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  1. "closed"

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

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

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    Offices are old and outdated


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No advancement, work you to death, management will not listen, wants to hide from the true issues"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Forest Park, GA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Forest Park, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary fair, PTO decent but not great, benefits are decent. Some employee's care about their jobs

    Cons

    Plant management and upper management is deaf to employee's, They do not want to hear what is truly going on. Does not invest in equipment and Obsolescence of plant electronics.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's. Maybe it will be better under Conagra.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Growing pains!"

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company mission is clearly stated: growth through acquisitions, keep a diverse product portfolio, and increase the overall store-brand market share. It's a smart industry to be involved with during hard economic times.

    Benefits are good; 401K matching up to 6%, PTO, formalized annual review & salary adjustment process. Turnover is historically very low and many people work their entire careers at Ralcorp.

    Location is fun; right next to Busch Stadium, City Garden, Kiener Plaza and within walking distance of the Arch. Not much expectation for company socialization on personal time.

    Cafeteria, convenience store, atrium and bank lobby give some nice onsite comforts.

    There are a lot of great people who work at Ralcorp. If you are smart, play a decent game of politics, have tolerance for imperfect people, and have a little luck on your side, your time at the company will be rewarding, memorable, and beneficial, and you'll add some great contacts to your network.

    Cons

    Politics drive decision making.

    The company has grown more quickly than it could handle, and there's now a level of chaos that risks major errors in execution. There are many more concurrent projects than are possible to accomplish with available resources, and planning and status reporting doesn't always consider current workload and deadline commitments, so be prepared to stick up for yourself.

    Training employees is low priority.

    There is little enforcement of company policies, which has led to a decline in atmosphere (violations of standards of conduct, sharing of inappropriate humor and photos, derogatory jokes about people groups like women and minorities, physical intimidation complete with display of various weapons). Also, HR has been known to casually share confidential information inappropriately, including medical situations, with other employees. To be fair, there have been recent org changes, so perhaps this will improve.

    Productivity relies on relatively few great performers and it's not uncommon to witness long stretches of playtime (not just appropriate relationship building conversations) involving consultants and employees alike. If you are a strong contributor, you will become a victim of your success (to quote Dave Skarie former co-CEO).

    The office is bland with dark hallways and dim bathrooms despite the beautiful downtown location. A huge renovation is planned, but the new space will limit or remove access to helpful features (fewer convenient spaces for loud collaborative or private coaching conversations, fewer whiteboards, limited document storage and desk space). On the bright side, the addition of white noise will help keep the distraction level down.

    You'll pay 1% of your salary in city tax, and another $1200 per year in parking.

    Advice to Management

    Put business decisions ahead of politics.

    Invest in stabilizing the company's foundation before adding more acquisitions (identify your bona fide talent with business acumen, rationalize projects, deploy and enforce best practices and reduce tolerance for assumptions, and address ethics and policy violations).


  4. "Overwhelming"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Forest Park, GA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Forest Park, GA

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

    Pros

    People within the same department work well with each. Benefits are ok for management but excellent for hourly employees.

    Cons

    In need of a technology overhaul...everything is paper driven. All departments work against each other. Company has no real identity. Management attemps to build on failed processes.

    Advice to Management

    If it doesn't work, dont add more steps.


  5. "A place to begin"

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    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great first step, with in IT there is no next step for me.
    If you are in production or management this is a great place to get in the door.
    They have a very good internal promotion program.
    HR tries hard to promote a happy work place by offering health fairs and education opportunities.

    Production managers empower plant floor people to make suggestions and improvements.

    Cons

    Communication is a challenge.
    There is still a feeling of hidden agendas with in management.
    Recent consolidation of divisions into Ralcorp is shaking everyones nerves.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is a key to growth. Being open and honest about our business and decisions is helpful.


  6. "Cheap with no bonus hope or equality"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company. Low risk business portfolio.

    Cons

    Low Salary with only the promise of bonus that is arbitrarily determined

    Advice to Management

    Lead. Pay to keep Talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The Ralcorp Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Financially sound, well established company in an excellent line of business (private label foods) to be in especially during a medium to mild economic recession. Many people have switched to private label foods due to a high level of unemployment, and continually climbing gas prices, etc. Lots of oportunity for growth within Ralcorp due to constant changes and aquisitions by the company..

    Cons

    Major lacks of communications between the Corporate office and the divisional food manufacturing plants. Significant performance issues as a result of the communication issues. No clear direction from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the multitude of high level managment teams in the divisions and corporate office down to a smaller number of individuals who actually add value to the business. Seek answers and solutions from the employees of the company that actually do the work and not from the protected Director level class of employees.


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