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  1.  

    Good internship

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    Former Intern - Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Intern - Intern in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at Danone as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting internship with a lot of responsibilities.

    Cons

    No job offered after the internship.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting company with lack of sincerity and very high personnel turnover

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kiev (Ukraine)

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

    Pros

    Its very good company to start a carrier with international business management approaches. Lots of free trainings. Free yoghurt everyday:) All managers have corporate cars. Modern office. Team buildings etc..

    Cons

    Very slow promotion. Mostly impossible to become a director (departments head) as usually they receive new ones from France (80%) or other countries. PDR (personal development review) is a mean of punishment and position change or even company's leave instead of real development! Corporate culture CODEF (commitment-open-doer-empower-fun) is simulation for top-management directors and very cynical attitude. Very strange salary policy, ex. my predecessor received 2 times higher salary and worked 2 time less efficiency. So if you are really doer you will receive less than undoer:))) I had around 4 persons upper management and 1 direct subordinates and dozen of cross-functionals and in the same time was responsible for everything even for a partners part of job)))

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn CODEF (commitment-open-doer-empower-fun) instead of only fun into real openness and commitment (and other letters) from directors and management. More sincerity in attitude and higher payment for real doers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great for internships

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    • 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
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  5.  

    marketing intern

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent competition

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    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
  7.  

    Great people and challenging tasks

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danone

    Pros

    The multicultural team was very interesting

    Cons

    Difficult job market situation in Spain makes the company be based on 25-year old interns...

  8.  

    manager

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    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
  9.  

    it is a good company to work for

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    • 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
  10.  

    Good Company to Learn, not so much to Grow

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    Very open company. You can learn by doing and you can experiment.

    Cons

    Career Plans never go through and rotation in the area makes it hard to implement long term strategies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    This company is many different companies - vastly different culture depending on business unit & country

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schiphol (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schiphol (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Good company to grow in. Successful individuals with supportive bosses have great career opportunities here. Internal promotions are valued & sought. Culture fosters creativity & new ideas - how easy/quick/possible it is to make things happen depends largely on where exactly one sits (geographically & in the food chain).

    Cons

    Whereas there's a lack of structure & processes in some areas, there is an overabundance of sometimes unnecessary/burdensome processes in others. Promotions & access to training/development depends largely on the support/activity of one's manager. There are no stringent processes and policies in place that would ensure equality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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