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Updated November 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work / life balance despite being so far from HQ (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people but depends which area of Fonterra you are in (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Personally I think some of the Fonterra Management Team have conflicting views on the organisational culture of Fonterra (in 3 reviews)

  • Top management in the States originated from New Zealand and when it's time for promotions they usually send someone from (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  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.


  4. "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.


  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. "Fonterra opportunities plus"

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone who joins Fonterra says they had no idea about the diversity, breadth and great work available at Fonterra. It covers over 100 markets internationally, right through the supply chain, manufacturing and primary production. Great push right now on diversity, talent development and innovation. Good place for millennials to make their mark.

    Cons

    In New Zealand, the environmental impact of dairy farming attracts negative attention on Fonterra, where as the benefits Fonterra delivers in terms of a nutritious product, great employee health & safety and employment conditions, international experience, global reach etc, are not really seen by the NZ public.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talking in a language your community can understand. Fonterra needs to demonstrate not only the benefits it brings to the New Zealand economy, but the things Fonterra and its people do as good citizens.


  7. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Palmerston North (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Palmerston North (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good team dynamics and culture

    Cons

    some people are opinionated but that's okay

  8. "Danny"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time

    Pros

    really great, good training and career progresion

    Cons

    none that i have encountered yet


  9. "Leadership challenges"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fonterra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Super interesting industry, great products, global brands, capable people to work with.
    Flexibility of working from home at times.
    Global opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, bullies in senior positions, top down pressure. Disconnect between management team and staff.
    Processes could be more efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you hire and promote leaders with interpersonal skills


  10. Helpful (4)

    "IT Team is male-dominated, awful environment"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products are fantastic, interesting industry with interesting challenges.

    Cons

    Stuck in horribly bureaucratic processes, the IT team has gone backwards over the past 3 years with no signs of this changing - despite the long term downward spiral and of recognition of the lack of progress.

    IT general managers promote those they know, not the best person for the job.

    Before I left the IT team in Auckland made 7 people redundant - 6 of 7 are women, one of whom was pregnant. I don't think this was malicious, just a clear indication of how the IT general managers cannot apply a wider lens to their decision making and there is no thought to consequences...

    Advice to Management

    The IT team is overdue change, changing the CIO is not enough- change the entire senior management team. So many years with so little progress- why is this not yet clear? If the new CIO isn't going to sort out the team then perhaps he is the wrong CIO.


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