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Chiquita Brands Reviews

Updated January 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Free bananas, fun work events, I could go on and on (in 13 reviews)

  • decent pay, good work/life balance, coworkers easy to work with, nice office environment (in 7 reviews)

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

  • Upper Management made decision to bring inexperienced leaders to a business that was providing great results (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Chiquita"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  2. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Had a great time working for Chiquita, although the division I worked for closed in 2004, it was challenging.

    Cons

    Company closed and sold to competitor in 2004, very dissapointing to all us employees.
    Would liked to have seen it continue, but alas it did not.
    Sad...

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees when closing a division, we were all left adrift with no other opportunities in this small town.


  3. "Produce Keeps you on your toes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and great appreciation for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Organization was acquired at the beginning of 2015 and is still going through some changes.


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  5. "Lack of transparency... invest in your employees!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and great people to work with. Work life balance is pretty good, very rare to have to stay late. Time off is plenty if you can find the time to use it or if you can take it when you want to. The people working for this company make all the difference so it all depends on what team you are on. Overall, it's a very strong company brand.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from the owners and upper management is scary. Communication needs much improvement across the board. Very decentralized focus in the company overall, each department has their way of getting things done without much input or regard on how it affects other departments. No reviews, no career/goal coaching and not much focus on the growth of employees and their careers. Also, no incentives (bonuses, merit increases, etc). Ultimately the position took on a lot more responsibility without any monetary incentive.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees and make sure they are satisfied with where they are. These are the people taking care of your bottom line. They all care about what they do and should be recognized for it. Invest in your people.


  6. "Finance"

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

    Pros

    Great, layed back company. Decent salary and benefits. Managers open to giving you more responsibilities. Work hours decent and very casual dress attire

    Cons

    Before buy out, decent company. Watch out for new owners. Below average pay, micro manager its not even the word to describe the companies operation......run!!


  7. "North America Sr Quality Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chiquita Brands (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was allowed to manage my team as I desired, but I was offered very little to no feedback.
    CEO wanted to make the company more diverse and avoid depending on 1 main product.

    Cons

    Upper Management made decision to bring inexperienced leaders to a business that was providing great results. More for personal reason than for real business ones.

    Advice to Management

    CQB is now under new management. Wish them the best.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Changing fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building and great culture. Has been changing very fast after Cutrale has taken over.

    Cons

    Things have been moving to Florida on an accelerated plan to get out of Charlotte. The culture is not the same and have lost most of the staff.


  9. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, environment and people

    Cons

    It is going to somewhere soon

    Advice to Management

    Do more


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Chiquita was a definite learning experience both professionally and personally!!!! Some of the best people to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Culture: The culture of Chiquita, as it relates to is people is the best I have experienced. Chiquita is very diverse and offers a laid back environment. I do not think I have ever worked with such a great group of people. Chiquita has a small town fill to it. You basically get to know almost everyone, regardless of rank in the organization.
    The workplace is not stuffy and their is a celebration of individuality.

    Upper Management: The upper management, especially the current CEO Ed Lonegran, is very approachable and genuinely wants to know what the employees think. He takes an interest and pushes to learn of the problems in the company. Brian Kocher is also very accessible and cares about the employees. Despite their roles in the company, both try to make real connections with the employees.

    Security: Chiquita hates to fire anyone....even if it is needed.

    Learning: Working at Chiquita will allow you to learn so much about the produce industry. No one would ever think bananas are so fascinating, fast-paced, and complicated. Your job skills will definitely increase because of the ability to learn so much.

    Diversity: A wonderful melting pot of people and cultures. A very modern approach.

    Cons

    Training: There seems to be no organized training in place at Chiquita. Training consists of shadowing those who do the job, if available and being thrown right in to work. Many departments lack actual training manuals and SOPs to go by. The transition to Charlotte came with many workers not transferring in. As a result, the new workers had to basically figure out how to a job that was often completely foreign to them.

    Workload: The workload is immense, to say the least. Everyone seems to be doing at least the job of a minimum of two people. Most of the time its more. It is not uncommon to work through lunch and breaks. Overtime is commonplace but overtime pay is not. The workload is uneven, meaning that those that can are expected to and those that can't .....they are not. If you are good at your job, Chiquita will keep giving you more work but do not expect any more compensation. For some reason supervisors feel that verbally acknowledging your hard work is compensation enough. There is miraculously never enough money in the budget to reward you for your work.

    Benefits: The benefits in 2012-14 were amazing, especially price but 2015 benefits have now caught u with the rest of the typical corporate world and are much more expensive.

    Work/ Life Balance: What is life?

    Parking: No parking deductions, credits, etc... 100.00 per month to park at Nascar (this is the discount) Parking across the street is 80.00.

    Compensation/Titles: Chiquita is very smart in how they pay and title employees. the titles do not fit the actual duties performed. This allows Chiquita to severely underpay the employees by using common job titles and paying employees a little more that the job title pays in the area. Therefore, Chiquita pay seems higher but the prospective employee is not aware of the tremendous workload that they have signed on for. Once hired, you quickly realize that you are doing the work of many and the pay is far below what should be paid. The job title also does not match the duties performed. When you stop and compare what you do at Chiquita with other competitors job descriptions and pay ranges, you quickly realize you are being underpaid.

    Growth and Advancement: Be very afraid if you are great at your job because middle management will limit your growth in order to make them look good. Other opportunities pursued will miraculously disappear.

    Advice to Management

    Please monitor middle management!!!!! You are missing amazing workers, talent, and growth potential. You are trusting your subordinates and they have personal goals and objectives. Corporate America is very competitive. Lets be honest, those of you on the 16th floor are not worried about competition below you, as we are no where near your pay bracket. I believe you really want to make the company work. If Chiquita works, you benefit. What you fail to realize is that those beneath you want so desperately to be in your position that promoting true talent and supporting talent is scary for them. There is an obvious stratified environment in your company.
    Chiquita is a perfect example of capitalism. There is an obvious Proletariat and bourgeoisie. Capitalism is a beautiful thing, if people have the true opportunity to work hard and benefit from their work. The current environment at Chiquita supports the theories of those who oppose capitalism because the working class is being used and exploited by the ruling class. As a result, you have unhappy workers who feel used and lack optimism about the future. Hopefully the new owners of the company will value those who work hard for the company and reward them.
    Despite the cons, Chiquita has so much potential and some of the best people. It can be turned around and be great.


  11. "Quality Assurance Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technician
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The job was very interesting and it was great learning more about how corporate labs work. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Communication between departments was lacking. Upper management looks down upon hourly workers. There are no set hours for shifts which made it impossible to have life outside of work. No employee recognition and sub par pay.



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