Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time

    Pros

    Virginia is a beautiful state.

    Cons

    Dirty and very cheap company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to postivly motivate people. Not demean them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Old plantation mentality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. It's a job!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Labor in Grayson, KY
    Current Employee - Labor in Grayson, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Horrible experience overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Kinston, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Interesting Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Smithfield Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There aren't no many pros

    Cons

    Hours during certain times of the year

    Advice to Management

    Tightn up


  8. Very disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Good job, but must be willing to work hard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a great place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and decent people employees who want to win. Dedicated (yet undervalued) management and staff.

    Cons

    Tough environment. Long hours. Facilities in small under served towns.

    Advice to Management

    You have had five years running the company now. Where are all of your cost savings and improvements? Look at Tyson's return to the owners over same period. You had to sell away the company to China as a result of your failures. You all choose to shelter yourselves away in Williamsburg from your employees and those responsible for your success. You should all be fired for destroying a once great company. Where is your accountability?


  11. LEMON

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation. The people are caring and experienced.

    Cons

    A lot of uncertainty about the future. Keep rotating the same ineffective people around. Very little diversity. So many layers of management. Poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume people are idiots because they do things differently than you. It is demeaning and demoralizing.



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