management has earned a bad reputation as being non-responsive, defensive and malicious. In fairness, I see that changing incrementally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to change the rendering and recycling culture from monarchical leadership toward teamwork and inclusion; your people can really help you achieve your goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I recommend this job for short term only.

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    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 an 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
  8.  

    Excellent Long Term Choice for Employment.

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    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
  9.  

    A fantastic learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Chemist in Ankeny, IA
    Former Employee - Assistant Chemist in Ankeny, IA

    I worked at Darling International as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers 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.

    Cons

    As 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Too many chiefs, and too many OLD chiefs.

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    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 an 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
  11.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    My 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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