Smithfield Foods

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Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
53 Reviews
2.3
53 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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  1.  

    self rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation. Market focused, Has some real good people to work with. Adequate employee training and development programs.

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork and support from management. Disengagement by managers and co-workers. Can be a difficult environment to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not put too much credibility, ability, and advancement opportunities in only those who hold advanced college degrees. Not all jobs require it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Customer Service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time

    Pros

    A steady paycheck. They say the right things, but don't follow through by doing the right things. There are some very nice people that work there; however, those are the ones that they will dump the majority of the work load on without the equivalent benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity and the inability to move to different positions based on key personal not allowing it because of personal differences. All the good talent leaves, and rightly so. All benefits are fairly skimpy, so don't expect a lot in a compensation program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management. Most quality heads towards the door when they are limited on expansion opportunities or advancement opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Smithfield, VA

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, policies, safety,environmental etc,

    Cons

    letting go of experience workers for educated workers. no promotions,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee's, better pay in some areas.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Started off great then quickly fizzled out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Smithfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Strong brand name. Produces a product consumed worldwide.

    Cons

    Growing disconnect between upper management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and they will take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Incredible Meat Operations Company, but a Laughable Consumer Packaged Goods Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Office Manager in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Corporate Office Manager in Smithfield, VA

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Although Smithfield trains “by fire” and embraces the “sink or swim” mentality, those who do stay and overcome learning curves, have opportunities to gain an up-close perspective of the company. Your smartest approach, HOWEVER, is to leverage this company to gain basic business knowledge and use that experience elsewhere for a TRUE career path.

    Cons

    After some time with the company, most of the skills you acquire are not transferable to other industries. You’re at risk of being locked into the meat business, or at least perishables, because the skill sets necessary to do well are incredibly specific to the industry. If you love inefficiencies, high-stress levels, inept senior management and the constant reminder that you’re “replaceable”, this may be the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let’s be honest. You’re not on the path to becoming a true modern-day Consumer Packaged Goods company. Your concern is about making your ridiculous bonus each year, not long-term progressive growth. The people who keep the wheels turning aren’t rewarded properly; It's the "Plantation Mentality" at its best. Hiring a diverse workforce with leaders experienced in CPG business management, instead of your buddies, would serve you well.

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

    High stress company with very high demands of employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Smithfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Great group of coworkers, and a lot of opportunity for promotion

    Cons

    Long hours, and on call 24/7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to take their vacation and get away from the office

  8.  

    Witnessed the most horrifying practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, UT

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement, don't need much of an education to work there.

    Cons

    Employees are inhumane towards the animals, the supervisors do nothing about it. Many regulations are broken. The health insurance is awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a closer eye on the lower level management (ie. Barn supervisors,etc). They show favoritism as well as allow employees to abuse the animals. Very inhumane, they know when they are going to be inspected and they "clean-up their act" at the last minute.

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

    Competative

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Plant City, FL
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Plant City, FL

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    industry leader and know entity

    Cons

    field management politics are a minefield

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    good pay but hard work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Processing and Packaging in Grayson, KY
    Current Employee - Processing and Packaging in Grayson, KY

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    most jobs dont require any lifting whatsoever,

    Cons

    some lines require you to lift 60-70 pound hams up onto another conveyor belt, and thats about the only hard part

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Smithfield

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods

    Pros

    Pay is decent and in line with industry

    Cons

    Benefits, and management is very sub par

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the attitude

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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