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Ocean Spray Reviews

Updated August 2, 2018
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  • "Good work/life balance, great people" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Farmer owned cooperative with good benefits and a good team environment" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for long career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Production Manager in Markham, WA
    Current Employee - Plant Production Manager in Markham, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Ocean Spray since 2007. I was hired as an hourly employee, promoted to Operations Supervisor in 2007, worked within supply chain as Supply Planner and Supply Chain Manager, and am currently working as Production Manager. Ocean Spray has been a great company to work for, good pay, good benefits but the best thing has been the people I get to work with every day. We have some very talented people at all levels of the organization and without them the company would not be very successful. Most of my peers care deeply about what we do for our Grower-Owners. We take the job very seriously and feel connected with our cranberry farmers. "We Grow Cranberries"

    Cons

    If you are not willing or able to relocate you may feel that you do not have a lot of opportunities to advance your career. To some extent I have found this to be true but if you are patient and continue to perform at a high level the opportunities do eventually seem to come even for my remote plant location.

    Advice to Management

    Never forget the people, the people are the engine that make all of the ideas happen and help meet the goals.


  2. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time

    Pros

    Great office and fun people

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

  3. "Maintenance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomah, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great managers, challenging work. Value their employees.

    Cons

    More selective hiring to ensure depth of skill sets for future success.


  4. "Poor Management - Hostile Work Place"

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    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Markham, WA
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Markham, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Spray (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits i.e. time off vacation days etc.

    Cons

    Management, these guys flat out suck. It's a poppy high school type of situation where if you're not the cool kids you're not welcome. Most of these individuals will never leave the place and have created an environment that is not conducive to productivity. All they care about are numbers and spreading rumors to try and create drama. It's very unhealthy, and HR is one of the most corrupt environments and doesn't try to fix anything, exactly the opposite, they help to make it a terrible place to be employed. I quit because HR lied to the plant manager about our conversations, well that and a myriad of other reasons. The environment is toxic to say the least, and I wasn't an hourly employee. They constantly harass mid-level management about attire and work schedule but then they show up in sweats and crappy shirts the very next week. They leave early and/or show up late but God forbid if you do, then they are reaming you over being 15 min late or taking off to see your kids play but they do it all the time. It wouldn't do it justice to call it a joke of a workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "boys club" and try and run a plant the proper way. Backstabbers.


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ocean Spray prides themselves on family, and working here you feel like family. They truly care about their employees. They have a great working environment and are very flexible which allows for a great work life balance. I love working for Ocean Spray and highly recommend.

    Cons

    They are little old school when it comes to working remotely but have been making changes.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time

    Pros

    Everyone works together towards one goal, getting high quality product out the door. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Might have to work long hours.


  7. "Run"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is trying to move into this century

    Cons

    No raises or bonuses this year. Moving to an open floor plan.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Lakeville, MA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Lakeville, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People here for the most part, and passionate, driven, and really care about the business and their co-workers. The cooperative structure really makes it feel like a family. If you work hard and put in time there is lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Although the management is definitely moving in the right direction and the new CEO is awesome there are still a few hangers-on who just want to do enough to get by and aren't passionate about doing more, or improving existing processes.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money in fewer, more highly qualified people to do real analytics. We can automate a lot of the transactional work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Location for a GREAT job, but Lousy Career"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Lakeville, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Lakeville, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, great people.
    Great grower-owners.

    Cons

    No meaningful business strategy.
    Too many cooks at top, all focused on their personal careers instead of business results.

    Advice to Management

    Take small bites into the "innovation pipeline" and stop stretching the brand and resources.


  10. "Rules, rules and more rules..."

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Middleboro, MA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Middleboro, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, work is never boring or dull.

    Cons

    Mired down in unnecessary rules that have no purpose other than to cover the creator's butt and give the impression of their job being necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Have professional analysts review current rules and requirements for redundancy and misapplication.


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