Sodexo Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
349 Reviews
3.1
349 Reviews
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Sodexo CEO Michel Landel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits work balance is sometimes hard to achieve (in 12 reviews)

  • Free meal with every full shift, opportunities for growth (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Top heavy retain upper management above unit even though lost accounts (in 11 reviews)

  • At least there was not a lot of room for advancement in my area (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    I like the ideas and ways of doing stuff that sodexo stands for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at Sodexo part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    promotion opportunities and benefits that help us get dental and medical and vision

    Cons

    so people that get put into a leadership position are biased and think for themselves and not for the other people. More than half of the time people are scared to talk about whats been going on because we dont want to get fired or anything else. this is only one company place that i have seen it at but i am hoping that it is not everywhere

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good benefits, work hours can be all over the board at sometimes.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sodexo

    Pros

    Good benefits work balance is sometimes hard to achieve.

    Cons

    Everything comes down from corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at you middle management a little more closely

  3.  

    Exciting. Very uplifting, fast paced and enjoyable.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Cook in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Part Time Cook in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Sodexo part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone works as a team. Even management jumps around filling in.

    Cons

    Days can be long, if your not healthy or be able to stand this job is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just to keep doing what they do as far as hiring great people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Used to better, but still good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GM, Food and Nutrition in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - GM, Food and Nutrition in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Co-managers, ability to make a difference in a unit

    Cons

    No cross divisional advancement opportunities. Little room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach in terms of encouraging DM's to let GM's move cross-divisionally.
    Take a hard look at your RVP's and make sure they are a good fit with your client population.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sodexo Response

    Jun 17, 2014Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear that you're having trouble moving into another role. Internal mobility and career growth are important for our employees ... More

  6.  

    It has been rewarding and challenging.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great oppertunities and benifits with this company

    Cons

    Lots of inhouse resources to help you with your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more hands on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sodexo Response

    Jun 10, 2014Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

    I'm happy to hear you're enjoying your time at Sodexo and have found it to be both rewarding and challenging. Thank you for taking the time to share!

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible business model

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Manager
    Current Employee - Retail Manager

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

    Pros

    Having some weekends off in the food service industry is a definite plus. Not very many late hours is as well. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    District managers and upper management are very unattached to the current business environment. Business decisions within Sodexo are rarely made on quantitative statistical analysis. It is all based on "ideas" with very little real world data to back up the ideas. In the healthcare sector, more and more is being asked of management while labor is continuously taken away. When there are issues, as a company culture, Sodexo does not investigate why there may be an issue, is it local, could it turn systemic, etc. Instead, they point there finger and say get it done. Much of the upper management came from within and had little experience from the outside world. They base things on how they used to be when they did it, not factoring in the ever changing environment and throwing their front line managers under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    District managers and VP's do very little to create a culture that creates excellence. The promise clients the world, knowing full well the cannot provide it, and throw the front line managers under the bus when they can't meet expectations because of false promises made to secure a contract. Specifically the Minnesota and upper midwest market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I have been working at Sodexo

    Pros

    I dont have anything to say....I cant even say " get a paycheck."

    Cons

    Discrimination, being stereotyped by upper management...by the Director IN FRONT of the HR manager, Defamation of character by immediate supervisor up to the director. Management turning their heads the other way with employee conflicts. Making it a hostile workace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional and District management need to really look into this particular Sodexo unit. Sodexo is supposed to be a leading company that employees people of all colors and uplifts them. This unit is contradicting that very statement. In fact, past employees need to be contacted as well as current employees and possibly weed out the long standing employees who have been abusing their positions of authority. There's a lot that goes on there that needs to be looked into.

    Sodexo Response

    Jul 28, 2014Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

    Hi there- I am glad you told us about this situation. You are very important to us at Sodexo, and I will help you immediately. Please reach out to your regional human resources rep to discuss or ... More

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst company I have ever worked for bar none!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

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

    Pros

    They for some reason have most accounts in this area.

    Cons

    Upper management is a joke. After changing the way they do business in order to work with the client, they only show up maybe once a year. After almost 25 years in the business world this company is by far the worst!! BE WARE they are liars!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go and have relationships with the clients, After all isn't that what your paid to do? Oops, no, it is only about how can I screw everyone to make a buck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Argonne Guest House Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Lemont, IL
    Current Employee - Team Member in Lemont, IL

    I have been working at Sodexo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I cant think of any.

    Cons

    In this Sodexo property management has a total inability to create a positive work environment, New employees feel micromanaged. There is no training material and as a result no proper training. The direction employees are given is done negatively.and by a peer not by management. Also, old employees are used inappropriately to mounter the new staff to the general manager. There is no teem building and working together or helping another person in a different department is looked down on by management. . They do not follow the Sodexo Mission statement in this property for years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build relationships with the new staff. The new to staff needs to make the operation there own and to bring current management ideas into the place. Stop separating yourself from the staff at lunch and dine with them, see what they think. Stop listening to employee gossip in the office and start managing the staff. GET OUT OF THE OFFICE!. Say something positive and build on it., Focus on costumer service.you are loosing sales,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sodexo Quality of Life Service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager Facilities in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - General Manager Facilities in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good solid stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Having to relocate to other states.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sodexo Response

    May 27, 2014Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

    Thank you for your review and your 10+ years of service at Sodexo! We appreciate it and hope you enjoy many more years with us.

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