Danone Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
92 Reviews
3.6
92 Reviews
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Danone Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud
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47 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Senior management is amazing, they take care of employees, held a lot of events (in 4 reviews)

  • International, diverse, career opportunities, responsability (in 3 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England

    I have been working at Danone full-time (more than an 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

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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 an 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    To call the experience dreadful would be an understatement.

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    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition in Bath, England
    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition in Bath, England

    I worked at Danone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - good image based on marketing material they give away;
    - apparently employee-friendly policies (although I never witnessed them)
    - Joined to get experience in the sector

    Cons

    Pretty much everything but will structure more below:
    - People. I've had the worst experience of my life working for this company. I joined with the expectation of becoming a part of the Danone community that they so much advertise internally; in return I was treated like an outsider from the outset as the majority of people there had the same upbringing, values, culture, eating habits, discussion topics; I was the odd man out. It soon became clear to me I could not integrate in this company;

    - Management. Very bad and utterly destructive. In the department I worked, all communication was taken place on an horizontal dimension, basically all bosses would stick together for better and worse and turn against their own individual employees when required.Another point: work expertise; every so often, managers would have absolutely no clue of the work their subordinates were doing every day. In moments of crisis, they would be totally stuck and helpless and then would blame the subordinates for making a mistake and incurring costs on the company. If things went well, they would take the credit; if things went badly, they would be the first to explode and put all evil on the back of their subordinates.

    - Defficient communication - this company is the best example of how double-standards are best practised in a corporate environment. On the facade, Danone advocates open, honest communication;in reality, there was none of it in the department I was working. If for example, you did something wrong, nobody would come to tell you directly and help you improve; by contrast they would approach their own bosses, HR, or any other parties, apart from yourself. By the time you get to hear anything at all, everyone else knows very well what all is wrong with you. Dreadful approach.

    - Extremely hierarchical in reality - Danone promotes itself of a great company with a wide range of benefits where everyone gets on with everyone and everyone works together for the common good of the company. Sounds a bit socialist, doesnt it? Well, the reality is quite different. If you join new, bosses in the entire department will expect you to behave in a certain way just because they are sitting at the ruling desk (and yes, watch out, there is actually a management row of desks in this department where all bosses sit by themselves, far from their teams, I think this needs no further explanation)...

    And sadly, there is so much more, I could write a book about the emotional misery incurred on me by this company, but it's high time I moved on.

    If I were you, I would conduct the background check carefully before joining the Danone world. Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, please see above the references to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Start!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Ealing, England
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Ealing, England

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

    Pros

    -The people are driven and kind and helpful
    -There is free water and yoghurt in the office
    -There is opportunity to move in your department
    -They are supportive and always put family first
    -They have weekly 1-2-1’s with your line manager and regular performance reviews
    -Lots of training avalible
    -Raises your self-awareness

    Cons

    -The don’t pay in line with FMCG and are very open about this
    -They are thinning out middle management so you are left with a lot of tasks and not a lot of time for finding optimisation projects or improvements
    -If you don’t 100% fit the culture of CODE in the way they want you will get overlooked
    -They care more about the how you got the result then the result itself
    - They go back on their word in regards to social issues to save money
    -You will never get the 133% stretch bonus as the benchmark is always changing and moving
    - There is bias in roles and promotion and salary
    - You get ahead by being a yes man to your director

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more autonomy let people challenge the status quo and pay better to keep the good people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to work

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    • 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

  7.  

    Good company, nice office, friendly pple

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    • 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great ideas let down by mixed execution

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    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Cempaka Baru (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Cempaka Baru (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    perfect place to grow and great leadership

    Cons

    challenging and a lot of knowledge and training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HOPE and CODE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    it is a good company to work for

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    • 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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