Lifeway Foods Reviews

Updated Feb 22, 2020

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3.0
42%
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Lifeway Foods President, CEO, and Director Julie Smolyansky (no image)
Julie Smolyansky
3 Ratings
  1. "Would recommend"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lifeway Foods for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, co-workers are very nice and helpful, flexibility

    Cons

    I personally did not having any negative experiences while working here

  2. "Really enjoyed my experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lifeway Foods for more than a year

    Pros

    - Most events were really fun and easy - Worked with nice, hard-working and sociable people - Loved the brand and their mission

    Cons

    Some events were very long with a lot of down-time, but that's kind of the nature of working those kinds of events, so not much to do about it.


  3. "Bad Management"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lifeway Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to work. It has Good pay,

    Cons

    Bad Management, Too much changing hours

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "So Much Potential But Going Nowhere"

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

    I worked at Lifeway Foods full-time

    Pros

    Casual work environment Flexible hours Most co-workers are easy to get along with

    Cons

    A simple Google search of the CEO's name will tell you all you need to know about how this company is run. It's a personal piggy bank for the founding family. The executives like to paint a picture of a progressive health food brand that promotes women and people of color - while the majority of their non-white labor force is making minimum wage (which, in the suburbs is $8.25/hr). Management is not open to new ideas, and during my time with the company I always marveled at how successful we were despite this. Even so, there was little opportunity for advancement if you were not a family member, white man, or a Russian woman whose father had been employed by Lifeway since the 80s. I can't imagine how much worse it's gotten since their stock plummeted.

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  5. "Bad experience"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lifeway Foods full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for standing in cold.

    Cons

    The worst job experience I ever had. I was being trained on a machine and was getting scolded for not doing anything, when I thought I was just to observe to learn. I don't like to come home and cry about my job.

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