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Bay Valley Foods Reviews

Updated December 7, 2016
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  1. "maintenance mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in North East, PA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in North East, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bay Valley Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay. nice people,good benitiets

    Cons

    to much politics, No communication. not enough training

    Advice to Management

    stop using the three strikes your out mentallity. Everything is not black and white.


  2. "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bay Valley Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, Sundays off.

    Cons

    Long hours, micromanagement, expect too much, unrealistic numbers to meet, short staffed,

    Advice to Management

    More good people will leave if something doesn't change for the better


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    "Processing"

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    Current Employee - Batcher in North East, PA
    Current Employee - Batcher in North East, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay, vacation and benefits are good. Many opportunities for overtime as well where i am. Company might be a good place to start a career in food production.

    Cons

    Little growth opportunity. Job is risky, any small mistake could cost thousands of dollars and thus your job. Company has very high turnover rate, places little value in knowledgeable and loyal employees. Company prefers a constantly shifting temp labor force.

    Advice to Management

    Management has little knowledge of what goes on in the production room day to day; which is surprising for a food production facility. Knowledgeable employees should be valued instead of viewed as competition for managers.


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  5. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bay Valley Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like making a lot of money there are a lot of overtime hours available. Has good health benefits.

    Cons

    No communication between departments. Just want to run as much production as possible. Impossible to take vacation due to always being behind on production.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between departments.


  6. "Maintenance Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Elmendorf, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Elmendorf, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bay Valley Foods (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, Great Health, medical and 401k

    Cons

    70-80 work week. To many chiefs, responsibilities and duties change every day.

    Advice to Management

    allow employees to have a life outside of the work place. 80 hours 7 days a week is WAY to much based on a set salary.


  7. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Can Grow well within the company

    Cons

    Bad work/life balance. Not good culture.


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    "Admin/Exe Assitant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bay Valley Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    pays well, location is good

    Cons

    No mentorship, promotions are a popularity contest
    No work life balance, constant fires and urgent requests
    limited benefits


  9. "Just one witch-hunt after another"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pecatonica, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pecatonica, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bay Valley Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job at least offers good pay. There are good people at the plant, though they are overshadowed by the small group that wants nothing but strife and conflict.

    Cons

    The facility has a good management team, the union employees are, in the majority, hard working individuals that want to see the plant succeed. However, the vocal minority of the union, are truly making life at that facility unbearable.

    As a manager, expect that any support you get from the corporate HR group cannot be relied upon. Anything you say can and will be used against you, not that this falls heavily into the WILL section.

    In the time I was at BVF, I saw more petty drama in this one location than I have seen in 20 years with the food industry. Tools like OSHA, EEoC, and hotlines are used as weapons of retaliation. You need to walk that fine line when you're forced to instill discipline. Even if you're 100% sure you're doing the right thing, the tools will be used and there will be a witch hunt investigation, every single time, because the corporate HR group is truly there to support the union and maintain a facade of labor relations.

    You will hear union employees colluding in the break-room and locker-room, planning the next hot-line call or OSHA call. These are organized events and treated by the HR group as being purely innocent and random issues. Even when another employee lets them know about the collusion, it will be written off as "they're just talking".

    I will not recommend this company to anyone in management. You'll spend most of your time in defense and not being allowed to move forward with any improvement programs or projects.

    If you take a position with Bay Valley or Treehouse Foods, the best advice I can give you is this, document everything. Hold yourself to a higher standard and never get emotional. Any slip you have as a manager will be dealt with using a very heavy hand.

    Advice to Management

    What can I say, the pendulum for relations with the union employees has swung so far to the left that you cant seem to keep managers. Supporting your local managers is important as well as supporting the union.

    Getting involved with matter you should not be involved with only cuts the feet out from under the managers and emboldens the 10% of the union that should be removed to act out more.

    Obtain professional HR directors that understand where they should and should not apply their attention.


  10. "Get rid of Chesapeake Spice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chambersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chambersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everything is good inside plant.

    Cons

    Getting product spices and blends from Chesapeake spice company is hurting us. In the last 3 weeks it has been terrible quality and service.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Chesapeake spice. I also heard they dig product off of floor that's why we find fm in product. Heard old plant manager back. Not good!!


  11. "Good people good products, overall an A+"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They took a varied group of people and formed a great company. They will be successful.

    Cons

    It took time for the teams to form all over the company. But their engagement of the people is showing promise.



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