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Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is prioritised and ensured to keep employees helaty and most efficient during wokr hours (in 26 reviews)

  • Les conditions de travail et les (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • However Danone work hard to try and reduce this by improving Work-Life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • surcharge de travail - sss sss sss (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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

    I worked at Danone full-time

    Pros

    401k and Benefits. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Can’t make a profit and won’t listen to employees. Attorneys are running the business and are clueless. Still chasing competition never understand why. Hiring young and laying off their highly skilled older reps.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the hole.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Collaborative team members but poor senior management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with
    People are talented and collaborative
    Strong brands

    Cons

    Senior management has vague vision and does not care about employees
    Office politics and not merit based promotions
    Limited career path given the management is all expats from the French HQ
    Expats expensing their outrageous living costs on company money and care less about interacting with local hires

    Advice to Management

    Start communicating with staff and make real change instead of showcasing empty promises and pretending to care at convention every year

  3. Helpful (5)

    "WhiteWave intergration has been challenging"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting products with lots of growth potential
    Incredible benefits (vacation, compensation)
    Constant change, lots of flexibility

    Cons

    The integration with WW has been really hard. People put into positions they weren't ready for, uneven workloads, impossible workloads, huge differences in compensation and benefits. Other cons - to advance you must be willing to relocate and probably to NY. It is a young organization. Minimal training as most employees start at larger CPG companies first. Lotus Notes. So much busy work - especially for the sales people.

    Advice to Management

    You are asking us to be patient as you work through the integration but the pressure is intense with no relief in site. Managers who are in over their heads are putting excessive pressure on their teams. The fact that we aren't meeting our numbers adds to the pressure. Watching senior management influx is worrisome - we've been on pins and needles for a year wondering if we will have jobs and that state of uncertainty continues. A lot of people are exploring their options elsewhere and are only staying at DWW because of compensation and benefits. Figure out a way to relieve pressure on us ASAP so we can function.

    Also, you have to find a way to allow people to move up in the organization without requiring relocation. During every meeting and call where career growth has been discussed lately, career progression has been promised with the caveat "you must be open to relocation." There are great employees who can't relocate or don't want to relocate to the NY area. Our major locations (NY, CO, CA) are in some of the most expensive locations in the US. There need to be career opportunities for those not interested in relocation.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Ok place to work"

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

    Pros

    Company pays well, lot's of opportunity.

    Cons

    Work life balance is non-existant for corporate jobs.


  5. Helpful (17)

    "Great Company & Career if you are French Only! All top level management is French!"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    entrepreneurial spirit in less established countries for their small teams, (dairy & yogurt division

    Cons

    ALL top management is French or at least a couple French Expats! This was the case in many geographies worldwide. Their website claims they are a diverse company but that is absolutely not true. Being French puts you at a huge advantage over your peers. In other multinational companies such as Kraft, Mondelez, Pepsi, Unilever see you a huge diversity when it comes to country of origin but not in Danone. If you're French, your career is limitless but if you're not French that is a huge obstacle. At higher levels, the French people who are typically upper management, start to congregate and speak French. In Asia you had a French person running at least operations & as the general manager at minimum. In China it was the worst I had seen globally as it was full of expats as directors: marketing director, supply chain director, logistics director, market research director, general manager, and the finance director. Globally, there are even positions for regular level managers who become expats even though they are less seasoned employees simply because they are French.

    Advice to Management

    More diversity! Too much French and especially French men at the top. Also, nepotism is huge. Which is a vicious cycle because at the end it is even more French people. This company is way behind other similar profile companies when it comes to diversity at the top levels.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very poor in team management and marketing plans."

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    Former Employee - Quality in Brazil, IN
    Former Employee - Quality in Brazil, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work. Good team relationship. Average income. Very good health insurance, strong HR presence. Coworkers are very committed in action plans, task forces.

    Cons

    The current manager usually achieved goals by threatening the employees, he doesn't know how to motivate his team. Poor marketing plans, courses prohibited. No growth plan. Bad process support.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback and team support. No threat!


  7. "very nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    friendly environment, nice management, there are always yogurts in the refrigerators for employees:)

    Cons

    employees salaries could be higher

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and increase salaries of your employees

  8. "Average"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Budapest (Hungary)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multinational company and very well known

    Cons

    Too much stress in closing times

    Advice to Management

    More visibility for career opportunities


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager at Danone HQ (Paris)"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Manager in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Danone full-time

    Pros

    - good basic salary and package vs french FMCG market
    - high level of responsabilities
    - though environment which enable young/mid manager to quickly discover real corporate life
    - ability to strongly anticipate business trends

    Cons

    - big gap between great HR values of previous Danone of the 90's and 2000's and the though reality of the current Danone (huge workload, selfish management, no HR vision in the long run)
    - french leaders, french leadership teams and lack of international talents

    Advice to Management

    HR, do not sell old Danone' values, because they are not here anymore.


  10. "Your Ethnicity matters a lot here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is very good
    New Office design is good

    Cons

    All growth opportunities only for particular set of people. Global only by name sake, in reality, they are not thinking global. Very very conservative.

    Advice to Management

    Think Global. Include Diversity in real, not just in paper. Measure the diversity spread at each level, not just at the lower levels. Please do an Org level Normalization and level down the difference


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