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Goodman Fielder Reviews

Updated Sep 8, 2019

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16 Ratings
  1. "Terrible Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodman Fielder full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good location Breakfasts on Fridays Good brands

    Cons

    Poor leadership who only look after themselves High school politics Unfair practices No regard for employees

    Goodman Fielder2019-05-12
  2. "Don't be fooled"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodman Fielder full-time

    Pros

    Free Breakfast & cheap coffee

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement; talk a good talk regarding training but deliver very little; little to no honesty from management

    Advice to Management

    Deliver on the plans; be honest with employees

    Goodman Fielder2019-03-31
  3. "Customer Service Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Goodman Fielder part-time

    Pros

    Good team, hard workers

    Cons

    Culture towards the end of tenure before department was sent overseas

    Goodman Fielder2019-01-14
  4. "Very uncertain times and unstable company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodman Fielder full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Cruisey atmosphere and free breakfast

    Cons

    - Poor management, no direction and no leadership: management doesn’t even talk to you or give you a monthly update on the business. - No development of people, despite the “Grow Plan” HR nonsense they promote once a year. Does not exist in reality. - So difficult to build rapport and a relationship with anyone there: I suppose everybody around you feels like they’re on shaky ground themselves and no one knows... what they’re doing so I don’t blame them. - No culture: so quiet in there you could hear a pin drop, and no one goes for lunch. Completely anti social. Shocker of an environment and no sense of belonging. - Am I or ain’t I?: you get in there and you do probably 10% of the job they described to you in the JD or interview. - You will not feel like you are growing as a person nor learning anything that you can take with you. - No recognition of your value add or contribution to the function despite there being clear evidence that you have made a difference!!!

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    Advice to Management

    Don’t try and pull the wool over candidates and tell them this is the perfect time to join during the turnaround and transformation of the business. Save them the train ride over the bridge and just tell it like it is - that you’re going through a divorce, your culture is non-existent, you won’t belong to anything significant and that mummy and daddy won’t be able to do anything for your career. PS it’s pretty... pathetic to try and fool people who actually know what they’re doing and can see through your stuff.

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    Goodman Fielder2019-01-21
  5. Helpful (1)

    "If Dumb and Dumber was a company this would be it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodman Fielder full-time

    Pros

    They have some amazing people in the "worker" level, great banter.

    Cons

    1. Management is crap: They are only backslapping each other, rather than recognizing real contributors. Oh, you often don't get invited to critical meetings, even if you are responsible for that portfolio. Decisions are made for you, no need of functioning brain if you do what you are told, right? If you respectfully, challenge - prepare for burial. 2. Culture of micromanagement: If you are not at your desk,... then you are not working. God help you, if you ask to work from home! Work, Life balance FAIL. 3. Wishy washy numerical reporting: Every year they make-up some numbers (unachievable) as targets. Then spend the rest of year with excuses on why they are not delivering. If you are on a bonus program here, good luck chuck! 4. HR is virtually non existent: They are more likely to support bosses vs. reporting employees. If they don't like you - prepare to be performance managed out - Ingenious HR trick to solve all GF problems. 5. Demotivating Learning and Development: You will need to unlearn your skills FAST, if you don't - you will want to pull out all your own teeth, at once. If you are a seasoned professional who wants to train others, prepare to be sidelined. 6. Zero empowerment: Prepare to revisit your childhood, this is nanny capital. If you don't ask, you can't do. Imagine if you actually did something amazing that helped the company, you will be ridiculed for not asking permission. 7. Culture of Fear: If you see your boss running like a headless chook, he or she must be very afraid. You witness a lot of "alignment" sessions, instead of getting all stakeholders in one room (success)- there will be multiple meetings (failure)- just to cover one's backside. 8. Not very smart bosses: Over reliance on agencies for help in decision making, despite being best placed to make a call on the business. This is another way not to be held accountable - blame agencies GOLD! 9. No new ideas welcome: Doing the same thing over and over again! Anything new or a brilliant idea - you know where to put them (where the sun don't shine!). Just look at the website, tired old and boring. Just like the company! 10. Do you still need a tenth? 9 reasons not good enough?: Here is the last one, imagine a SMCG company. Slow Moving Consumer Goods (haha not FMCG for this one). Decision making is abysmal! Trends have come and gone - GF missed it by a mile. They spend a lot of money on research with paltry outcome. Just review the ratio of $ spent on research/ packaging concepts to products actually launched. Ho-hum!

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    Advice to Management

    To the owners: Wilmar International & First Pacific Where is your ROI? What crap are you being fed year on year? Not looking like a good investment, now for $1.3 billion is it?

    Goodman Fielder2018-12-03
  6. "Team Manager"

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    Current Employee - Supply Team Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodman Fielder full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Team work, supportive, Best place to grow

    Cons

    Working long hours each day

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with team work

    Goodman Fielder2018-09-18
  7. "Information Technology"

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    Former Employee - IT Technician in North Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodman Fielder full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of change, and new projects.

    Cons

    Poor management, particularly in I.T. Would only work there if desperate!

    Advice to Management

    Ask for honest feedback from staff. It!’s not all bad. The management team for I.T don’t have right skillset for FMCG.

    Goodman Fielder2018-09-21
  8. "Goodman Fielder work"

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    I worked at Goodman Fielder for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team mates, Enjoy the food when it came to sensory tasting sessions.

    Cons

    Family-oriented culture was missing since the takeover by the new owner

    Goodman Fielder2018-08-09
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good but not Great"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Auckland, Auckland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodman Fielder full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Got to work with some brilliant minds, very dynamic culture, great leadership within some parts of the NZ business, made some good friends, great place to learn depending on your role and lots of things happening like new product launches which made the day more enjoyable.

    Cons

    Below than average salary compared to other FMCG companies, a lot of back biting & politics, less deserving staff members getting roles they shouldn’t, too many family members working in teams hence allowing favouritism, after new change of management jobs got restructured and a lot of knowledge was lost. People get so comfortable in their roles and try and push their workload onto other team members, senior... management are never aware of what’s going on in teams or they turn a blind eye, senior managers are in meetings all day long, used to be a great company to work for but as of the last 2 years all has gone downhill. Too many changes and not enough right people in the right roles.

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    Advice to Management

    Reward your staff that do well, recognise the talent, company doesn’t have such a good image in the FMCG world. Pay your staff well and provide more benefits rather than just giving a gallon of milk every so often. Some real gems in supply chain and IT functionalities but for how long. Really need to invest in staff that out perform and move them into senior roles and you will see results!

    Goodman Fielder2018-06-15
  10. "Packing Machine Operator"

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    Former Employee - Project Procurement Officer in Mount Hagen

    I worked at Goodman Fielder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excel and progression in job is one thing i believe with GFI.

    Cons

    Recruitment process need to review and updated just as BAT.

    Goodman Fielder2018-04-20
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