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Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay and very good benefits to full time worked if u Can make it past the first 6 months (in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay compared to everywhere else in the area (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Smithfield Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Demand Planner in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Demand Planner in Smithfield, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smithfield Foods (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have friends above you will be taken care of.

    Cons

    Good ole boys company where friends are taken care of first. No bonuses for non-management employees.


  2. "Rough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waverly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waverly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Several Managers are Amazing, Trying to Improve (Maybe)

    Cons

    Some managers appear to have been raised in a pig barn, unorganized, unprofessional, Long hours, Murphy's Law is unkind to the job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve. If a manager is not doing his job replace him, its easier than loosing money and workers. Find a way to get workers more off time. It is hard to function working 12 days in a row when you have a family.


  3. "Order selector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Greenfield, IN
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Greenfield, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Okay environment

    Cons

    Bad management
    Mandatory EVERYDAY WORK. NO DAY OFF
    3rd shift is overly crowded and management shows favoritism


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  5. "Esperience"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Fayetteville, NC

    I worked at Smithfield Foods (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Income and benefits

    Cons

    Distance , Carpal tunnel in your hands

    Advice to Management

    Also Obtained my Food Service Certificate, Attending Miller Motte College for Medical Assistant


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Decent compensation
    - Approachable Management, especially at the IOC level

    Cons

    - Large disconnect between Smithfield Foods and the other IOC's. Smithfield Foods appears to be the golden palace.
    - Definitely no true middle management. The company likes to give inflated titles to employees, ie - a "Manager" will be performing primarily analyst type duties.
    - You definitely work for every $$ you earn.
    - Lack of true leadership throughout the company, Smithfield Foods and IOC's


  7. "LEMON"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tar Heel, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation. The people are caring and experienced.

    Cons

    A lot of uncertainty about the future. Keep rotating the same ineffective people around. Very little diversity. So many layers of management. Poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume people are idiots because they do things differently than you. It is demeaning and demoralizing.


  8. "Smithfield"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent and in line with industry

    Cons

    Benefits, and management is very sub par

    Advice to Management

    Lose the attitude


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked,Underpaid and thrown away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can bring yourself to kiss the boss's butt you can advance and do pretty well. If you can't you
    end up like me! See above.

    Cons

    Long hours, Cold damp environment, low wages.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as the assets they are. Don't just use them and throw them away.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone is out for themselves"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a free ham at Christmas.

    Cons

    Upper mamagement is only concerned with their own careers. It is not a pleasant place to work because the mentality is to draw blame on others instead of working together to acheive a common goal.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Smithfield doesn't value employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    We get a free ham for Christmas.

    Cons

    There limited potential for growth unless you are in with the who's-who. There is also an uncertainty about layoffs. Employees were let go with not reason other than we don't need you after 30 years.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to employees and make the workplace enjoyable. Happy employees make for productive employees.


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