Unidine Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
16 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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    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
  6. 6 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    unidine

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    Current Employee - Chef Manager in Ticonderoga, NY
    Current Employee - Chef Manager in Ticonderoga, NY

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

    Pros

    all fresh no box foods

    Cons

    they don't listen to staff all time management not always right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look out for your staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Corporate Dining job for restaurant line cooks looking for quality of life.

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in New Milford, CT
    Current Employee - Line Cook in New Milford, CT

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

    Pros

    Uses a mix of fresh and purchased items making it enjoyable to prepare but not over the top stressful.

    Cons

    Cleaning tasks became lengthy and boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a tremendously rewarding professional experience - working with passionate culinarians and professionals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unidine full-time

    Pros

    Rapidly growing organization that offers a superior and unique product. Accelerated career growth - and the ability to advance professionally and financially much faster than at competitors that are losing market share and stagnating. People that work hard and produce are promoted. Slackers and underperformers don't last long here.

    Cons

    All Unidine employees do "heavy lifting". You need to love your job and work hard at it all the time. No place to hide. There are no corner offices where you can put your feet up and delegate. A young, aggressive company that doesn't have all of the "bells and whistles" that the competitors offer. Benefits have improved dramatically but are still more expensive than competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to share the "fruits" of your team's labors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Honesty is not their policy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    They do pay more than similar companies

    Cons

    Management lies, disorganized, corporate culture a sham, lots of backstabbing and butt covering, benefits are ridiculous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the tools to succeed, insteadof having a sink or swim attitude. Understand that a business can not be built on the expectation of 16 hour days from your managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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