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Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance if you are in the right job (in 56 reviews)

  • Good benefits, growth structure is sound (in 102 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great career choice!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in George, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in George, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly a monday through friday work week. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Many, many. A few are: When a weekend event takes place, at any unit in the area, as a manager, you are considered "free labor" so you have to work without any compensation. The shrinking business segment results in shrinking opportunities. Once you reach a certain level, which is not that high, there is really no where else to go. Because we pay our hourly people so little, it is difficult to keep a full staff. Manager raises occour annually and never exceed a 2% increase. The raises are therefore less than inflation, while insurance rises every year. Not all financial performance information shared with even unit managers.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No Appreciation of Employees"

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    Current Employee - BMET II in Brentwood, TN
    Current Employee - BMET II in Brentwood, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Health Insurance, Decent Benefits Package

    Cons

    Lack of Managment Support, No personal time what so ever seems like I am always working, Pay does not meet work demands, Management has no respect for the true workers.

    Advice to Management

    Most employees get away with murder. While others have to pickup their slack because managment doesn't hold them accountable. Also, If I have to be woke up all hours of the night because other people are incompetant then I should be compensated for it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sodexo overworks and underpays all it's non-management staff and cares little about their leisure time."

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    Current Employee - Lead in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Lead in Binghamton, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They will hire anyone. Always job openings. Layoffs are very rare. You get a good meal everyday. Easy to transfer to another Sodexo location, they are all over the country. Overtime is very plentifull. Payday is every week.

    Cons

    They expect you to work very long hours. Pay is one of the lowest, for what they expect from you workwise. Hard to have much of a social life with all the hours you work. You have to work long hours though to get a decent paycheck. Too many crazy rules to follow. Impossible to follow through properly on all their policy requirements.

    Advice to Management

    They should try doing the job that they expect us to do. Not enough trained staff, and not enough allotted manhours to properly do what they expect. They don't have a clue what we need to get the job done. Pay your decent and loyal employees a decent wage, you'll get less turnover. Family time before worktime.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Wrong Emphasis"

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    Former Employee - District Manager Corporate Services in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - District Manager Corporate Services in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to work independently. Believe me, you will be on your own spending the majority of your time putting out fires and defending your company from dissatisfied clients.

    Cons

    A company that places an emphasis on completing tasks that are internal rather than external. In other words, you will spend your time satisfying the need of the marketing department, sales department, finance department etc. etc. before addressing the needs of your clients.
    As a district manager, you will have 1 full time job answering to "Sodexo" and another full time job taking care of your client's needs.

    Advice to Management

    Give the resources back to the most important people in the organization- the ones that deal with the clients.
    Reduce the demands placed on District Managers internally. The position should be about answering the needs of the clients so that business can be retained.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "What did I do to deserve this treatment?"

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    Current Employee - Cook/Supervisor in Huntington, IN
    Current Employee - Cook/Supervisor in Huntington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The Insurance package. VAcation time, when you get it. The friendship you develop with other workers.

    Cons

    No communcation between upper mangerment and workers. Haven't had a review in sometime. Managers has something against women in the workplace. Managers try to turn workers like them, cold-heart , don't care who they run over. No matter how sick you are, they (managers) believes you should still go to work. Unfair to workers that managers get bigger salaries and bonus for less work, and the workers gets nickles and dimes raises for their hard, endless work they do to make the company look good. Workers Morale has hit rock bottom.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and Smell the roses and listen to your workers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sodexo a short term employer"

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    Current Employee - Clerk in Romeoville, IL
    Current Employee - Clerk in Romeoville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a short term job with decent pay for a month or two. You do get to eat on the company as part of your benefits. There is overtime while employed by these people.

    Cons

    They fire keep the cost of unemployment and benefits down. Employee turnover is huge at this location. Someone gets hired thinking they have a chance at a steady job and then are released before benefits are available. Good for the company ; bad for the American worker. hours go up as people are constanted released before their probationary period is over. Does each part of Sodexo follow this employee program?

    Advice to Management

    You are making a living, give those at the bottom as chance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Work at Sodexo until you can find a better job!"

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    Former Employee - BMET II in Hazard, KY
    Former Employee - BMET II in Hazard, KY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a good place to get experience in the Biomedical field. I did enjoy my co-workers, but generally they were as frustrated as I.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. They treat their employees like slaves and don't expect you to have a personal life. They are only concerned with how much the bonus checks will be. My manager would have been a strong contender in the Special Olympics. I was often forced to take Comp Time when I actually had worked overtime. The on-call system is terrible. Who wants to get out of bed at three in the morning to go in to change a battery.

    Advice to Management

    Take a very serious look at your Acct. Managers. Mine was completely clueless and couldn't spell anything.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dead-end job"

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    Former Employee - Operations Accountant in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Accountant in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's a large company with billions in revenue and there's so much voluntary turnover that job security is very high.

    Cons

    Directors were working there for 25+ years and that's not because the company is a great place to work but because no one there wants anything better.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on promises you make to employees and don't advertise the company as one where someone can make a 'career', it's just a job.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away from Sodexo unless you have no other alternatives"

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Warren, NJ
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Warren, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some of the good points of working at Sodexo were: decent benefits, paid holidays, weekends and holidays off, steady hours

    Cons

    In 3 years of working there I never once saw someone get promoted from hourly to management. Work environment was frantic and disorganized at best. Management used scare tactics (threatening job security to keep employees in line). Low pay, and many of my former co-workers complained of not getting raises ever. Management forced people to take days off to make labor goals. It seemed to me that management didn't really care a bit about their workers, and generally viewed them as expendable and replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better for starters. Give talented people some recognition. There was very low morale at my account, and maybe if the company did more to provide a positive work environment their employees would be much more productive?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They have a long way to go!"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employee bennfits are outstanding for management and not hourly employees.

    Cons

    Corporate Services allows managers to hire family members and friends at the same accounts. Sodexo looks for ways to skirt around Unions.

    Advice to Management

    Review all Corporate Services Accounts and you will see a ton of employee issues.


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