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Danone Reviews

Updated 20 December 2014
Updated 20 December 2014
101 Reviews
3.6
101 Reviews
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Danone Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Culture, Employee Friendly, Work Life Balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management in Danone global are very open minded and helpful (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • beaucoup de travail et de longues heures (in 3 reviews)

  • Too much internal politics and struggle between departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    good company..something to improve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England

    I have been working at Danone full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good environment
    people friendly
    good worklife balance

    Cons

    some people are not competent enough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate in Trowbridge, England
    Current Employee - Graduate in Trowbridge, England

    I have been working at Danone full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The graduate scheme offers real roles, great benefits and rewards, nice culture

    Cons

    sometimes you have to work longer hours but nothing major

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danone

    Pros

    great work environment, everyone is really helpful, lots of perks

    Cons

    low salary compared to industry standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace more innovative technologies to reach customers

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  5.  

    Good company, nice office, friendly pple

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    culture products people time pressure atmosphere freebies

    Cons

    salary is under average industry by a cool 10%...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the salary!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great ideas let down by mixed execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Director in London, England

    I have been working at Danone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Genuine interest in its people
    - Commitment to healthier consumer solutions
    - Tend to see the slightly longer term horizon
    - Can do culture for a largish company (ie fail or succeed fast)
    - Some genuinely visionary senior management
    - Employees get discounts on brands!

    Cons

    - Still very franco-centric
    - Silly seniority rules based on turn over of area of responsibility - makes it hard to get good people for new ventures or start up phase businesses
    - HR Banding system too limiting
    - Too Euro-centric still
    - Does not have real plan for next generation of healthy but enjoyable products
    - Does not really know what to do with its Nutricia business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more vertically in its product development (from getting well to staying well) - inject some genuine cross cultural leadership at the more senior levels. More agile HR policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Danone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits. Free yoghurt & water at work. You get to own your projects and minimum interference is there from your seniors (providing you are doing a good job). Senior management is amazing, they take care of employees, held a lot of events. Conferences all over the world.

    Cons

    The cash package is not be in line with other companies of similar size. Hard to progress further (in IT atleast) as people tend to stick to their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't say much really, they are awesome! Better than the CEOs of other companies who are solely interested in making bucks for themselves. Say Hi5 to the executives of Danone who are genuinly interested in the people who work for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great for internships

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - As an intern, they will give you big responsabilities and you will learn A LOT. Considering that this is not the average practice for internships in Colombia, I would highly recommend to do it at Danone.
    - Salaries are very good for interns
    - It is a company that tries to innovate everytime (not always achieving that, but, you know what I mean).
    - A lot of young people
    - Transportation facilities (ruta)

    Cons

    - High pressure, for now this is not one of the top companies in Colombia. Also, the market is very agressive and everyday changing.
    - The office is away from everything. This has a direct impact on quality of life (wake up early, arrive home late).
    - As the company has few years in Colombia, you will often find disorder in some processes / practices / procedures. In my point fo view, this is just part of the developing process of the company. But still needs to be improved anyway.
    - A lot of turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To apply more headquartes practices/policies (at least regarding HR). For example, in organizational culture / employee branding. I know that for most Danone's in the world, being a Danoner has a huge background. Here is like working in any company. So, what's special about this one? It is not just if you are or not CODE or the KPI's, I'm pretty sure that this topic could be more deveolped in order to create an organizational identity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    marketing intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danone

    Pros

    dynamic, open minded, well known, leading company in healthy food, good company values

    Cons

    The numeric reporting system in the company is terrible....they are making effort to improve this though. French culture still quite dominant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent competition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Paris (France)

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top level of business practices! You get to work with the smartest, best educated people! Even when they are making mistakes, they are doing it brilliantly. Your experience will be recognized wherever you go. Great environment! It's a great company to be if you are proactive! You can start your own projects and your manager is probably giving you a lot of autonomy (won't guide or develop you either…).

    Cons

    The HR policy! People (specially talented ones) tend to move position very fast, this means that teams are unstable, there is a lot of politics, people are always changing, always adapting, no one has a lot of knowledge/experience in what they are doing. If there was a history of Danone strategies, in some teams you could see the some strategies being "discovered", the same mistakes being made every 5 years… Also, Danone is too french, management is glocal but top management remains french. It's virtually impossible to move between domains, career evolution is vertical only, born a buyer, a buyer you'll die! Mangers manage projects, budgets but not people, you are on your own. Lack of diversity!!!! Everyone is WHITE and YOUNG...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your HR policy! Have some old, wise people. Make managers accountable for the development of their teams and start working on horizontal career evolutions!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    it is a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Danone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good life work balance, they give you freedom to develop your own way and they have a lot of development opportunities.

    Cons

    sometimes you need to search for technical information alone by your self and sometimes you will not find a prepared standard, all what you need to do is to network alone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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