Smithfield Foods

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Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
53 Reviews
2.4
53 Reviews
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Smithfield Foods President, CEO, and Director C. Larry Pope
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28 Ratings

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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    It was okay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various Jobs Between Cut Floor and Conversion in Tarheel, NC
    Former Employee - Various Jobs Between Cut Floor and Conversion in Tarheel, NC

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

    Pros

    Good hourly pay and unionized

    Cons

    Outsourcing lots of work overseas

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not an Ideal place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Tar Heel, NC
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Tar Heel, NC

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Found another job, the employees were ok

    Cons

    Need more training, too many Chiefs lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only God can help some of them

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    wonderful experience working there

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Equipment is always fixed with a bandaid. Need updated or new parts to make the production better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Tar Heel, NC
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Tar Heel, NC

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    salary is better than where I was and bonus checks are great.

    Cons

    no sick time, sometimes no days off for months at a time. equipment always down an new parts never purchaced. Just put a piece of duck tape on it an keep going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hell

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector in Middlesboro, KY
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector in Middlesboro, KY

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good health benefits...that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    The entire plant is corrupt to the core. They allow drug addicts to work on the floor while firing the good workers. I have never been rewarded or complimented sincerely on my work, and I do really good work. I have applied to several different positions in the plant I work in without any luck...I have been lied to repeatedly about raises and promotions...They will not give me any opportunity to advance. They promoted another coworker over me who did not have a degree, with very little experience over me. I absolutely hate this place, and I'm only still here because haven't been able to find anything yet...our human resources executive essentially runs the plant, and is a lying, backstabbing battle ax who deals drugs on the side. My department supervisor is a lying piece of crap...you can trust no one, and this place literally makes me want to kill myself...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the drug addicts, and and the low down people you have running your plants and your company might improve some...you expect too much of your employees, and your goals are unrealistic...100% compliance 100% of the time is the dumbest slogan I've ever heard because for starters, it's statistically impossible to attain that! Don't say one thing and do another...stop lying to your employees...you employee people, not robots...so don't treat us like robots like we don't have lives or feelings...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible company to work for. Culture is old school, no positive motivation.

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Smithfield, VA

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time

    Pros

    Virginia is a beautiful state.

    Cons

    Dirty and very cheap company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to postivly motivate people. Not demean them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Financially Stable Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Management in Smithfield, VA

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay for similar positions unless you're an elite top exec.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Old plantation mentality

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent compensation, some of the most knowledgable people in pork

    Cons

    Harsh culture, lack of progression/succession planning. Company has too many layers of management, and most have "meat packer" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you aspire to be a CPG, you're going to need better people and flatter org structure to achieve it. You also need to get rid of the good ole boy fraternity since it keeps some of the dead bodies around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It's a job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labor in Grayson, KY
    Current Employee - Labor in Grayson, KY

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good money and benefits for around this area.

    Cons

    point system!! They wont take doctor excuses and if the doctor would put you off, you still get 2 pts for the 1st day! pt out at 12 and you only get 2 pt roll back every 60 days!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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