Fonterra Reviews

Updated Mar 2, 2021

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84%
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Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell
Miles Hurrell
54 Ratings
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  • "Less restructure in the company would be good(in 10 reviews)

  • "politics at senior level makes others wonder if that is the key driver and core competency for senior management(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment"

    5.0
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fonterra part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    International organization, thus creating experience working within various world cultures. Great team and culture in the US market.

    Cons

    Key in market decision making is led via New Zealand

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  2. "Don't work here"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time

    Pros

    Summer and Holiday hours are a nice perk.

    Cons

    Only promote kiwis, company isn't doing well, finance team has crappy management.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company needs to adjust to our culture"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Rosemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get to. Nice building. New facility. Get to see product launches. Co-Workers are nice.

    Cons

    Upper management pretty much sticks, hires and promotes their mates. Upper management is self centered starting with the new CEO who not long ago was the manager of Supply Chain manager. There is no room for growth, and if they want to get rid of you it will happen immediately. They exclude people on purpose when having meetings and make it very obvious. Pay is low.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Fonterra full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Previously values based, very much for employees

    Cons

    Highly political, depends on who you know

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Plenty of oppurtunities, but not in the States"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fonterra full-time for 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.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra

    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. Helpful (1)

    "mislead management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Health and Safety Manager"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good environment to develop and grow in.

    Cons

    Still determining what their needs are in the USA.

  9. "Former Manager"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fonterra full-time for 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.

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  10. "Great work-life balance"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Officer in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everything you need to do your job and to be a long time employee is provided for you. Support for every kind of issue is available and staff are happy and friendly and willing to help. Flexible hours are an option for most and a healthy work-life balance is encouraged. Managers are strongly encouraged to approve most staff requests unless there is a good reason why they can’t.

    Cons

    Not a con necessarily but you will need to be extremely independent, self-driven and motivated. Your time and training is self-determined and you will need to be proactive in filling your days and weeks yourself by seeking out work and training on your own in order to be productive. This is a pro for some and a con for others

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