Dean Foods Reviews

Updated August 19, 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. Admin

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have good insurance benefits, but no leadership in plants, no educated managers, therefore they have no idea how to manage people. They are stuck in the "old school" mentality, meaning they don't know how to develop business needs. We don't need "Milkmen"

    Cons

    Don't care about their employees Management don't know what is going on Too many changes, back and forth No diversity in their plants (only men). No advancement opportunitiies

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees instead of bottom line. Both are important, ask employees for feedback or ideas.


  2. Don't drink the milk

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    Current Employee - Production Worker in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Production Worker in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    Lots of hours. No Home life.

    Cons

    Low wages, to many hours, not enough staff to run a dairy. When you don't have enough staff due to cut backs, people are unable to do a good job. June 2015 a sight glass in a milk production machine went without being inspected for 4 days. It broke sent glass into the milk. Four days of production was contaminated. They dumped the milk for only one day because the rest was already in the market. So all of the milk dated 7/12 was to be dumped. General sales manager and Distribution manager instead sent contaminated half pint 2% milk to customers that were going to drop us. Upper management decided profits was more important than the safety of our customers. Plant manager and production manager turned a blind eye and did not want to get involved. This is the mind set of the new management staff at Browns Dairy in New Orleans, LA. The Distribution manager runs milk to branches all night than works all day. This is in direct violation of DOT rules. Most of the trailers leaving the plant are over weight in violation of company policy and law. We are 3-4 drives short in transport and route sales. 4-5 people short in the cooler. HR manager hires anybody that can pass a drug screen and back ground. Then they get no training and then management wonders why they don't last long. Moral is low. Employees don't care. Management is over worked and under trained. The dairy has lost money for the last 3 years. The cooler is rat infested. They eat the tops off of the quart half & half. The cooler ships to our customers anyways.

    Advice to Management

    Close the plant before we injury or kill someone. We have gone through countless managers and all have failed to turn this plant around. The current management staff is failing as well. Even with help from Dallas and other plants we still can not make and ship a quality product on time.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Executive Administrator

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dean Foods (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation was nice. Many friendly peers.

    Cons

    Work you to the bone. Downsizing has made it difficult for the support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Think first before laying off the support staff. Many times the 'good' staff are deleted first.


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  5. Overall Positive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dean Foods (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive compensation for this market.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management could use improvement with communication.


  6. better leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Dean Foods (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay AMD benefit package

    Cons

    employees run shop. Lacks supervision


  7. Production worker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Deans offers a competitive wage.

    Cons

    You may have to work long hours


  8. Don't work here if you're a young ambitious person

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, laid back corporate atmosphere, casual dress code , beautiful facility

    Cons

    Too much politics and favoritism, too many levels in hierarchy ex. Analyst l, Analyst ll, supervisor, manager etc , worst experience of my professional career, unprofessionalism is prevalent

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! There is a lack of concern for happiness of employees if one person doesn't like you you're pretty much screwed and your chances for promotion are stunted, the HRBP's are of no help no ones truly listens and makes excuses for managments bad behavior no matter how high up you go to seek help. Favoritism is extremely prevelent at the corporate office. I can't speak for every department and there some really great ppl that work there just dont start with the EDM department ..it will a decision you will live to regret


  9. Too much DOT

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    Former Employee - Route Peddler/Driv in Manhattan, KS
    Former Employee - Route Peddler/Driv in Manhattan, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, interact with customers

    Cons

    Not enough hours in day to satisfy DOT guidelines and GPS trackers in the tractors, not to mention it is physical work

    Advice to Management

    Routes are run on real roads with real people and not on computer projections or time estimates...


  10. Needs help

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Boxman in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Boxman in Spartanburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dean Foods (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High Pay, lots of overtime.

    Cons

    Lack of training, communication, and stability. Many temporary workers. Poor maintenance on Forklifts.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Not a good place; no ethics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    close to my home; got a paycheck, even if it was a small one

    Cons

    Too many to list Some people in my old department got shuffled around to where ever they wanted because my old supervisor's boss is best friends the this persons mother. I think that is called nepotism. Wish I had never gone to work there

    Advice to Management

    Read your own damned handbook and follow your principals if you have any



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