Darling International Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Horrible

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Specialist in Cold Spring, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Specialist in Cold Spring, KY

    I worked at Darling International

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    They Were Okay Before The Merger With Griffin

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    Former Employee - Transportation in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Transportation in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Darling's plan was better before the merger, but the compensation is still the best in the business for drivers.

    Cons

    Fear is the go-to management tool. Women and minorities can forget advancement. Top-heavy and fantastically inept. Customers are unhappy. Workers are unhappy. Management is headless and heartless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop abusing the entry level. No one sticks around for longer than a few years, even in a down economy. The result is your first line of customer contact is always brand-new people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    absolutely horrible, nothing told to you, horrible work conditions and expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    no reason to work with them.

    Cons

    long hours, huge expectations, expect you to be a slave to you work, no personal life, horrible management, poor ethics and integrity of leadership and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at some other professional companies, and follow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Poster child for IT 'Worst Practices'

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    Great environment. Lunch is provided with healthy options. Cubes are spacious and private enough. People are fairly friendly. Irving location is convenient.

    Cons

    CTO is all about buzzwords but does not know the technology well enough to apply it correctly. Database is a disaster! They do not have anyone on site who has DBA training. The database was developed by non-professionals. When poor coding standards were pointed out (with documentation), management responded negatively and personally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're growing fast but your foundation is sand. If you do not hire professionals and LISTEN to them and ACT on their concerns, your system will fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Bottom line before employees' well being

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    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
  8. Incompetent GM

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    current employee

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    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. 3 people found this helpful

    Poor Management and Communication for a Public Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    The company has been in existence for a long time, and is in an industry that will continue to be necessary. Many of the headquarters staff are good to work with. The company is successful at what it does.

    Cons

    Managers are rewarding employees who do minimal or marginal work. Communication is overkill for some things and nonexistent for others. The HR polices are not being handled consistently among employees - much favoritism. Benefits are poor compared to other large companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the managers on basic management techniques, such as coaching, communication, delegation, discipline, improving morale, etc. Improve benefits to match other public companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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