Golden State Foods Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Mark S. Wetterau
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  1. Enterprising and Forward Thinking

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden State Foods (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    GSf allowed me the freedom to express myself and become all that I aspired to be. The Wetterau family have all the prerequisites to be the best at what they do.

    Cons

    No cons if you love hard work and free thinking, work at GSF

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the fresh blood up the chain.


  2. Good working environment and great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Garner, NC
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Garner, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golden State Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working environment is great. People are friendly and always helpful in trying to resolve problems you may have.

    Cons

    Cameras in the trucks hate them. They come on for any little reason at all and sometimes won't go off after a couple hours.

    Advice to Management

    Need better management planning and better way of bidding on routes for drivers.


  3. Privately owned company with high expectations with a 1990's Starting Salary.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, fun place to work. Company BBQs are a great social function that needs to happen more often. A great Director in the CID Warehouse.

    Cons

    Warehouse Systems outdated. Not enough experienced IT Personnel to implement a failed system build from a blank platform.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade your Systems to 2015 standards to better keep track of inventory which is killing the bottom line. Support lower management and stop hiring people with no System knowledge because their your friend!


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  5. Getting worse

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Most employees are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, many mistakes could have been avoided by hiring more people. Company is having problems now.

    Advice to Management

    More hours and fewer weekends is not helping bottom line. Hire more people.


  6. Hard work, Good Compensation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Selector/Loader in Whitewater, WI
    Former Employee - Selector/Loader in Whitewater, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden State Foods part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great part-time/seasonal job for college students: good wage, 401K option, scholarships available, and lots of overtime possible. Responsive and direct leadership.

    Cons

    Indoors environment, long shifts, and lots of heavy lifting.


  7. Production Supervisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Conyers, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden State Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is like family when they want to be (which is almost a must due to the fact you will be with them 90% of your waking hours). Very community oriented. Very well compensated (to make you turn a blind eye for as long as possible)

    Cons

    Good luck with any work/life balance. If you are not upper management, do not expect to see much outside of the facility. Several people make the working environment absolutely miserable. The C-level either is superbly oblivious or flat out does not care how terrible it is to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the fact you work 24/7/365 and support your staff for it. Take a long look at yourself and see if you can justify working the hourly people to the bone.


  8. Good Overall Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golden State Foods full-time

    Pros

    Good company which pays very well and takes care of their employees. Great place to work at if you want a good corporate experience.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between everyone in corporate. To be honest, it has a lot of work to do in order to get everyone together. Also have to work on their structure.

    Advice to Management

    Teamwork is key; there is a huge lack of that in the company.


  9. Horrible place to work!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pouch Machine Operator in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Pouch Machine Operator in Conyers, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Golden State Foods (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Union pay is great and the benefit packages are awesome.

    Cons

    I worked here for over 5 years and HATED every moment of it. No life/work balance at all especially if you work on second shift as pouch machine operator. (1) No days off - if you're looking for a normal job with weekends (or any days off) this is not the company for you. As a new hire you will have no seniority and will be working 12 hour shifts 7 days a week with MAYBE an occasional Sunday off. Even those of us that had seniority rarely got a day off. (2) Poor management - Mangers here are absolute hypocrites. They spout off about "creed and values", but I promise that only applies to the company and its clients; not company and employees. The managers do NOT care about the employees at all. They also have too many managers - they have managers that manage the managers! (3) They hire incompetent supervisors all of the time (they hire and fire them constantly). In my 5 years with this company I went through at least 8 supervisors and that was just in the ketchup department - most of them were fired and a few just up and left. (4) The communication line between management, supervisors, and employees is an absolutely a joke and it costs the hourly employee jobs. (5) They are moving the meat department in Conyers, GA without offering the meat department employees the opportunity to move along with their jobs. Instead, they are giving them a severance package that may last a couple of months then they are on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Treat your employees like human beings because they are! Imagine if the roles were reversed and how you would feel if you were never allowed a day off or time with your families. Imagine if YOUR jobs were constantly being threatened for someone elses mistakes or lack of communication or training. Last, but not least: weed out the pointless managers and supervisors by listening to the employees (you know, the ones you count on to keep YOUR jobs).


  10. Order Selector

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Selector in Garner, NC
    Former Employee - Order Selector in Garner, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden State Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good morning to start a living.

    Cons

    Over worked and if you get physically hurt it will be for life due to the pace and repetitive motion.

    Advice to Management

    95% pace needs to stay the same year around and not change ...


  11. Five Years Before the Mast

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Doesn't Matter Now in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Doesn't Matter Now in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golden State Foods (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full-time employees enjoy 1/2 off on some Fridays before a national holiday and one or two "special holidays" during the year...

    Cons

    Low Pay, small bonuses, lack of recognition and poor perception of IT as an asset to the corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Realize IT is critical to the successful achievements of Golden State Foods' strategic objectives and start paying market rate salaries and invest in best-of-breed software and systems to enable the IT department to become a strategic partner aligning with its distribution, manufacturing and finance departments who enjoy a status level much higher in the corporate hierarchy.



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