Dean Foods Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
128 Reviews
2.9
128 Reviews
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Gregg Tanner
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Review Highlights

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)

  • Upper management clueless in what they want to do with us (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very Disfunction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Decatur, IN
    Current Employee - Management in Decatur, IN

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    The pay is higher than most. Benefits match local area. Not much else good to say. The Plant Manager is personable.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking. There are three managers who run the place (not the plant manager), they have worked together for many years at multiple companies. Plant manager is more of a figure-head manager, doesn't really run things. Very disorganized leadership, very secretive. They claim continuous improvement is important, even have CI Managers, but absolutely do not want to hear new ideas or ways of doing things. Starting pay was higher, but only received one raise, equaled 0.59%, not a type-o.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management needs to clean house, top to bottom. Desperately needs new leadership, leadership who is willing to run the facility by the ethics guidelines put forth by Dallas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great while it lasted

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Gave me a good long career in IT and some of the best bosses I could have ever ask for.

    Cons

    Outsourcing all of IT Infrastructure effecting 50-60 jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    One of the best blow mold supervisors ever! Great schedule and excellent opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    It takes 3 years to top out in pay grade, even though the pay is very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the excellent job and doing it well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  6.  

    Good Company, needs to find direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and compensation. Good atmosphere at local level. Corporate does not need to micro manage.

    Cons

    Salaried employees are second class citizens. God forbid they offend the hourly people....
    .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many kneejerk reactions. "Point, Shoot, Aim...."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The good news is, since there are only seven days in a week, the company cannot make them work another day.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operation Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Operation Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    My boss was supportive of me and the team. The local team was a great team for the most part, because the core was there in the pre-Dean days.

    Cons

    What was that your mama said about "if you don't have anything good to say?"
    Regional and National leadership has no concept of local effort. Dean Foods Guiding Principles look good on the wall as a way things should be, but execution of the GPs are not executed in a winning way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk in the shoes of the locals before condemning them as incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Racial Tension/Lack of Respect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the workload, having to multitask continuously and my fellow coworkers.

    Cons

    Favoritism of Caucasians (even those who lacked education), intimidated by educated African Americans, no room for professional growth, lack of professionalism and communication of management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Separate personal life and feelings from work. Get to know others by their personality, academic achievement and professional demeanor instead of feeding into cultural stereotypes. Hire qualified candidates instead of letting ethnicity be the sole factor. Acknowledge employee potential and encourage professional advancement. Communicate with employees and listen to their opinions and suggestions in order to establish a stronger team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, very much into company bonding, everyone gets along well and there is no negative vibe

    Cons

    Sometimes being so close-knit allows there to be clear favorites in the office

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Once was a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Discounts with other major companies for working at Deans

    Cons

    Too many changes that creates more problems than resolutions
    Unreasonable expectations on deadlines. Some deadlines are due on Saturday or Sunday night

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely understand the entire impact of major changes being made before making the changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sounds good on paper but won't work in real world

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    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Big company, you can learn a fair amount if you are inclined. Benefits and pay are decent particularly if you are middle management or higher

    Cons

    Strategy has been the same for years but is not working. CEO was put in place to continue to execute flawed plant closure strategy of former CEO. Company needs to grow to survive but unfortunately new leadership has no clue how to build a new market viable strategy. Company circling the drain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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