Fresh Del Monte Produce

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Fresh Del Monte Produce Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
20 Reviews
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Fresh Del Monte Produce Chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start.

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

    I have been working at Fresh Del Monte Produce

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation, nice people to work with. Mostly positive atmosphere during work.

    Cons

    A few cut throat employees, 2% increase a year doesn't make ends meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn how to treat all equally and not just the butt kissers. Give raises to who deserve them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    You will put in more than they do!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Department in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - QA Department in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to test the waters in the field of produce commodities. Use it as a stepping stone to better companies that offer a better future. At the "labor" level the people are, for the most part, good-hearted and congenial - willing to help, joke around, and be real. The benefits are competitive even slightly better than other warehouse workers. Vacation time is generous and more time can be earned in a reasonable amount of time. Sick and personal days could be better. But at least they offer them. Their maternity plans and time off are very good as well. They give out prizes for time served, and some of the prizes are pretty nice or at least useful. You will meet many people from many diverse cultures from around the world. Just know that you MUST bargain for your best deal when getting hired, because it is hard to move above that mark once you are there. It's difficult to get fired or laid off, as you will see below in the cons section- unless you really mess up. The 401K is fair, I suggest getting into it as soon as you can.

    Cons

    Immediately above the "Labor" level workers is the butt kissers, cliquish groups who never really made it in high school (thus never went to College). There are bigots and racists floating around; even so brazen to let the off color jokes out once in a while! But it mostly goes on ignored, sometimes it was laughed at because I suppose the supervisor thought "ah, they really don't mean it". The vacation days have suffered over the years, originally claims of the depressed economy causing it even though Del Monte Fresh Produce was always still making a huge profit! Sick days and personal days are coming to an end. It used to be 5 and 3 respectively; now there are just 3 pooled together. (In total almost two weeks have been revoked) It would seem that when you shake hands to accept the job, the "verbally" agreed upon deal only works one way. The pay raises NEVER go above 3% unless you are corporate. No bonuses and no Christmas parties any longer either except for the sporadic catered meal in the office. (This varies among different offices because Florida workers like HR/Corporate still enjoy group outings to Marlins games etc.- and are quick to show how much fun they had in the quarterly newsletter photos) The management can be very petty, even ignoring you when you say "good morning". Supervisors say they want to help you get more schooling but when you inquire about said education, it is never the right season...too busy now. No real advancement, and if you threaten to leave, they virtually say bon voyage! They reward laziness, ignoring those who go the extra mile to finish what needs to get done. The responsibilities between departments have gotten mixed up and truthfully, between finger pointing and jealousy, there seems to less time for productivity. And just above all the "immediate supervisors" ( Hey ever hear the one about too many chiefs and not enough Indians?) come the absentee corporate managers who tell you what they want and by a specific time but have no clue as to how to accomplish that ultimatum. The PSION system for inventory and reporting is grossly outdated (although for them its state-of-the-art; because of the amount of money invested in it). The company invests too much into college educated people who have little to no experience, and don't recognize the value of dedicated employees who have decades of experience in the field. BTW, don't expect to transfer to another location unless you do have a diploma of some sort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in Undercover Boss for a month... heck maybe two! In all honesty, one cannot realize how much goes on behind the lines unless you have been there for a bit of time. Believe me, the longer you are there, the better you will realize where your losses are coming from. ****I WOULD SWEAR ON A STACK OF BIBLES THAT I PERSONALLY COULD SAVE DEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE OVER $250,OOO (YES A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS) A YEAR! (AND I CAN PROVE IT!!!) *** By just making a few adjustments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thought it was a good Company at the beginning.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Gables, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Gables, FL

    I worked at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Supervisors forget that they started at the bottom also. When a mistake is made they are quick to throw you under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your employees as people. After the management buying a one million dollar painting and a brand new Rolls Royce they could have given the employees a better pay increase every year 2% just doesn't make it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to start!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Coral Gables, FL

    I have been working at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a very good vacation package

    Cons

    poor compensation and career advancement, mediocre management, long hours, mediocre pay, poor corporate culture, and bad business structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please send your managers to training's and expos to increase their knowledge over current trends in industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get out of it what you put in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Coral Gables, FL

    I have been working at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Approachable upper management.
    Opportunity to handle accounts and programs on your own once you prove yourself.

    Cons

    Horrible technology!
    Some pettiness among co-workers
    Very few paid holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in technology. Seriously consider making Veterans day and Christmas Eve paid holidays.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company

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

    I have been working at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people working there.

    Cons

    Old school ideas and a corporate culture that is not dynamic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should have clear expectations during the hiring process including a comprehensive job description. Training should be available for new hires and continuing education for current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful, at least in the one in chicago

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    Current Employee - Labor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Labor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Fresh Del Monte Produce part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible and allowed me to work without it cutting into school. Really nice employees to work with.

    Cons

    Some people don't even show up to work when they were supposed to and have to do all the work with little to no help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Industrious, cost-focused CPG company in commodity categories

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    CPG brand management experience in a major city, professional management, and fairly autonomous, small teams with a lot of P&L exposure.

    Cons

    Brand management here is really general management of very commoditized product categories with limited marketing spend. Products and work not very interesting for those who want more growth or innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to become a more nimble organization, in terms of innovation and relevancy to the modern consumer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting but cutthroat.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Coral Gables, FL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Coral Gables, FL

    I worked at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Systems, business model, focus on excellence almost second to none.

    Cons

    Senior executives more interested in themselves then the well-being of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business lives and dies with sales in the U.S. therefore treat your U.S. based employees with more understanding and compassion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good training, little else.

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

    I have been working at Fresh Del Monte Produce full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lack of management support forces you to dig deep in order to do your job.
    Lack of career opportunity forces you to focus on your job.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth.
    Employees get minimum salaries forcing management to " use the stick" all the time since " the carrot" is non existing.
    Negotiate your salary as hard as you can , dig your heels in and fight because the raise percentages are 1 digit and way under the cost of living, no bonuses, no other extra pay, plenty of extra hrs and days of work added to the normal 40 hr week (50 to 55 hrs).
    Work Evaluations are totally subjective.
    Input from employees is disregarded or even worse it gets ignored and ridiculed only to be presented by the same person at a later date as one of his/hers own original ideas, no credit ever goes to the workers
    No bonuses or extra pay.
    Long hrs, long weeks(50 to 55 hrs), no bonuses.
    Dual set of values. one for the clicks one for normal employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth with the people that make it for you . you claim millions as profit every quarter but employees get minimum wages.
    Federal minimum pay is a line to keep you from having slave labor, not a decent wage, bare minimum of $0.25 to $0.50 raise / hour yearly would go long way towards would allow you to retain good employees and not waste all their training .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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