Ocean Spray Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Randy C. Papadellis
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Pros
  • Good Benefits and work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • pay and benefits were almost too good, and then I found out why (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a severe rift between senior management and the rest of the company (in 4 reviews)

  • organization structure is highly hierarchical; takes a lot time and tedious process to get your idea heard by upper management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Work for Corporate, not the plants

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

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, and the ability to travel to the other plants and corporate office to learn more about the business and goals. Corporate leadership was great.

    Cons

    Very political, and the senior leadership team at the plants don't care about their teams development, but will take work their team does and claim it as their own. Plant leadership was lacking, and very clique, almost like high school

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and value all employees and understand that a department manager can only be great when surrounded by a great team.


  2. Turn over

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Ocean Spray (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    always looking to move people up in the company.

    Cons

    Once you have years in the company they do a turn over and want to start fresh.


  3. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Ocean Spray

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent potential for development and growth. Very generous compensation and benefits. Company is strong and its vision motivating.

    Cons

    Be ready for long hours and a constantly changing environment.The generous pay and benefits definitely come with a dedication factor.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    They care about their most important resource!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Lakeville, MA
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Lakeville, MA

    I have been working at Ocean Spray

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful office, friendly people, business casual attire...the environment is great here at Ocean Spray. Your work does not go unnoticed, and the company does plenty to give back. There are offsite team building activities, award recognition banquets, company heritage day, and more. The benefits are great, and the office is very professional. Most of all they care about you and your experience at ocean spray. It's not just another job, it's a career.

    Cons

    Training is what you make it out to be, there is nothing very formalized. You will need to ask questions and dive in yourself to figure things out. Work flow can be a roller coaster as cranberries are a seasonal commodity. The harvest brings long hours and lots of problems to deal with, but that's what keeps us employed!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. Helpful (5)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Henderson, NV

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Besides the obvious reasons of a great rate of pay and fantastic benefits, most employees are a joy to be around. They like their jobs and are very helpful, It is a very team atmosphere. From the Plant Director to the lowest paid employee. The open door policy is a true open door policy. There isn't only one person making all the decisions, it is very much a team.

    Cons

    Having been in Vegas during the recession and being with several different employers, Ocean Spray has turned out to be a blessing. The only Con was that it took 2 months from my first interview to land my job. But it was well worth the wait.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Good First Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Lakeville, MA
    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Lakeville, MA

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work/life balance, great people to work with, good pay, company does a good job of making you aware of future movement up the company ladder. There are a lot of pros and cons with working with a co-op, but I think the pros out-weigh the cons.

    Cons

    Some poor communication between departments, wish there were more opportunities for training and growing my knowledge on the technical side.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on communication between different areas, look outside of the box on future innovation.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Finance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MA

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some terrific perks with working at Ocean Spray. The grounds are beautiful and for the most part the pay is fair. Although if you can, get your money coming in cause raises are rare and promotions, especially for women are non-existent.

    Cons

    Ocean Spray has to be the most sexist company in Massachusetts and certainly does a discredit to the wonderful growers who put their faith and livelihood in the current management team. It's like open warfare on women. Heaven forbid a woman speak her mind or voice an opinion that isn't first spoken by a male counterpart. This company is a throwback to a time in America when women were treated as second class citizens, both in and out of work. Honestly, treating women in Ocean Spray like second class citizens would actually be an improvement. It's positively shocking the culture women are subjected to. This is a company where women's careers go to die.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Call in consultants and go through intensive diversity training. I so wanted to stay in the company but could not stand the culture any longer. I took a step backwards in pay, but took a step forward for my career. I think if the growers knew the truth about their management team they would throw them all out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Opportunity rich but strategy poor

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

    I have been working at Ocean Spray

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a Cooperative is really unique. I appreciate connecting my work to our grower-owners and agriculture in general. The small things at Ocean Spray really go a long way - on-site gym, dry cleaning and seamstress available, community garden, bog walks, great benefits, and employee resource groups. The Culture Club does a great job sponsoring socials and fun events that get the whole company together. It is a challenging environment and no two days are the same which I thrive on. It is fast-paced and project-driven with a lot of autonomy to get things done. It is a lean organization which means 50+ hour work weeks and "early" Fridays instead of "half-day" Fridays. The management focuses on recognition and there is a lot of room to advance so it feels like a place you could make a career without getting bored.

    Cons

    The downside to working for a lean organization is everyone is strapped for time and resources all the time. This leads to a culture of not doing things right the first time, which causes easily preventable problems, a lot of rework, and wasted time and resources. This is my biggest aggravation - total lack of strategy and appreciation for the consequences of moving at light speed at all times. They talk a lot about supporting innovation, but actually the company behavior is very risk-averse which hurts our agility and impacts moral/willingness to innovate/stretch. Like any organization, there are rampant office politics, particularly among the Ocean Spray lifers, so mastering the art of tact and finesse is necessary to survival. People operate very comfortably in silos which is an efficiency drag at best and an outright brake at worse. The compensation is low to middle of the road compared to similar sized companies, and definitely low for the workload and required qualifications (graduate degree, years experience).

    Advice to Management

    So far the benefits of working for Ocean Spray outpace the cons - keep up the great opportunities and extras that make your employees stretch and be willing to go the extra mile. Open up innovation channels and reward risk taking. Learn from other companies - there are excellent case studies like Google - unallocated time is healthy and generates leaps in morale and innovation. SLOW DOWN AND DO THINGS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. Work harder to keep talent and to identify barriers between Ocean Spray lifers and employees bringing fresh ideas from other companies. A lot of innovation is squashed before it can rise to the level where it could be implemented. Avoid the Peter Principle of promoting someone beyond their capabilities (see note about lifers above).


  10. Engineering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Middleborough, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Middleborough, MA

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to travel and be involved in a wide range of projects. Great interaction within the plants across the country.

    Cons

    Sometimes their is too much travel. Tough to move ahead within the organization. Opportunities involve picking family up and moving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep open the opportunity to expand the organization. The company has a big name but still a small flavored company.


  11. A lot of potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Lakeville, MA
    Current Employee - R&D in Lakeville, MA

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities for growth. - Motivating to work towards improving grower returns.

    Cons

    - Currently shifting, but for now it is very stagnant and "set in their ways". - Located in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Get a more long-term vision, otherwise the coop will seriously be jeopardized.



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