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Dole Food Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Loved the company."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dole Food full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is all about great quality food and sustainability. The people I worked with were great.

    Cons

    The owner, David Murdock is well past his prime, yet he doesn't seem to know it or what to believe it. He's sends the management team and ultimately the staff on one chase after another instead of allow the company to do what it does best and that is to focus on great products and improving efficiency of all related processes.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Murdock to retire. Get DeLorenzo back!


  2. "Tough job, but good for summer work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Wahiawä, HI
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Wahiawä, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dole Food full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very organized, pretty understanding about requesting time off, all management staff are nice. No mean people. You have a set schedule and never work more than a half hour past closing. I enjoyed the customer interaction too.

    Cons

    Very physical work, constantly lifting boxes, restocking the retail store, serving long lines of food and beverage customers. Very little room for promotion. From the position of summer associate you basically have the option of becoming full time in the same position or moving to cashier, which pays the same but less physical work. The only upward promotion I saw when working there was moving up to being a cook.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "You get out what you put in"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dole Food full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great people, competitive salary and benefits. Opportunities for those willing to work hard to earn it. The WLV HQ office is 5-star and it's cafe offers some of the healthiest, best tasting fare in town.

    Cons

    Not always in agreement with Sr Mgmt but always aligned and committed to supporting their initiatives and vision.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those in your reporting chain.


  4. "Base wage, hard work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Support in Wahiawä, HI
    Former Employee - Summer Support in Wahiawä, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dole Food full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gain experience in food service and retail at the same time, a lot of exposure in the tourism industry. You'll become an expert at making a perfect ice cream cone. The company is fairly well run.

    Cons

    Work is very physical. A lot of restocking and dishwashing. Constantly moving and standing, which can be difficult if not used to it. Very little opportunity for promotion. There is a large stagger between management and workers.


  5. "A good place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of "wordly" exposure

    Cons

    Corporate environment with long waits before career advancement


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Must be willing to drink the Kool Aid"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    Corporate culture of honesty and even handedness that I support. Healthy products I can believe in. Senior management at DFV has made good on its promises and has a clear direction. The employees are dedicated and contientious.

    Cons

    Recent culture of overworking many employees to bring down costs. Long term burnout and poor decision making are starting to show. Middle managment in my dept. seems unfocused and incapable of making and sticking to a decision.

    Advice to Management

    Start to consider the long term effects the current cost cutting has on employee ability to make good decisions and on burnout. Focus on training and retaining employees and bringing up their skills rather than outsourcing or 'hiring' competence.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Management of a Great Brand Name"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Location - you can't go wrong being in the Santa Monica Mountains and 10 miles north of Malibu.
    - Work Life balance is nice because I live close to work, not the same story for my coworkers.
    - Nice building to work in.

    Cons

    - Company expects brand name to carry it to success.
    - Management doesn't financially support the growth of the brand.
    - Most employees work here because it is in the location they want to live.
    - Very inefficient.
    - Reactionary vs. visionary company.
    - Focused on stuffing ourselves into a niche that hinders financial growth.
    - No leadership development resulting in some key leadership positions being filled with incompetent leaders
    - No true accountability or execution.
    - Uninspiring
    - California is beautiful but expensive, especially when we haven’t received a bonus for the past number of years in order to pay down company debt

    Advice to Management

    Understand that people will make or break a company. Dole is a great brand, but it is deteriorating because of the middle management. Some Key Managers in the habit of using band-aids to hide their own poor decisions and weaknesses.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "dole food"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    there are few lay offs and high level of security. most jobs are not challenging or stressful, get free fruit

    Cons

    no opportunites to grow, no innovation, very backwards and old fashion, not a lot of training opportunites offered, only senior management has a say in what goes on , no flex time schedules or work from home options (in practice, theory maybe)

    Advice to Management

    get with the times! employee satisfaction and work life balanace leds to a great success for the company, work with people and their lives/desire


  9. "Good place to start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enterprise, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enterprise, AL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very solid place to work with great co workers and opportunities. I did like the Career Opportunities. But the communication between compensation workers and Senior leadership was second to none.

    Cons

    Long hours and physical labor were just a few cons. The work life balance was pretty good but It could have been better. The pay was low for the amount of work that was expected of you on a day to day basis. With an education this job may have been better for me but i was treated with fairness and respect. The senior leadership could have been stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers


  10. "IT Professional"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dole Food full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Healthy Products for Consumers

    Cons

    Technology utilized by the company is dated


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