Danone North America Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 7 Oct 2018

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Danone North America CEO Shane Grant
Shane Grant
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Pros
  • "Company offers good benefits and there is opportunity to grow(in 28 reviews)

  • "Good people, free yogurt and multiple schedules(in 27 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work-Life balance was hard sometimes(in 43 reviews)

  • "french culture can be tough for upper management at times(in 16 reviews)

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    1. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Managerd

      7 Oct 2018 - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
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      Pros

      Free Yogurt thats it !

      Cons

      Was great prior to integration, WW destroyed culture. Top heavy management specifically HR with little vision and zero hands on skill. In summary this is what will happen 1. Loss of Talent - Post integration strong talent left or will continue due to unrealistic expectation from senior upper management specially in HR & Marketing 2. Existing management will promote useless remaining talent to justify their pay and buy time until all integration business or system 3. Soldiers roles will continue to get burnt out resulting in high attrition 4. Integration will continue to be a mess. To to justify and probably the right thin to do, Central leadership will finally start firing leadership starting from HR 5. New Leadership (more expensive) will try to do patch work. Based on which CULTURE (very imp!) will either start to improved or continue to deteriorate for some time 6. By the time it improves product disruption will have taken place and Danone will be up for sale or severe cost cutting measures.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Negative Culture + Chaotic Process

      28 Jul 2015 - Associate Manager in White Plains, NY
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      Pros

      Generous vacation benefits (but not always easy to use). Free yogurt, all day and every day. Opportunity to work with very talented people (although many leave within one year) and learn a lot because projects move very quickly. A fast track promotion if you are a hard worker and politically aligned with the "in crowd." Entrepreneurial, if you want to take on new projects there’s lots of opportunities to do so.

      Cons

      A highly political environment, managers are quick to throw others under the bus and point fingers instead of proactively managing teams/projects and learning from new processes. Politics overshadows talent and promotions are often given individuals who are political and/or culturally more similar to upper management. Incredibly lean organization with long hours; there’s a complete lack of work-life balance. Strategies are constantly shifting (no consistency) and resources are always constrained, leading to inefficient efforts on everyone’s part. Be prepared to work weekends and late nights to take care of last minute changes. Competition among within teams is encouraged to a level that is detrimental to the team. Much of middle management is very arrogant and egotistical and do no practice what they preach. Managers are more focused on self-promotion than team development and are quick to throw others under the bus. There’s a complete lack of professionalism among some Managers and Directors. CODE is a great philosophy but its skewed interpretation has led to a terribly negative culture in the White Plains office. If you are looking for good opportunities in FMCG/CPG - I would recommend looking outside of Dannon.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      A Lot Of Bosses, Not Many Leaders

      21 Feb 2015 - Customer Business Manager 
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      Pros

      Great marketing support, solid brands with good equity, single category focus, strong product development, generous amount of PTO days, compensation and benefits.

      Cons

      Upper management not integrating with all departments, the "open" office environment, very lean organization in terms of head count, limited support for the sales team which strongly inhibits growth, European style management that is unfamiliar on how to go-to-market in the U.S.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Vision - execution falls a little short

      6 Jan 2016 - Customer Finance Specialist in Murray, UT
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      Pros

      - Great benefits and time off policy - Decent starting salary - Fast pace environment, never boring - Great place to grow your skills - Nice office environment

      Cons

      - Upper management doesn't take time to understand the day to day details - Raises are a little low compared to experience at previous companies - Promotions aren't always given to employees that deserve it. Seems almost biased to men.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Customer solutions

      21 May 2016 - Customer Solutions Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
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      Pros

      The benefits are great! The PTO is very generous however management makes it almost impossible to use it. The tuition reimbursement program is great motivation to continue your education.

      Cons

      I worked with the company for 12 years and held 4 different positions. They paid for 2 degrees including my masters degree, however I was passed up for a management position 3 times. I tried to improve the department moral and create teamwork but upper management seen my actions as "insubordination". I was labeled difficult when I tried to get the department to follow the company culture of being a great place to work. I was told by management that I shouldn't work there anymore because I didn't "fit in". The office is filled with drama and lies that create a very hostile work environment. Unfortunately The department HR is in NY and doesn't pay attention to what really goes on in the TX office.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Was a good place to learn, went downhill the last year

      31 Jan 2013 - Sales 
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      Pros

      -Great benefits and good salary

      Cons

      -Some managers are only looking out for themselves, very poor coaching and not a sense of a team - Poor communication at all levels; not recognition for any work done or in what direction to go - People that work hard and aren't highly "political" are often ignored or let go - Upper management does a poor job giving direction; there is never a clear idea on what the goal is - They preach CODE but very few people follow it - Very few people can be trusted or feel like a teammate

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      7 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Associate Category Manager

      6 Sep 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Growing category, smart people, good pay.

      Cons

      Politics supersede talent and common sense. Management will re-org everything at the drop of a hat -- i.e. your position / title no longer exists. Management also has unrealistic expectations of what you can do with an account from a growth perspective. Odd to say, but upper management is an international boys club.. and it seems like they have no plans to change that.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      A good company messed up

      28 Jan 2010 - Category Manager 
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      Pros

      smaller company - lots of visibility throughout organization one of the few growth categories in food US arm of company is small but part of a huge international company

      Cons

      upper management (although I believe many of the "leaders" who made Dannon a miserable place to work have recently left) lack of work life balance very sales driven nepotism

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      You Are Only a Cog on a Wheel Waiting to Wear Out and Be Replaced

      14 May 2013 - Customer Business Manager 
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      Pros

      1-Great, benefits 2-Awesome co-workers who care 3-Opportunity to Grow

      Cons

      1-Just do not tell anyone the honest truth of how you appreciate those benefits, because you will be seen as a person who is not fully committed to relentlessly labor for the Dannon way. 2-Try to enjoy your co-workers, but most of them are nose deep in excessive amounts of work just trying to catch a breath of personal life, as are you. Dannon seldom trains, mentors or develops people to meet their responsibilities. They place employees in overextended situations and due to attrition beyond levels of effective productivity for the company. 3-You grow if you know someone that will look out for you, otherwise you just have various critical eyes waiting for you to mess up so their buddy from some other company, where they originally came from, is waiting for your position. Dannon is great for people whom have been trained and invested in fully, by other companies. 4-Change is good, God knows that it is, but changing for the sake of changing (everything: company structure, product lines, timelines, the list goes on...) every month and on a whim with little to support the reason for the change, just makes for countlessly lost hours of work and a diminished self-value due to the lack of appreciation of upper management, and as a consequence direct managers. 5-Replace the word stability in your vernacular, by the words 'Crisis Mode." These words are the CEO's and the rest of his SLT's favorite. You cannot expect to work to live, no that would only be a dignity some human beings can have, but you are just a cog. You live to work and if you think otherwise, do not fret, you will be ejected and replaced in an expeditious manner. They fire people every 3 to 6 months, it is only a matter of time, one cycle you are up, another you are just some guy who could not get it done after they increased your workload.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company to work for.

      11 Oct 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, lots of learning opportunities. Good benefits. Fast paced environment.

      Cons

      Upper management is not American. Appears if you want to move your way up at US Dannon, you need to come from another country .

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