Ocean Spray Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2020

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Ocean Spray Office of the CEO Brian Schiegg, Daniel Cunha, Jamie Head, and Rizal Hamdallah   (no image)
Brian Schiegg, Daniel Cunha, Jamie Head, and Rizal Hamdallah
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Pros
  • "In most departments, employees are encouraged to maintain a healthy work-life balance(in 29 reviews)

  • "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(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "An "old boys club" mentality pervades, especially from upper management and Ocean Spray lifers, with very few women among senior leadership(in 10 reviews)

  • "Senior leadership and the board are a bunch of old dudes with no understanding of the consumer, or the employees(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (14)

    "Progressive CPG"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Spray

    Pros

    Ocean Spray has been given a new life and direction, with new leadership that are people first and passionate about turning around a declining category with innovation.

    Cons

    Going through a change like this is really hard for the company as it’s never been done before at this scale. The reviews show the pain of people leaving, but I know the people that are here are super passionate, excited to go on this journey.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work but long hours"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Henderson, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good benefits, good culture very safe

    Cons

    no communication between the different departments

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  3. "Leadership should have been improved for better employee retention rate"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Middleborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong well educated technical team

    Cons

    Too many changes in a short period of time without proper assessment

  4. "Awesome"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Electromechanical Technician in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time

    Pros

    Good people, lots of overtime

    Cons

    None none none none none

  5. Helpful (7)

    "Amateur Hour"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lakeville, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful HQ grounds located in the middle of nowhere

    Cons

    Unfortunately CEO that was making an actual difference for the company was fired for a myriad of reasons that make no sense or seem justifiable. Current set up of 4 Execs leading the company is complete amateur hour whose heads are getting quite big to lead and make decisions. Add complete disregard for any diversity or inclusion unless we’re talking men vs women. If you’re not white, you’ll get extra scrutiny in hiring process.

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  6. Helpful (20)

    "What A Mess"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Lakeville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most of the HQ building is renovated and beautiful, beautiful grounds to match. Good benefits - 401k match, FSA, family leave, medical/dental/vision (20/20 On Site bus), on site gym/fitness classes. On-site cafeteria. Most colleagues are good people and hard workers. Flexible work schedules/work from home/work life balance.

    Cons

    Revolving door of leadership - interim CEO left (after a month maybe?), making it the third CEO now in two years who has departed for one reason or another. Also on the third CFO in two years. Career opportunities are completely dependent on the department you're in. The amount of institutional knowledge that has walked out the door over the past two years, voluntarily or involuntarily, is immeasurable. IT and Finance outsourced and senior leadership is either clueless and/or lacks candor when they say during town halls that the transition is going great or that there are only a few hiccups. Obviously the plan wasn't thought through well enough because people are still around after being told they were being laid off 9 months ago, hard to imagine there is any financial benefit being realized for all the cuts. Talk to employees doing the work and dealing with IT day in and day out and they will tell you otherwise. Expect to be asked how to resolve your own IT issues because the outsourced team has no idea, and the outsourcing and cuts went so deep there is nobody physically around to help out with emergent issues when needed. Finance is bare bones, a ghost town due to the layoffs/outsourcing. Even the few retained employees are leaving and running for the hills now. Who is left to do the work and make decisions? The building is noticeably vacant . When employees question future plans for the building, they are met with snickers or vague responses. It's somewhat depressing to come in and see all the empty desks and darkness. Senior management and the board seem oblivious, or maybe willfully ignorant, to how the culture and environment has changed. What was once an amazing place to work now feels uncomfortable, and colleagues feel unappreciated, overworked and undervalued.

  7. Helpful (15)

    "Needs New Board"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Coworkers are smart, friendly, driven. Beautiful campus. Have pride in working for the growers.

    Cons

    the board of directors needs to change. The board terminated the only VPs who care about this company and offered moral/ethical/thoughtful guidance. Senior leadership and the board are a bunch of old dudes with no understanding of the consumer, or the employees.

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  8. Helpful (26)

    "Negative culture and boys club just proven"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lakeville, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The employees that got and continue to get the job done despite Senior Leadership

    Cons

    Senior Leadership. And proof just shown with the firing of the CEO for harassment, which prevailed in so many subtle ways throughout the leadership team.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Decent pay, bad management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There were decent people to work with, especially union folks. Terrible management at the Washington location, go corporate if you're going to last at this company.

    Cons

    Terrible management at certain locations.

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  10. Helpful (20)

    "What a sad story here"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Lakeville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    So many great colleagues who continue to work hard in spite of all of the adverse work situations

    Cons

    The grand plan is failing, in a big way. You can’t lay-off or outsource jobs on a monthly basis and expect employees to remain engaged and motivated. The recently terminated CEO and current Board underestimated the value of loyal employees. People make a company, not grand plans or flashy technology.

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