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Updated April 17, 2017
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  • Company is growing too fast, playing catch up (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor work-life balance: Very demanding and unpredictable schedule due to poor planning (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Consolidations Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Watsonville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with in all departments.

    Cons

    A lot of food and berries.


  2. "Old boys club: Favoritism and Nepotism over values and hard-working"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Watsonville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, hard- working and passionate employees.
    Company growing, so many new opportunities.
    Free food and travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Limited career growth: Great for a few selected favorites, not for hard-workers. Too much favoritism and very few employees promoted from within.
    Poor work-life balance: Very demanding and unpredictable schedule due to poor planning.
    Values are deteriorating fast.

    Advice to Management

    Top Leadership needs to align on strategy and priorities rather than creating new initiatives every year.
    Culture and values are deteriorating very fast.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Just be aware about these things before joining"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most delightful strawberries and raspberries in the world.
    Inspiring grower community that give it all every day.

    Cons

    Heavily on nepotism and favoritism. It is really about who your sponsor is; if you are not in their club you will go nowhere. It is a true old boy’s club.
    Leadership lacks diversity, even when Mexico and Morocco are the production engines and the revenue generators, but everything is a US and/or Dutch’s centric.
    Very appealing company values and vision, on paper, but they are not truly in the executive team’s hearts and actions.
    CEO is too obsessed about reaching a certain revenue number. So, the company is too operational driven, and it is about becoming a bigger player does not matter what; quality used to be the focus, now it is just about quantity.
    Large bureaucracy, too many managers who want to be part of decision, not enough workers to execute.

    Advice to Management

    They don’t care, this is just a watch up for new joiners.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "R&D Farm Manager."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Farm Manager in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Farm Manager in Oxnard, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company. benefits with lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Bad leadership. Not focused on people.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the things that make you money.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Company of nepotism, club members, and brown noses with paper values."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ok benefits berries some opportunities .

    Cons

    Horrible management at all levels. Supervisors delegating everything down. No matter how skilled or years of experience if you are not in their club you will go nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Your script is not working. Replace, move, fire stagnant supervisors.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great for certain people and personalities, stifling for others"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The berries are great.
    Comfortable work environment.
    Well-stocked kitchen.
    Great opportunities for international travel.
    Interesting mix of people from all over the world, especially Latin America.
    Good compensation packages, especially as you advance.
    Low stress. The company is so successful that people have to invent things to be stressed about (basically, the speed at which plans can be executed).
    Great tools.
    Easy to stand out.
    Easy reverse commute from Santa Cruz area.
    If you want a comfortable, stable, not that interesting career, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    The business is predicated on people picking berries in a field for low wages.
    Large bureaucracy.
    Above average emphasis on hierarchy.
    Constant delays in reorganization "because we have to hire X executive position, and then see what they want to do".
    Groupthink culture, not a culture of individualism.
    Slow-moving. Lots of meetings about plans about plans.
    Many emperors without clothes: managers who have just stayed long enough to be promoted without displaying competence.
    Focus on internal advancement coupled with rapid growth means that a lot of the longtime employees just aren't qualified for their roles in a large company.
    Lot of behind the scenes shuffling of low-quality employees between areas.

    Advice to Management

    The company is wildly successful so they are doing something right. In order to retain and attract high-quality employees and managers, encourage more individualism at the company. Tone down the counterproductive internal advancement policy. Hire people who have worked in industries outside of ag. Discourage meetings where 12 people sit in a room taking notes on what one person thinks about an issue.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Never work in a place with this kind of Nepotism"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    salary good
    good food and lunch
    good benefits

    Cons

    a lot nepotism
    with good values in a paper and the wall, but not with the people
    bad managers everywhere

    Advice to Management

    I don't think they really care.

    Driscoll’s Response

    May 18, 2016 – SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

    First, thank you for the feedback. As a current employee, it is disappointing to hear your opinion of leadership at Driscoll’s. We believe in leadership at all levels within the company and that ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Current state"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Management Analyst in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Management Analyst in Watsonville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is growing fast, lots of opportunities globally.

    Cons

    Company is growing too fast, playing catch up.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Extremely demanding, good benefits, life-work balance is very unbalanced"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customs Compliance Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Customs Compliance Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, growing company, hq has a great office, snacks/drinks are free, global company, distribution centers all over the world

    Cons

    Demanding, work-life balance is uneven, you are expected to work 24/7 with no real time trade off, everyone is talking behind each others back and pointless meetings are the norm. Even directors are in to gossip and most of the people working there have been there for too long, they are used to do things their way and anything new is not even tried. Most have been moving up the ladder because of the time and "passion" they have demonstrated, meaning mostly they will say yes to anything at any time. No real preparation or education and people who have are coming from outside are seen as slackers because they will not say yes. Most employees are either divorced or headed towards that because of the amount of time you are expected to put in.

    Advice to Management

    Start by looking in to the workload for the employees, give enough personal time and trade off being exempt does not mean you are tied to your email and phone.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "average employment experience not best place to work but not bad either -only game in town so think twice before moving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global company , growth potential is amazing slow and steady. deep rooted values that come from the family home and exist in all employees. low turnover which is bad also. love consuming fruit in all the fields and all the offices daily. real friendly people. family values. passion trust humility. soren bjorn rules. miles rieter inspiring. gives you goosebumps every time you talk to the guy. he is brilliant. they don't make people like that anymore. not around that often has memory and strength like an elephant. - fruit volume is exponential - you cannot grow enough to keep up with demand. that is a double edged sword because no matter what (other than water and weather) the berries are like gold and sell like hot cakes.

    Cons

    Employees don't follow all the values specially Trust. A lot of passive aggressive behavior in many areas and regions. management is not watching carefully. High turnover in many departments like HR and Finance. stay away. too many clicks. favoritism runs a muck. hire who you know. people talk secretly constantly and these insiders thrive while the newer people are eaten alive. company and pace is not as fast as many other companies in this day and age. very slow decision making. people are passionate but only about working there and having a stable job that pays a good wage yet nobody is passionate about changing things. many most don't know any better. this is their first and last job. lot of average skill level with bigger lip service than results.

    Advice to Management

    challenge everyone who has worked there more than five years. change their jobs. tenured employees too comfortable in their roles. invest more in employees - career development learning opportunities. broaden equity participation. communicate more. upgrade leadership. only offer organic fruit to employees - treat them well they are your biggest asset.



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