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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    They Were Okay Before The Merger With Griffin

    Transportation (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

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

    ConsFear 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    Prosno reason to work with them.

    Conslong 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 Senior Managementlook at some other professional companies, and follow

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poster child for IT 'Worst Practices'

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Irving, TX

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

    ConsCTO 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 Senior ManagementYou'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetent GM

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

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

    ConsLeadership (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 Senior ManagementTeach your GM's HEPA Laws, mentoring, HR & last, but not least---PEOPLE SKILLS!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Driver (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementRecoginize 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Jackson, MS

    Prosstable job if you don't screw up

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Management and Communication for a Public Company

    (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Programmer (Former Employee)
    Irving, TX

    Pros*Darling is a company that is growing very fast and they are slowly building their IT Department. They provide free lunch and drinks.

    Cons*You get paid 1 time a month
    *Not sure the IT Department, specifically the Software Development department has direction
    *No cubes, so everything is open and therefore little privacy

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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