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Dean Foods Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits uniforms supplied (in 22 reviews)

  • They offer good pay, tons of options for additional benefits at fairly reasonable costs and I have to say they do treat employees fairly (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Managers and Supervisors all work long hours to get their work done - it is expected of them; there is no 8 hour day (in 20 reviews)

  • Unprofessional upper management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Driver"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    Garnteed 40. Hours. Decent equipment to drive

    Cons

    Communication is not really good. Should offer better training


  2. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of work been laid off

  3. "Fifty fifty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and health benefits

    Cons

    Off days not together and seemingly forced dispatch after rout

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people and stop the favortism


  4. "Key Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Akron, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Spent 17 years of my life here. Good old boys club. Limited growth opportunities for women. Full of men 55+. Do not recognize need for succession planning. 55-70 year old males all protecting each other’s jobs.

    Advice to Management

    They have to be open. They are not open to understanding. I’ll pass on giving advice.


  5. "Grocery Bagger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    Good environment for workers to be in

    Cons

    Very mass management so there isnt much oversight

    Advice to Management

    just look after your employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    "One day at time"

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    Current Employee - Processor in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Processor in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ok place to work. Pay is fair for the job, benefits are better than average. Coworkers are like family and hold the plant together.

    Cons

    As of late, we come to work not knowing what each day will bring. Supervisors have left, managers have gone, and not one replaced. With Walmart building the new dairy in Indiana, it’s safe to say the Louisville plant will close. When Dallas tells us...well, we don’t know

    Advice to Management

    We are all adults! Dallas needs to step up and let us know when the Louisville plant will close


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Merchandiser"

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Franklin Park, IL
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Franklin Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dean Foods part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work independently, flexible hours. Building great relationships with stores in your assigned territory.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. Pick up the slack of other lazy employees. No paid time off, insurance. No opportunity for advancement. They don’t reimburse for oil changes, tire changes, wear and tear on your personal vehicle. Unprofessional upper management.

  8. "Sr. Finance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very strong and talented Finance team.

    Cons

    Lack of visibility and detail from the ELT team.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Problem with “Silo” Management"

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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 Dean Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Front line management and RSR work with each other as a team to provide service to the customers.

    Cons

    The “silo” management with conflicting objects to reach the overall goal for the company which is profitability. No cross functioning communication between departments in the “silo” environment.

    Advice to Management

    The overall goal is to make money by any means necessary is understandable. However, when restructuring non essential people still have a job with no clear responsibilities. Communication between sales and distribution needs to happen. The distribution management has first hand knowledge of the market not the sales representative. To make the company more profitable by selling more needs to put in the hands of the distribution management team. A clear and transparent “chain of command” with responsibilities will make for tensions to subside in the “silo” environment.


  10. "dairy labor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbury, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbury, MN

    I worked at Dean Foods (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    there is no pros to working there

    Cons

    horrible job, horrible, horrible horible


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