Fonterra Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Great set of values, strategy building momentum

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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 Fonterra full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people that have a wealth of knowledge. Clear set of values. Clear strategy that is building momentum. Many global opportunities available for individuals.

    Cons

    Very few people appreciate the goals & challenges of colleagues in other business units/ markets. There have been too many structural changes in recent times, although it appears that the frequency of significant change is reducing.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on strategy. Increase transperancy across business units - great that this is happening at the FLT, however, it needs to filter down.

  2. Worked as an intern in Quality Control department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Fonterra as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company provide an employee-friendly working environent and the colleagues are helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    Low positions available for fresh graduates with satisfying payment

  3. mislead management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. 3 weeks vacation.

    Cons

    No clear leadership. Changing management on a regular basis. Some leadership positions held based on manipulation of the corporate game than on talent.

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  5. Health and Safety Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment to develop and grow in.

    Cons

    Still determining what their needs are in the USA.

  6. Former Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Former Manager in Rosemont, IL

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and great people to work with. Very diverse throughout the entire organization. Pay is above average.

    Cons

    Very minimal opportunities for advancement in the US. Poor people development strategies for anyone outside of sales. Very high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Get people more involved in decision making and do not limit those decisions to just the people in New Zealand.

  7. The Politics Are Stifling Creativity and Agility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Services in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Support Services in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. Very resilient and with good intentions.

    Cons

    Working at Fonterra is like constantly treading water. It's exhausting. Great ideas, if they emerge at all, are stalled or never implemented due to a highly political environment. Most people in senior management have their own personal agenda, which comes first before the good of the whole. There is no transparency or trust. Most of us operate in an environment where playing small is safer than making bold moves. Velocity is the new buzz word since the shocking interim results. And that's what Fonterra does: broadcast a vision but the reality of BAU is not able to bring the vision to life.

  8. Entry Level Employee

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

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Large - so easy to move around.
    + Positive leadership from the CEO.
    + Growth + Development opportunities.

    Cons

    + There is a huge amount of focus on the Fonterra values but I do not think the employees necessarily "practice what management preaches"
    + Can at times be focused on immediate results rather than long terms gains - potential driving factors of large swings in revenue ...
    + Constant restructuring is damaging the culture of Fonterra, too much change management is happening all the time.
    + Personally I think some of the Fonterra Management Team have conflicting views on the organisational culture of Fonterra.
    + SILOS!
    + You're experience at Fonterra depends ENTIRELY on the team you are in.

  9. Entry level employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people and quite relaxing working environment. Business in China is growing fast and thus has a much more important impact on the global business in terms of the sales revenue, so there are plenty of chances.

    Cons

    As others have already mentioned, this company, at least under current CEO's leadership, is in a constant process of restructuring. The reason for it, in my view, mostly is that a lack of strategy and shortsighted leadership driven by short-term KPI, which jeopardizes the business performance. Also, as the New Zealand dairy giant, this company is still quite inmature in terms of management: many complex and unclear processes, a lack of employee training, and NZ side's poor plant management and R&D capability compared with those leading competitors. I personally also want to add that the whole "Building Trust Campaign" is simply so lame and totally a pretentious, bombastic and void political show. So how do they build trust? - By announcing everywhere that we are building trust.

    Advice to Management

    As mentioned above, senior management team probably needs to think more carefully before take actions, otherwise, more damages can be foreseen in future.

  10. Good

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

    I have been working at Fonterra

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good culture; nice and supportive people

    Cons

    Not really, everyone is nice

  11. Great company

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fonterra

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to cross functional projects

    Cons

    Culture, micromanagement, bosses, deadlines, projects

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