Smithfield Foods

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Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
57 Reviews
2.6
57 Reviews
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Smithfield Foods President, CEO, and Director C. Larry Pope
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, opportunity to grow (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent compensation, good benefits, they still offer a pension for long-term employees (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • you can trust no one, and this place literally makes me want to kill myself (in 3 reviews)

  • If you love inefficiencies, high-stress levels, inept senior management and the constant reminder that you (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Meat is a way of life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay compared to everywhere else in the area. If you like the cold, then it's an amazing job.

    Cons

    Again, cold. If you don't like the cold, this may not be a good job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    wonderful experience working there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    very good pay and benefits

    Cons

    long hours and very clod environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs more improvements in promotional growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I love my job at Smithfield and would highly recommend it to anyone.

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    Current Employee - Line Leader in Middlesboro, KY
    Current Employee - Line Leader in Middlesboro, KY

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    The benefits alone are worth working here.You get raises every 6 months and it is a very nice place to work.

    Cons

    I have no cons at working at Smithfield because it is an awesome place to work.If you haven't tried working here then you don't need to say anything bad about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think all of the management are doing an awesome job at the location where I work and I wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    very pleasant

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    Current Employee - Scooper in Wilson, NC
    Current Employee - Scooper in Wilson, NC

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    the opporunity to advance. good benefits. i can make the bacon and bring home the bacon.

    Cons

    there is favorism with certain employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    i love it and am proud to work for the company

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    Current Employee - I Work In the Smoked Meat Department Sliced Hams That IS in Grayson, KY
    Current Employee - I Work In the Smoked Meat Department Sliced Hams That IS in Grayson, KY

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    there a great product and the company is for the workers,good benifits , payed vacation, payed personal days off

    Cons

    i dont have any but @ chirstmas time work 7 day a week but that is not always a bad thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more involed in production on the floor

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's been a joyful rollercoaster for me, a ride I would personally get on again.

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Landover, MD
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Landover, MD

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    My top choice of working for Smithfield is, I definitely love the people,and I enjoy my job.

    Cons

    When they tell you are off and then you're not, you have to miss out on your plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have a life and other family outside of Smithfield, cause I personally do consider Smithfield my family.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    The people there are fun, funny, enthusiastic. Upper management is understandable. They help you through your professional growth. Great place to work.

    Cons

    The only negative feedback I would give is the work. Work was difficult but had to be done. It was necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extremely professional and supportive. They treat you like humans, not like machines. They are extremely friendly and kind. Great people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - General Laborer in Tarheel, NC
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Tarheel, NC

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    Good Pay. Decent Growth Opportunity.

    Cons

    Nothing really, it's a hard environment to work in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Dependable hard worker that get job completed

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    Current Employee - Ware House in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Ware House in Chesapeake, VA

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

    Pros

    Training helping others to move forward in there duties

    Cons

    Preparing the products with proper spices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amicable, friendly, not-too-demanding work environment

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    Former Employee - Refrigeration/Utilities Intern in Tarheel, NC
    Former Employee - Refrigeration/Utilities Intern in Tarheel, NC

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

    Pros

    Very pleasant co-workers being in the South. Managers were very understandable, great mentors, and open-minded; 9/80 work schedule. Work-life balance is fine. Training was minimal but I was only a summer intern and my supervisors were very understanding and didn't expect me to know everything off the bat.

    Cons

    Can't say much about full pay/benefits/promotions as I was only a summer intern. Surrounding locale of Tarheel and rural NC is pretty sparse and devoid of much development. The plant is fairly old and grounded heavily in its traditions, so kind of old-fashioned/not really innovating much with the fast pace of technology. Information isn't shared well across departments with insufficient accountability/follow-up. Not the worst thing as it makes work less demanding but don't expect your work to lead to applied results.

    Company management may be different after Smithfield was acquired by Shuang Hui in Oct 2013.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to "update" the management model of the plant as a whole. Company still feels like it's operating at the pace of pre-Internet days of the 80s/90s.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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