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Danone Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.6 80 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Danone Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud

Franck Riboud

(42 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good start and looks good on CV

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood learning experience and overall good company with relevant vision

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementMake it multinational in real sense. It would help you a lot.

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

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

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

    ConsCompensation - 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pleasant environment, Fast decisions

    Senior Brand Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsVery 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, challenging responsibilities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Cons- workload, poor work/life ballance
    - promotion prospects

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for

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

    ProsExcellent training, better then average salary

    ConsThis company is very political,

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey should be more transparent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Good Start!

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast, forward-thinking company

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    Conslow salary compared to industry standards

    Advice to Senior Managementembrace more innovative technologies to reach customers

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    Very demanding but very interesting projects with an exceptional team

    Assistant Brand Manager (Former Employee) Barcelona (Spain)

    Pros-innovative company
    -incredible culture
    -very transparent
    -leader in the market
    -many opportunities
    -possibility to collaborate in different projects

    Cons-no work-life balance
    -very demanding seniors
    -sometimes too many responsibilities for your experience
    -stressful

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from this company if you are in Russia

    Brand Manager (Former Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsVery strong and healthy products, R&D is the best in diary industry and has huge investments into development of new products

    ConsSelf-explanatory - for the last year more than 20 people left marketing out of 45 and the rest are searching for the new jobs. Danone is a chauvinistic company as all the management team in Russia are French, the internal politics is common. Overall the company is under pressure and not growing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou would better clean up the mess in Danone Russia very quickly (especially in marketing), otherwise the situation might deteriorate even further. One of recruiters from the head hunter agency complained, that nobody from the pool of available candidates on the Russian job market wants to work there and there is a negative buzz about Danone as HR brand.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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