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Dean Foods Reviews

Updated February 11, 2018
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Ralph P. Scozzafava
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  • 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)

  • Upper management is unfair need to be reviewed (in 11 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. "Find a different employer"

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    Current Employee - Sales An
    Current Employee - Sales An
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy my job and what I do, and enjoy working with my immediate co-workers. There is not a little of micro-management.

    Cons

    The overall benefit package at this company is terrible. To be a "self funded" for insurance benefits, they require a lot of information. For instance you are required to have an annual physical, PLUS have a biometric screening (weight, bp, cholestrol, blood sugar, and nicotine testing). If any of those are out of the normal you are required to take accountable actions, or suffer enormous surcharges. If multiple conditions are present, thats multiple surcharges.
    There is no spousal coverage, if they are offered insurance through their work.
    They do not pay any out of network medical expenses.

    Advice to Management

    This company used to be a great place to work, and showed employees their value with an excellent benefit package. Since Ralph S. has taken over leadership this has changed tremendously. The company needs to align back to value their employees, and demonstrate this value through compensation & benefits. It's very sad how 1 person can change the dynamics and perception of a company in such a short period of time. To be a fortune 500 company you treat your employees like a mom and pop side store, barely able to pay the rent.

  3. "Good compensation, poor treatment of employees."

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, fast paced environment, learned a lot about the dairy industry.

    Cons

    Employees, along with food safety and quality, should come first. Unfortunatly headcount and expenses come first at Dean Foods.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the employees and realistic expectations rather than just the bottom line.


  4. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Credit Department in Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Credit Department in Johnson City, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Secure work environment. Benefits are comparable to most large companies. Vacation and holiday pay are more than most companies

    Cons

    Not known for promoting from within or encouraging any type of advancement within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the employees for the knowledge and skill set they have.


  5. "dont do it unless your hired on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in De Pere, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in De Pere, WI

    I worked at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    good pay and insurance benefits

    Cons

    temps are treated very badly

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the crybabies


  6. "Keep the machine running watch code dates constantly watching your freezers"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Toledo, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Decent benefits
    Work 4 10 hour shifts
    Off Friday thru Saturday
    Vacation time after 1 year
    Union to stand behind you

    Cons

    A lot of drama it’s like high school in this factory
    Lots of prejudice people here
    2nd shift is the worst
    Higher management upstairs don’t care to hear or know anything about what’s going on in the plant
    Corporate don’t seem to care when you call them to file a complaint
    And if you do tell be prepared for them to come after you and retaliate

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing into the drama and actually do your job


  7. "maintenance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    pay higher end and insurance cheap

    Cons

    1 1/2 years wait for vacation no holidays off have to work all a lot of overtime

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and nice coworkers

    Cons

    Continual decline of the company / industry


  9. "Order Assembly"

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    Current Employee - Order Selector in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, company to work for.

    Cons

    Good benefits 401k, medical benefits

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "Take the good with the bad"

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    Current Employee - Unappreciated Employee in O'Fallon, IL
    Current Employee - Unappreciated Employee in O'Fallon, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Union (Teamsters)
    Hourly wages start at $19.65 at line level
    Benefits are incredibly inexpensive
    Unlimited overtime available
    Relaxed environment of your work hard
    Relaxed disciplinary system (10 points)

    Cons

    Management plays favorites
    Lazy coworkers cause you to pickup their slack
    Inexperienced/Lazy supervisors
    Hard to balance work with family life
    Too many uncontrollable factors effect job performance

    Advice to Management

    Give proper shift change reports to other managers so they don't go on blind

    Get off you butts and make sure union employees get their jobs done, or make payroll room for a foreman to ensure this happens.

    When you overwork yourself senior staff the quality of their work goes down (inventory, replinishing, etc).

    Create a maintenance work order system with deadlines that require sign-off by mechanics and supervisors


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