Perdue Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. Good Place to Work

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    Former Employee - R&D in Salisbury, MD
    Former Employee - R&D in Salisbury, MD

    I worked at Perdue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great family run company that cares about employees and the product quality. Everyone works hard, but stress is minimized. Lots of pride in the products and product quality. Jim Perdue is as real and friendly as his commercials.

    Cons

    Since most products are fresh, Perdue is really locked into the East Coast market. Hard to expand west. They've pretty much done almost everything that can be done with chicken and turkey. Not sure where growth can come from.

    Advice to Management

    Get a solid strategy for the future.

  2. Interesting work until the systemic firing/downsizing - happens each October and 2nd round in March

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    Former Employee - Senior Back Office Management in Salisbury, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Back Office Management in Salisbury, MD

    I worked at Perdue full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, great people to work with, good reputation

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing based on the flavor of the month by executives. Once you exceed the midpoint for salary earnings, attend each workday as if it is your last - for it could very well be the last of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Quit reinventing the wheel every three years or so. The practice of so-called innovation (experience depletion) takes a dramatic hit on earnings. Once your tribal knowledge is removed the costs for standing up the department, again, is threefold with another two-year learning curve. The "high earning super stars" seem to burn out rather quickly and leave the company. The new hire senior managers and C-Suite folks exhaust budgets and results in mass terminations for cost recovery. After several decades you still don't get it!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Not for everyone!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and the locations are easy to get to without having to commute from very far. They have allot of luncheons which is nice but not very health oriented.

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional at some of the Perdue offices. It really does depend on what location you are working at. Corporate is a totally different world from the plants and the transportation departments at Perdue.The Corporate office seems to have a much better grip on professionalism.
     Mid level Managers are beyond unprofessional and have accepted the standard answer for all situations as "It is what it is". Because people work in open environments and the management staff tends to stir trouble and fuel back biting the attitudes at Perdue are like cancer. Most of the management have never worked anywhere except Perdue and as a result they have no experiences to pull from.
    terrible communication across the board! Policies that were very important to your daily job tasks would take place and my manager would literally say, "OH! I guess I forgot to tell you guys". And I am serious!
    Most of the people at Perdue are good people who are just trying to earn a decent wage to feed their families. The wages are decent but nothing to get excited about. The only people who make a good wage are salaried employees and that is nothing to strive for because once you are salaried, Perdue will get 60-70 hours out of you a week. Once you do the math your not getting paid very much to be working on your laptop at your kids birthday party or wedding.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pitting your employees against one another. Encourage TEAM attitudes. Listen to your employees and nip negativity in the bud from the get go.
    But here is the biggest advice of all.....COMMUNICATE! It is basic business practice taught to second year business students to communicate with employees. If you want your employees to work hard for you then make them happy! Something as simple as keeping open lines of communication can make the biggest difference. When I worked at Perdue it was common practice for a policy change to take place with no notification and when it was brought to our attention it was treated like no big deal unless it put a manager in the HOT seat.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    For the most part very good. Very political. Not a large sense of empowerment, especially in IT.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD

    I worked at Perdue full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There for a number of years. Good projects for the most part until the industry ran into hard times - high grain prices.

    Cons

    Politics is very big at Perdue. I was asked to bribe a vendor and not pay invoices by my supervisor. When I went to his boss and to HR, no one wanted to listen. Had to leave, cant work for a company like that.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your associates. Let associates do there jobs without fear. You say you are ethical, but your actions don't follow that up.

  6. Hard Work, Long Hours, Short Fuses

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Salisbury, MD
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Salisbury, MD

    I worked at Perdue as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Learn plenty. Team oriented. Involved in many projects simultaneously. Smart people. Customer focus

    Cons

    Urgency nature of a perishable product. Always a non controllable crisis ~ weather, grain costs, etc.
    Very long hours.

  7. Great Brand, Dysfunctional organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD

    I have been working at Perdue full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Largest Corporate Employer in the area. Attempting to become more consumer packaged goods oriented.

    Cons

    No career path or employee development. Recently reorganized but the new leaders do not embody the values espoused by the organization. Very poor communication between Executives and associates and little regard for associates - typical of having too many Ex Conagra people in leadership. Associates feel trapped because it is the only major employer in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Value associates. Provide tools and resources to associates needed for them to be successful. Don't promote people into leadership who don't exhibit the values of the organization.

  8. depends on the manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good friendly people, open work environment. Great pay for the area. Strong business which is repostioning itself to be less commodity driven which means it will less impacted less by significant changes is prices of corn, grain, etc

    Cons

    Perdue is still stuck in a very "Eastern Shore" way of thinking. Talent is being brought in from other geographical areas and they are making a major difference in the company

    Advice to Management

    closely scrutinize middle to lower level management. I have had experiences with all levels of management, and management styles and effectiveness range from poor to excellent, but the ineffective managers are allowed to continue to be poor leaders as long as they have a friend at least one level up in the organization.

  9. Horrifying

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD

    I worked at Perdue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They role out the red carpet when they hire you on and relocate you if necessary. It was close to home, but the area isn't very nice.

    Cons

    There are days that many employees literally dread coming to work. The management style is management by fear and intrepidation. I personnally knew of coworkers who had to go on anti-anxiety medication as a result of working there. I knew of one small pocket of satisfied employees, but the vast majority were and are very dissatisfied. Stay far away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and start over. The old style of management that seems to be typical on the Eastern Shore does not work, and the company is suffering for it.

  10. This is a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salisbury, MD

    I worked at Perdue

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Perdue provides many learning and advancement opportunities. Compensation is above average making it one of the highest paying employers in the area.

    Cons

    The good pay comes with very high performance expectations and workload. The company culture is extremely political. Long hours and high stress are part of the package.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should become aware that much time and effort is wasted performing near meaningless tasks to gain recognition for phony achievements to play the game. The "game" has gotten out of hand.

  11. Need work release from prison?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Superintendent in Salisbury, MD
    Current Employee - Plant Superintendent in Salisbury, MD

    I have been working at Perdue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At the corporate level, respect and hard work are appreciated.

    Cons

    At the plant level be prepared to operate the the 60's mentality with continuous violations of Labor Laws

    Advice to Management

    Need better management skills and more knowledge of the federal labor laws

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