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Lactalis American Group Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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Pros
  • great pay, great benefits , union (in 7 reviews)

  • good benefits, pay and great employees (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees are demoralized because of no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper Management has close reserved parking spots, you walk past the empty close spots on your way in, and the spots are empty on your way out (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lactalis American Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large stable company with great opportunities for growth. Company promotes from within whenever possible.
    401K is very generous.

    Cons

    Change does not happen quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for employees to know what is going on within other departments within the company.


  2. "Frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Belmont, WI
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Belmont, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lactalis American Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lactalis is an international company that provides access to an immense amount of useful information. I love the global companies commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Not a family friendly environment. Current leadership does not provide the tools or time to comply with the standards set by Lactalis.

    Advice to Management

    Comply with auditory requirements throughout the year, not just the months or year leading up to an audit. Stop pretending you don't understand outcomes that are a direct result of your decisions. Especially when presented these outcomes before decisions were made.

  3. "Okay place"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Nampa, ID
    Former Employee - Operator in Nampa, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lactalis American Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for the valley, great benefits and insurance options.

    Cons

    Poor management, if you want to advance learn French.

    Advice to Management

    Replace a bunch of you with decent people.


  4. "This place definitely needs help. DO NOT BECOME A MACHINE OPERATOR."

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    Current Employee - Floor Operator in Nampa, ID
    Current Employee - Floor Operator in Nampa, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lactalis American Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, opportunities to move around in the plant, overtime potential.

    Cons

    If you are anywhere between Operator 1 and Supervisor, they will ride you like a rented mule.
    Management demands more and more every day, and will crawl down your throat the very second something looks like it's not running well. Supervisors are ridden by the managers nearly as badly as the operators, and then take it out on the operators, who end up with so much extra work, plus the stress and demands of angry "Leadership position" people. Things just go downhill from there. In addition to that, they decide to try to run departments with less people than are minimally required to staff the lines. Supervisors don't help out when short handed, rarely call people for help, and still demand the same productivity and results. When half the crew couldn't get the work done in time, the operators get reamed. Complaints are never dealt with. Nothing changes. Scheduling is a joke. I have literally seen my department schedule change six times in one shift. Management knows, at minimum, what orders need to be run on Wednesday. Our work week runs Saturday thru Friday, so the schedules only show one week, ending on Friday. You never know if you work a Saturday until late Friday night, the night before. No asking if they can move your week around (because you're not allowed to have a life outside of those walls) and they unapologetically change your hours and demand you stay late at last second. If you tell them no, you are basically threatened with your job and told you'd be fired if you leave (walking out on the job.) The list goes on and on.

    Advice to Management

    BACK. OFF. Let the operators do their jobs, and stop berating them for not having things fixed BEFORE they broke...?!?!?! Stop tying the operators' hands, and allow them to make the adjustments they can plainly see need to be done, instead of making them have to go through maintenance people who don't have a clue what they're talking about, who then get upset when you were right and they were wrong. Every day.
    Scheduling needs to be fixed. Orders rarely change much. Products, yes. Run time, not so much. A regular schedule can be achieved. Do it, and more than just one week at a time.


  5. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lactalis American Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    global private company
    product
    leadership engagement
    building labor cost knowledge
    culturally diverse company
    product donations
    benefits
    engagement - BBQ, Health Fair, Food Bank

    Cons

    approvals can take some time

    Advice to Management

    flexibility drives loyalty


  6. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at Lactalis American Group full-time

    Pros

    -Great benefits. Their insurance is one of the best plans I've ever seen. However, the premiums are going up, but the coverage is still good.
    -Discounted Cheese. I love getting gourmet cheese for my family at $1.25/lb.

    Cons

    -They are constantly asking for more, more, more, but don't give you the resources to accomplish the targets.
    -Management is reactive.
    -Employees are demoralized because of no work-life balance. Schedules change at the last minute. There is no way to see your schedule until you come to work. A 9 hour day can turn into 10 or 11 while you're at work. If you're salary, forget about having a life. They will run you into the ground with no appreciation or thanks.
    -Turnover is high because people have options and would rather work for a little less money, but get treated better and not work as much.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture. Listen to the employees. Find a different way to schedule. Respect and appreciate people.


  7. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lactalis American Group full-time

    Pros

    job security, lots of opportunity for OT.

    Cons

    unstable schedule, no set days off.

    Advice to Management

    idk

  8. "Challenging Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lactalis American Group full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people there.

    Cons

    Very challenging environment as direction changed often


  9. "Depends on department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lactalis American Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good pay,relatively inexpensive benefits and excellent 401k package....

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor's appear to be handcuffed and micromanaged to the point that it sometimes creates a negative work environment....Upper management needs a serious reality check.....

    Advice to Management

    Let your supervisor's supervise and your manager's manage.....


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Slave Pen"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Lackawanna, NY
    Former Employee - Technician in Lackawanna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lactalis American Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, insurance, 401k, dental, life insurance

    Cons

    You never get to see the outside world

    Advice to Management

    find another job


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