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Wells' Dairy Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. "Great company to work with"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great management, fun environment.

    Cons

    The location of the HQ is in a very small town called Le Mars, IA.


  2. "Production"

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    Former Employee - Production in Le Mars, IA
    Former Employee - Production in Le Mars, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Money, Okay benefits. Ice cream

    Cons

    People...everyone thinks they are the boss. Long hours, communication between workers and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with employees.

  3. "OK place to work in NW Iowa"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Le Mars, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages for middle management team.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem to be a clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time on the floor.


  4. "Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wells' Dairy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are working for a company that makes a product everyone enjoys. The people within the community really look up to employees of Wells and there is a lot of pride around the product. The company has been very profitable since bringing on the new COO and was able to pay out year end bonuses by 150% two years in a row proving different from the previous cycle of every other three years. The bonuses are highly competitive and on a very structure and fair scale. The operations employee receive above average wages and benefits along with well defined career paths and there is a large emphasis on promotion from within. A person who is not sure if they want to go to college or where their career path is taking them should really give Wells a chance in starting on the ground floor in production. Employees can grow their career and incomes exponentially in just a few years. A crew leader who stays with Wells and works overtime could make $80k+ a year, without having to go to college.

    Cons

    Many of the leaders have been in their roles for a long time and all they know is Wells. They have not kept up with the ever changing business laws and changes to business outside of Wells, if challenged by another company on why they do what they do it would be hard for them to explain the actual logic behind their processes. Wells continues to promote and reward employees who are not encouraging to other employees, and who often create a tense and hostile work environment. I watched several departments lose people over and over just due to one person's attitude.

    Turnover in operations is extremely high due to an ever-changing production schedule. It is almost impossible for a single mother, student, or anyone with any weekly appointments etc. to work around this schedule.

    Benefit costs are slightly high for such a large organization.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "cancers" of the organization. Ask for logic and metrics around decisions versus listening to the senior employees who "bark the loudest".


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. 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.

  8. "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


  9. "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."


  10. "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)


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