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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Growing pains!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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).


  2. "Overwhelming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Ralcorp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work - supportive culture, low turnover

    Cons

    The challenges of being a large, publicly traded company present obvious pressures.


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  5. "Really positive for a contract role."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Packaging Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Contract Packaging Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Location. Incredible people. Understanding management.

    Cons

    Limited ability in scope of work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company. Grew a lot professionally."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a strong culture towards encouraging a good balance between work and life. Also, lots of hidden perks (Cards tickets, etc.).

    Cons

    Most managers are pretty good and open (as with any other company), but a select few are terrible at understanding their team, and encouraging professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Take notice of the people you manage; listen to their ideas, and encourage their professional development. This will benefit the company long term.


  7. "Recieved no feed back on performance, then recieved a poor evaluation. No bonus, no raise."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in North Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in North Ogden, UT

    Pros

    Long hours, but good compensation. Enjoyed co-workers felt there was real teamwork.

    Cons

    Politics, good old boy network, lack of integrity in middle management.

    Advice to Management

    People are a valuable resource. HR should investigate claims that could result in termination. There are always two sides to a story.


  8. "Great people, strong ethics, very collaborative environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been able to create my own opportunities and grow into a position that I'm passionate about. Excellent work/life balance and respectful environment.

    Cons

    Communication within St. Louis is very good but need more communication to plants and other office locations. Still act like we're a small company at times.


  9. "It is better then some places, not as good as others."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the pay is decent,the Work is pretty easy, and most of the people are good to work with. People are will to help out when needed.

    Cons

    attendance policy sucks, lack of communication, group leaders, sometimes do not let you know what is going on. Not enforcing the rules the same.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to people on the floor doing the work, if you have mandatory overtime realize that sometimes u need a day off to do things that you can't get done if you are at work all the time.


  10. "A place to begin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Cheap with no bonus hope or equality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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