Keystone Foods

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Keystone Foods Reviews

Updated April 6, 2014
Updated April 6, 2014
11 Reviews

2.8
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Overall, I had a great experience while working multiple years at Keystone Foods.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I cannot say for the employees at the plants, but people at HQ were generally friendly. Most were passionate about the jobs they do.

    Cons

    Since the company was acquired by a large Brazilian Company, many of the "family" focused values were lost. Opportunities for advancement have greatly diminished as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop paying a fortune hiring employees from the outside. Look internally for good workers first and try to compensate for their talents.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok just over worked.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Camilla, GA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Camilla, GA

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere and fun activities.

    Cons

    Overworked and under paid. Improve work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value every employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confused; No direction

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    Current Employee - Can't Say  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Can't Say in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    Good but deteriorating benefits.
    Good working environment.
    Outstanding middle management

    Cons

    2 layoffs in 2 1/2 years.
    no communication from upper management
    no direction from upper management
    Conflicting and confusing prorites from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to make a decision and stick with it - quit changing direction or priorities 'as the wind blows'. Follow through on what you tell employees. Quit trying to turn an outstanding company with benefits and operations that attract the top tier people into an average company with average benefits that attracts average people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Keystone was a great company to work for, now it has a questionable future.

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    Current Employee - Professional Role  in  Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Professional Role in Conshohocken, PA

    Pros

    Better than average healthcare, bonus, & retirement. Nice (but quickly declining) perks. Comfortable office & working conditions. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor\absent leadership. Parent company (Marfrig, Brazil) is the role model for what not to do when buying and (trying to) integrate the acquired company. Benefits and working conditions quickly deteriorating. Very slow to change and adopt progressive trends and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given the current business challenges and poor employee morale you'd think there would be a stronger attempt by senior leadership to stabilize and communicate. The absence of strong and confident leadership (and communication) conveys a very bad message to the dedicated and talented workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice company overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Conshohocken, PA

    Pros

    This used to be a very people centered caring company, especially when the original owner was involved and his successor. Benefits are still better than most companies.

    Cons

    This company is moving toward a less people centered caring environment. Dealing with the new owners is challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees will work harder for you if you show appreciation for what they contribute. Start taking away those forms of appreciation and watch quality suffer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Company is not looking for long term solutions. Only immediate answers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conshohocken, PA

    Pros

    Free lunches. Adding more words because of 5 word minimum. No other pros...

    Cons

    Very uptight environment wrapped around a frenzy of political issues. over 13 management members have left in the past 12 months and many more will be leaving.

    The new management team is sweeping house to appease a broken relationship with their biggest customer, McDonald's.

    The company is not looking to develop employees and retain them, just seeing how they can stop the bleeding.

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

    Stay Away: The parent company of Keystone Foods, Marfrig of Brazil, is a group of unscrupulous people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Conshohocken, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Conshohocken, PA

    Pros

    Keystone Foods is very good at what they do, which is process high quality poultry and beef (think McNuggets and Quarterpounders) for the fast food industry, namely McDonalds (which is about 80% of their business).

    Cons

    The parent company, Marfrig of Brazil, is a VERY poorly run company. They make it up as they go along, which leads to dishonest and unethical practices. They have a "we are smarter than everyone else" attitude that doesn't mix well with others. The leader of Marfrig is imperialistic, with a management style stuck back in the early 50's. Indeed, this is a case of "the emperor has no clothes."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keystone's current senior management is what remains after the long time CEO, Jerry Dean, retired in 2011 and his successor, Larry McWilliams (a highly competent leader who spent several years at well run companies like Campbell Soup and Coke) was fired by Marfrig without warning in April of 2012. Those in place now are puppets to the Marfrig organization. Keystone Foods will not be a great place to work until Marfrig sells them off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, bad leadership...top to bottom.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, OH

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits are better than most companies. Free drinks and lots of miscellanuous perks for all employees in the warehouse.

    Cons

    Never able to start work on time, systems are always backed up and waiting on the other departments. Supervisors don't supervise, they end up having to work since they hire lazy people. Drivers always complain and never get feedback on when you do something good. Always asking/telling you to stay overtime, even if you can't. No work/life balance and they run you into the ground...every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new upper mgmt who know what is going on and leave the ivory tower. Hold employees accountable and get rid of the poor performers, before they become a cancer within the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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    Former Employee - Production Manager  in  Albany, KY
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Albany, KY

    Pros

    The benefits were top of the line for this area.. The people who work there, employees very friendly.
    The bonuses for the employees .
     I loved my job at Equity and had plans on retiring there. It was one of the best company's to work for I have ever been employed with. The company did management cut backs and downsized Manager jobs. This was very unfortunate for the Managers involved. Their dreams of a future were taken away in a instance.

    Cons

    The communication is terrible. You feel like you are working for the CIA. Everything is a secret, unless you are upper management. Lower level management is not kept informed of what is going on. They do not appreciate a job well done by employees. They have no respect for ethics. When I first started for the company several years ago, your conduct mattered at work and away from work. Now it is not that way. Most of the practices of upper management are unethical. Most of the upper management do not follow company policies either. I always thought that manager relations should be professional, but they are not. Several years ago, this company was well respected throughout the community, but know it is not because of many of the issues listed above.
     I always thought that the treatment of the employees was top priority, but now I know it is not.
    Safety is suppose to be the number one job priority, but in the past year, even that has been lacking tremendously. This is sad for all involved.
     The past 2 years there were no salary increases for management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to people , even lower management employees. They will tell you that everything has changed, and it is not for the better. Get feedback from them, don't settle for reports from senior staff. Pay competitive wages. We were always told that we could not be payed the expected salary of other poultry processing managers because of where we were located.
    If you take care of everyone , they will work hard for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  West Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in West Conshohocken, PA

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, nice/caring work environment, free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    Old school HR mentality for raises, new hires get much more money though they don't have the competence of some internal employees who might have done a better job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work - but remember to reward lower level employees with promotions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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