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Wells' Dairy Reviews

Updated October 16, 2016
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  1. "Good place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time

    Pros

    coworker and supervisor are nice. Good environment for work.

    Cons

    Kind of long time for the shift. 10 hours


  2. "Zero Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Crew Leader in Le Mars, IA
    Current Employee - Crew Leader in Le Mars, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wells' Dairy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay. Immediate Management good to work for. Great Co Workers.

    Cons

    Corporate Management have no clue what their employees go through to make them well off. Employees have given up a lot for the company with very little in return. Zero appreciation from Corporate Management which can be verified with the pre contract offer.

    Advice to Management

    Get new talent that will look out for the employees and not their own pocketbook. Greed is the Wells Leadership Way.


  3. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Position offered many challenges that improved my skill set. Deadlines were tight and workload continually overflowing. Always a higher priority request to require a shuffle of projects.

    Cons

    Inadequate tools designed by someone with little end user experience. At times a lack of direction and common objectives. Disconnection among departments with little desire to align. Long work hours, no respect for personal time and vacation schedule. Work / life balance nonexistent


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Le Mars, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Le Mars, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time

    Pros

    Equal Opportunity Employer: No matter how unskilled or incompetent you are, Wells Enterprises believes that you too should have the opportunity to be in a leadership role. If you have aspirations of being a Brand Manager, Senior Director or VP and you have absolutely no experience or talent, this is a great company to get ahead. The organization will happily subsidize your inadequacy by hiring high contributors that you can cipher "contribution credits" from. No need to worry about them expecting to be valued or stick around to be rewarded, as they burn them out and push them out before anyone can ever pause to ask exactly what you have contributed beyond flushing millions of dollars in failed, uninformed, initiatives. Come have your mediocrity celebrated!

    High Values: Small town family values, that is. Aside from that there is no moral compass. Lying and taking credit for others work is practiced so commonly and consistently that it is a part of the cultural fabric. One of the most unethical companies I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    Cons? Everything, as there are no pros. The only reason why I gave it a two star rating is because there is still a chance for the new COO to right this ship. The organization has every chance of being a strong contender in the category. As of now, the organization is so toxic and cronyism-ladened that they do more to stunt their own growth than any competitor ever could. One might assume that this is an exaggeration. Allow Incompetence Exhibit A to be that despite the fact that the company name is Wells Enterprises, and has been for quite some time, you will still see it referred to as Wells Dairy far more frequently. This is a billion dollar CPG company that is well over 50 years old, not a start up. There is no excuse for your brand to be so inconsistent that you can't even make the effort to make sure that your company name is consistent in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    You have frequent layoffs where you continuously chop at the legs of the table, when it's the table tops across the organization that are your weak links. There are entirely too many bad seeds in senior leadership roles. This is a major hurdle to attracting/keeping strong talent. As a family owned business, that is the primary employer in this region, it would behoove you to take that legacy and responsibility seriously enough to cut out the cancers within your organization.


  6. "Senior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Sioux City, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Sioux City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Senior executive leadership demonstrate strong personal convictions and alignment with corporate goals.
    Manufacturing and marketing ice cream provides strong affinity between consumers, the company, and brand characteristics.
    Opportunities to set personal goals that contribute to advancement of your career, provided they align with corporate goals and objectives.
    Exciting marketing implications for a brand that is growing and positioned as a challenger brand to leading national ice cream brands owned by national and international conglomerates.
    Competitive pay, typically higher than other companies in this part of the midwest.

    Cons

    Still trying to find the right mix between supply and demand as drivers of overall business strategy, leaving a fair amount of uncertainty in the corporate structure.
    I experienced three significant corporate restructures during my nine years with Wells.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook aspiring talent within the company as you seek to fill key positions with "outsiders."


  7. "So far, so good -"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very comfortable environment, friendly management

    Cons

    Previous mass-layoffs (more frequent than you'd think)


  8. "Don't do it..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Trying to think of some...i guess LeMars is a great small town and there are a lot of community services for such a limited size community. On the other hand everyone knows everyone else's business.

    Cons

    Everything else...seriously this is not a fun place to work. In fact the object of management, by that i mean senior management all the way up to Mike Wells, is to not make it fun and suck all the joy out of life so you take your job seriously and have no work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Leave and take your negative attitudes with you...


  9. "Enjoyed Being a Part of the Wells Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company - flexible schedule, intelligent/passionate co-workers/team members, very positive/upbeat environment.

    Cons

    If you aren't from LeMars, IA it can be a bit of a culture shock. It's a very rural, remote area and although I didn't have any complaints about the company or the work - it was difficult to adjust to remoteness of the area, being from a larger area.

    Advice to Management

    Consider remote workers to draw in and keep talent from larger metropolitan areas.


  10. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fast paced with work life flexibility

    Cons

    Too much free ice cream


  11. "Growing Brands and Business but Has Some Culture Issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brands are getting stronger with better management, leading to better business results overall
    Ownership & Management willing to take appropriate risks to compete succesfully
    Principled CEO
    Fairly good work-life balance
    Midwest personalities, despite political environment
    Great corporate facility, considering the location is Northwest Iowa!
    Fun product to develop and sell!

    Cons

    Too much politics
    Understaffed in some areas, can cause deadlines to be extreme in otherwise healthy culture
    Some of the longest-tenured employees are too set in the "Wells way" of doing things

    Advice to Management

    Go above and beyond in demonstrating you clearly care for your people, don't just give lip servie to that principle
    Create real opportunities for development and advancement in all areas
    Make sure to have enough staff to fully get the job done



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