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Barilla Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  1. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Pasta Chef in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Pasta Chef in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very understanding. Really enjoy the product and people. Everyone is a member of my family. It does not get better than this.

    Cons

    Too many carbs! Just kidding. I really can not think of one bad thing about this oustanding company. It is the number one producer of pasta in my native Italy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barilla full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package, easily can move up in position if you're looking to advance.

    Cons

    One bathroom to change in for work uniform and guests dining use same bathroom. No sitting down on your shift so if you're not used to standing 8+ hours daily this might take time adjusting too.

    Advice to Management

    Employees bathroom and better ideas for closet space perhaps shelfs or lockers. It is difficult throwing jackets, umbrellas, change of clothing after shift, pocketbooks, backpack, etc. All togetherness with all employees thriwn on floor no structured place to keep personal items neatly or without worry about stolen property and possibly bugs from other people living situation mingling with every employees personal belongings.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sadly, going downhill fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice new office, some people are very nice to work with. Fun events in the office such as Halloween parties, perks like early office closures around the holidays, etc. Great experience for those who have never worked for a global company.

    Cons

    Morale has been in a downward spiral for years, but 2015 takes the cake.

    Unforeseen and unprecedented layoffs have everyone on edge. Others are preemptively jumping ship on their own.

    Recent demise of the company's gourmet "Academia" line can't be a good sign (also resulting in layoffs).

    HR is a joke. They are inconsistent about their enforcement of company polices. They will make you look bad to make themselves look better to upper management. It's really very sad, and honestly, unethical.

    Very little advancement opportunity and few strong career paths.

    While benefits are outstanding, pay is comparatively very low in the marketplace - and there is a salary cap.

    Work/life balance varies based on who your manager is. Some are almost too flexible, while others allow almost no flexibility (HR refuses to enforce any consistency).

    Advice to Management

    Be more appreciative of your employees. Be supportive of hardworking employees who don't get into/cause trouble and reward them accordingly. Get rid of those who spend their days socializing rather than working - and have absolutely no accountability or consequences for doing so.


  4. "Nice people, no growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barilla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, especially at the plants, good benefits

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, still somewhat male focused, poor management skills, poor communication even within direct department

    Advice to Management

    You will continue to lose good employees if you do not offer opportunities for growth


  5. "Good company, but not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great benefits, free pasta & sauce! Preliminary feedback on new CEO is extremely positive, however he hasn't been there very long.

    Cons

    Seems like there is a lot of dead weight in some departments and extremely overworked employees in others. Management is inconsistent with how they run the office. Some are strict enforcers of HR policies, whereas others don't care as long as you get your job done. It creates a lot of friction between employees. Very limited growth potential. No matter how hard one works, there seems to be a lack of appreciation. I have noticed a dramatic increase in stress and tension company-wide. People seem run-down & burned out and there is no end in site. Budgets have been cut in every aspect of the company which has also led to a lot of stress. While the company seems to be doing well, salary caps mean you'll probably longer get a raise, and even small raises are few and far between. The main reasons people are leaving are because they feel underpaid (and they are - Barilla is known for not having competitive salaries), unappreciated and overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead weight and use their salaries to reward those who work their tails off.


  6. "Good people. Great place to work. Management stiffled by corporate office."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere to work in. Great place for recent college grads.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity for long term employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create some levels so employees have something to aspire to.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Brand, Good Environment... Excellent place to get experience in a Private Company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, Great Brand, Good pay, Excellent benefits. Culture is obsessive about product quality. Great advertising and cool PR activities. The company hires very talented people, pays well and provides an environment where work balance is attainable. Medical benefits are A+. Office facilities are colorful, with natural light and great amenities. Business is growing, which is always a positive.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. Sales department is the business driver. There is an opportunity for better cross departmental team dynamics. Working on pasta business is very motivating, but it is tougher if your responsibilities are in sauce where growth has been difficult to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for people to get cross department experience as a substitute for upward mobility.

  8. "Great benefits, very stable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barilla full-time

    Pros

    Good working conditions for a 24x7 factory. Benefits are better than most other companies no matter what they produce. Stable demand means great job security.

    Cons

    24x7 factory work for most employees (12 hour shift).

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to employees.


  9. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I really liked the company and the overall atmosphere. It help with my overall sales development and jumpstarted my career.

    Cons

    I wish I was worked in a location that was in a city, like Chicago, rather than a suburb. Also my commute was a bit rough.

    Advice to Management

    Overall good experience, liked the project work we were assigned. Thought management was very friendly and cared about their work. They could've listened to my opinions more though.


  10. "Marketing and Sales Specialist- Academia Barilla"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Barilla full-time

    Pros

    Worked in a fast moving division that allowed for creative marketing plans to help execute Global goals, small team collaboration that allows creative growth and culture.

    Cons

    Division has closed due to redirection


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