Dean Foods Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Pros
  • It offered a great deal of flexibility to a work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Good pay, free milk & sometimes lunch (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, and lots of work to do (in 6 reviews)

  • Disconnect between corporate office and other remote locations (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Administration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Upper management very pro-employee/interactive. Not much 'back stabbing'.

    Cons

    Work you till you're dead. Company downsizing has created additional workloads on support staff.

    Advice to Management

    There's only so much a person can achieve in an 8 hour day.


  2. IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Voice Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Voice Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work, great benefits

    Cons

    No leadership employees treated contracts like trash even though contractors most the heavy lifting

    Advice to Management

    Buy low sale hi


  3. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Law School Graduate in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Law School Graduate in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Education Reimbursement, competitive pay, nice benefits and facilities

    Cons

    Became too profile conscious and did not appreciate seasoned workers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't abandon the workers that got you a Fortune 100 ranking


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  5. Worked there for a decade.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Growth opportunities for people willing to perform. Original team that built the Company from start are quality individuals.

    Cons

    Growth can make you slow. Otherwise good company.

    Advice to Management

    Perform like the original charter members.


  6. Good company, but much has changed since the breakup.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Dallas is a good area to live

    Cons

    Huge organization in which one can easily get lost.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a strategy longer than six months.


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    Spoiled Milk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, scale advantages vs competition industry with health perception and lots of opportunity for innovation

    Cons

    Sr management is clueless. Revolving door at the top of the company. CEO in fairness was put in way over his head and not surprisingly has struggled to keep the wheels on.

    Advice to Management

    Put an innovative new leader in place so that company does not continue to sit around while other companies like WhiteWave, Coke, Chobani etc steal the most profitable segments in Dairy. Build up new product development system.


  8. Had a great career. Plant closed June 27..did not want to relocate.

    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefites PTO time off 401k health/dental insurance

    Cons

    A dedicated employee had opportunities..for advancement..

    Advice to Management

    Last 4 years of employment upper management knew about plant closing and did not tell employees until 2 months before closer this could have been communicated earlier and the transfer of employees to the sister could have been on a more professional basis.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Information Technology

    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It offered a great deal of flexibility to a work/life balance. It also had a great benefits package.

    Cons

    Due to ecomomic challenges the company is facing it is contracting its workforce and a great deal of historical knowledge is exiting the company

    Advice to Management

    Align around a strategy and execute


  10. consulting role to provide support to HR department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great culture and people; desire to improve processes and technology; casual and flexible work environment esp for downtown

    Cons

    systems could be improved and updated


  11. Helpful (3)

    Dean is no longer an enjoyable place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dean's pays its senior managers very well.

    Cons

    The culture at Dean has deteriorated over the past five years, you work at Dean for a paycheck, nothing else.



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