Darling International
2.9 of 5 19 reviews
www.darlingii.com Irving, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 12, 2014

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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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    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 experience. Best company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work life balance. Excellent people.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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

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

    Foreman (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Big brother attitude overseeing you work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsDecent benefits. The work is hard and the job should be around for some time. The city is working with the company to build a new plant for biofuel.

    ConsWages are a little low for the area. Big brother watching. Lots of new rules and paper work. Word of mouth is the only way of finding out anything. Poor training, learn as you go. Hours are long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the workers do their jobs and be more encourageing not looking for wrong doings. Show some kindness just hello would go a long way. More information of the new going ons would be nice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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