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Une entreprise stimulante, mais où les individus doivent réussir "par eux-mêmes" A stimulating company to work for, but a company where individuals succeed "on their own"

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Current Employee - Chef de projet in Paris (France)
Current Employee - Chef de projet in Paris (France)

I have been working at Danone

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

(Translated from English)

Pros

C'est une structure très dynamique, avec peu de couches, assez flexible et assez jeune : finances saines, de nombreux projets stimulants, un environnement de travail relativement bon

It is a very dynamic structure, with few layers, quite flexible, quite young; healthy financials, several exciting projects, relatively good wok environment

Cons

Principalement dédié au marketing, vous pourrez donc être déçu par le manque de reconnaissance si vous n'êtes pas orienté marketing (les tâches peuvent être intéressantes, mais la récompense n'est pas toujours à la hauteur). C'est aussi très exigeant, et un lieu où vous serez jeté dans l'eau : si vous savez nager, vous survivrez, sinon ... tant pis. L'entreprise dépend aussi trop de trop peu de gens, et vous risquerez de trouver nombre de managers pas vraiment géniaux ...

It is mostly a home for marketing, so if you are not a marketing person, you might feel disappointed by the unbalanced recognition (job can be interesting but rewards are not necessarily so great). It is also very demanding and a place where you are thown to the water : if you can swim you survive , otherwise ...too bad. It is also a place that relies too much on too few people, as a result you find a number of not so great managers ...

Advice to Management

Occupez-vous mieux des individus, concentrez-vous sur le développement des ressources. Ne confiez pas des responsabilités à quelqu'un simplement car il y a un vide à combler, mais parce que vous pensez réellement qu'il/elle a de vraies chances de réussir

Take better care of the individuals; don't just think about stars but think about resources development. Do not give responsibilities to someone just because there is a hole somewhere , but really because you believe he/she has good chances to succeed : it frustrates everybody around when the wrong people are in place (and it is bad for these people as well)-however give also the means to make people successful , it can be a big waste to let somebody slowly drown when a few swimming lessons would have made him/her a great player.

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  1. Danone

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danone

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice people

    Cons

    Lack of processes and frameworks


  2. Great Company & Career if you are French Only! All top level management is French!

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Danone

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

    Pros

    entrepreneurial spirit in less established countries for their small teams, (dairy & yogurt division

    Cons

    ALL top management is French or at least a couple French Expats! This was the case in many geographies worldwide. Their website claims they are a diverse company but that is absolutely not true. Being French puts you at a huge advantage over your peers. In other multinational companies such as Kraft, Mondelez, Pepsi, Unilever see you a huge diversity when it comes to country of origin but not in Danone. If you're French, your career is limitless but if you're not French that is a huge obstacle. At higher levels, the French people who are typically upper management, start to congregate and speak French. In Asia you had a French person running at least operations & as the general manager at minimum. In China it was the worst I had seen globally as it was full of expats as directors: marketing director, supply chain director, logistics director, market research director, general manager, and the finance director. Globally, there are even positions for regular level managers who become expats even though they are less seasoned employees simply because they are French.

    Advice to Management

    More diversity! Too much French and especially French men at the top. Also, nepotism is huge. Which is a vicious cycle because at the end it is even more French people. This company is way behind other similar profile companies when it comes to diversity at the top levels.


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