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This is a hostile place to work--only for those who can handle constant stress.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Pedro, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA

I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

Pros

The products are quite good and the company professes to be environmentally responsible.

Cons

Very hostile work environment. No training aside from the sales department--you are expected to just find your own way without much direction or support. The CEO is a madman, so there is an atmosphere of fear that causes employees to throw each other under the bus to avoid getting screamed at.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give positive feedback--not just negative input. Protect your subordinates instead of sacrificing them to the CEO.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Very Bad Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Employee
    Former Employee - Employee

    I worked at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    Basic economic survival is the only reason to work here. In trying to be fair, this company does pay a decent wage and is competitive with the benefits package. If they offer you a job don't be afraid to negotiate salary. They can be good at that if they think you have something to offer. The technology they potentially have at their disposal is state of the art.

    Cons

    Employees are not allowed to use their talents, knowledge or expertise in any area. Extremely micro managed environment. It does not matter if you have a degree, a proven track record or anything else to offer. You will not be allowed to use it to help the company in any way no matter how much you want to. Expect to get contradicting instructions and prepare to be demeaned professionally at every turn. People are not trusted here. This place causes people that work here to stagnate in terms of how the rest of the business world operates and if you work here you will become duller and lose your ability to perform well at other companies when you eventually return to the real world of business. It is like being institutionalized. Imagine spending time in prison where you are treated like a lesser being and then having to re-assimilate into society after that and you will get an idea of what it is like to work here. It is unfortunate because this company has so much potential if only they would allow the employees to participate in doing what they pay them to do. This place is a poster child for a demotivator poster. I actually really believe the CEO and management actively try to demotivate the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try using 21st century management practices or at least evolve to a 1990's level if that is to uncomfortable. Employ the teachings of Deming and embrace the use of technology (Internet) or try communicating with employees. You don't have to pay people more money or put up with poor performance, just try trusting people to do well and understand that they may make mistakes. If you trust them and they can't do the job that is their fault, but if you don't trust them and they can perform if you get out of their way then shame on you. Also, check the profanity at the door. Joking is one thing, but just going off on an obscene rant is not good. Quit rewarding evil behavior and just cowing people into saying what you want to hear. Sometimes what needs to be said is more important than what you want to hear. The only reason this company, with all its potential, can't be a world class performer is the poor and closed management style it uses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Contessa Premium Foods

    Pros

    The company pays 100% of the health insurance cost for employees

    Cons

    The pay is horrible.
    Having to watch managers text, put make-up on, take personal phone calls, and shop on the internet while you work off the clock as you're not allowed overtime.
    John, the owner screaming at you, saying the "f" word ALL day and making many employees cry and upset. The man is an insane nutcase!
    Start giving raises and bonuses again - its been 4 years!
    Stop lying telling people you promote from within and that there is a ladder at Contessa! There is no ladder to climb - if you are looking for advancement - look somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If and when you have another layoff, layoff the RIGHT people next time!! Make sure some one who knows what people do is incharge of the decision and not an executive who looks at numbers only! You lost a lot of your best employees and you know it.
    Make sure employees are getting paid for the work they do, so many of them work off the clock!
    Listen to your good employees - you know who they are.
    Get rid of John, make someone who actually knows how to run a business take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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