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Chiquita Brands Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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Chiquita Brands President & CEO Edward F. Lonergan
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  • There is absolutely no care for work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good pay to start with

    Cons

    Not really any kind of cons


  2. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and fair salary

    Cons

    Totally disorganized on every level

    Advice to Management

    Get their act together

  3. "Banana Monopoly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    Free bananas every once in a while.

    Cons

    Mostly everything, very unorganized, and an example of a hierarchy at its worst. I don't believe the new owners ( the cutrule Family) care at all about there employer . Just another number but hey what can I see that is the corporation way.


  4. "As you might expect"

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

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    At the time, some nice perks. Gym onsite, easy access to parking, nice location, collaborative workspace. For some positions, there were opportunities to work from home.

    Cons

    Low pay, well below the industry average. Management seemed unapproachable and did not seem to take feedback seriously. A very top down approach here and a sense of "but we've always done it this way".

    Advice to Management

    Please use reputable information to determine what average pay should be for specific markets.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Down the tubes quickly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work with excellent culture.

    Cons

    After the buyout from Cutrale everything went down the tubes. Their goal was to hire mediocre talent and you could tell. Management was dictatorship and they were breaking rules left and right.


  6. "IT Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    My colleagues were great to work with

    Cons

    Management completely out of touch with employees. No feedback. No performance reviews. Very cramped working quarters. Each division is made to feel separate from others. No shared services. No advancement unless you are Brazilian.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chiquita Brands full-time

    Pros

    Culture, location and work life balance

    Cons

    management changed after we left

  8. "Disappointing, hiding agendas, false information and very poor communication."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm working environment, for the simple minded, not hard work. If you are simple minded then this job is for you.

    Cons

    Scheduling, no work life balance, poor management, to many chiefs not enough Indians, degrading environment, not being used to your potential


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sad Ending to it's Charlotte Chapter...Cutrale ruined it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture for corporate America. I learned so much in those 3 years. Executives were readily accessible. Town Halls were held often to provide info. My comments all come from time it was in Charlotte being led by Ed Langeran.

    Cons

    I had a heavy workload and underpaid for all responsibilities. Fresh produce has a low margin and leadership was trying to turn around the business but then became the target of a hostile takeover. I left when Cutrale was moving things to Florida. Cutrale was horrible to work for. You were nothing unless you were a Hispanic male. Things were very secretive. Cheated us out of a portion of our final bonus based on 2014 results (before they owned it).


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Decent company, pays the bills"

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    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


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