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Chiquita Brands Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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Chiquita Brands President & CEO Edward F. Lonergan
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Pros
  • decent pay, good work/life balance, coworkers easy to work with, nice office environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Free bananas, fun work events, I could go on and on (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • There is absolutely no care for work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Too many people in upper management without a good understanding of the business or the clientele (in 10 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Senior Systems Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am very driven and focus on innovation. Organizations are in need of people with creativity , therefore , I am devoted to thrive.

    Cons

    Companies are beneficial to employees when employees are showing interests and want to be a part of the game. Play the game and you will be the winner.

    Advice to Management

    People don't leave organizations, they leave managers. Therefore, managers have a bigger role to play than the employees. Be consistent and alert of the work of the employees and congratulate them for job well done.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Decent company, pays the bills"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner in Dania Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner in Dania Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay, good work/life balance, coworkers easy to work with, nice office environment

    Cons

    no opportunities to advance, management not clear on strategic vision, owners impose company policy changes on whim

    Advice to Management

    connect with your teams more to foster a sense of purpose/direction, quit the infighting between departments - ensure that everyone is on the same page working towards common goals, be transparent on advancement opportunities and pay raises

  3. "Global Help Desk"

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    Current Employee - Global Help Desk in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Global Help Desk in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands (More than a year)

    Pros

    IT support for End Users for Chiquita Brands Employee

    Cons

    A Very Good Company to Work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Chiquita"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Environment, great benefits, decent pay, location, wonderful colleagues! Free bananas, fun work events, I could go on and on!

    Cons

    All of my pro's were PRIOR to the buyout of the company. It was like someone flipped a switch and the company went into a downhill tailspin. Laid off every employee, and replaced them with inexperienced, unethical 'replacements.' They took a well oiled machine and took away all the nuts and bolts that hold it all together. Everything fell apart. Even after I left, I felt like an inconvenience to even think of asking questions to HR. It is like pulling teeth getting them to respond to anything. Used to be such a wonderful company until the buyout


  5. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Applications in Clermont, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Applications in Clermont, FL

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Great to work

    Cons

    N/A Relocation posibilities


  6. "Consumer Response Center Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consumer Response Center Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Consumer Response Center Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    Location, product samples, office setup

    Cons

    Salary, unprofessional HR, cost of parking, management unwilling to interact with directs, obvious favoritism from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what reps do and pay them accordingly.


  7. "Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Room for upward mobility. Employees are treated well.

    Cons

    Company is under new management and making a lot of unnecessary changes. Seems to be a bit of nepotism at the top since the takeover.

    Advice to Management

    Don't arbitrarily make changes just to make changes.

  8. "Experience is okay/Waste of time, long term wise."

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Operations Clerk in Streamwood, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Clerk in Streamwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    Team members are friendly and hard workers. Great 401k plan and health insurance benefits, this company matches up to 6%.

    Cons

    Favoritism by management. 30cent raises every year. Not enough pay. There is absolutely no care for work/life balance. If you have no seniority, you are the one to work all national holidays especially on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Current Manager always looks for a scapegoat when anything goes wrong in the Shipping/Receiving departments.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is give way better raises. Treat people with respect. Let people have a life at home too. 78 hour work weeks at times, working 6-7days a week is repulsive. Stop being so cheap and implement a 3rd shift in some departments where there is a high volume. Have more opportunities for people to advance quicker. $12hr start is not enough for all the responsibilities bestowed as clerks.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company gone downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pompano Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pompano Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chiquita Brands (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company before it was sold and became private

    Cons

    Too many changes for the worst.
    Managers and HR make their own rules as they go along
    Very cheap company and does not like to reward or compensate employees accordingly. Lowers salary of new employee from any position held prior by another employee
    Not consistent with policies throughout departments


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Representative"

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

    I worked at Chiquita Brands (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free fresh bananas every week

    Cons

    too much work, not enough compensation for that and poor management

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage your employees


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