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Southern States Reviews in Richmond, VA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
12 Reviews

3.5
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Thoroughly enjoyed working there.

    Former Employee - Graphic Designer, Art Director, Special Projects Coordinator  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer, Art Director, Special Projects Coordinator in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    I like the philosophy of the company...it's a farmer's cooperative. I worked with many creative people who were team players. I was also given several opportunities to expand and grow with the business, as I worked in a few different positions while there.

    Cons

    While I was there they purchased other businesses and I think got in over their head. They then started selling them off and downsizing. I was let go as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

  2.  

    Second Accounting Intern

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    Former Employee - Accounting Intern  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    The people were down to earth and very welcoming.

    Cons

    I had nothing to do and got paid $13/hour as an accounting intern. The program was new and there was not much structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep interns, please give them work to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Culture Problems

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Company will promote if you work hard.

    Cons

    The culture is tough. HR won't deal with employees that don't pull their weight. As a result, the work falls on good people. Work long hours with poor life/work balance. The company has been shrinking for years. Good time off program if there are enough people to cover you while you're out (thinly staffed).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and talk to the employees to better understand what is going on. Realize the world and employees' expectations have changed. People want to feel valued, not just employed. Be more than a paycheck and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Working in the Stone Ages

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    There's a lot of down time to hang out with your coworkers and watch the clock.

    Cons

    This company essentially operates the same way it did when it was established in the 1920's. Most employees have worked at the company for over 20 years and have no motivation to see the company grow and prosper. A majority of the employees pretty much grew up on farms don't know to use a computer/read/write, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible, Horrible Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    None. There is nothing good about this place.

    Cons

    No consideration for work/life balance in buying group--expected to work early, late and weekends with no mention of comp time to salaried employees, but if you take 2 hours to go to the doctor, you must use PTO to get paid. Below average salaries, no bonus opportunities, mediocre benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've cleaned house in the Farm & Home management, but you need to clean some more.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall an Okay company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    It is a solid company. They have ethics. There is good job security. They have a descent benefits package. The people are nice

    Cons

    No growth or development. You will not be promoted. There is no company culture. The company does not have even a company picnic. (There is one by the employee association, but you have be a member)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions and lead. You are too scared to do something wrong so instead you do nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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