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Premier Foods Reviews

Updated March 16, 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)

  • Very Good experience for a short time (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)

  • There are a lot of out of touch senior staff like the MD and his direct team (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Fun work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    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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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "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


  6. "Sensory & Product Guidance Technologist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sensory and Product Guidance Technologist in Worksop, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sensory and Product Guidance Technologist in Worksop, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent and friendly team. Felt valued as a member of the team. Opportunity to learn sensory skills from experts. Good company to work for and great experience working with great brands.

    Cons

    Lack of structured training. Poor progressional opportunities. The team was very small so not much room to advance in the company unless you moved teams. Standard office.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and reward them for their contributions. Encourage and train staff to further their skills


  7. "Purchase Ledger Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Payments Associate in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Payments Associate in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Premier Foods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, and secure job location, flextime.

    Cons

    Didnt advance their people, or try to advance their careers

    Advice to Management

    Employ people with Accounts Payable experience


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A dwindling organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Foods full-time

    Pros

    A gym opposite the office and can walk in to town
    Handful of pleasant and smart people
    Free bread and hot drinks

    Cons

    High turnover in head office staff, people join the business and quickly realise it's going nowhere and leave, then not replaced as a recruitment freeze has been in place since last year

    Disengaged employees waiting for redundancy they believe is coming their way, atmosphere is depressing

    No budget in any department to correctly get jobs done or deliver the targets expected so everyone is demotivated and coming in to work to get paid and leave

    Very rigid working hours and no flexible working available (unless you're a Director)

    Poor benefits package and huge cuts across the business, bonus is non existent and shouldn't even be mentioned as is never paid out

    Not enough parking onsite so unless you arrive before 8:15am then you have to find somewhere else to park


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not right for everyone, but so right for some"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Foods (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very enabling and a culture of treating people like adults. You'll be given the opportunity to personally make a real difference in a business that is truly turning around and focused on the future, but won't be spoon fed what to do.

    The work going on in attracting and developing talent is inspiring and and, if you are the sort of person who likes to work at pace and values autonomy, you'll love it.....if you're happier as part of a big machine where you can tick along unnoticed, leaving any accountability to others, you won't I'm afraid.

    Lovely brands and great people!

    Cons

    Can get a little too focused on individual performance, rather than business as a whole....watch out around team silos.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Agility become the enemy of process, be more united and aim higher together


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Bed of lies"

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

    I have been working at Premier Foods (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A few really good people...but only a few.
    Some people genuinely have a passion for the products.
    There's a gym near the head office

    Cons

    The bonus is unachievable. Insulting even.
    The CEO has over committed to this 2-4% growth but we are not achieving anywhere near that.
    Grocery SBU is failing and the constant excuse is because we have had hot summers and Easter was in a different quarter this year!
    Internal progression is very rare. If you go for an interview and HR tell you progression happens a lot, they are lying.
    There are a lot of out of touch senior staff like the MD and his direct team. Don't expect him to say hello to you or thanks if you hold a door open for him. But during his quarterly sessions he acts like he has passion for all the people in grocery.
    The onsite 'cafe' is useless and isn't subsidised.
    There is no flexibility to work from home! Even one day a week. Unless you work in sales. They are very behind with the times.
    No reasonable long service awards. Work for 20 years before you get £200! This is for head office. The sites get a bit more. But 20 years??!
    Parking is a nightmare at head office. They try a lot of fancy processes that don't work.
    The culture hasn't changed either. A lot of employees get paid off to leave the company.
    A lot of employees have regretted their decision to join after a short time.

    Advice to Management

    You're losing good people because of your constant lies.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premier Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cafe on site.
    Bonus (relatively inexistent)
    Free Stationary
    Friendly receptionists
    Mobile Phone
    Laptop (no working from home allowed)
    Microwaves
    Chair

    Cons

    Arrogant and belittling senior staff. Uneducated management, everyone is demotivated, they don't care about their people at all. All the good people are leaving only the ones who struggle to be employed elsewhere are staying.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing they don't listen 😂



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