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Danone Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. 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!

  3. Helpful (16)

    "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.


  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 (4)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, but poor management team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, good work life balance

    Cons

    Poor IT systems, poor project management, euro model not suitable for Asia Pac, culture not healthy

    Advice to Management

    Need to balance the experience with youth. Improve IT systems.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Paced, Young Company, Nobody Knows what they are doing"

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    Former Employee - High Turnover in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - High Turnover in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can be promoted very quickly. We have seen secretaries promoted to entry level positions in marketing, supply chain, and sales in less than six months. But that is also a possible sign of finding a lack of qualified applicants from outside.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. The company has the lowest score for employee satisfaction feedback surveys annually. Managers and directors have no long term vision or experience when put into their positions. It is a mess and creates a bad environment for growth, so you end up looking for other opportunities.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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

    I worked at Danone full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, interesting work, nice collegues.

    Cons

    HR people are not so nice, be ready to be overworked for no real compensation.


  9. "Good learning ground, limited possibilities for a middle age managers"

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

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

    Pros

    -Exciting projects, businesses and brands
    -Friendly atmosphere
    -Salary on the good average compare to other companies in the food industry and high incentives
    -Good work life balance

    Cons

    -Competitive but not so rewarding environment: competition among managers is encouraged but few development opportunities are offered This results in a high level of turnover after 3, 4 years of experience
    -Short careers (nearly no managers above 40)
    -Lack of processes


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very bad culture in Dubai Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free yogurt and water. nuthing else

    Cons

    Too much internal politics , extremely bad management, HR behavior appalling.
    Incompetent people at management level

    Advice to Management

    senior management needs to be changed in Dubai


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