Farmland Foods

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Farmland Foods Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    big difference working at a plant vs corporate office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farmland Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depends on which plant you work at and who your corporate director is

    Cons

    getting answers from the corporate office; feeling like your working together and not against each other

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Growing pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farmland Foods

    Pros

    Great people -- smart and earnest. Pride in the company, its products and what it stands for. Evident desire to be the best

    Cons

    Very siloed. In the midst of a lot of change, a tendency towards infighting for "my turf." Some major changes poorly managed, due to limited cross-functional planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start an OGSM and discuss it with all employees ... not just where the company is going but how we're going to get there ... to create pride & accountability. Your people are capable of performing at a much higher level, in the right culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I had a n excellent experience

    Current Employee - Driver in Monmouth, IL
    Current Employee - Driver in Monmouth, IL

    I have been working at Farmland Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fair HR solutions to conflicts, great benefits packages

    Cons

    Racial issues, Abuse of power from supervisors. Line speed can be too fast sometimes. Red hats increase line speed . More abuse of power on second shift than first shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management need not to rely on trainers when dealing with conflicts resolutions with workers that need English/French. Hispanic translators.Management need independent mystery shoppers to investigate cases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hard Work, Good Pay

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    Former Employee - Labor in Monmouth, IL
    Former Employee - Labor in Monmouth, IL

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Promotes from within company. Pay and benefits good. Yearly bonus if production expectations are achieved. Monmouth Area is great place to live if you like small towns

    Cons

    Easy to get injured. Very hard work. Smelly in kill floor. Cold (about 30 degrees) on cut floor. fast pace 11000 hogs a day. Language difficulties, about 4 main ethnic groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find ways to reduce physical stress

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Farmland used to be a wonderful place to work, but it changed.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farmland Foods

    Pros

    It was a like a work family of good people who grew their employees and fostered a team-oriented culture. They paid well and treated people well. They rewarded hard work and loyalty.

    Cons

    They aren't very good to employees now. They work harder and longer than they should. It's not a family-oriented culture that grows people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the old school way of doing things. Hire the right people for the right job, treat them well and they will be loyal and help the company do well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    it was a learning experience

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    Former Employee - Maintenance
    Former Employee - Maintenance

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    decent starting pay for the area decent coworkers

    Cons

    everyone gets pushed hard no work/life balance long hours six or seven days a week pay was basically stagnant high turnover rate penalized for using paid sick time or personal days vacation hard to come by....I believe the cons are common to the industry as a whole not just this employer

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Inspector in Cumming, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Inspector in Cumming, GA

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A good Company, enterprising, Good Product, good people.

    Cons

    Time Management, training, Good Practices Clean environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the good work

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nazi's

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    Former Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and relocation is good. Ok to use as a stepping stone for a year or less if you take a union position.

    Cons

    Managed by cut throat corporate Nazis interested in their own career projection. HIGH TURNOVER rate. PLANT is not safe, they make cheap garbage product. Stay out of the salaried jobs unless you can stand an impossible situation and watching everyone around you leave, wondering when it's you turn. Ammonia system is a death trap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Threats and intimidation worked well for the Nazi's. Keep it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Look elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Above average compensation package
    Classy recruitment process

    Cons

    Poor leadership / culture of intimidation and fear.
    Looooong hours and poor work/life balance.
    Lack of empowerment - no decision making authority for even Director level positions.
    Poor morale - I know of no one that wouldn't leave given the opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do 360 evaluations of leadership, begin using modern management practices - this is not the stone-age!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not really Farmland Foods - More like Smithfield Foods that just bought the name "Farmland".

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Farmland Industries was a good company in it's day. Farmland Bacon, Ribs, Ham and Pork Chops are still good.

    Cons

    Went through the ugly business B word. Smithfield bought the foods plants and kept the Farmland name. Farmland lost a LOT of good people because of bad decisions that UPPER management made back in the early 2000's.
    Farmland Sausage SUCKS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You lost a lot of really good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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