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Sodexo USA Reviews in Gaithersburg, MD

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
393 Reviews
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393 Reviews
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Sodexo USA Group Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer, North America, On-site Services George Chavel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Truly endorses work/life balance and offers solid paid time off and separate sick leave (in 12 reviews)

  • Great benefits with employees who really care about their work (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management needs to learn the job before trying to change how we do it (in 19 reviews)

  • There can be long hours and difficult tasks to complete (in 16 reviews)

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21 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company, Great Work life Balance, Room for Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Support Specialist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Support Specialist in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Sodexo is a great place to work, offers a lot of opportunity for growth within the company. Pay is competitive with market industry. Work life balance is great at Sodexo.

    Cons

    Personally I don't see many cons. Nothing is perfect, but considering other employment options, this is a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sodexo USA Response

    Nov 25, 2014Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

    Thank you for sharing your feedback! It's great to hear that you're enjoying your time at Sodexo, and I hope you'll enjoy many more years with us.

  2.  

    Invaluable Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Sodexo has fantastic programs to enhance employees skills and really invests in employee development. Too bad there aren't a lot of areas for advancement in HR. Sodexo is great at work/life balance. There is so much flexibility to contribute you keeping all aspects of your life in order. It also has fantastic people which contributes to a great culture.

    Cons

    The pay isn't market value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Sodexo USA full-time

    Pros

    Corporate Staff:
    Prides itself on diversity
    Flexibility
    Good work life balance
    Most colleagues are very pleasant & easy to work with
    Convenient cafe in the building w/ decent offerings
    Nice office setting...Cube life is decent

    Cons

    Titles & actual responsibilities don't necessarily align
    Everything is associated to a budget, I mean everything...system log-ins, training received from another internal department, etc.
    Not everyone has the interpersonal skills to be a supervisor, who actually is one.
    A hiring freeze would prevent you from moving to a different department, even if the vacancy already exists & you're already on board

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you hire someone into do specific types of tasks, ensure that is exactly what they work on when they arrive. While team players will perform 'other duties as assigned', ONLY performing those other duties will ensure that you lose good talent quickly.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sodexo is a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Designer in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Sodexo has great benefits, including flexible work arrangements. There are lots of career options, especially if you are willing to move to other business units. There is a lot of focus on inclusion and diversity, which makes for a very varied workplace, which I enjoy. Many people at HQ have been with the company for a long time and are very knowledgable subject matter experts.

    Cons

    Sodexo is not the most innovative company, and does not offer the highest compensation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sodexo values its employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Sodexo provides great management training, values employee work-life balance, promotes employee network groups and mentoring programs, encourages career growth and mobility. The commitment to strong ethics is evident across the company, from units to senior leadership.

    Cons

    It's a very large company, so there's a significant learning curve. There are a lot of divisions to get to know and processes to learn as a new employee. With so many different units, there is feeling of working in silos and a lack of connection with the company as a whole, unless you make the effort to connect through the networking or mentoring groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on-boarding for in-unit managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sodexo USA Response

    Mar 13, 2014Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

    Thank you for posting your review! It's fantastic to hear about all of the positive things you've experienced at Sodexo so far. As far as the learning curve and the size of the company, you're right ... More

  7.  

    Sodexo has provided a wealth of opportunities and experiences and I have built a great career here."

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Amazing people; great networking and mentoring programs that provide great exposure to c-suite of the company; training and stretch project work opportunities; great benefits such as 401K, health benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Conservative and risk adverse; low compensation and poor bonus structure; no relo which inhibits ability to accept promotion opportunities; very small tuition reimbursement program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide greater ease for current employees act on new opportunities within the company; interview process is too structured and impersonal; review reward programs and reward for performance versus tenure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great company to grow with...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager of Supply Management in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager of Supply Management in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Sodexo USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    High cost of living in areas surrounding corporate headquarters (Gaithersburg, MD).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunity to see the inner operations of the Senior Services Division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant/Operations Analyst in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant/Operations Analyst in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Sodexo is a professional management services company that has undisputed economy of scale.

    Cons

    Management layers are thick and communication paths are slow to respond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine the real value added for each "management" position. Too many managers are doing little to service the customer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sodexo in flux now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Education in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Education in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, high values, frontline people are friendly and loyal. Flex hours.

    Cons

    Major reorg now, whole departments laid off to replace positions with cheaper salaries . Large amounts of lay offs over 50. Lot of in fighting between market segments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are totally going against your own policy of diversity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Dynamic Diversity focused company

    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at Sodexo USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is plenty of opportunity for advancement
    Sodexo really invests in employee development

    Cons

    The retaliation once you report harassment needs to be monitored

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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