Dean Foods Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Gregg Tanner
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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)

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

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  1. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods

    Pros

    Amazing, knowledgeable people that care about your development.
    They are in a transition of many changes.

    Cons

    Working in the old Dean's structure- but pro is that they are in a transition of change.

    Positive Outlook
  2. Worked there for a decade.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX

    I worked at Dean Foods

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Perform like the original charter members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. I have been working at Dean Foods

    Pros

    The company culture is the strong wheel of Dean Foods Company.

    Cons

    It is important to be adaptable and embrace challenges at Dean Foods Company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Hard company to work for

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    Current Employee - Distribution in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Distribution in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Including medical, dental and vision.

    Cons

    Low salaries, no home time with family.
    You get allot of vacation time, but in management you won't get a chance to use it.
    If you do get a vacation you will still be required to work. Their is no one able to replace you will your gone.
    Their is very little training.
    They have reduced the head count to the point where your operation can not function.
    There is no career path.
    High turn over rate due to low salaries, poor working conditions and long work days (14 hours plus in some cases). Work weekends and most holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training and cross training. Strive to give management employees more home time.
    Stop reducing staff levels.
    Competitive salary packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Opportunities to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods

    Pros

    Most of the team is hard working, personal growth is valued and the work life balance is good.

    Cons

    leadership has changed too much, bonuses and raises are few and far between and the prospects look dismal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider talking to the staff who have put in more than 15 years, there is a reason we are still here and its not for the golden watch and the huge retirement checks.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean Foods

    Pros

    Good company. Salary was very good.

    Cons

    Other than being laid off, and no complaints.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great Opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean Foods

    Pros

    Chance for advancement with hard work and dedication.

    Cons

    Health Insurance could be less expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Employee Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean Foods

    Pros

    Above average salary offered to I.T. professionals, with very good benefits. Also, the company provides a decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    The usual corporate political correctness dominates upper-managements psyche like all large companies, and comes across as disingenuous.

  10. Dean Foods Generally a good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean Foods

    Pros

    Dean Foods has an extensive network of plants, approximately 75 fluid milk plants. For the upwardly mobile, this offers a good opportunity for advancement if you are willing to relocate. Most of the plants do similar things with various levels of technology used. Some are gigantic facilities and some are quite small so there is good variety for a young career minded person to engage in.

    Cons

    The Dairy industry in challenged right now as the price of milk has never been higher which has brought about less than desirable volumes at the various plants. I believe they are about finished with plant consolidations and an applicant should not be concerned about plant closings. Upper management has really choked back the amount of money available for plant upkeep. Once the price of milk drops, this is likely to open up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do something positive to retain and attract good management people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Branch Manager

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    Former Employee - Management in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Management in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Dean Foods

    Pros

    Can't say much for the pros...really didn't see much in the company.

    Cons

    Poor management from top down. The company has quite a bit of turn over within the management ranks. With a long distance between locations, the Regional Office wanted to micro manage to where they were rather than the location. Was left out on a island without any support other than lip service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback and assistance that supports the operation's location, not of where you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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