Leprino Foods

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Leprino Foods Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
82 Reviews

3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not many companies do profit sharing like Leprino (in 9 reviews)

  • Decent pay for area, easy to find, it could be worse it could be fast food (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Had to leave as stress of no work/life balance was literally killing me (in 9 reviews)

  • There is no movement unless you're part of the good ole boys club (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive momentum in IT and a great place for A players

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you enjoy learning new technology/applications and are motivated to apply these to better the business, you will appreciate working here. Innovative self-starters are rewarded with the latitude to learn (via approved training budget) and propose the application of new tools and processes. I've experienced this personally working with receptive and encouraging application managers and directors.

    Cons

    Not ideal for those who need specific direction and are unable to self-manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new technical career path is a welcomed change, accelerate implementing this as soon as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a temp

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Temp  in  Lemoore, CA
    Former Employee - Temp in Lemoore, CA

    Pros

    Decent pay for area, easy to find, it could be worse it could be fast food.

    Cons

    Shady politics, mediocre health benefits, corrupt management, mistreatment of employees, overworking employees, understaffing, over firing, no set shift schedules. Forget a personal life they want to own you. If you have intentions of going to college or pursuing other areas it won't happen here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give set schedules, quit being so quick to fire employees who slave for you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    THE #1 WORST COMPANY ON EARTH

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

    Pros

    1 Pro: working at Leprino Foods teaches you how NOT to run a business. EXTREMELY unethical company in all aspects and departments from operations to HR to R&D to quality assurance.

    Cons

    Where to begin....

    First off, notice how a woman has NEVER held an executive position. I'm not even a woman myself, but it's pretty darn obvious.

    The owner, CEO and Chairman, Jim Leprino, is the leading cause of this corrupt, unethical, disgusting company. Unfortunately due to his stubborness and age, he gets what he wants or he'll fire those that question him. Don't believe me? Look at the history of the company and the significantly high turnover of those in VP positions.

    All VP's, Director's, and Supervisor's that have lasted at this company have lasted for one reason, they all play the role of the "Yes Man". As long as you agree with your superior's, even if that means stabbing people in the back, blamming others for your mistakes, or covering up unethical situations, then you will be able to advance. The majority of people in these positions lack communication skills (most won't even say Hi to you as you pass them in the hallways or stand next to them in the elevator) and seriously lack leadership skills (I have yet to meet anyone in any department who has had confidence in their supervisor).

    The only thing that the CEO/Chairman, Vice Chairman, and President (Jim, Dan and Larry) care about is making money. They enjoy their large payments, lavish cars, huge biannual bonuses and everyone else is treated like scum.

    On the other hand most middle managers that I encountered (QA Lab, R&D and HR) are a joke. Very under qualified to lead others. For the most part they had many years of experience in their field, and even advanced degrees, but that doesn't mean that should supervise people. The lacked supervisory experience, coaching/mentoring skills, and communication skills (some got nervous disciplining or rewarding people, and others were just too unorganized to even know which way is up). The thing I noticed the most was it is VERY easy for them to call you out on doing something wrong or screwing up around performance review time, but never spent the time developing you and showing you where you went wrong, how to fix it properly, and what to do in the future to avoid similar problems (this is simple root cause analysis people!).

    So if this sounds like the company you want to work for, God bless you. Just remember, I tried to warn you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper managment: fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, steady job.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Nice people and nice facilities. They can pay well, depending on your level. Longer term employees tend to have a high level of pride and loyalty.

    Cons

    It's not a great place to work if you are not very detail oriented. And, they don't like to change the way they do things, so be prepared to assimilate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the great people you have hired contribute more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good changes in IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP IT  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - SAP IT in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Over the past 1 1/2 years, our new CIO from Pepsi has made some very good changes in IT and set a good direction for the future. Excited about our culture in IT. Additionally, our CFO (soon to be CEO) who is also from Pepsi is also driving good changes in the Finance departments as well. Proud to say we have a good culture, strong management, better business alignment, and are well funded. Night and Day from where we were 4 years when I started. Looking forward to the future a Leprino Foods.

    Cons

    Some of the legacy employees have been challenged with new environment and changes in culture, management, etc. Things were relatively static for so many years that change, regardless of how positive, can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep good communicate and commitment to our Mission and Vision of IT.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Evolving culture...private company appeal

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

    Pros

    The products are world class
    The market for the whey/lactose products is booming
    Becoming more global in approach and culture
    Solid leadership

    Cons

    Moves slower than multi-billion dollar/multi-national companies
    The cuture is still evolving...but on the right track
    Coprorate office needs a makeover...which is in progress!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great opportunity to drive cultural change at the company - as new people come in from different corporate experiences they are looking for a culture and a manager that they can personally identify. The foundation is already there and with some more focus this can be an amazing place to work for all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Amazing, but not in a good way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Break Relief  in  Roswell, NM
    Current Employee - Break Relief in Roswell, NM

    Pros

    *Good benefits
    *Good pay
    *Good 401K
    *Great at producing cheese
    *Good job stability

    Cons

    *Leprino does not value their employees at all in any way
    *Terrible work life balance (50+ hour weeks are normal and at least every other week a weekend day off is taken away to manage a quality crisis that could have been avoided if anyone listened to their employees)
    *Good ole boys club is prevalent. If you're not in the club, I recommend you immediately begin job hunting
    *No advancement unless you are in the good ole boys club
    *Leprino acts like a small company and not an international multi-billion dollar company. Company policies are not only made for each individual plant (instead of company wide) they are also applicable on an individual basis. The rules apply only to whom the managers decide they will apply to and punishments are applied in the same manner. See good ole boys club above
    *Safety is often overlooked until someone is seriously injured. Then it becomes an issue for 4-8 months
    *Too much focus on technical development, absolutely NO focus on leadership development or personnel development
    *Total lack of communication between employees, managers, foremen.... no one is on the same page
    *There is a HUGE emphasis on passing the buck and placing blame rather than being solutions oriented
    *A very pervasive negative, racist, hostile work environment
    *Research EEOC cases against Leprino foods. Google it. Then ask yourself why so many sexual harassment cases and so many racial discrimination cases. And then ask how many people have had these experiences but haven't said anything
    *Leadership is maintained through intimidation and fear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VALUE YOUR PEOPLE. You have a lot of great people who want to work hard and contribute and have a stable long term career. They want to contribute and be valuable to the company. They want to make it a great place to work. LET THEM. Don't be so quick to fire people and focus on employee retention. Right now you have the market share but as times change and people talk, someone else will soon take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Grandiose Managers that are Legends in Their Own Minds

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lemoore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lemoore, CA

    Pros

    • Good pay & benefits for the area.
    • Good - although somewhat expensive- health care
    • Unbeatable location if you happen to live in the area (no traffic & easy access)

    Cons

    • Personal agendas rather than the common good of the organization are the order of the day.
    • External validation such as money, status, and power are the motivators.
    • Projection and blame, rather than ownership and personal responsibility, are the norm.
    • Fear is the underlying factor for all action. There are narcissist Managers who will bully you and supervisors who mob with them. Watch your back.
    • Rivalry and competition between local management & corporate management block true teamwork and alliance. Makes you wonder if the plan is to eliminate all local management and direct everything and everyone from Corporate offices.
    • Lip service and inauthentic communication are common.
    • Disregard of employees’ needs or feelings is normal and usually rationalized. Expect to work over 60 hours a week if you are salaried; 12 hour shifts for hourly employees will come soon.
    • Discrimination (age, race, gender, weight, sexual orientation, religion, etc.), though denied, is occurring. The lack of women in upper management/technical positions can't be a coincidence.
    • Nepotism is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I sometimes wonder if Jim Leprino- the owner- is being conveniently sheltered from how bad things really are in Lemoore West. While I cannot speak of other plants- Lemoore West has become a toxic place to work in. The only thing that stops the already high turnover- is the lack of comparable employment in the area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company that values both tradition and innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Great colleagues to learn from

    Cons

    Working for a privately held company can be a new experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing great young talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    No room for advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SSI Functional Team Member  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - SSI Functional Team Member in Denver, CO

    Pros

    The people are great and make it worth going to work every day.

    Cons

    Archaic vacation policy (everyone starts at 2 weeks, unless you are a Director or above)
    Good ole boy's network
    Too much kissing up by managers and not enough employee development
    No room for advancement unless you are a P&G alum
    Taking sick time is frowned upon even though you accrue one sick day per month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee retention...try focusing on that. You say you want to be the best, so hire and RETAIN the best. Hard to do that with such a laughable vacation policy. Speaking of, you should probably do away with your monthly awarded sick days since you frown upon those who actually use them. There are many skilled and intelligent employees occupying the halls in the Corp office. Try reaching out to them by providing opportunities outside of their current role (assuming they're up for that) to allow them to become more well-rounded drones of Leprino. Benefits the whole company in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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