Ralcorp Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resource in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Human Resource in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Ralcorp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was suppose to be the life time company that you retire from.

    Cons

    Purchased recently by ConAgra Foods.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great culture w/opportunities for career development

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

    I worked at Ralcorp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    career development, positive work culture, strong management team, hard working and dedicated employees, high quality food products, collaborative work atmosphere, strong benefit plans & programs, supportive corporate staff

    Cons

    salaries are not competitive within industry, company operates very lean, lack of diversity within employee population

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Ralcorp full-time

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

    Pros

    The culture is one that really reflects a good work/life balance. Always opportunities to learn new things.

    Cons

    The salary ranges could be better. Focus is on being lean (extremely lean) which leads to underperformance in some programs. More investment in infrastructure up front for large projects and implementations would lead to better long term success.

    Advice to Management

    Less focus on short term bumps and more focus on investing upfront to hopefully operate correctly for years going forward.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    No advancement, work you to death, management will not listen, wants to hide from the true issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Forest Park, GA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Forest Park, GA

    I have been working at Ralcorp full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    salary fair, PTO decent but not great, benefits are decent. Some employee's care about their jobs

    Cons

    Plant management and upper management is deaf to employee's, They do not want to hear what is truly going on. Does not invest in equipment and Obsolescence of plant electronics.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's. Maybe it will be better under Conagra.

  6. Typical Food manufacturing place .. worked there in 2006

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineer Intern in Fredonia, NY
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineer Intern in Fredonia, NY

    I worked at Ralcorp as an intern (less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free food samples to take home
    safety

    Cons

    food manufacturing
    dirty place... typical of plant environment

    Advice to Management

    not sure... i was an intern

  7. Neutral

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

    I have been working at Ralcorp full-time

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Avg Salary. Freedom to explore.

    Cons

    Poor employee development programs, promotions almost non-existent.

  8. Not the company it used to be

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ralcorp

    Pros

    Great people, good work-life balance, able to contribute and make a difference

    Cons

    Restructuring from this summer was poorly designed and executed. Very demoralizing to all including those retained.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter anymore as will become part of ConAgra

  9. Helpful (2)

    You've Been Warned!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Ralcorp full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, benefits are typical of your average FORTUNE company

    Cons

    Highly political work environment. Everyone seems to be a snake and will stab a fellow coworker in the back as soon as s/he turn around.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize middle management. They lack the skills needed to do their jobs.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Growing pains!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Ralcorp full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Company mission is clearly stated: growth through acquisitions, keep a diverse product portfolio, and increase the overall store-brand market share. It's a smart industry to be involved with during hard economic times.

    Benefits are good; 401K matching up to 6%, PTO, formalized annual review & salary adjustment process. Turnover is historically very low and many people work their entire careers at Ralcorp.

    Location is fun; right next to Busch Stadium, City Garden, Kiener Plaza and within walking distance of the Arch. Not much expectation for company socialization on personal time.

    Cafeteria, convenience store, atrium and bank lobby give some nice onsite comforts.

    There are a lot of great people who work at Ralcorp. If you are smart, play a decent game of politics, have tolerance for imperfect people, and have a little luck on your side, your time at the company will be rewarding, memorable, and beneficial, and you'll add some great contacts to your network.

    Cons

    Politics drive decision making.

    The company has grown more quickly than it could handle, and there's now a level of chaos that risks major errors in execution. There are many more concurrent projects than are possible to accomplish with available resources, and planning and status reporting doesn't always consider current workload and deadline commitments, so be prepared to stick up for yourself.

    Training employees is low priority.

    There is little enforcement of company policies, which has led to a decline in atmosphere (violations of standards of conduct, sharing of inappropriate humor and photos, derogatory jokes about people groups like women and minorities, physical intimidation complete with display of various weapons). Also, HR has been known to casually share confidential information inappropriately, including medical situations, with other employees. To be fair, there have been recent org changes, so perhaps this will improve.

    Productivity relies on relatively few great performers and it's not uncommon to witness long stretches of playtime (not just appropriate relationship building conversations) involving consultants and employees alike. If you are a strong contributor, you will become a victim of your success (to quote Dave Skarie former co-CEO).

    The office is bland with dark hallways and dim bathrooms despite the beautiful downtown location. A huge renovation is planned, but the new space will limit or remove access to helpful features (fewer convenient spaces for loud collaborative or private coaching conversations, fewer whiteboards, limited document storage and desk space). On the bright side, the addition of white noise will help keep the distraction level down.

    You'll pay 1% of your salary in city tax, and another $1200 per year in parking.

    Advice to Management

    Put business decisions ahead of politics.

    Invest in stabilizing the company's foundation before adding more acquisitions (identify your bona fide talent with business acumen, rationalize projects, deploy and enforce best practices and reduce tolerance for assumptions, and address ethics and policy violations).

  11. Overwhelming

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Forest Park, GA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Forest Park, GA

    I have been working at Ralcorp full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    People within the same department work well with each. Benefits are ok for management but excellent for hourly employees.

    Cons

    In need of a technology overhaul...everything is paper driven. All departments work against each other. Company has no real identity. Management attemps to build on failed processes.

    Advice to Management

    If it doesn't work, dont add more steps.

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