Unidine

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Unidine Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
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  1.  

    Server

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Unidine

    Pros

    I love working for the company . It's like a family . They give credit where it's due and they make sure the employees are well taken care of .

    Cons

    There are no cons for this company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Delusions of grandeur, no accountability for upper management.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Vacation time, job was easy when we weren't understaffed (though that was a rare occasion), decent pay once I got promoted, free food, liked the residents.

    Cons

    Silly company mentality of trying to project an image of higher than actual quality to customers/clients.

     Anything for the customer but always at the employees' expense.

    Sleazy Upper management that shrugs off responsibility/ passes blame down, and dismisses employees' complaints/concerns only pretending to care or take action.

    P.S. Overtime at Unidine seems to be a big no-no. Only the overworked cooks were given the OK to, everyone else, not so much. When I would occasionally make overtime my GM demanded to know why I was working so many extra hours.(Only 5-10 overtime) I explained that it was because I was working late almost every night because of short staffing, and they didn't believe me, and thought I was just sitting on the clock. And on multiple occasions found hours that I had worked omitted/deleted from my timecard on payday the next week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers have power with almost no responsibility, blame is passed down.

    Shady upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I worked at Unidine (more than an year)

    Pros

    Food philosophy is awesome! But the company does not have the support or training structure in place.

    Cons

    Everything. Benefits are horrible, upper managment are self entitled foodies. By the way everyone in corporate claims to be a chef, yet the company is run son horribly. I personally witnessed upper managment lie to clients and residents about their fresh food approach........ Yeah same contract company different name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to the standards the company says it has. If morning meetings are a company standard, upper managment should be involved when they visit. If you have nothing in your freezer because everything is fresh, then do so. We have to use Unidine recipes, yet get reprimanded when they suck.

    Stop living to the client. Your front line managers have to cover your tracks. After all, we are the ones lives you hurt when you tell these lies.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company does not focus on importance of the service, too wrapped up in the idea of programs

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    Former Employee - Dining Services Director
    Former Employee - Dining Services Director

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

    Pros

    Free lunches, salary is highest for job in the area.

    Cons

    Management is spread too thin in some places and tripping over each other in others, Help was begged for and never given at several accounts and on site manages were crucified for poor numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No vacation your first year of employment, you have to fight for it. When you want to take it, it's too much of a burden or you have to break it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unidine (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fresh Food Philosophy, Marketing Material's are nicely done for promotions. Continuing education for CDM/RD is plentiful.

    Cons

    You have to pay out of pocket to attend Orientation which was a substantial cost for me.
    Orientation was a joke, we did a lot of sitting around waiting for people to present.
    IT department was not professional, there was a lot of screwing around while I was there. Horseplay, not impressed.
    Required to work 9 hour days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate Managers out in the field who are in the trenches every day and sacrifice their family life to run the business.
    When missing the General Manager and a support manager is not present, compensation should be considered for extra duties and comprises the assistant director made to help the piece of business and keep the client happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expect nothing more than aggravation and frustration from this thankless company...

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people working in the office who genuinely care about what they do, not that it matters because no one recognizes hard work at this company.

    Cons

    Ridiculously expensive benefits that provide average at best coverage.
    A cost of over $3200 a year just to park your car at the office garage.
    Non-competitive salaries
    Eleven hour workdays and the evil eye if you dare to leave at the end of the eleventh hour.
    In my case, never a "thank you" for working above and beyond what most people in my line of work would ever agree to for any reason.
    An HR department that isn't willing to handle any situations that would be dealt with swiftly and judiciously at any other reputable company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value the employee who devotes their life to making things simple for you and your staff. A "thank you" goes a long way. Taking a stellar employee for granted will only leave you without an employee in the end because at a certain point, you rally and gather up your self respect and you find another job. When you're supporting multiple people within a department and the vast majority of those people never think to thank you for your contribution to their monetary success, including your boss, you know it's time to move on. When your boss thanks everyone else in your department and remembers them during key times of the year but never bothers to show appreciation for holding down an entire department almost entirely on your own, you know it's time to move on. When you don't receive a raise after more than a year of devoting far more time to the job and the company then either deserve based on a trumped up accusation that you are unorganized and incapable of handling your work, you realize it was time to go six months before the moment you find out your raise will never come to fruition. One wonders if it was just a smokescreen to stall for time to make room in the budget. Funds run low when every person who walks through the door gets a sign-on bonus for bringing their so-called experience to the table and then doesn't perform at all.

    I have never before worked for a company where you were expected to give up every moment of your personal life for the sake of some almighty goal of exceeding customers' expectations when you are, in fact, a customer as well and are nothing but continually let down by upper management's bad behavior and unreasonable demands. There are a handful of people high up on the food chain who deserve the respect they receive and who truly know how to treat their employees. Sadly, I did not work for one of them. My efforts were not appreciated nor were my numerous positive contributions to the department or its processes. Leaving was the best and only option that made sense before I lost any more of myself working for ingrates.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting.

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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

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

    Pros

    The people can be good to work with - depending on site.

    Cons

    Communication needs work, Constant changing of upper management is frustrating and confusing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone is on the same page

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

    Failure to provide positive work experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, and Descent benefits

    Cons

    Long days expected with out relief

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that general manage rs follow the rules as they impose on others. Consistency and follow through by upper management would be nice. Listen to complaints about sexual or inappropriate comments being made and not turn them against the complainer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Food Cost.

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and a great fresh food concept, poorly managed, but great concept!

    Cons

    Poor organization, expensive benefits, shady company/office politics, terrible work platforms, way out of date Information technology, unreasonable expectations, does not value the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to put the customer first at the expense and exploitation of the great people that work for you. Integrity and trust are worth way more than the dollar you sell out for. Your song and dance fools a lot of people, at first, but when the curtain is pulled back you are exposed and its a shame to see a company with such good intentions turn out to be empty, meaningless, words on paper in regards to how they treat their people.

    I am a former employee, not bitter about Unidine, but disappointed in so much that I was told to get me in the door only to seek employment elsewhere. It was the shortest time I have ever spent with a company and I have always been a dedicated, hardworking member of upper management. The list of wrongs is much longer than the list of rights and I can only tell anyone what I experienced and that is FOOD does cost, it cost you time, effort, energy, sanity, patience, and dignity. Read the reviews and you will find some disgruntled/negative ratings but look beyond the emotion and ask yourself why would someone take the time to write a review? Do your due diligence before signing on to join the Unidine team, it was not a healthy experience for me...I hope at the very least this encourages you to dig a bit deeper and ask the tough questions and try to pull the curtain back and see for yourself.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been in management at Unidine for less than a year

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unidine full-time

    Pros

    Fresh food concept is good and can be carried out with the right people in place.

    Cons

    Don't care about people at all. Dishonest, corporate support is a JOKE! Fill out a help ticket and wait....until you get in trouble for not doing what you filled out a help ticket for?
    They want to grow, but use severely outdated IT systems? Talk of Unidine acquiring another company?? They can't handle what they have!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try taking stock of your most valuable asset, people in the trenches!
    Lower benefit costs, invest back in to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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