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"Amicable, friendly, not-too-demanding work environment"

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Former Intern - Refrigeration/Utilities Intern in Tarheel, NC
Former Intern - Refrigeration/Utilities Intern in Tarheel, NC
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Smithfield Foods as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Very pleasant co-workers being in the South. Managers were very understandable, great mentors, and open-minded; 9/80 work schedule. Work-life balance is fine. Training was minimal but I was only a summer intern and my supervisors were very understanding and didn't expect me to know everything off the bat.

Cons

Can't say much about full pay/benefits/promotions as I was only a summer intern. Surrounding locale of Tarheel and rural NC is pretty sparse and devoid of much development. The plant is fairly old and grounded heavily in its traditions, so kind of old-fashioned/not really innovating much with the fast pace of technology. Information isn't shared well across departments with insufficient accountability/follow-up. Not the worst thing as it makes work less demanding but don't expect your work to lead to applied results.

Company management may be different after Smithfield was acquired by Shuang Hui in Oct 2013.

Advice to Management

Try to "update" the management model of the plant as a whole. Company still feels like it's operating at the pace of pre-Internet days of the 80s/90s.

Other Employee Reviews for Smithfield Foods

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Director in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and decent people employees who want to win. Dedicated (yet undervalued) management and staff.

    Cons

    Tough environment. Long hours. Facilities in small under served towns.

    Advice to Management

    You have had five years running the company now. Where are all of your cost savings and improvements? Look at Tyson's return to the owners over same period. You had to sell away the company to China as a result of your failures. You all choose to shelter yourselves away in Williamsburg from your employees and those responsible for your success. You should all be fired for destroying a once great company. Where is your accountability?


  2. "LEMON"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation. The people are caring and experienced.

    Cons

    A lot of uncertainty about the future. Keep rotating the same ineffective people around. Very little diversity. So many layers of management. Poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume people are idiots because they do things differently than you. It is demeaning and demoralizing.

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