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Darling International Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Apr 20, 2015

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3.1
55%
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Darling International Chairman and CEO Randall C. Stuewe
Randall C. Stuewe
36 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great co-workers, good benefits and the latest gadgets-Ipad, Iphone(in 5 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, good pay, annual pay raises(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours most times, very hard to balance work and family life(in 9 reviews)

  • "Upper management lacks fundamental leadership skills(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "I recommend this job for short term only."

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darling International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You run the show for the most part! Good base salary and health benefits plus mileage reimbursement. iPad, iPhone, nice free work shirts, and laptop with sales force are also a plus. Always in restaurants meaning some owners give you free food.

    Cons

    Upper management lacks fundamental leadership skills Operations will throw you under the bus and communication is terrible Company has a bad rap with all big chain fast food restaurants that are not customers so opportunities for new business in large quantity are low/ nonexistent. You will not land big chains unless competitor screws up Customers resist signing new equipment contracts as they are one sided and carry too much risk Service side and operations are slow to react to customer issues and do not care No opportunity for growth and no rewards for big accounts high revenue accounts. You can work some serious margins in a contract and won't be compensated Company will make you file police reports since theft of their product is rampant. 5 per week is quota which could take 10 to 15 hours per week of non revenue generating work All or nothing commission strategy, meaning you need to hit a, b, and c. Aka no commission for you Leadership thinks what works in Cold Springs corporate works in CA. No market research is taken into consideration and there last project flopped and next one will too. Absolutely no differentiation from the competition and charge more than competition for grease trap cleaning which customers see no value in. Lowest price wins in the business or for purchasing cooking oil highest price wins. The containers you provide will not fit in some locations which will force you to walk from business. 401k contribution is pathetic. Just remember, this company use to own a huge market share and lost it due to is lack of service, stubbornness to pay for product, and do nothing approach when the price of the oil raised several years ago. They were not picking up the phones when customers called. It will be decades and new leadership before they are able to gain market share within So Cal again.

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    Advice to Management

    Time is the only thing that will change this management. Advice to management is... don't do that when your employed. Sadams regime

    Darling International2014-04-26
  2. "Account Executive"

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    Account Executive in Cincinnati, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say about this company.

    Cons

    You've been Warned! Everything negative written to date here is all true. Lots of arrogance. Very inexperienced uneducated upper management. Quick to point a finger without taking ownership for their own short comings. Not a clue on how to design a compensation structure or manage for success.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house Randell. Your management team is failing you! There is a reason the company is not growing like you should. I assure you. Your profits and growth to date is all smoke and mirrors.

    Darling International2015-04-20
  3. "Worse back stabbing company to work for! Look else where!!"

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

    I worked at Darling International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Only pro is that you are on the road.

    Cons

    Darling in probably the worst company I worked for! They treat their account managers terrible, throw you under the bus and get ride of you when ever they want. Even if you do a great job it doesn't matter. If upper management has a grudge with you, watch out! They lie and make things up just to throw you under the bus. I would never recommend this company and their unprofessionalism. They don't care about there people or customers just the bottom line. Their grease equipment my is sub par at best and they are not competitive in the market. Don't waste your time, look else where. You'll be doing yourself a big favor! Worst company to work for period!

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    Advice to Management

    They suck! Period! Stop lying and throwing people under the bus.

    Darling International2015-04-07
  4. Helpful (4)

    "WORST UPPER MANAGEMENT EVER - Thank goodness I found out before investing too much time!"

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    Customer Relationship Specialist in Cold Spring, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Darling International

    Pros

    Very talented lower echelon people working really hard to drive innovative initiatives to improve the company. Friendly, but driven so hard settling in, getting to know them and connecting is impossible.

    Cons

    Family business that was all about it's people and customers was sold and now operated and managed by people that care ONLY about how much upper management can make. Benefits and pay are substandard. Management makes decisions on the fly without much thought. Example: Thousands of dollars invested to create a department and hire 10 employees. After 9 months the department manager told they are doing a fantastic job. In mid Dec. 2014 he is told they would all get a raise after the first of the year and a meeting was scheduled to discuss the raises and goals for the team. Two weeks later on Jan 5th 2015 upper management calls an "impromptu meeting" and tells all of them they are without a job effective immediately, the department is being eliminated, there will be no severance, benefits will cease that day.

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    Advice to Management

    Consider the hard work and talent that enables them to be where they are, making the salary they do. Remember these are human beings that invest time and energy and at the very least deserve respect. It is possible to run a successful company and maintain integrity and compassion but only if the right people are in charge. Lastly, consider adopting a RECYCLING program. I was shocked to see they do not recycle given the fact it is basically what their business is all about. Recycling for the sake of making money is just as important as recycling to save the planet.

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    Darling International2015-03-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "its too bad they treat employees (back bone) of the business bad."

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

    I worked at Darling International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    i can honestly say the employees and lower management are super good people, the beneifits are good, the work is for certain people like any job someone has to do it and the ones employeed do it well.

    Cons

    as a long term employee i have seen alot of people and and i watched the company grow at a rapid speed. things are changing every day the struggle with keeping up with change is a downside to work for the company. the lack of leadership and the down talking and the way they have become is in no way shape or form worth the stress that can be throwed on a person, we have upper management that really doesnt understand what the workers actually do in the field. i think if upper managment had to work in the field for one week they would have a whole new look at the business. they need to put the shoe on the other foot and take a real look how they treat people. as a manager myself i never ttreated my employees the way i was treated. understanding companies are in business to make money but with out the workers there wouldnt be any money. i hope one day they finally see the light.

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    Advice to Management

    ceo and vices, have a come to jesus meeting with regionals, they are driving away your workers.

    Darling International2014-08-07
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