Driscoll’s Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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Pros
  • Busy work environment, friendly people, stocked kitchen, good compensation (in 4 reviews)

  • Going global is not easy, and company is behind the growing curve by a bit, business model is close to maturity (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is growing, and with that comes a lot of change which can be overwhelming at times (in 5 reviews)

  • years with little to no vertical career growth (in 2 reviews)

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  1. /Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, work environment, management communication

    Cons

    Dont know where I stand in the future

    Advice to Management

    We need more infrastructure and structure

  2. average employment experience not best place to work but not bad either -only game in town so think twice before moving

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company , growth potential is amazing slow and steady. deep rooted values that come from the family home and exist in all employees. low turnover which is bad also. love consuming fruit in all the fields and all the offices daily. real friendly people. family values. passion trust humility. soren bjorn rules. miles rieter inspiring. gives you goosebumps every time you talk to the guy. he is brilliant. they don't make people like that anymore. not around that often has memory and strength like an elephant. - fruit volume is exponential - you cannot grow enough to keep up with demand. that is a double edged sword because no matter what (other than water and weather) the berries are like gold and sell like hot cakes.

    Cons

    Employees don't follow all the values specially Trust. A lot of passive aggressive behavior in many areas and regions. management is not watching carefully. High turnover in many departments like HR and Finance. stay away. too many clicks. favoritism runs a muck. hire who you know. people talk secretly constantly and these insiders thrive while the newer people are eaten alive. company and pace is not as fast as many other companies in this day and age. very slow decision making. people are passionate but only about working there and having a stable job that pays a good wage yet nobody is passionate about changing things. many most don't know any better. this is their first and last job. lot of average skill level with bigger lip service than results.

    Advice to Management

    challenge everyone who has worked there more than five years. change their jobs. tenured employees too comfortable in their roles. invest more in employees - career development learning opportunities. broaden equity participation. communicate more. upgrade leadership. only offer organic fruit to employees - treat them well they are your biggest asset.

  3. Good place to work at

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

    I worked at Driscoll’s

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Good values and culture
    Successful global company

    Cons

    Great experience: no cons

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mixed experience - really good and really bad all at once.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and profit share, given the region HQ is in. Great CEO, great profitable business model, great results. Idea of mission and values is good. Could be a great place again. Ag/food industry is constant and stable, company has doubled every 5 years for past 15+ years. 90% of people are extremely great to work with and share common goals.

    Cons

    Middle management is disconnected from CEO vision. A lot of incompetence slips through the cracks and the burden gets put on the competent workers to do more than their fair share. This has also led to diminishing importance of mission and values in day to day operation as good people grt stepped on all the time. Growing pains is an understatement. Growth opportunities are somehow fewer despite rapid growth of the company. Some depts such as IT have outsourced jobs overseas and others have a revolving door of temps or contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget what Driscoll's was and get it back to that. Ensure new employees/managers share the same values that all employees used to posess, otherwise that great culture we once had will be lost. New blood and ideas are good, but what was once a big family is no more since we have hired many people who don't follow the values.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Working for Driscolls

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Driscoll’s as a contractor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is great for many reasons. In general everyone who works for Driscoll's seems to hold true to its mission and values. Everyone is proud of what they are selling at the end of the day. Driscoll's seems to recognize talent and skill and believes in creating a family enviornment.

    Cons

    Driscoll's is growing really fast and I worry it will loose the simple family-values that it started from. A lot of young professionals are being hired and will soon take over for those who have been with the company for decades.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Awesome company trying to do the right thing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Brand. Great business model. Growth & solid strategic plan. Core Mission, Values & Vision. Global in nature but still with a more small company culture

    Cons

    Senior leadership change over bringing in people who don't know the business. Inconsistent in management across various departments. Growth has been so fast that some employees don't understand their jobs and what doing a good job looks like.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the business before trying to change it.

  8. Helpful (2)

    This is less of a 3 rating and more of a 5 meets a 1 in the same company...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great product, and most of the people are great. In general, there's a strong culture and sense of camaraderie, not a ton of politics, pay is reasonably good (though not always equitable), benefits are great, and the company is a leader in its field, which is always nice to be part of. A great deal of the work is very satisfying.

    Cons

    The company has been and is currently growing at an incredible pace. While that's exciting, it also means that people are being stretched to their limits. In my department, anyway, it also means that we are asked to do far more than we were even a couple years ago, and resources to do the job are not growing at a comparable pace. Demands are made which frequently require work on nights and weekends, and demands for new work often seem to ignore the fact that the core responsibilities of the job haven't become any less over time either. This is especially true at mid-levels--I think to a great extent the middle level people are doing their best to shield the people below them, though I'm sure that's not universally true, and I know some of those people are being stretched too. While there are some excellent managers, there are some really poor ones as well at the upper levels. Some days are an endless spiral of ineffectual meetings, and making any decision has become a meandering quest for consensus, lacking real leadership. A few years ago I would have been commenting on the refreshing lack of bureaucracy...but the bureaucracy is growing aggressively too. All in all still an okay place to work, but nowhere near as good as a few years ago and on a dangerous trajectory.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on effective management (of people and time) and slowing the pace of growth enough to allow the rest of the company to catch up a little.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Good Place to Work But Could Be Better

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Some departments better than others...

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Very Demanding, Miss-classified employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

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