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Ocean Spray Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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  • Work life balance only exists in certain departments (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management is not ready to step in to the future (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time

    Pros

    The community and culture are spectacular, and everyone is very happy to be at their job.

    Cons

    The location can be difficult for some.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on Keeping On!


  2. "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.

  3. "Good company with old school mentality"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Lakeville, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Lakeville, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Ocean Spray have been working there for a long time. Nice people that are closely nit. Good benefits as well. HQ also did an overhaul of the building and modernized it.

    Cons

    While it has a good culture, it is also a little bit stuffy. Very hierarchical and structured with business casual dress code.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to adapt to trends in the marketplace.


  4. "Customer Operations Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance and culture

    Cons

    Lots of time at a desk


  5. "Middle management is inept"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good and lots of time off or overtime.

    Cons

    Rules for the sake of rules. Termination for not supporting company policies which are not even followed by middle management. Zero communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Apply common sense to rules and policies and don't be afraid to make exceptions in emergencies. There are always grey areas. Not everyone should be fired because they misunderstood a vague rule.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Former Sr. Scientist"

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

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious organization. Good people atmosphere.

    Cons

    Effective communication and collaborative teamwork environment varies too much within certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the values true at all times, start at the top, no exceptions. Prioritize people over tasks. Invest in sustainable sponsorship programs for career development for all employees.


  7. "Wonderful company, setting up for growth and future success!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeville, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment, awesome Corporate office set up, family culture and values, work life balance, recent leadership changes and commitment to training and development

    Cons

    Month to month numbers focus (which is in process of changing, but may take a while), Benefits are great but costly for the employee, limited upward mobility (however plenty of opportunity to stretch, move laterally and build your skill set)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make changes for the better, listen to all of your employees (not just management levels) and continue fostering open communication (good or bad)

  8. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Spray full-time

    Pros

    Decent work environment and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Company appears to be longing for direction.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Maintenanc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Spray full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Heath insurance is too high


  10. "Great place to work amidst some changes; eager to see the next iteration of a great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing people culture, great benefits, competitive salaries with work/life balance and perks that are unmatched in the food & beverage industry. A large company that feels small; opportunities to interact with grower-owners and feel included in the heritage of a great American company and legacy.

    Cons

    Lots of organizational change happening; many challenges ahead. Not sure if there's a lot of room to grow and advance in such a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to analyze your entry-level and mid-level employees, they are the future of the business if you want them to be. Do not lose sight of where you came from and what this cooperative stands for.


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