Bunge North America

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Terrible management, culture stuck back in the 60's, and no teamwork

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Bunge North America full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Pay is usually fair. Benefits are comparable.

Cons

I work in a department with a great deal of visibility into what occurs in the rest of the organization, so this review is not based on one bad manager, but rather BNA as a whole and most specifically the St. Louis office.

-Very weak leaders. Most I work with are directors who never have their employees' backs, who rarely help or get involved in anything outside their exact job, who never communicate important information to their direct reports, and make every decision without asking opinions or involving their team. It's a common joke here that non-manager employees only found out important information if it was sent via a company wide email announcement.
-VERY old-fashioned culture. Very hierarchy-based. If you are lower on the totum pole (in most departments any non-manager employee falls in this category), you will never be involved in decisions, projects, meetings, brainstorming, etc, even if, for example, it's a decision about a system and your "level" is the one who is the system expert. is directly related to Little flexibility as its all about face time (although this one item is improving this year). Employees always complain about never knowing anything and are typically blind-sided by things far later than they should be- it's a very common joke here, sadly.
-Many employees are disgruntled and have given up on giving 110%, because it's gotten them nowhere. This has led to a cool on theme of no teamwork. Many don't want to help anyone out.
-Travel expectations are unfair. It's common to be asked if you can leave the next day on a cross-country flight to go to xxx facility to deal with xx problem. And only the good/fair managers think to ask what you personally have going on- many managers have an expectation that you will cancel your personal plans with little to no notice. It's like they own you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Analyze your turnover and review the reasons behind it and how to fix it. Come into this century and stop focusing on the hierarchy. Start listening to the up and coming employees with great potential who are trying to improve processes and procedures. If you don't, they will continue to leave.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1.  

    Do you care about IT? We don't.

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Bunge North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly low stress work environment. The office is NOT in downtown St. Louis.

    Cons

    Company is not invested in IT workers or technology. Money is spent begrudgingly on things that are basic essentials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing IT is a bad move. Employees generally care about their work. IT staffing firms care about getting fined for not meeting SLAs. Trying to outsource IT twice in 3 years is not the way to earn employee loyalty or job satisfaction. Technology is has to be done right to have value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Hannibal, MO
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Hannibal, MO

    I have been working at Bunge North America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits to match. Unlike other industries, agriculture is one where demand will continue to grow along with a growing global population

    Cons

    Have to relocate frequently. Fresh out of college relocation didn't phase me that much but now wanting to start a family it makes things difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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