Ralcorp

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Not the company it used to be

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Great people, good work-life balance, able to contribute and make a difference

Cons

Restructuring from this summer was poorly designed and executed. Very demoralizing to all including those retained.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Doesn't matter anymore as will become part of ConAgra

Other reviews for Ralcorp

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    You've Been Warned!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Pay is decent, benefits are typical of your average FORTUNE company

    Cons

    Highly political work environment. Everyone seems to be a snake and will stab a fellow coworker in the back as soon as s/he turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize middle management. They lack the skills needed to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing pains!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Company mission is clearly stated: growth through acquisitions, keep a diverse product portfolio, and increase the overall store-brand market share. It's a smart industry to be involved with during hard economic times.

    Benefits are good; 401K matching up to 6%, PTO, formalized annual review & salary adjustment process. Turnover is historically very low and many people work their entire careers at Ralcorp.

    Location is fun; right next to Busch Stadium, City Garden, Kiener Plaza and within walking distance of the Arch. Not much expectation for company socialization on personal time.

    Cafeteria, convenience store, atrium and bank lobby give some nice onsite comforts.

    There are a lot of great people who work at Ralcorp. If you are smart, play a decent game of politics, have tolerance for imperfect people, and have a little luck on your side, your time at the company will be rewarding, memorable, and beneficial, and you'll add some great contacts to your network.

    Cons

    Politics drive decision making.

    The company has grown more quickly than it could handle, and there's now a level of chaos that risks major errors in execution. There are many more concurrent projects than are possible to accomplish with available resources, and planning and status reporting doesn't always consider current workload and deadline commitments, so be prepared to stick up for yourself.

    Training employees is low priority.

    There is little enforcement of company policies, which has led to a decline in atmosphere (violations of standards of conduct, sharing of inappropriate humor and photos, derogatory jokes about people groups like women and minorities, physical intimidation complete with display of various weapons). Also, HR has been known to casually share confidential information inappropriately, including medical situations, with other employees. To be fair, there have been recent org changes, so perhaps this will improve.

    Productivity relies on relatively few great performers and it's not uncommon to witness long stretches of playtime (not just appropriate relationship building conversations) involving consultants and employees alike. If you are a strong contributor, you will become a victim of your success (to quote Dave Skarie former co-CEO).

    The office is bland with dark hallways and dim bathrooms despite the beautiful downtown location. A huge renovation is planned, but the new space will limit or remove access to helpful features (fewer convenient spaces for loud collaborative or private coaching conversations, fewer whiteboards, limited document storage and desk space). On the bright side, the addition of white noise will help keep the distraction level down.

    You'll pay 1% of your salary in city tax, and another $1200 per year in parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put business decisions ahead of politics.

    Invest in stabilizing the company's foundation before adding more acquisitions (identify your bona fide talent with business acumen, rationalize projects, deploy and enforce best practices and reduce tolerance for assumptions, and address ethics and policy violations).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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