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Premier Foods Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people on the whole tried hard to manage rapid growth plan whilst keeping bankers at bay possibly turning the corner now (in 3 reviews)

  • Good experience in a very commercially-minded environment (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Restructures of the smaller companies into head office, falling share price was hard for us who bought shares (in 5 reviews)

  • The Senior leadership team has no concept of what is happening on the factory floor (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fun work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Del Mar, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Del Mar, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Foods part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Feels like a family. Many perks & free lunch . Hard work sometimes but rewarding . Great upper management .I enjoy working here.

    Cons

    Slow economy means cut hours and days of employment .Was full time but economy has cut many ,many workers.

    Advice to Management

    No advice ,Great management!!


  2. "Great Team"

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

    Pros

    Great Team, Excellent co-workers, great schedule. You get great Benefits, better salaries than most companies

    Cons

    Not clear goals, change of owners, new management, not clear sales policies, higher prices than other companies

  3. "Deli"

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    Current Employee - Deli in Williamston, MI
    Current Employee - Deli in Williamston, MI

    Pros

    No weekends, regular hours, hourly staff is great

    Cons

    Standing on your feet for 8 hours with only one 1/2 hour break


  4. "Premier foods pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    collaborative work environment, helpful teams and peers, progressive thinking, team work, leadership opportunities, sales focused, visionary, impressive leaders who were willing to mentor.

    Cons

    people were always restless and the turnover was very high. constant budget and financial pressures. could be quite high stress and intense at times. not everyone had backbone. few development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    nurture and develop talent
    pay better salaries to keep people motivated
    create more opportunities for promotions and career advancement
    create cross functional leadership opportunities


  5. "QA"

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    Current Employee - QA Supervisor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - QA Supervisor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good terms and conditions
    Good wage for production operators
    Very clear and honest with company performance
    Family atmosphere and friendly place to work
    Very health and safety conscious

    Cons

    Not enough middle management to supervise

    Advice to Management

    Invest in infrastructure to cut overheads


  6. "Friendly, caring"

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

    I worked at Premier Foods full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very helpful, help you develop well, only gives you more tasks when you're ready, extremely patient and help you fix mistakes

    Cons

    Sometimes slow days at the beginning but other than that cannot fault, some weekend working


  7. Helpful (1)

    "could be a lot better"

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    Current Employee - Technical Operator in Worksop, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Operator in Worksop, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    excellent brands , great tradition , decent rates of pay

    Cons

    premier foods as a whole

    Advice to Management

    believe more in the workforce , pay what there worth

  8. "A Business Under Extreme Pressure"

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    Former Employee - Top 100 Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Top 100 Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Premier Foods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A developing and increasingly people focussed culture

    A multi site operation with significant opportunities for the individual employee

    Owners of an amazingly strong suite of brands - the sort of products that you are proud to be associated with

    Invests effectively in its leadership team

    Supports its people well in times of personal need

    Cons

    Following the merger with RHM in 2007, Premier carries an excessive, albeit reducing, level of debt - costs are therefore micro managed and staffing levels are too low. This results in very high work loads and long working hours

    Beholden to the city with quarterly reporting - this drives short term thinking and ultimately prevents the business from making the long term plans that it needs to effectively and efficiently drive future growth

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating a Customer Service focussed culture - motivate and reward your people at every level from Apprentice to MD to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction. This will ultimately lead to reduced costs, higher volumes and increased value sales, but costs very little to implement.

    You think you cannot afford to do this - in reality you cannot afford not to


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership and lack of long-term strategic thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Foods full-time

    Pros

    Brand Heritage - there are many brands in their portfolio with fantastic heritage and brand strength. They're just simply not being maximised.

    RnD - the teams are fantastic and have a wealth of knowledge about the products due to many years working for the company and on specific brands.

    Cons

    Too short term focused - long term strategic thinking is non existent. It's an after thought vs. the main focus of the marketing team. Marketing instead are 95% focused on short term sales execution.

    NPD - it is seen as a gap filler vs. an evolution of a product or a brand. They're rushed to market too early and then executed without any marketing support (media or in store). They're then left to wither and die on most occasions as the team are pushed to focus on the next big thing. Such a shame as many of the ideas are actually fantastic.

    Leadership team - disengaged, lack inspiration, short term focused, it's their way or the high way (don't use the knowledge of their team to guide their decisions). This applies to the senior leadership team, the board and even the directors line managing the core marketing teams.

    Work environment - the office in St Albans looks like a ghost town. It's a miserable environment, no one is happy and overall people look like they would rather be anywhere but there. This isn't just a criticism of the immediate surroundings but is deep routed in the way the company is run.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teams and their knowledge of the brands. Stop pushing out NPD without any support and start looking further than one month ahead!


  10. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture and staff development plan

    Cons

    Struggling business and several changes in a short period of time

    Advice to Management

    Offload the dead weights!


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