Farmer John

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Farmer John Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Develop fantastic work ethic in a fast paced, hands on environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Farmer John full-time

    Pros

    I love the atmosphere and the people I am surrounded by. The upper management are fantastic people to work with and most have come from similar work experience and backgrounds. They welcome you with open arms and look to improve you as a person and worker as well.
    They really push the "promote from within" policy and look to promote both hourly employees and salaried.

    Cons

    Hours are long. Very rare to have a day under 10 hours, usually averaging about 12 hours a day.
    The environment can be a little intimidating, and the language barrier is sometimes a challenge if you are not bilingual in English and Spanish, it hurts the communication with employees significantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within is a great mentality to stand by.
    keep the open door policy for lower management employees to have discussions freely with the upper management.
    Cross-train in different fields within Farmer John if all possible. (Marketing to learn Production, and visa versa.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The best place I've ever worked!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farmer John full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -If you have the drive to develop yourself, you will be successful at Farmer John!
    -Tuition Reimbursement, Stock Purchase Plan and Flexible Spending programs are awesome!
    - Hands on learning...all the time
    - If you like sports, competition and bacon you've found a home!
    - You can bid on jobs all over the country with Hormel as the parent company.

    Cons

    -Early bird culture
    - Flying to corporate is WAY to cold for anyone from LA
    - Technology is slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop and driving engagement. Keep holding supervisors accountable and set the bar HIGH....Farmer John has a ton of potential!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    I look forward to walking into work every single day. Knowing I will be greeting with warm smiles and genuine hellos.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farmer John full-time

    Pros

    It is definitely a hard working type of environment but very much worth it. There are always engaging activities that all associates can participate in and join. I really like being able to meet coworkers from other departments and engage with mine outside of work.
    Number ONE benefit: Educational Assistance Program... this is a benefit that many companies no longer offer nowadays. It is great to see a company help their employees learn and grow.
    Anytime, anywhere people are always greeted with a wave and a smile and there couldn't be a better working environment.

    Cons

    Language barriers can exists between Spanish only speaking workers and English only speaking workers and may be expected to work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very approachable, open door policy makes it very easy to address any concerns or issues.
    Thank you for that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Production Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farmer John

    Pros

    Easy job but dumb upper management. They are owned by Hormel Foods but too bad this Subsidiary has a bad culture. Word of advice, watch your own back and dont help out others too much.

    Cons

    Typical corporate environment, everyone is fake and a back stabber. Management is horrible, 2nd shift supervisors are expected to work 12-14 hours a day. You come in at 2 PM leave around 1-2 am. The 2nd shift superintendent has been working there for 25 + years and that is the only job he ever had. So imagine the kind of micro managing he will put on you. The manager expects you to work harder using 10 steps when you can complete something with only 5 steps w/o any shortcuts. Instead of working smarter and efficient you actually are working 10 times harder and using more time to finish something. You can also get fired for working smarter than the management team especially the 2nd shift manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is the 21st century, younger managers will know how to utilize technology and their brains to make life easier at work. Do not under estimate someone of their skills especially if they had work experience in the real world. Accounting department needs to hire someone smarter that actually understands how to use their old system. You guys have nothing but complainers and whiners blaming others for something that they should know to fix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great team members

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farmer John full-time

    Pros

    Great base pay; good colleagues

    Cons

    Couldn't launch a new item to save their butts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp new item launch process

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Former employee states opinion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon, CA

    I worked at Farmer John full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits and 401k
    Some nice supervisors

    Cons

    Double standards
    Employees are not treated equally across the board
    People who don't do much are promoted more often than others who work hard
    Not enough promotion opportunities company does not promote work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out employees who don't pull their weight and aren't productive. Reward those who do and who are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great educational experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Vernon, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Vernon, CA

    I worked at Farmer John full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    cool corporate culture
    lots of learning
    subsidiary of fortune 500
    great brand recognition

    Cons

    lots of downtime waiting on people to teach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Farmer John

    Pros

    Platform to learn a lot of job related subjects, good team, lots of gifts and appraisals, ever growing company - in short, a great place to work and prosper.

    Cons

    Salary and compensation seems to be "satisfied" in comparison to other companies.
    Since the company has a great growth factor as its major goal, one needs to do real hard work.
    Early hours of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be more lenient when it comes to offer holidays/ vacations to employees.
    Early of work (for certain departments) could be avoided.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great team to work with. Great brands to. I truly enjoy working here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Farmer John

    Pros

    If you want to work at a company that is growing and is very promising try Farmer John. They have the top brands in several key categories with high viability. A team you can trust.

    Cons

    Older plant makes rapid growth tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people and brands. The reward is sustainable growth and employee loyalty.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Not the best of Companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farmer John

    Pros

    free food, union, some good people who been there for a while

    Cons

    smell, ours, working conditions, old

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate your employees since u get all the credit and make the big bucks while they do the slave work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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