Dean Foods Reviews

Updated June 28, 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. What happened?

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor (Retired) in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor (Retired) in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Dean Foods (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relatiinships formed from the years I would never let go.

    Cons

    The company is becoming to top heavy putting more work onto the "face" of the brand. The problem I foresee coming in s continuous turnover. Employees today don't mind working is just working 12-14 hours a day they are not going to do.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to not only focus on making the stakeholders happy bit the people who are the face of the company. With out them and front line management this company would go under.


  2. Ups and Downs

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The Dean Foods C-level group, for the most part, is giving it their best shot in a rough arena.

    Cons

    The IT leadership is at its lowest.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink IT, especially Infrastructure.


  3. Warehouse/Cooler Supervisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cooler and Warehouse Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Cooler and Warehouse Supervisor in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Promote form within. Can be a great place to work for if you are in the right plant.

    Cons

    Pay range is too far apart and bonus is not reflective on how great of a job you have done. Do not work for Dean Foods Brown's Dairy in New Orleans Plant if you value your having a life out side of work. Long hours and when you do get a day off you are too tired to do anything. To be honest it like working two jobs but only getting income for one as a salary supervisor. Also have very high turn over rate for this day an age.

    Advice to Management

    Moral is very low because the employee feels as though management lack any care for them and their families. So in return the employee develop a don't care attitude which impact the quality and productivity of their work. Ensuring you people are having enough rest and enough time off for a quality life will definite improve moral, quality and productivity. People first approach to management have proven to be the most successful approach to management and has lead strong and dependable work force and yells more low turn over rates, better quality, higher productivity and more profits.


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  5. Change!!!??!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Supervisor in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Supervisor in City of Industry, CA

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Still a great company to work for, which the right leadership this company can achieve anything!

    Cons

    Not so great if the upper management does what they want. You will have to survive their rein!

    Advice to Management

    Don't let rising stars suffocate in silence by bad leadership!


  6. Finance manager

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Location, very good team of employees

    Cons

    Very limited growth opportunity, not sufficient it infrastructure


  7. Executive Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    EVP management is very approachable.

    Cons

    With organization efforts, work loads were too great.


  8. production

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Hard to find any... too many hours, rising costs of ins. no days off and no concerne for employee wellfare

    Cons

    just read above. and those are the pros. and more negatives to the cons

    Advice to Management

    what is expected from salaried employees is ridiculous.too many hours too many days and too many responsibilities with no resources. Dean foods is a sinking ship


  9. Good company

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    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods

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

    Pros

    Great Management, Great Pay, Room For Advancement

    Cons

    Long Hours, Dealing With Lazy drivers


  11. Strong company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Communications are above average, financially sound company with room for growth

    Cons

    Keep it simple, we are a dairy not surgeons
    Understand what the field needs not what it discussed around a conference table in Dallas
    Allow local management to do their jobs not corporate projects

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to find a directive and stay the course, stop each group from going their own path and forgetting the entire team.
    Keep the local management running the company and not following so many different incentives sent by senior management...... DMOS has many good points but it has been taken to the point no one has the time so it is penciled whipped like other directives have to be to get the daily job done



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