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Darling International Reviews

Updated June 22, 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. "Maintenance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Darling International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for promotion and increased responsibilities

    Cons

    Long hours most times, very hard to balance work and family life

    Advice to Management

    Cut down overtime for hourly employees to increase profit margin.


  2. "Large company with many moving parts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cold Spring, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cold Spring, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Darling International full-time

    Pros

    I appreciate the Cold Spring office. There are benefits to working at regional offices you won't find at plants (which would be a con , I suppose, if you worked at a plant). You get free lunch, free access to an on-site gym with adequate equipment and showers, and the people are generally friendly. Compensation is adequate and there is a possibility of an annual bonus, depending on personal review and whether or not the company meets its business goals. Benefits seem fair (401K with employer match, medical, vision, dental), tuition reimbursement (must work at least 1 year before this kicks in, max of $3K in a calendar year), etc. I feel like I have been treated fairly and my hard work is noticed and appreciated.

    Cons

    In such a large company with so many teams and moving parts, any pros or cons will be biased depending on which department you work for and your manager. In my case, I am a hard work and feel like I am treated very fairly by my manager. For the most part, though, it seems like the more advanced roles you take on, the more disgruntled, stressed out, and frustrated people become. I honestly can't think of 1 person at Cold Spring in the IT department besides me that's generally happy with their job. I see and hear people figuratively (and literally) throwing their hands up in the air on and almost daily basis. That's pretty disconcerting.

    PTO is not good compared to other large, publicly traded companies. Vacation time is obnoxious at first. You accrue vacation time when you first get hired, then your first full calendar year is only something like a max of 5 days. That's pathetic and they don't explain that clearly in the interviews or onboarding process. Your second full calendar year is when you finally get 2 paid weeks of vacation time. With few exceptions (such as regional account managers who obviously don't have a company office), working from home is technically not allowed. You are at the mercy of your manager when it comes to making adjustments in your schedule or working from home if you have no other choice (like sick kids) since you have such little vacation, PTO, and sick days (I think you literally only get 1 or 2 sick days until you have worked 5 full calendar years).

    There is practically no push for team building (there are still people on my team I've never met), company events, or general employee morale boosting events of any kind.

    Advice to Management

    The only thing I can think of from my experience is to be more competitive with paid time off (better vacation, personal days, sick days) and actually making working from home or flex time an option.


  3. "What you would expect from a large public company"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Midwest, WY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Midwest, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy. Good work life balance. Biggest in the business. Decent pay for what is expected. If you want low expectations and minimal training/supervision, now the time to get in.

    Cons

    Upper mgmt is stretched thin due to cutbacks. It's a dirty job, and far from glamorous. Promotions are rare. Downsizing sales staff to internal call centers, after laying off an entire call center.

    Advice to Management

    Upper mgmt party boys are wasting the companies money.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cold Spring, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cold Spring, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company offers awesome benefits - you will not find better in the area. The office is also in a pretty low traffic area so it's a generally stress free commute. There is also a corporate gym that is free for employee use.

    Cons

    Pay grade is not consistent across the company. Flexible hours and working from home is mostly non-existent unless you are shown favoritism from your supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better work-life balance by offering flex hours and work from home opportunities. Invest in the morale of your employees by hosting company functions.


  5. "Industry leader, competitive market"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home
    As long as you handle your business not micromanaged
    Attainable goals
    Decent compensation
    Decent benefits
    Good hours as customers aren't in till 10AM

    Cons

    Acquisition has led to discourse (people resistant to change)
    Tightening expenses
    Too worried abt stockholders instead of employees
    Limited room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Listen to reps when developing yearly incentive package. Reward top performers accordingly. Increase merit raises


  6. "Too many chiefs, and too many OLD chiefs."

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independence with your job roll, but needed disipline for weekly results.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and no communication from Ops.

    Advice to Management

    More support and training is needed across the board and mainly in the office handling exsisting customer concerns and requests.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Big brother attitude overseeing you work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. The work is hard and the job should be around for some time. The city is working with the company to build a new plant for biofuel.

    Cons

    Wages are a little low for the area. Big brother watching. Lots of new rules and paper work. Word of mouth is the only way of finding out anything. Poor training, learn as you go. Hours are long.

    Advice to Management

    Let the workers do their jobs and be more encourageing not looking for wrong doings. Show some kindness just hello would go a long way. More information of the new going ons would be nice.


  8. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall benefits are pretty decent

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company, lots of opportunities, integration of technologies, travel, international presence, and some good people

    Cons

    Muddled direction, policies, ownership of responsibilities, some finger pointing and limited cross-scope exchange


  10. "Good Experience"

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work place

    Cons

    Low Pay and working long hours

    Advice to Management

    need to quit micro managing


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