Smithfield Foods

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  1.  

    Financially Stable Company

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old plantation mentality

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than a 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
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  5.  

    It's a job!

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    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
  6.  

    Horrible experience overall

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Kinston, NC

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

    Pros

    None but I have to type five words here.

    Cons

    Over-loaded with work. My clerical "job" was formerly done by 2 people. I was hired to do one job, but when the other clerk quit due to the way she was treated by management, I was given her duties as well, doing everything by myself. No one was willing to help, and with little to no training, I was left to drown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't set people up to fail. Stop lying to your employees just to get them to work harder. Management was very untrustworthy. They only care about how they look to their managers. I feel as though I was stabbed in the back over and over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Amicable, friendly, not-too-demanding work environment

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    Former Intern - Refrigeration/Utilities Intern in Tarheel, NC
    Former Intern - 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA

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

    Pros

    - Decent compensation
    - Approachable Management, especially at the IOC level

    Cons

    - Large disconnect between Smithfield Foods and the other IOC's. Smithfield Foods appears to be the golden palace.
    - Definitely no true middle management. The company likes to give inflated titles to employees, ie - a "Manager" will be performing primarily analyst type duties.
    - You definitely work for every $$ you earn.
    - Lack of true leadership throughout the company, Smithfield Foods and IOC's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smithfield Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    There aren't no many pros

    Cons

    Hours during certain times of the year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tightn up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good job, but must be willing to work hard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    Approachable management
    Good benefits
    Smithfield is a great location for people with families and children
    Lots of opportunity for advancement and professional growth

    Cons

    Many of the positions are high pressure- thats fine for many people, but not my thing.
    Location- Smithfield is not a great place for young, single people

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large depth of products to sell. Great name brand recognition.

    Cons

    The culture and climate in this company operates by fear. Most everyone is always looking over their shoulder to try and see the next knife that is coming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The procedures and processes in place will not change.What ever advise that is given will not be heard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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