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Updated March 30, 2017
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  1. "Health and Safety Manager"

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    Former Employee - Health and Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment to develop and grow in.

    Cons

    Still determining what their needs are in the USA.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Plenty of oppurtunities, but not in the States"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for if you're looking for overseas opportunity. From the moment I stated there it's always been "work hard, play hard". The people in the Rosemont location are hard working, dedicated, and smart.

    I love the integrity and values of the organization. Especially love the people who worked there when I was last there in 2012. If an opportunity were to be available I would go back in a second.

    Cons

    Employment in the States is too unstable with limited exposures to the people who really make the decisions...the Kiwis. Top management in the States originated from New Zealand and when it's time for promotions they usually send someone from New Zealand without notice.

    Advice to Management

    There are plenty of people in the US who know about cheese...trust them. Develop within and if there are roles to fill in the US let the US employees apply before sending the role to New Zealand.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "mislead management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. 3 weeks vacation.

    Cons

    No clear leadership. Changing management on a regular basis. Some leadership positions held based on manipulation of the corporate game than on talent.


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  5. "Former Manager"

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    Former Employee - Former Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Former Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products and great people to work with. Very diverse throughout the entire organization. Pay is above average.

    Cons

    Very minimal opportunities for advancement in the US. Poor people development strategies for anyone outside of sales. Very high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Get people more involved in decision making and do not limit those decisions to just the people in New Zealand.


  6. "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and talented people to work with. Friendly culture and good emphasis on work life balance.

    Cons

    During my 2 years at Fonterra, the company went through permanent restructuring. This unstable environment was not conducive to long-term project planning.


  7. "The best organisation and team"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best people whom i have known
    Really good motivating managers in my 3 different roles
    Everyone helps and support you.
    Learning and development is great since you get a change to learn from different team
    Massive opportunities

    Cons

    Learning and development can take time
    Promotion within the company the salary rise can be not as much you expect.

    Advice to Management

    One of the best organisation that i have work for, made really good friends. Keep up the good work.


  8. "Account Manager at Fonterra NZ (Ingredients business)"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic local team, enormous responsibility and free reign to perform with tangible views of the impacts you deliver to the bottom line. Sales targets are primarily based on profits and volume you move individually, as well as the teams regional targets (team of 5). Wonderful office space and location, a lot of trust in employees and good work life balance if you set the expectations right up front.

    As an account manager I received a corporate car and park at the office which was also for personal use, all petrol expenses and maintenance etc paid for in the listed salary.

    Cons

    Classic big corporate so difficult to manoeuvre the politics. Sales have an ineffective bonus scheme and although improving still not much different take home bonus compared to other employees (I.e project managers etc). HR are a backstabbing lot behind smiles, and the only real part of the business I sincerely detested when you see the true side of them. 0 flexibility to negotiate on pay outside of 'bands' set by the business and 0 transparency as to what those are.

    Advice to Management

    Give more transparency to employees to understand the options to progress in the business, as well as HR flexibility to allow exceptional individuals and talent to be recognised. Or continue losing them to competitors in the industry (down the road...)


  9. "Amazing people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked here for four years, and across 6 teams everyone had a great culture. I also believed in the products and the grass root connection to the farmer shareholder. People were genuine, and if you led your own focus on development then you were supported 100%. Good opportunities to move horizontally and vertically if you make it known to the right people.

    Cons

    A lot of restructure, if you make yourself invaluable then it's ok but still stressful for colleagues and the workplace overall was very negative after the last major one. Strategy top down is lacking severely but they are working on it .

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on breaking down silo mentality, emphasis on people culture and keep up the talk about strategy.


  10. "Fifedoms and Butt Covering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fonterra full-time

    Pros

    Some pockets of good teams
    Nice building

    Cons

    Fifedoms
    Toxic environment
    Those that leave are the most strategic and productive

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what has been said and who and action it
    Boys club mentality has to go


  11. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time

    Pros

    Motivated & talented employees; great benefits. plenty of opportunities to learn and grow within the company. also good opportunties to travel globally.

    Cons

    Can be a lot of changes within the organisation. when management changes, the strategy changes with it.


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