Wells' Dairy Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Le Mars, IA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Le Mars, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time

    Pros

    They take pretty good care of their employees. The company is family owned but has turned more and more corporate every year.

    Cons

    There are almost no opportunities to advance from within the company...at least in sales. Any management positions that cone open are filled from outside the company. There is a management training program but it seems like it's just there to appease the sales team. I don't think anybody that has gone through it has actually been promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. There isn't much motivation in knowing that you'll be stuck in the same position with pretty much the same salary for your entire career. The "raises" barely cover cost of living increase.


  2. Re-Building

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture overall - CEO has solid personal values. Benefits package is very well done. The company also has fairly modern facilities and very dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Struggling to compete in a shrinking category against large competitors; trying to find a consistent long-term strategy to embrace. Difficult to attract top-quality talent to northwest Iowa.


  3. Loved my job at Wells.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time

    Pros

    Satisfying work-life balance, challenging, great pay and benefits, fun, exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Corporate politics take over instead of letting people do their jobs and do them well.

    Advice to Management

    Should know all the details and the importance of what everyone does in the day to day business before they eliminated about 60 positions in a years time.


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  5. They've gone from great to good after re-organization.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Le Mars, IA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Le Mars, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance; decent office culture and they were getting better at breaking down silo walls and barriers; committed leadership.

    Cons

    Re-organization really dropped some good talent and considerable experience across many different functional areas. Rate of promotions in many areas did not match the CPG leading companies that they were trying to emulate.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more off-site training and budgets to fund seminars and programs at universities, etc.


  6. Recently celebrated 100 years of family ownership - on the way to the second 100 years!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wells' Dairy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Perfect mix of team participation with the autonomy to take responsibility and accountability for individual actions. The company exudes the following six basic fundamentals: honesty, integrity, respect, discretion, humility, and accountability. Partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to allow employees the opportunity to participate in100 wish-granting events across the country in 2013 in celebration of the 100th anniversary! Continuing this relationship by granting an additional 20 wishes in 2014...hopefully this continues on an annual basis!!!

    Cons

    Location, location, location. At times it is difficult to recruit top talent willing to relocate to northwest Iowa, and the regional workforce seems to be tapped out.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lead by example!


  7. Family-owned culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of culture, strong values and beliefs (as long as you have the same values and beliefs), invested in the community

    Cons

    Heavy layoffs, lack of long-term strategic direction, group-think, separation between management and employees and between Demand and Manufacturing groups, resistant to change.


  8. Good family company, great products and was a fun and comfortable career politics aside

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Management
    Current Employee - Sales Management
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wells' Dairy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family company, balance, fun products, ability to have some balance, ability to interact with a wide range of customers.

    Cons

    Politics amongst some groups, silo mentality, advancement is limited, feast one year, famine the next due to short term outlook on decisions by some in management.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the politicians, stand on your brand and have identity. Get back to hiring brand ambassadors that truly believed in you and the brand.


  9. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - IT Staff in Le Mars, IA
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Le Mars, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wells' Dairy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is a focus. Office culture is open. Great co-workers. Management is there to support you.

    Cons

    Inconsistent bonus payout. Incentive program isn't really related to performance. Things are changing too much.

    Advice to Management

    You're strategy changes affect everyone. Please be more consistent and give us a greater feeling of stability. You announce major event the day of or the day after. Please stop doing that. Give us some notice and ask what we think about the changes.


  10. Long hours plenty of work.

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    Former Employee - Production Line Assistant in Saint George, UT
    Former Employee - Production Line Assistant in Saint George, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good trainers, good place to work, good pay increases, you can learn at you own pace. Good leadership. Great paid vacation almost as soon as you complete 60 days of employment. Lots of good ice cream to eat!

    Cons

    The new guys get to work do all the crappy work while the older employees get the easy jobs! Time off is sometimes to hard to get! Long hours not sitting at all you are moving constantly. Kind of boring when you do the same thing hour after hour. Sometimes when the machines break down you have to keep just as fast as with two machines. No windows artificial light, if you are not used to that, it can die depressing!

    Advice to Management

    Plant Manager is a great person keep the having the meetings with employees one on one, I really like that! My immediate supervisor was really nice and understands people and people needs!


  11. For the most part, it was a great organization to be associated with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My one-ups promoted an environment where you take initiative and responsibility. They were there to support you as well. It allowed me to grow in many areas. The same can be said about other marketing and support personnel. There were many "perks" that complemented the salary to round out a nice compensation package, even with recent cutbacks.

    Cons

    Incentive was complicated and inconsistent from year to year. The resulting payouts, large or small (too many times nothing), felt disconnected from the activity. Not much direction or encouragement from the company's leadership in recent years. One would have to assume that will resolve as the company evolves into whatever it is to become.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let short term challenges compromise what made Blue Bunny the product/brand it has become, to date.



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