Driscoll’s Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
43 Reviews
3.6
43 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Bag of Nuts

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

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Front line employees are top-notch, and many of the mid-and upper level managers as well. They have good compensation and benefits, and the work environment is comfortable. The product (berries) is wonderful, and there's a sense of satisfaction in working for a company that prides itself in such great products.

    Cons

    The company is trying to grow too fast, and to embrace too much. It was a great company when it started, focused on family and product. Now, it's all about numbers and doing more with less. The executive team is out of touch with the stress being placed on employees.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work But Could Be Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Driscoll’s

    Pros

    Great tools with which to do your job effectively. Co-workers are supportive and friendly, Healthy snacks. Access to daily yoga and Pilates sessions.

    Cons

    Under-qualified "managers" that have ZERO people skills. The company is growing, and with that comes a lot of change which can be overwhelming at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Driscoll's is a highly respected company with many passionate and talented employees.

    Driscoll's has already, and will continue to lose talented people because of poor choice of management. Please don't hire people based simply upon who they know, hire them because they have the skills to successfully do the job. Consider hiring people that embrace the Driscoll's values: Passion, Humility and Trustworthiness. These values are sorely lacking in some of the individuals chosen to lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some departments better than others...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor Level in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor Level in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting Industry, great product and some excellent co-workers, good training and benefits/perks.

    Cons

    Trust has dissapated as culture is changing, people concerned about their jobs, many talented employees are looking for other opportunities, significant turn-over in Human Resources, new direction is unclear. My department had little to no growth opportunity, can't bring in talented people and then offer no path to growth...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees are maxed-out, some unrealistic expectations, some leaders may not be a good fit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very Demanding, Miss-classified employees

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

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Good Benefits
    Growing Rapidly
    Not too bad work environment
    Nice perks

    Cons

    Miss-classified employees, most all are exempt in order to avoid paying overtime, most exempt employees have no supervisor duties nor decision making that would make an exempt employee status.
    No time for family, they want you Available 24/7 without any real compensation for being available (Trade off weekend vs weekdays off)
    Benefits could be much better
    Lot's of finger pointing
    Extreme Micromanaging
    Work Load is extreme, much more than expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Correctly Classify Employees
    Need to start increasing employee base to give some off time to current employees, especially with current growth
    Expand shifts or swing shifts to allow employees work/personal life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall good experience

    Current Employee - Salesman in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Salesman in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good work environment and great people

    Cons

    No room for personal advancement

  7.  

    My experience at Driscoll's has been full of learning and overall has been a great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stocked Kitchen, great coworkers, great berries constantly around to be enjoyed and lots of fun activities constantly going on.

    Cons

    It does not seem like there is much upward job movement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company values and a really great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time

    Pros

    Driscoll's has an amazing company culture. Everyone is very nice and willing to help each other out. Because it is growing so rapidly, there are lots of opportunities to excel.

    Cons

    This is a rapidly growing company, so there is a lot to get done. It can get stressful here, but the great company culture helps a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid company, solid values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Driscoll's is dedicated to their interviewing process and ensuring only top notch talent with strong values come through the doors. This is very apparent after interacting with members of the team. The work-life balance is strong as it is a privately owned, family oriented company which is very refreshing. They provide strong training programs with professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    The company is growing at a rapid pace, and so long as they continue to work as hard as they have been and focus on values, sky will be the limit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross-train and know what your team members are doing on a daily basis. Catch your employees doing something right, and just keep doing what you are doing because it works.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Driscoll’s Response

    Aug 4, 2014Administrative Assistant

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback!

  10.  

    Seems great, but..

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

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Lots of training opportunities. Travel.

    Cons

    Favoritism, slow moving, "old boy's club"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders, not managers. Follow Strat plans. Increase communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I'm proud to work for Driscoll's!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Growing company with lots of opportunity and great people/culture/environment. Very involved and does a lot to supoport the community. Plenty of company events or programs to get the employees from all departments to interact and get to know each other. Promotes wellness with on-site exercise classes, beautifully remodelled ladies' locker room, free fresh fruit, healthy snacks and drinks.

    Cons

    Some processes and procedures could be streamlined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be open to and implement process improvement ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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