Dole Food Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
23 Reviews
3.9
23 Reviews
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Dole Food President, CEO, and Director David A. DeLorenzo
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  1.  

    Tough job, but good for summer work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Wahiawä, HI
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Wahiawä, HI

    I have been working at Dole Food full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very organized, pretty understanding about requesting time off, all management staff are nice. No mean people. You have a set schedule and never work more than a half hour past closing. I enjoyed the customer interaction too.

    Cons

    Very physical work, constantly lifting boxes, restocking the retail store, serving long lines of food and beverage customers. Very little room for promotion. From the position of summer associate you basically have the option of becoming full time in the same position or moving to cashier, which pays the same but less physical work. The only upward promotion I saw when working there was moving up to being a cook.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    You get out what you put in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, CA

    I worked at Dole Food full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great people, competitive salary and benefits. Opportunities for those willing to work hard to earn it. The WLV HQ office is 5-star and it's cafe offers some of the healthiest, best tasting fare in town.

    Cons

    Not always in agreement with Sr Mgmt but always aligned and committed to supporting their initiatives and vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those in your reporting chain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent international company!

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

    I worked at Dole Food full-time

    Pros

    International business exposure; good career opportunites; generally excellent professional staff; strong teamwork ethic.

    Cons

    Medium term strategy is unclear after company went private in 2013 for second time. Sense of uncertainty increased after significant restructuring. Few in corporate staff seem to fully understand the global business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen the succession plan. Restore employee motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Base wage, hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Support in Wahiawä, HI
    Former Employee - Summer Support in Wahiawä, HI

    I worked at Dole Food full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gain experience in food service and retail at the same time, a lot of exposure in the tourism industry. You'll become an expert at making a perfect ice cream cone. The company is fairly well run.

    Cons

    Work is very physical. A lot of restocking and dishwashing. Constantly moving and standing, which can be difficult if not used to it. Very little opportunity for promotion. There is a large stagger between management and workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A good place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Dole Food

    Pros

    A lot of "wordly" exposure

    Cons

    Corporate environment with long waits before career advancement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Must be willing to drink the Kool Aid

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    Corporate culture of honesty and even handedness that I support. Healthy products I can believe in. Senior management at DFV has made good on its promises and has a clear direction. The employees are dedicated and contientious.

    Cons

    Recent culture of overworking many employees to bring down costs. Long term burnout and poor decision making are starting to show. Middle managment in my dept. seems unfocused and incapable of making and sticking to a decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to consider the long term effects the current cost cutting has on employee ability to make good decisions and on burnout. Focus on training and retaining employees and bringing up their skills rather than outsourcing or 'hiring' competence.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management of a Great Brand Name

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    - Location - you can't go wrong being in the Santa Monica Mountains and 10 miles north of Malibu.
    - Work Life balance is nice because I live close to work, not the same story for my coworkers.
    - Nice building to work in.

    Cons

    - Company expects brand name to carry it to success.
    - Management doesn't financially support the growth of the brand.
    - Most employees work here because it is in the location they want to live.
    - Very inefficient.
    - Reactionary vs. visionary company.
    - Focused on stuffing ourselves into a niche that hinders financial growth.
    - No leadership development resulting in some key leadership positions being filled with incompetent leaders
    - No true accountability or execution.
    - Uninspiring
    - California is beautiful but expensive, especially when we haven’t received a bonus for the past number of years in order to pay down company debt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people will make or break a company. Dole is a great brand, but it is deteriorating because of the middle management. Some Key Managers in the habit of using band-aids to hide their own poor decisions and weaknesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    dole food

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    there are few lay offs and high level of security. most jobs are not challenging or stressful, get free fruit

    Cons

    no opportunites to grow, no innovation, very backwards and old fashion, not a lot of training opportunites offered, only senior management has a say in what goes on , no flex time schedules or work from home options (in practice, theory maybe)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get with the times! employee satisfaction and work life balanace leds to a great success for the company, work with people and their lives/desire

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enterprise, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enterprise, AL

    I worked at Dole Food

    Pros

    A very solid place to work with great co workers and opportunities. I did like the Career Opportunities. But the communication between compensation workers and Senior leadership was second to none.

    Cons

    Long hours and physical labor were just a few cons. The work life balance was pretty good but It could have been better. The pay was low for the amount of work that was expected of you on a day to day basis. With an education this job may have been better for me but i was treated with fairness and respect. The senior leadership could have been stronger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good training,professional working environment,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager - Warehouse Manager in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    Current Employee - Project Manager - Warehouse Manager in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

    I have been working at Dole Food full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training,improve personal skill,kind boss,aboard business trip and training,improve your creative

    Cons

    Spend great challenges and learn how to overcome them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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