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Smithfield Foods Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits (health, dental, vision); town hall meeting with good food and paid time attending; good security for employees while they work (in 20 reviews)

  • Good pay,and the hours are good (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours management does not seem to care about the amount of time you put in as long as the job gets done (in 15 reviews)

  • The is no work/life balance, the plant will operate on the weekend following the holiday to make up for lost production (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "I was a line worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Tarheel, NC
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Tarheel, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was very easy. Everyone there was nice and worked together. I got paid very good and we took lunch almost every 2 hours so thats how we kept up with our time.

    Cons

    I Started working second shift it really werent that bad unless you are use to the cold weather(below freezing).It was from 6-3 to 4 in the morning whenever the line was finished.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work sir. You did an awesome job.
    always stayed busy. oh and please watch the new people that put stuff on the floor and think its okay. just keep your eyes open they are just waiting on their 90 days


  2. "Good opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Sirloin Deboner/Trimmer in Tar Heel, NC
    Former Employee - Sirloin Deboner/Trimmer in Tar Heel, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady income
    Laid-back work environment
    Fast paced
    Good benefits
    Easy and fast hiring process (if you qualify)

    Cons

    Cold/hot work environment
    Management
    2nd shift low hours in summer
    5-6 day, 8 hour, shift (sometimes 10-12 for 1st shift)
    Little chance of advancement

    Advice to Management

    Better conflict- resolution
    Create more opportunity for employee advancement

  3. "laborer"

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    Former Employee - Packer in Clinton, NC
    Former Employee - Packer in Clinton, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady working, always moving, close to home for driving. Salary was good and benefits. Working with other employees who were reliable as I was.

    Cons

    Extremely hot since I worked during the summer months but this is a factory job working with cooking meats and product. Some employees were young so I had to adjust working with them most of my peers were reliable.

    Advice to Management

    rotate employees more and hire more mature employees according to their work background rather than an educational experience is always a better tool to use.


  4. "fantastic company"

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    Current Employee - Bulk Line Operator in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Bulk Line Operator in Saint Charles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits paid holidays ...only eight hour shifts

    Cons

    none.. the breaks are great ..time flies

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  5. "IT intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Smithfield Foods as an intern

    Pros

    Great pay, travel, culture, interesting learning about hogs

    Cons

    Not very accepting of progressing within the IT branch of their company


  6. "I really enjoyed working at Smithfiled, and wish I could have continued to work there. However, due to unforeseen circum"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It paid very good, always had work. Made great product for different stores all over the world.

    Cons

    The sight I worked at it was very cold. Freezing actually at the end of the night your toes would be numb.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management keep up the good work. Also make sure everyone is ding their job like they should.


  7. "production"

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    Current Employee - Production in Milan, MO
    Current Employee - Production in Milan, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Expirience in food process with knife, pull of tongues, round heads, ear cut, trimming tongs.

    Cons

    I don have any. I believe that is a good company to work.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time

    Pros

    Good pay. Excellent benefits. Good supervisors. Plant managers. Good working environment.

    Cons

    None really always have to take the good with the bad.


  9. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smithfield Foods full-time

    Pros

    Management support, salary, benefits, HR is helpful

    Cons

    Summer hours would be a great addition


  10. "Great people benefits and company as well as responsible animal care"

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    Current Employee - Manager Training in Ivanhoe, NC
    Current Employee - Manager Training in Ivanhoe, NC

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

    Pros

    This company tries to make a good impact on the environment and tries to provide responsible animal care.

    Cons

    Not for people who are not morning people


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