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Barilla America Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "Solid Job, Hard Hours, Easy Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Packaging Operator in Avon, NY
    Former Employee - Packaging Operator in Avon, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barilla America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not back breaking work, good people there, everybody is pretty helpful

    Cons

    12 hour shifts, so it's long hours especially working the night shift 7 pm - 7 am

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people on the floor they have good ideas and care about making their job go as smoothly as possible.


  2. "Marketing manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment great benefits great brand and great pasta, nice people

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in marketing unless you work on pasta blue box - hard to grow if you are in sauce, bakery or ready meals. Not focused on innovation

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond pasta. Have marketing people move in different categories to see their true potential


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to work and Settle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - positive work environment
    - great people
    - People want to do good
    - Heath insurance is amazing
    - Companion travel if you have to travel to the HQ in Parma

    Cons

    - garbage commute, unless you live in Northern / North S̶o̶r̶e̶ Shore area
    - Recruiting and retaining competent and talented people is tough
    - excessively LEAN organization
    - Senior Leadership hasn't changed much at all (how can the company grow and evolve if the same leaders are the ones making decisions?)
    - Pay and vacation is MUCH lower than other Food & CPG companies nation wide.
    - No real vision or strategy for change or growth
    - Leadership cannot make decisions independently of the Italian side.
    - marketing dept. is a joke, money is wasted in frivolous things and unnecessary travel
    - afraid of innovation and risk
    - dependance on Italy for so many resources (IT, Decision making, etc.) is slowly choking the business
    - excessive, useless meetings
    - Adding of resources in areas that are not strategic to the direction and goals of the company such as Innovation. More resources are needed in R&D and not finance or marketing or these other groups
    - Senior leaders can be very two faced. They gave a :town hall" about transparency and not playing favorites when promoting and career growth, then fired someone the next day because someone didn't get along with them.

    Advice to Management

    Give the American side more independence and more resources to grow and innovate. The company has a great culture and wants to do well but cannot do so with the chokehold from the Italian side. There needs to be some real project management happening as well. Marketing cannot and SHOULD not be managing projects and handling procurement. Most of the actually talented people are just waiting for a few particular projects to launch so they can put it on their resume and get out of the Barilla project time suck.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barilla America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, possible flexible work schedule, great coworkers, free products. Global company with a small office feel. Office moving from current multi-tenant building to a newer, single-tenant building about 10 miles away. Most positions bonus eligible.

    Cons

    No supportive career path for most positions. Some employees that have been promised promotions are still waiting months or even years for the promotion to take effect. Usually given the workload of the promoted position, with no title change or salary increase. "Smart Working" policy is pushed as a great company-wide perk to balance life/work, however, depending on your manager, you may not be allowed to utilize it. Unprecedented recent and forthcoming layoffs have current employees walking on eggshells. Some of the staff is extremely overworked, over-traveled and spread thin, while others do very little. Office politics and favoritism are issues. What is completely acceptable in one department/team (bending the dress code, leaving early, taking long lunches, working from home), may not be acceptable with the department/team down the hall and creates tension. There is also growing tension between long-time employees and new, millennial employees. Bonuses this year were paid out at a fraction of what they were in the past. Interviewing for a job can be very difficult and lengthy. While you may seem like a perfect candidate to local HR, if HR in Italy (where parent company is located) doesn't agree, you're out - no questions asked. Interviews can go to 3 or 4 rounds over a month or more.

    Advice to Management

    With the move of the HQ this summer (much longer commute for many), surprise staff reductions/outsourcing, low bonus payout, minimal raises, lack of loyalty to employees, the company is almost begging people to look elsewhere for employment. Return to the old days of supporting and rewarding good employees for hard work. Let go of those that don't perform. Reduce/eliminate office politics. This company used to be a dream to work for - not anymore.

    Barilla America Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Recruiter

    Inaccurate characterization of HR-Italy's involvement in hiring process. Italian HR plays no role in US hiring decisions. Inaccurate description of interview process. At most, depending upon ... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Change, change, change - and not in a good way."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing benefits & some great perks (free pasta & sauce!)
    Lots of company events
    Liberal with budgets and internal spending
    Great people

    Cons

    The last few years have seen lots of change, and there is more on the way. The company will be moving approximately 25 miles away, making commuting much more difficult for the vast majority of employees. No flexibility will be given as far as work hours, travel reimbursement/allowance, etc. Many people have left the company and will be leaving the company for this reason alone.

    Salaries have now been "capped" and once you hit the ceiling for your particular position, you will never see a raise again - not even a COLA raise. People also leaving the company for this reason.

    Global HQ in Italy is now calling all the shots whereas they used to be less involved. They want the company to be globally aligned, yet they maintain seperate and unequal '"corporate rules" by location.

    Italy has also forced out over half of the Leadership team in the last 6-8 months. All of those people were, loyal, hard-working, dedicated good folks who were absolute assets to the company. Italy has an "its our way or the highway" attitude if you question any of their actions, they show you the door.

    Work/life balance overall is good, but it really depends on what department you work in and who your direct manager is. No consistency. Some employees allowed to work from home whenever they want, others are not allowed at all. Same thing with coming in late and leaving early on a daily basis. Some managers don't care, others watch the clock.

    With so many people leaving so quickly, chaos is ensuing. Workloads are getting dumped onto others that are already overworked and the frustration and aggrevation is clearly evident. HR has trouble filling open positions because pay is no longer competitive and is too low.

    10% of the corp. workforce has left the company in the last 8-10 months with another 30% or so planning on leaving in the next year. I don't know how the company will survive with no bodies there to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees more informed. Become aware, acknowledge and address employee concerns. You have so many wonderfully talented and loyal people working for you. In order to keep them, you're going to have to listen, learn, be proactive and more accomodating to their needs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I have thrived in the very independant environment, but the lack of structure and leadership has cause major obstacles."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Barilla has great work life ballance, and produces a great high quality product that you can be proud to represent. The office is small and relationships are very important.

    Cons

    Overall corporate strategy is not clearly communicated. Internal communication is a huge barrier to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Have clear corporate strategy that all departments can work collectively together to acheive. Make sure this strategy is clearly communicated to the entire organization.


  8. "Food runner at Barilla"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barilla America part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, good management, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    No cons to working here


  9. "Good benefits, long hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Packaging Machine Operator
    Current Employee - Packaging Machine Operator

    I have been working at Barilla America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, nice people

    Cons

    Hours for 99% of jobs are 12 hour shifts


  10. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barilla America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family owned, great benefits and offers a broad degree of responsibility. Genuine commitment to sustainability, diversity and improving the world through food.

    Cons

    Environment varies based on department. Has a relatively flat organization so growth may not be upward but it is possible to gain significant experience in a variety of areas.


  11. "Worst Move of My Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barilla America full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent.
    Benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Out of touch management.
    Budgets are constantly sliced & almost impossible to be successful with.
    Extremely political.
    Sexist.
    No upward mobility.
    Managers play favorites.
    HR is a mess.
    NO work/life balance -- expect an unhappy spouse or partner, and to not see your kids often.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


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