Farmland Foods Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    it was a learning experience

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    Former Employee - Maintenance
    Former Employee - Maintenance

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time for 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
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    My review

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    Former Employee - Quality Inspector  in  Cumming, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Inspector in Cumming, GA

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time for less than a 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
  6.  

    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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    Look elsewhere.

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

    I worked at Farmland Foods full-time for 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    Great company at one time, but has fallen from grace

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    Former Employee - President/Chief Executive Officer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - President/Chief Executive Officer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good product, solid operations team

    Cons

    Poor senior levle leaders and board

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek new employement, the new Chinese ownership is not good for all US based employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Environmental Health and Safety

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

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

    Pros

    Some very nice people in some departments, decent pay to start, decent healthcare, they pay for training

    Cons

    Overall bad attitude and end of the world view from management, lack of leadership and cooperation, overbearing corporate culture, stigma of the former Farmland Industries fiasco does not help with local relations in Kansas City. They tend to hire people with no personality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people, this is the food industry act like its the 21st Century, update your equipment and facilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not what it was a few mere years ago

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farmland Foods full-time

    Pros

    Farmland Foods emerged from Farmland Industries and had a fantastic corporate culture, a great employee morale, and was self aware of process issues and identified ways to move forward. There was no better place to be.

    Cons

    During the last 2 years it has de-volved, it is an environment of fear and blame - creating a paranoid and overworked workforce who fear making mistakes -and therefore - take no rises. It is a sad, mediocre place. There is no direction from the top, nor the middle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve workforce in suggestions and implementation of process and perhaps even some philisophical corporate changes. Remember that the Customer is more important than the road blocks you are putting up to prevent them from getting your products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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