Danone Reviews

Updated 3 August 2014
Updated 3 August 2014
82 Reviews

3.5
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Danone Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance if you are not too lasy to do your job in time (in 3 reviews)

  • Good social connections between employes (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Danone is a chauvinistic company as all the management team in Russia are French, the internal politics is common (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danone full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work and learning environment.

    Cons

    Micro management from seniors staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You recruited staff.
    Have courage and faith in thrm to deliver. Dont micro manage them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    To call the experience dreadful would be an understatement.

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    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition  in  Bath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition in Bath, England (UK)

    I worked at Danone full-time for less than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good start and looks good on CV

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danone full-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience and overall good company with relevant vision

    Cons

    This is something that is difficult to understand unless you worked there. It is simply put french business. They are very francocentric - exactly why struggling to expand and grow...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it multinational in real sense. It would help you a lot.

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  5.  

    Danone is a Company where you can have freedom to take decisions. Very nice environment

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Danone full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    freedom to act, matrix structure, nice products (health related), people oriented. Social responsibility projects, relationship between all divisions , shared services department,

    Cons

    Compensation - gap between Directors vs other levels, very focused on the Dairy division, office location (Avenida Paulista), lack of common procedures for all divisions, different benefits

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pleasant environment, Fast decisions

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager

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

    Pros

    Open minded environment, ready to innovate, still exploring new marketing ideas

    Cons

    Very fast moving, therefore not enough time is devoted to evaluation; experienced people on key positions; too many committees & meetings, not enough time for critical decisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, challenging responsibilities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - atmosphere at work
    - benefits package
    - flexible working hours
    - for ambitious people who like challenges

    Cons

    - workload, poor work/life ballance
    - promotion prospects

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Danone full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent training, better then average salary

    Cons

    This company is very political,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should be more transparent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Start!

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  Ealing, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Ealing, England (UK)

    I have been working at Danone full-time for more than a 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
  10.  

    Fast, forward-thinking company

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Danone full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual profile
    Dynamic (it is not unusual for entire projects happen within a couple months)
    Discounted goods

    Cons

    Too informal (lacks processes, relies too much on personal contacts)
    High cost awareness
    Old IT equipment
    High turnover

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work

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    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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