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"Started off great then quickly fizzled out."

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Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Smithfield, VA
Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Smithfield, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Strong brand name. Produces a product consumed worldwide.

Cons

Growing disconnect between upper management and staff.

Advice to Management

Take care of your employees and they will take care of you.

Other Employee Reviews for Smithfield Foods

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible Meat Operations Company, but a Laughable Consumer Packaged Goods Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Office Manager in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Corporate Office Manager in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smithfield Foods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Although Smithfield trains “by fire” and embraces the “sink or swim” mentality, those who do stay and overcome learning curves, have opportunities to gain an up-close perspective of the company. Your smartest approach, HOWEVER, is to leverage this company to gain basic business knowledge and use that experience elsewhere for a TRUE career path.

    Cons

    After some time with the company, most of the skills you acquire are not transferable to other industries. You’re at risk of being locked into the meat business, or at least perishables, because the skill sets necessary to do well are incredibly specific to the industry. If you love inefficiencies, high-stress levels, inept senior management and the constant reminder that you’re “replaceable”, this may be the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Let’s be honest. You’re not on the path to becoming a true modern-day Consumer Packaged Goods company. Your concern is about making your ridiculous bonus each year, not long-term progressive growth. The people who keep the wheels turning aren’t rewarded properly; It's the "Plantation Mentality" at its best. Hiring a diverse workforce with leaders experienced in CPG business management, instead of your buddies, would serve you well.


  2. "High stress company with very high demands of employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Smithfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Great group of coworkers, and a lot of opportunity for promotion

    Cons

    Long hours, and on call 24/7

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to take their vacation and get away from the office

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