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My experiences at Darigold's Lynden facility were, overall, very positive.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lynden, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynden, WA

I worked at Darigold full-time

Pros

Strong, progressive management staff and - generally - a high quality, committed workforce. While there are always a few bad apples in every barrel, for the most part the Lynden staff gave 110%. An excellent group to work with.

Cons

There is a major disconnect in values between most corporate staffers and the local staff at the facility itself. While most corporate people live in the immediate Seattle area, the facility staff is very rural, which on more than one occasion lead to clashes in the importance and priorities of various issues.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Corporate should give local management more autonomy in terms of hiring, promotions, and local restructuring, or at least try to gain a better understanding of field operations.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place needs a reality TV show following everyone around. It would be a hit show!!! Rainier Ave Plant and Corp.

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    Former Employee - N/A  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - N/A in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Darigold full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you need to support a family with competitive wages and benefits this is a good place. The positive "buck" stops there. No more positives I can really think of and I gave it some thought........ :(

    Cons

    There are too many to list but I will try a few in short manner. (PLANT LEVEL)There is no balance on workload day shift vs night shift. There is harasment from supervisors, managers, drivers, mechanics, machinist, and co-workers running rampant. Favortism plus other factors create a hostile enviroment. You spend all your time here and if you can't handle a harsh fast paced enviroment......well it will break you in one way or another. (CORP LEVEL) They spend company money and waiste company time. Just like Pappy O'Daniel in "O Brother Where Art Thou?" There is some major poloticin' going on. If you are white this place is right. If you are a minority, go join another majority. I could go on and on but who wants to read a novel? :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management is to stand what what you believe in without money and bigotry playing the major factor. There is need for an overhaul from top to bottom. Biggest private company in Washington state making massive money but claims there is no profit. Hire more people who have not been to the penitentiary. Bachelors degree required for anyone above plant worker level. That way undereducated leaders don't need the staff below them to do their job for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Leadership is an action, not a position…

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Darigold full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -Good people who care about the farmer, their families and the community
    -Great Cooperative - happy cows, fresh milk, locally owned and operated
    -Good Benefits
    -No accountability - Easily hide under the blanket of chaos and confusion
    -Build your own empire! See the SW corner of the building for more information
    -Get promoted quickly by being politically savvy and sneaky

    Cons

    -Dysfunctional Executive Team - it's incredibly evident to all
    -Inconsistent communication between departments
    -No vision, strategy or formal business planning
    -Disrespectful behavior is applauded as being assertive
    -No accountability - extremely apparent in certain non-transparent areas of the business
    -Very few corporate managers really know and understand the core business, dairy!
    -No mentorship programs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to wake-up and smell the cow manure. You succeeded in driving out what you thought was the "cancer" in the organization, yet your problems continue to metastasize. Please do not waste anymore time. Appreciate the "real" Darigold employees who know the business and what it takes to run a profitable business. The farmers need loyal, experienced, hard-working dairymen not dairy divas. Go back to what worked which was focusing on running a profitable business versus deciding who to run out of your business to make it profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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