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Updated March 20, 2017
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  1. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable; very low turnover; friendly employees; lots of employee events and activities; great benefits; employees are treated well.

    Cons

    Sometimes less progressive than they could be; resistant to change at times. Hopeful that this will begin to change soon.

    Advice to Management

    When you're in a high level position you don't always have the best understanding of what is needed for day to day activities and lower level employees... listen to your staff and be open to new things.


  2. "Finance Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Finance in Shawnee, KS
    Former Intern - Finance in Shawnee, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seaboard as an intern

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn about Fortune 500 company. Seaboard has so many branches of business that are very interesting to learn about. Everyone was incredibly friendly too.

    Cons

    At times the work was slow. I felt bored sometimes and there wasn't always work for me to do, even after asking for something to keep me busy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the current culture, it's really a great place to work and the workers are generally happy. They all seem to take value in the work that they do and they understand their part and how they contribute to the overall business. I would recommend discontinuing or removing their role in some underperforming segments of their business.


  3. "Great place to work, family environment, decent benefits, 'healthy environment', and room to grown."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee Mission, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are not the greatest but they are okay. Work loads always seem to expand, however, compensation makes up for it; your job expands then your pay does as well. The assistant positions are for the higher executives only and the pay is above average for executive administrative positions in the Johnson County area.
    When I worked there, what I loved most was that you have a guideline to your job description but they let you make the work your own and no-one was standing over your shoulder.
    The executives are down to earth and you would have no clue you were standing next to billionaires. They are absolutely wonderful.
    Lots of activities, team happy hours, Royals games, sponsored runs, habitat for humanity, etc. There is a gym in the building and you also get a discounted rate at a nearby gym.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth in the KC office, which is the headquarters. Most people have been there for YEARS and don't plan to go anywhere anytime soon (thats saying allot right there). There are overseas positions and positions with some of the subsidiaries like Butterball, Seaboard Marine, Seaboard Foods, and PS, International.
    Although its nice to not have anyone over your shoulder all the time, it is also nice to get feedback and reviews but unless you are high-level executive you don't receive reviews and you don't get feedback unless you ask for it. You have to branch out to expand your job or no-one seems to know what you really do.
    Allot of the employees workout which you think would be good BUT then you find that if you don't workout, you don't belong. There are actually cliques for those that workout, those that smoke, and the younger crowd that forgets to get fully clothed before going to work. If you don't workout over lunch with the majority of the building you can feel really looney because they will outcast you quickly.
    Senior-level management is often heard joking about other employees, their personal lives, and how provocative they dress, etc. The majority of Senior execs are men and the HR department is all women and one man. The man will always share your personal business, nothing confidential is actually confidential.

    Advice to Management

    Start offering job appropriate training course to excel workers skills or offer to pay for outside job appropriate training.
    Put in place process and procedures that are consistent and clear. There are allot of duties that should be clear across the board but they are not, therefore, everyone is doing it differently and it creates a mess.
    Pay attention to the workload level that is being plead on your employees and ensure that they are being properly compensated for the level of work they are performing.
    Start performing reviews so employees can work toward goals and see opportunities ahead.


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  5. "Great long term career company"

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

    Pros

    Seaboard is a publicly traded company still run like a family business in many regards. Management cares about the employees at all levels and is very effective in evaluating business opportunities in various sectors. The company extends very attrative benefits to the employees including company provided pension, 401k plan and ample leave time. Steve Bresky is very visable and approachable. The management structure throughout the company is very flat and most executives have several direct reports which allows the executives to be well informed on all fronts. Company also supports the community in many areas and invites employees to particiapte as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of communication on vision for the company.

    Advice to Management

    None- Very good team of leaders


  6. "Nice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seaboard full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work at

    Cons

    i have nothing negative to say


  7. "A very bad company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Yarmouth, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Yarmouth, NS (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I don't see anything worthy of pros.

    Cons

    Disgusting company...they are not there for you. They don't even investigate complaints. They just deny your defence, & without investigating, terminate, without proof. BEWARE!

    Advice to Management

    Drain the swamp

    Seaboard Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – HR Director

    Seaboard Corporation does not have any entities in this part of Canada, nor any drivers in Canada. There are other companies with Seaboard in the name which are in this part of Canada and believe ... More


  8. "Finance Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Seaboard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    global company with high standards

    Cons

    decentralised back office is inefficient


  9. "Good enough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Reliable, honest, professional, trustful, good salary

    Cons

    there is no any cons at all


  10. "Great Working Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Finance in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seaboard (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Although very professional environment, family values are of the utmost importance. Vast management and cultural experiences, local and international available to all.

    Cons

    Sometimes regional managers personalities gets in the way of getting the best of individual performers. Local culture of affiliate branches needs to be respected at all time regardless of resent management background.

    Advice to Management

    Better individual periodic objective assessments are needed especial for international assignments. Cross management from various affiliates would be of great value.


  11. "Life flour"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Newcastle, Down, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance in Newcastle, Down, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Seaboard (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good accomodation; very good benefits. Swimming pool provided at all quarters free

    Cons

    Salary not up to industry standards; management quite demanding, and left little scope for employee to act on own initiative

    Advice to Management

    give employees more scope to act on own initiative