Dole Food
3.6 of 5 18 reviews
www.dole.com Westlake Village, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jan 27, 2014

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83% Approve of the CEO

Dole Food President, CEO, and Director David A. DeLorenzo

David A. DeLorenzo

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Poor Management of a Great Brand Name

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
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 Senior ManagementUnderstand 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Base wage, hard work

Summer Support (Former Employee)
Wahiawä, HI

I worked at Dole Food full-time for less than a year

ProsGain 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.

ConsWork 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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for me dole company is good,all that we have now is from with it.so im very much thankful of that.

General Utility (Current Employee)
Polomolok (Philippines)

I have been working at Dole Food full-time for more than 8 years

Prosdole is for me all benifits we gather,costs and salary on time,employee sides first.healthy and hospitalization is free if you are an employee.

Consdole is good comparing in other company..we love dole.we grab all our opportunities,lifestyle,benifits,insurances..

Advice to Senior Managementmore business more quality for d good of costumer..it is d good provider.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is a great place to gain experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dole Food

ProsWork life balance.
Great co-wokers.
Team work mentality.

ConsLow paying jobs.
Limited opportunity to move up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Must be willing to drink the Kool Aid

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Monterey, CA

I have been working at Dole Food

ProsCorporate 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.

ConsRecent 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 Senior ManagementStart 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.

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I worked in IT, and was given plenty of opportunities and independence to learn and grow.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Dole Food

ProsThe people are very professional, motivated, and well managed. It seemed that the executive and management team had the experience and charisma to properly lead by example.

ConsThe department I worked in was very lean and short staffed, so I was not allowed to take any time off the first year. That fact, along with the long hours and periodic micro management, did not instill confidence that my superiors would reward my hard work.

Advice to Senior ManagementHaving a better work life balance will increase employees' work productivity, and their retention rate. Overall, giving a little more freedom will empower people to work more efficiently.

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Overworked-underpaid

Research Coordinator (Current Employee)
Davao (Philippines)

I have been working at Dole Food

ProsGood Training, with a lot of exposure to all aspects of operations, international experience, good benefits package

Conslow pay, overworked, no clear career plan, no succession planning

Advice to Senior Managementrethink employee compensation package, a lot of brain-drain is already happening

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Dole Food

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

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

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Good place to start

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Enterprise, AL

I worked at Dole Food

ProsA 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.

ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementListen to your workers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great way to boost your marketability in the work force

Supervisor (Former Employee)
Polomolok (Philippines)

I worked at Dole Food full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEasy jobs, CSR programs and employees' benefits... There were lots of programs for the employees to enjoy like family day and foundation day. The company will issue free transportation from your home to the work place, and vice versa. They provide lots of training for the employees and opportunity to travel as well to those who belong in the upper management.

ConsMost managers (technical ones) in this company are not qualified for a position. They get hired because the HR division has poor recruitment skills. They tend to show-off their good organizational development skills, but taking for granted their recruitment processes.

People working in this company are already very old. Consequence is that they tend to work not in their best because of repetition of procedures, and resistance to developmental changes.

Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the old employees (particularly the managers) with fresh and enthusiastic people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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