JR Simplot Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    An excellent learning experience, nowhere to go

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Boise, ID

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive direct manager, good pay for the area, exciting and meaningful work

    Cons

    Mid-level management was continuously difficult to work with, limited opportunity for career growth despite corporate policies encouraging it. Problem employees were well entrenched and held power over other's careers in a very unprofessional way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your mid level managers more closely, give employees a safe avenue to report inappropriate behavior,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Injured on job after 3 years, took a year to get diagnosis, harassed and fired while injured

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    Former Employee - Systems Service Technician  in  Caldwell, ID
    Former Employee - Systems Service Technician in Caldwell, ID

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    To keep from starving to death.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, filthy, favoritism, nepotism, poor advancement opportunities, racism, cronyism, high injury rates, harassed for reporting injuries, fired while on leave for work injury surgery, said that I had met a 3 strikes termination policy but couldn't produce records of my three work violations. Young healthy people were constantly getting pneumonia from filthy bacteria infested, black mold encrusted factory at a food plant!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a soul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Production

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    Current Employee - Production  in  Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Production in Pocatello, ID

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Not enough people or time to keep up on everything that needs done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people to keep up with ever changing challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Systems Service Technician  in  Caldwell, ID
    Current Employee - Systems Service Technician in Caldwell, ID

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay, opportunity to advance, focus on community and sustainability.

    Cons

    Ceiling on advancment, Many hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance from within. Understand the value of experience. Weigh experience against education rather than always siding with education. Harness drive and passion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Family business with career longevity

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor  in  Lathrop, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Lathrop, CA

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    career longevity, will invest to further training, can move up quickly if motivated.

    Cons

    Long hours, needs more accountability for those who never complete task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am seeing a change continue to drive innovation and hold accountable those who are assigned important task.

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

    it became a very hostile department

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    Former Employee - Accounting Tech II  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Accounting Tech II in Boise, ID

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    JR Simplot is a good company,

    Cons

    Working in the accounts payable department for a very long time, new management and supervisors are very unprofessional letting the dept get out of control

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the hostility and get supervisors in there that understand the different personalities, and do not let favored employees get away with there drama

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like to work at a place that lives 10 years behind the curve and makes slow decisions, come here!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) The one bright spot I see for Simplot is Garrett Lofto. At my time he is/was the President of the Agribusiness division. He is articulate, smart and has a vision. Unfortunately, he is so disconnected from his plant locations and working on his vision that he needs to cut some heads. Garrett needs to develop a pipeline for the younger educated employees or he will lose them all.
    2) Everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
    3) Strong safety culture.
    4) They will invest in training for you if you can prove the need.

    Cons

    1) It takes a miracle for employees to get fired from here; hence, Garrett’s problem. If there is a stronger word for complacent, insert it as the Simplot motto.
    2) Family ran business = stupid decisions repeatedly.
    3) Terrible HR at corporate level. When I am explaining to them why they need a ROTH 401k to keep younger employees you have MAJOR issues.
    4) They created an environment 30 years ago where they promoted people based on who knows what. Now they are capping other employees because they do not meet the educational requirements. It's a two faced system that upsets a lot of great and loyal employees.
    5) Retention rate is high and they boast that, but, for younger employees under 30 its terrible!
    6) If your on the manufacturing side the locations are in the middle of nowhere. Unless you like to hunt and fish I would say promotion in Simplot is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Garrett needs to clean house in HR and in upper level manufcaturign mangement to get new ideas and blood in there.

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

    Stable, focused company

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    Current Employee - Sanitation Supervisor  in  Othello, WA
    Current Employee - Sanitation Supervisor in Othello, WA

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has a strong foundation, has a clear strategy for competing and entering new markets.

    Cons

    Many jobs are at plants and require shift work at some point in order to gain experience and move up. It can be difficult to break into the higher paying jobs, but this also shows that they are careful about who they move into upper management which in turn leads to a very strong senior management team. Poor communication skills and lack of leadership at the plant level are abundant and can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to find a way to "re-tool" the culture at the plant level. A greater focus on leadership development, although six sigma is taking us in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Simplot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time

    Pros

    If you fit in, you're golden. The benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Some departments much better than the others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Job, I enjoy working here.

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lab Tech  in  Rock Springs, WY
    Current Employee - Analytical Lab Tech in Rock Springs, WY

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Low stress, when you leave work you don't take it home with you.

    Cons

    Petty complaining from work associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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