Whitsons Culinary Group

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Whitsons Culinary Group Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
10 Reviews
2.4
10 Reviews
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Robert E. Whitcomb, FMP
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    True Family Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Islandia, NY
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Islandia, NY

    I have been working at Whitsons Culinary Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Perks: free lunch, flexible schedule, great co-workers, can work from home if absolutely necessary. The executives make you feel like part of the family.

    Cons

    Benefits and compensation are not as competitive as other companies, communication is lacking on most projects, and budgets are always being cut even though the demand for resources continuously increases with each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in employee development, avoid playing the blame game and instead work to move forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Food Service Manager

    Current Employee - Food Service in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Food Service in New York, NY

    I have been working at Whitsons Culinary Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love the team I work with.

    Cons

    Long hours, very fast spaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not paid for 6th or 7th day of work a week, no bonuses.

  3.  

    Amazing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whitsons Culinary Group

    Pros

    Love the environment Great company
    amazing employer

    Cons

    I do not have any

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  5.  

    Get your experience and get out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver
    Current Employee - Driver

    I have been working at Whitsons Culinary Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They will hire anyone so you can get experience

    Cons

    Pay is awful
    Supervision is awful
    Working Conditions are pretty bad
    Your punished for finishing your route early your hired for 40 hrs a week and the take an automatic 30 min out for lunch so you have to work 8.5 hrs to make 8 hrs a day but if you complete your route in 6 hrs your only getting paid for 5.5 hrs) if you have strong workers who can complete there work in a timely manner then they shouldn't be punished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your workers, have better vehicles for drivers. Improve food (fruit is either old or hard not ripe yet, regular food on most days is like dog food) so drivers don't get harassed and yelled at by the people we deliver to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    They seemed nice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Food Service Director in Hamden, CT
    Former Employee - Assistant Food Service Director in Hamden, CT

    I worked at Whitsons Culinary Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really excited and friendly during hiring
    Hours in schools are great, off by 3:30

    Cons

    Zero training on corporate policy or procedure
    Expectations to follow procedures that were never explained
    45 hours a week minimum with lots of unpaid overtime
    Local management had a negative, pessimistic attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire someone for a position they'll have in 3-6 months, hire them for the position that exists now; and train them In Corporate policy before they start so they know where they stand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A family owned company that claims to treat everyone like family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whitsons Culinary Group

    Pros

    Good resume builder. It's a fine place to work if you are just looking for a stagnant job to keep you busy.

    Cons

    Knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the job are not factors when making hiring decisions. If you're passionate about what you do, dedicating your days (and often times your nights) towards its success, then Whitsons is not the right place for you.
    Employees are thought of as expendable. There is no appreciation for the employees. Disgustingly low salaries relative to the type of work. Zero retention strategy. Not the place to grow your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around you. Your employees are not happy; recognize and address it. How have you not noticed that several great employees are no longer part of the company? Managers should be competent for their positions. Managers not acknowledging employees work and not providing accurate and sound feedback shows lack of commitment to the employee
which is poor and ineffective management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is a family owned and operated company. Jobs for family members are top priority.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whitsons Culinary Group

    Pros

    Most of the executive officers are kind and generous, and they try to instill a sense of team spirit.

    Cons

    If you are not a family member then you have no job security. The bottom line is profit for them, not for nonrelatives.

  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Most nerve wracking, unprofessional experience of my entire career.

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

    I have been working at Whitsons Culinary Group

    Pros

    The CEO is actually a good, caring man.

    Cons

    Too many to mention. Here are a few:
    1) Uneducated, unscrupulous, outrageously unprofessional and unethical workers.
    2) So many assignments given at once in such a disorganized, uninformed fashion from so many different chiefs that one is doomed to fail, even if they sleep there!
    3) Customers one has to deal with are just as ridiculous as co-workers.
    4) Pathetic compensation for work expected, both in amount and quality and technicality. No upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) There were or are quite a few people to fire because of outrageously unprofessional behavior and incompetence! 2) Learn to do some research before taking on a project to avoid having to correct dozens of mistake later on! 3) At least try to be aware of the fact that people involved in projects have other things to do (that you assign as well) and in order for them to do things timely and properly, they need to be given enough time to do so! Giving someone who has a dozen other assignments another assignment and saying, "I needed it last week," shows disorganization, laziness, and disrespect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lack of professionalism and moral

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whitsons Culinary Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free Food
    Free food
    Free food
    Free food nothing else than free food

    Cons

    The lack of professionalism at whitsons can be noticed across the company (with very few exceptions). The nepotism and favoritism is at its best, if you are a Whitcomb, married or somehow related to them is for sure that you would be managing a department or be promoted in no time.
    As the previous review mentioned management is very uneducated, that you end up wondering how come they get to their positions....once again the answer is nepotism. And the uneducated management is the cause of that the smart, professional personnel leaves or get forced to leave. Most of the management that stays in whitsons is because they know wouldn't be able to retain a job in any other company.
    Whitsons Is the place that you can get fire because you came late one day due to an emergency but they won't fire someone that steals from a manager (even when caught on camera).
    PS. Human resources they are just clueless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get educated, street smart won't take anyone a long in a professional career environment

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Place where you lose your morals, and denial is at best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whitsons Culinary Group

    Pros

    Coworkers are alright. Free lunch.

    Cons

    There is such lack of support and appreciation from upper management. The employees are always the scapegoat. The managers and directors are very uneducated. If you are trying to be the better person and hoping to get promoted in the future, don't bother, unless you're there forever with your cane, then you will get promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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