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Darling International Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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Darling International Chairman and CEO Randall C. Stuewe
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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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    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. "Maintenance Manager"

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    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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Great place to work for"

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

    I worked at Darling International full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes get lost in the mix

    Advice to Management

    Know your team


  6. "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.


  7. "Constant"

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    Current Employee - Grease Driver in Bastrop, TX
    Current Employee - Grease Driver in Bastrop, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always have steady work. Management is family oriented. Good health insurance. Paid holidays. Local runs. Home every night. Work 4 days a week. Overtime every week

    Cons

    Manager can be hard to to deal with at times. Notes written about accounts by drivers are not regarded. You have to work in the elements

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to what your employees are saying and take some actions based on our input.

  8. "Plant mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No down time,all ways busy year round work

    Cons

    Benefits,pay,don't care how hard you work,always mad about something

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like there slaves
    And promote the guys that have been there from the start.


  9. "Dar Pro Rating"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Byram, MS
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Byram, MS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok for the economic area, benefits are great, the environment is very lax. Not a high stress environment.

    Cons

    Pay is decent but could be better for the conditions and the environment you work in and are exposed to on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they'll take care of you. Spread the wealth and it'll return to you twenty times over.


  10. "Truck driver"

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good company good people and friends

    Cons

    Long hours and nights but worth it come pay day

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees better


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