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Updated September 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Values oriented company, great work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Great overall company culture and a lot of great opportunities to grow and learn (in 7 reviews)

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

  • The lack of company values by these individuals made me wonder if I was still working at the same place (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time

    Pros

    Culture, People, growing industry and opportunities

    Cons

    Challenges to traditional business models


  2. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, supportive coworkers, most are passionate. Many resources put into developing people.

    Cons

    Favoritism, change in leadership has lost grower trust, politics.

    Advice to Management

    Gain back grower trust for a healthy collective future.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company Growing Fast and Hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong commitment to building community and giving back. Gives back to the communities it operates in. Employee Matching for donations. Matching of 401K.

    Cons

    Culture is changing fast as new hires begin to out number those who have been there for 10+ years. Losing attachment to core values that were once so central to everyday decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Hang on tight to the culture, it is slipping. Embrace and encourage the family and friends sentiment.


  4. "So-So"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time

    Pros

    The people are AMAZING!!! The company has great programs for community involvement, they look out for the growers and harvesters and work hard to help AG industry concerns and problems. Values are a big part of what they do - passion, trustworthiness and honesty.

    Cons

    The amount of work is unrealistic. Everyone always says "I have a lot on my plate" yet nothing is done to help keep work manageable. Management ranges from excellent to not so much. Expectations are often hard to reach and maintain. Values are not holistically adopted by every department - don't walk the talk.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to put people in the right positions...when employees are not with the right group or manger, doesn't mean they are bad employees...it simply means they aren't in the right place for optimum performance.


  5. "Great place to work with some caveats"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time

    Pros

    Very good people work here. Lots of people you can become friends with and source your motivation from.

    Cons

    The current reorganization efforts are needed, but not being executed properly. It has to some degree been an opportunity for some to gain turf and influence.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive the values. These have increasingly fallen by the wayside and many employees feel empowered to act without considering them.


  6. "Behind the Times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Driscoll’s full-time

    Pros

    Wine and dine. Travel the world. Cool pic opps for your Instagram accounts. Work your own hours. Conference and training opps galore. Fun!

    Cons

    Rampant, overt favoritism and nepotism; undeniable sexist, racist undercurrent. Beware of bullies. Apply if you are a male or female WASP; all others, go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    People don't leave companies - they leave bad managers and bad leadership. You can do better.


  7. Helpful (7)

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

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    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Demoralizing"

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunches and dinners occasionally

    Cons

    Nepotism. Bad management. No leadership. Favor quantity vs quality. Decline of morality and ethics. Lack of importance on employee morale and values. No standards for supervisor and manager behavior. Appearances matter more than anything - as long as things get done, how they get done doesn't matter.

    Advice to Management

    "You have to learn when things are good enough"- a direct quote from a senior manager. For a company so high on its values you don't seem to care wether the people you hire have them or not.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with some small warts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Driscoll’s full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere across a global community who all share a clear vision and mission. Solid understanding at all levels of their competitive environment with great strategies for success developed at the top and embraced throughout the organization.

    Cons

    A few myopic leaders with isolated examples of cronyism, but nothing widespread. Also, the founder was revered as a god, but despite his experience and insights, which were solid, the company is better off with him sidelined.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Just be aware about these things before joining"

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    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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