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Darling International Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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  • Long hours and nights but worth it come pay day (in 7 reviews)

  • Managements MANTRA in sales "If you don't regularly ride with a grease driver or walk your own plant then you can't sell" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darling International full-time

    Pros

    Home Office, decent pay and it's a fun and interesting job/ Industry when you don't have to hear from certain VP.

    Cons

    . Worst Micro Mgmt ever seen. No empowerment. No growth opportunities. If your considering a job West of Colorado think twice.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put people in a Executive position who have no experience.


  2. "Account Manager"

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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 Darling International full-time

    Pros

    Some freedom
    Very good co workers
    A lot of responsibility
    Rewarding if job done well
    Good health insurance
    Some customers are very pleasant
    Stability

    Cons

    Excessive change
    Learned 4-5 new sales processes in about a year
    Freedom isn't real there due to incredibly excessive micromanaging.
    Very large disconnect between senior leadership and account managers.
    Antiquated process for ordering indoor equipment.
    Virtually zero interest in developing employees for long term success.
    Asked to juggle way too many hats.
    Depending on your location, ops can be your best friend or your worst nightmare.
    Company's long term vision doesn't seem sustainable
    Ops has no respect for your time, efforts, or accomplishments.
    Lucky to get a 1-2% raise / year
    Bonus system is arbitrarily determined.
    No continual training or development

    Advice to Management

    Make the equipment ordering process more streamlined. Cut the lines of communication in ordering equipment so there is less of a chance of someone messing something up. Pay your account managers more, you can afford it. Have senior management ride along with account managers more so they will have a better idea of everything we really go through on a day to day basis. Back off the micromanaging practices. Trust that your employees know what they're doing without constant intervention. Don't try to inspire employees through fear of getting written up and coercion. Reward and acknowledge success and a job well done.

  3. "Lab Technician"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Ankeny, IA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Ankeny, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Darling International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly drama free, stress free, happy work environment.

    Cons

    Unclear expectations and socially inept people.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more clearly about certain expectations and if you're displeased with a persons performance.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Regional Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good benefits and the latest gadgets-Ipad, Iphone

    Cons

    Poor corporate vision and even worse execution the their "current plan". Sales is a stepchild and operations the king. Managements MANTRA in sales "If you don't regularly ride with a grease driver or walk your own plant then you can't sell". Now having said that, sales is expected to make a gazillion sales and record in SALESFORCE...you tell me if your performance is based on call activity why in heck$)T^#@#% would one want to fricking ride in a grease truck regularly??? Immature Global organization that thinks it a big bird but like a peacock, when it lets its feathers down(employees get to know the company) its just a disappointing scrawny bird.

    Advice to Management

    Hire back everyone you've ran off because they dared bring energy and innovation despite not smelling like a McDonalds hamburger grease!!!


  5. "Regional Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid for expenses and really never bothered you bc they are to busy caring about themselves and not the employees or the customers.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and in to many different industries for you to give the customer a better service opportunity. layoff and never know the security of your job. Horrible management all on different pages.

    Advice to Management

    Communication!!!!! We are in a economic crisis and all they want to do is monopolize all markets. This is why your in debt and have employees properly trained! Keep in the market you are good at that's oil. 140 years to get greedy over money when you could be more successful being honest with yourselves. Corporate needs to take a look at the bigger picture on the definition of success. stay true to the people that work for you still lack of communication with employees gets customers want to leave as they are now and will continue to. Horrible moral values.


  6. "Not the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There aren't a lot of pro's to working for this company. If I had to say something I would say that the enthusiasm that management holds for the business is inspiring.

    Cons

    Left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing
    Employee training
    Pay
    Each individual plants acts like it's own company. There is no uniformity of procedures.
    Customers get confused about all the different brands

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees better. Work on more streamlined procedures. Get everyone on the same page.


  7. "Regional Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The job is very easy.

    Cons

    There is very little professional development taking place.

    Advice to Management

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Bottom line before employees' well being"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cold Spring, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cold Spring, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darling International part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the former Griffin Industries building as a customer service representative. Everything was great at first. Catered lunch, flexible hours, thorough training, good coworkers. Griffin was a place I was proud to work at. Which is why it pains me to write in the con section.

    Cons

    At first the work was compensated fairly, then they started adding more responsibilities, taking advantage us. Once Griffin was bought out by this company, employees were not treated the same. Griffin was focused on customer service and quality. Employees were taken care of well. Once we hit the new year, our Irving boss who oversaw my department was flown out from Texas to Kentucky just to lay off my whole department with absolutely no notice (they made the decision 2 weeks prior). We were instructed to return our badges, not to touch our computers, and to leave. My opinion of this company went from very high to extremely low. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone else who works there.

    Advice to Management

    Darling's color isn't just green due to their eco friendly nature. It's also a clear representation of their greedy values.


  9. "Incompetent GM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Darling International full-time

    Pros

    Work with good people. Compensation is Decent. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership (GM) is horrible!! Complete lack of direction. Treats people like their beneath him.
    Middle managers and the labor....are what keep that facility, running.
    GM needs to remember the golden rule!!

    Advice to Management

    Teach your GM's HEPA Laws, mentoring, HR & last, but not least---PEOPLE SKILLS!!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Underappreciated company to work for if you are on the front lines"

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    Former Employee - Driver in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Driver in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Darling International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The business is one that will always be needed but Darling may not always be there if the numbers aren't high enough. The pay is just underpayed for the work but one can learn how to do the work and get a better job elseware.

    Cons

    The company is making millions of dollars, check on the stock market, yet it cheaps its non-management workers and is continueing to takeaway many benefits that have kept the good employees working there for less pay that could be made elseware. There is no recognition for the work done, everything is about the numbers. Management is continueing to change and may even change its name as it is getting to big.

    Advice to Management

    Recoginize all your employees as people as it did when Darling was a lot smaller, friendlier company. This conglomerite that you have built is terible for its employees as the stockholders and higher management have gotten gready. The customers it serves are recognizing this and many are going elseware for their services. Happy employees will get and keep satisfied customers.


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