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Bimbo Bakeries Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Best pay and benefits and great retirement package (in 31 reviews)

  • Strong company; hard working leadership team; good pay/benefits (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance could be a little tough at times; very formal work environment; growth opportunities were somewhat limited (in 16 reviews)

  • Upper management contradicts themselves and gets very upset when it's pointed out (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Territory Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to grow and learn CPG

    Cons

    Diversity and inclusion still under construction

    Advice to Management

    Great leaders


  2. "Tough place to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vacation Relief in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Vacation Relief in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good insurance,401 k match

    Cons

    No time off , gossip people , no life

    Advice to Management

    Bad management


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great medical benifits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Clerk in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Retail Clerk in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bimbo Bakeries part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family like work environment, great benifits, off by 6:30 pm, closed holidays and Sundays.

    Cons

    Outlets are considered lowest form of income for the company and the higher ups do not listen to their employees about how to higher sales and customer counts.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your outlet managers about how to improve sales. Every area has a different clientele.


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  5. "The largest bakery in the world and operates with all the bureaucracy of a governmental organization."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bimbo Bakeries (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the end of the day, people will always need bread. The largest bakery in the world. Hard to see that it would go belly up in the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    The right hand doesn't know or trust what the left hand is doing. They try to reinvent the wheel when their competitors are happy to stand on the shoulders of greater men. Keep it simple stupid.

    Therefore advancement from within is difficult. Low-level and intermediate management mostly to almost exclusively comes from outside of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the boots on the ground. Eliminate the layers of middle management that are there to justify their own existence.


  6. "Engineer,maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, employees want to do well and could succeed with some basic leadership

    Cons

    Company is as disfunctional as I have ever seen! Everyone plays the blame game and there is no accountability. Management is severely lacking and has no ability to communicate with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain qualified individuals, especially maintenance. Learn some proper business etiquette on how to speak with employees in a professional manner.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Was better when Sara Lee owned it"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None really. Met lot of people

    Cons

    Employee recognition is non existent. They give fixed flat rate raises doesn't matter how long u been there all the same. Its annually but barely noticeable. That's for non-salaried employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "If your a women , RUN AWAY!"

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bimbo Bakeries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brands , great margins ! Great for men looking to exclude women .

    Cons

    Sexist (hanging swimsuit calendars in meeting areas) if you are not in the corporate office functions and are a district or territory manager and are a women they will not value your contributions nor involve your opinions. This is only in Tennessee that I can speak of . The good ole boy club rules .

    Advice to Management

    Know when your "go to " is lying to save their job ! Know when someone is doing their job and someone else's job because that is the expected an inclusion environment that is going on . Also IBC / MERITA failed and you hired all their former employees , after we drove down their market value ...


  9. "So Close, Yet So Far Away..."

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    Current Employee - Production in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Production in Elkhart, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    BBU is overall a sound place to work, solid benefits and great job security. You will never be bored, or underpaid. There is as much knowledge accessible to you that you could ever hope for, as the baking industry has no ceiling. It's science and always changing. The senior technicians who have been around and expanded their knowledge are extremely helpful when first learning the different jobs and the process.

    Cons

    There's overtime, whether your volunteer or not. This comes and goes in waves. One week may be 48 hours and the next 64 hours. The overall atmosphere of the specific plant I work in is pretty negative (primarily post-union 2014). The plant has been beaten down again and again. We have a horrible rentention rate from the top position to the bottom, constantly turning over new management and technicians. This results in poor training, leadership, knowledge, and communications. There's room to grow within the company if you work hard enough at it. The current HR department is extremely weak, and can lead to frustration for all parties involved. Even the strongest management members are starting to show signs of stress and seem to "want out", which raises red flags.

    Advice to Management

    We have too many chiefs, not enough Indians. We take one problem per week and try to fix it, then forget about it until it comes back up again in rotation. We need to be more data-driven and get away from this "hero baking" and develop programs that both experienced and inexperienced employees can go off of. Policies and changes need to be laid out black and white and communicated and followed up. It's saddening to see such potential be wasted because nobody is working TOGETHER on a consistent basis from the top to the bottom. We have all the tools we need succeed.


  10. "RSR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Rocklin, CA
    Current Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Rocklin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard to find a job that you pay you as much as they do without a degree. Excellent benefits too.

    Cons

    Split days off. Work is long and hard.


  11. "Great experience, with great people!!"

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    Current Employee - In-store Shelf Stocker in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - In-store Shelf Stocker in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bimbo Bakeries part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy hours and flexible working schedule.
    Great group of people to work with, also the work that is done is done diligently.

    Cons

    Lifting large weights. A con would also be late night shifts (tend to last longer) but that's only if you want overnights on your schedule.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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