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"Dari fools gold"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

The plant level day to day is okay. Most get along with each other as far as production workers go. They for the most part all know and do their job well when left alone by management depending on the plant in question.

Cons

Corporate management the top level is absolutely clueless on how to run any business let alone one that is attempting to maximize profitability. The corporate office is total chaos and that seems to be business as usual and the preferred way of running things. Shooting from the hip and adding layers of management is the other. One issue of adding layers of management is they have hired people clearly not qualified to perform that job. Then when they create another layer because the plan isn't working and is "needed" they default promote the first unqualified person and backfill with someone as unqualified.

Advice to Management

Let the people at the plant levels do what they do best. Run the plants. Employees at the plant level for the most part, there are a few bad apples everywhere, know what to do and what is expected of them on a daily basis and do exactly that.
The amount of money spent creating unnecessary positions at the corporate level the past few years with nothing to show for it is taking from the farmers and leaves them crying poor when raises and bonus's are to be given to the people actually responsible for putting product on the shelves. I honestly can't see how the farmers can possibly tolerate too much longer but it seems the slick talk hasn't worn thin just yet.
I would also say like Yelp, it is fairly obvious that any positive review is an inside job. I can't prove it but like a restaurant review, when there is one raving review for every ten horrible reviews it says something.

Other Employee Reviews for Darigold

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Darigold full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hard to find any pros

    Cons

    Stay away. You will not find a company that is as dysfunctional as Darigold.

    Advice to Management

    Stic to your promise and work on the culture


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership is an action, not a position…"

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

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

    Pros

    -Good people who care about the farmer, their families and the community
    -Great Cooperative - happy cows, fresh milk, locally owned and operated
    -Good Benefits
    -No accountability - Easily hide under the blanket of chaos and confusion
    -Build your own empire! See the SW corner of the building for more information
    -Get promoted quickly by being politically savvy and sneaky

    Cons

    -Dysfunctional Executive Team - it's incredibly evident to all
    -Inconsistent communication between departments
    -No vision, strategy or formal business planning
    -Disrespectful behavior is applauded as being assertive
    -No accountability - extremely apparent in certain non-transparent areas of the business
    -Very few corporate managers really know and understand the core business, dairy!
    -No mentorship programs

    Advice to Management

    It's time to wake-up and smell the cow manure. You succeeded in driving out what you thought was the "cancer" in the organization, yet your problems continue to metastasize. Please do not waste anymore time. Appreciate the "real" Darigold employees who know the business and what it takes to run a profitable business. The farmers need loyal, experienced, hard-working dairymen not dairy divas. Go back to what worked which was focusing on running a profitable business versus deciding who to run out of your business to make it profitable.

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