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Associated British Foods Reviews

Updated January 20, 2017
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  1. "Poor leadership within "World Foods" business"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Malling, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Malling, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Associated British Foods (More than a year)

    Pros

    They attempted to invest in training and improving their staff

    Cons

    Weak leadership, exec level turf wars, ambtitious targets scuppered with over cautious execution. Lack of strategy coupled knee jerk short-term fixes

    Advice to Management

    Get better management. Destroy the cliquey managerial mindset and work better as a broader team.


  2. "Its hard as processes are been contrsucted"

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A number of good big brands

    Cons

    The company is more built upon networking rather than all going to a single objective

    Advice to Management

    A big step would be to be consistent in strategy through out changes in management or board level


  3. "Journey starts"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee-Engineering
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee-Engineering
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Associated British Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    To start my career in core field.

    Cons

    Very slow in process whether its managment level or operations level.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on upcoming new ideas and give chance to new ones to justify it.


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  5. "Getting crowded"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Associated British Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well stocked staff kitchen
    Diverse and interesting businesses
    Tends to be a high calibre of individual in head office roles
    Not too much bureaucracy

    Cons

    Office is starting to get overcrowded so it's a much less pleasant environment than it used to be
    Lack of defined procedure means a lot of improvisation when it would be quicker to follow a protocol
    No bonus below quite a senior level

    Advice to Management

    Introduce bonus and share scheme (even just a small SAYE scheme would be nice) for lower level staff to give us some incentive to care about the results. The senior management have done very well out of the share price quadrupling over the last few years - maybe let the lower grades share in that?


  6. "Supply Chain manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed environment, flexible working hours as long as you complete your personal tasks. You have free will to do your job to some extent and colleagues are friendly.

    Cons

    Office politics happens under the water. Complicated connections with one another. The whole company have hierarchy system and it need to be aware of.


  7. "Nice company, but underperforming outside of Primark"

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

    I worked at Associated British Foods full-time

    Pros

    Good set of management values
    They value loyalty and experience
    Good people generally
    Interesting set of businesses
    Not very bureaucratic

    Cons

    Not a very strategic company. Each business tends to be fairly incrementalist in how it thinks.
    Who you know and how you fit is more important than what you do.
    Primark is the jewel in the group which allows the other businesses to be complacent

    Advice to Management

    Put more pressure on performance outside of Primark - there will be a time when the golden goose stops laying eggs


  8. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Structured company with clear leadership

    Cons

    More ability to move between divisions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. "Varied"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Associated British Foods full-time

    Pros

    The company believes in the graduates and is willing to give them opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of structure in future roles and feedback

    Advice to Management

    More regular feedback would be good


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunities if you're willing to manage your own career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Associated British Foods full-time

    Pros

    Strong values about being good to the environment and the community
    Great opportunities to move around the company - if you can get yourself known
    Flexible and autonomous culture

    Cons

    Teams work in silos and there is a clear hierarchy in place that causes division between the 'haves' and 'have nots'
    Very few policies and practices are written down, so you need to be good with ambiguity


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A relaxed culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly, relaxed work environment. Opportunities to progress and move around for those that express the desire to. Varied workload. Flat company structure ensures management are easily accessible. Young people given a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Talent management and personal development could be better. Roles and responsibilities could be defined better. Office politics can be quite intense. Sometimes younger employees are given tasks that they don't have the skills/experience to complete successfully.

    Advice to Management

    Make expectations clear. Understand different team member's personal style and adapt their communication to suit. Set clear strategic vision and ensure all members of team clearly understand their very important role in helping to achieve it.



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