Pinnacle Foods Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
81 Reviews

3.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is a fast paced, lean, exciting and fun environment to work in (in 7 reviews)

  • A lot of good people and lots of ways to contribute (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Almost no one is happy here except those in charge (in 5 reviews)

  • Very little communication from upper management especially after the acquisition of Birdseye (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Prepare to work your life away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Imlay City, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Imlay City, MI

    I have been working at Pinnacle Foods full-time

    Pros

    The overall company is great. The benefits are great and pay is OK.

    Cons

    Prepare to work. This company does not care that you have a family all they care about is getting product out the door. Production works 11 hours a day 6 days a week and maintenance works 7 days a week 9 1/2 hours a day. The management is horrible, They get to enjoy their time off every week but do not care about their employees. The company needs to understand the we have family's and we would like a day off every once and a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us a break. Take care of your employees. Your employees should enjoy coming to work and not hate it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Director  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people, for the most part
    Reasonable compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Terrible systems, very disorganized, disappointing leadership, lots of stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic plans and stop constantly changing direction.
    Accept bad news and do not shoot the messenger
    Understand that not everyone is drinking the Kool Aid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Engineering in Jackson, TN

    I have been working at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities for advancement, great team atmosphere, flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Changing culture from "the way it used to be" to "the way it needs to be"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing for improvement and team players.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging, fast-paced environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pinnacle's culture is really great. There is nothing stopping anyone from voicing their oppinion, no matter what the forum or what level they may be at.

    I am currently working on many project over a diverse portfolio. Many peers at other companies are limited to a brand or technology, however, at Pinnacle, there are many opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    It would be great if there were some kind of incentives, like a bonus, for all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice corporate atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer  in  Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at Pinnacle Foods as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This company was a good summer internship

    Cons

    Some of the team was off site

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ownership of work at all levels - everyone does what it takes to get the job done.
    Focus is on the work and building a great company. There is very little "corporate politics" to deal with
    The people are amazing - smart and capable and yet ready and willing to have fun

    Cons

    As with any company these days the hours can be long and with modern technology it can feel 24/7. With some self awareness this can be contained

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company grows, continue to drive the entraprenurial spirit that the company was built on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast paced, food industry leading company with lots of potential growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fast Paced
    Excellent co-workers
    Rewarded/Compensated for high quality hard work
    Flexible working hours for personal life
    Intellegent Direct Management team

    Cons

    Department Pillars - need to breakdown and work as a total company together
    Departments duplicating efforts. Knowledge sharing is lacking, need to come up with a better way to share upgrades/projects/reports/etc
    IT needs some overhaul. Lack of process for prioritization. Some programmers lack expertise knowledge of areas they are programming in. Communications for system enhancement are minimal to non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My direct management team is working hard to overcome barriers and bring departments together, but it doesn't seem like other deparments are trying to do the same.
    Management is not always available due to all the meetings they need to attend. Might look at who really needs to be in each meeting and eliminate duplicity within a deparment, and instead of one player report back to all.
    Equal management posistions don't always mean equal roles....should divide and conquer more evenly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wow

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    Former Employee - Naa  in  Na Ah Tee, AZ
    Former Employee - Naa in Na Ah Tee, AZ

    I worked at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company's compensation is decent.

    Cons

    No employee development, terrible plant leadership teams, poor communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start replacing many of your plant leaders. Invest in training and improve communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    In general I had a very good experience but the last management change we had caused it to go downhill quickly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They do pay supervisors for working 6 or 7 days

    Cons

    The top plant management changes often. I went through 11 Plant Managers and 5 QA Managers in 6 years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pinnacle Foods-Jackson, TN

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Jackson, TN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Jackson, TN

    I worked at Pinnacle Foods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was there a few years ago. I worked a 2-3-2 schedule (7pm-7am 2 days, 3 days off, 7pm-7am 2 days), which wasn't too bad for me personally. The benefits were a little expensive, and the time-off policies were OK,

    Cons

    The leadership in my department (and at the plant as a whole) was not good. Pinnacle had 12 plants across the country at the time, and the Jackson plant was CONSISTENTLY 11th or 12th.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better leadership at that Jackson Plant. Pinnacle is too important to that community for it to close because it consistently loses money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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