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Dean Foods Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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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. "Order Assembly"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Take the good with the bad"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Alta Dena"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, reasonable office hours, Sunday off, safety program, holiday incentives, loyal customers (what's left of them) , good customer support department (customer service and drivers), location, secure facility.

    Cons

    Inconsistent lower management. Managers create uncomfortable work environment by creating their own rules. Interpretation of attendance policy is rigid. Not calling in 2 hours before start time results in direct write up when there is no shift work in the office to cover. Reporting things to HR bears no results but forms of retaliation by direct supervision. Supply chain is failing but management does nothing to improve because warehouse managers take correction personally instead of looking how to correct the issue. Customers are constantly shorted on products resulting in loss of contracts/ Customers. Guiding principles are only applied to hourly employees but supervising staff seems to be free from requiring integrity. Divisive team environment when new companies are acquired. Unreceptive to criticism or employee suggestions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking things personally and work toward improvement as a whole unit with other departments. Be an example of the guiding principles & code of conduct if you're planning on enforcing them. Do something with results from employee round table discussions, otherwise they're a waste of time. Clarify interpretations of policies. Work on product shortages with purchasing, production and loading. Foodservice products always run out during the holidays because purchasing & production use the same numbers from last year when the same products ran out last year.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    one of the better jobs in stg.

    Cons

    no real advancement. beat around the bush to try and save themselves money. if you work here make sure you get paid for the right amount for the actual job you are doing.

    Advice to Management

    give more raises. been here a year and a half and got no raise.


  5. "Branch manager"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay, good people at the non corporate level, hard work, Good equipment, union and non union locations, rules are followed when it suits them.

    Cons

    Work you to death never happy, cut you lose if they need to cut costs, no concern about people , Sales team in non existing, they keep losing business and seem clueless as to why.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do what you expect everyone else to do.


  6. "KAM - Key Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kam
    Current Employee - Kam
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large network of operations throughout the country, good training and salary.

    Cons

    Too much broad corporate directives / vision, taking away from the regional/local perspectives, which works to grow the company.

    Advice to Management

    Less accounting, more heart! DFS needs their employees to grow this business, not numbers.


  7. "Maintenance"

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    Current Employee - Maint in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Maint in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay day shift hours

    Cons

    No holidays off have to work all have to wait 1 and half years for vacation

    Advice to Management

    Break Union

  8. "Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dean Foods full-time

    Pros

    Because in my country I was a quality food engineer.

    Cons

    That I don't really know how it works.


  9. "Quality Assurance Technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Marietta, OH
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Marietta, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the work and the pay is competitive. I actually look forward to going to work everyday. Fast paced environment. Plan on working!

    Cons

    Coworkers tend to be very lackadaisical. Work load can be shifted to person who is dependable. Not enough people in position


  10. "Deans food of Decatur Indiana"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They care for there employees

    Cons

    More pay for the his would be better

    Advice to Management

    Rotate jobs


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