Ocean Spray FAQ

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28 English questions out of 28

22 October 2018

What is health insurance like at Ocean Spray?

Pros

co-worker, organized management, safety

Cons

heavy workload, no health benefit

Advice to Management

Value the employer's education level or other related experience

heavy workload, no health benefit

22 October 2018

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27 February 2019

What is the retirement plan like at Ocean Spray?

Pros

-The people are the heart and soul of the company and most are talented, hard-working, and enjoyable to work with. I made many friendships at Ocean Spray that I expect will last a lifetime. -Working for a farmer-owned cooperative gives a sense of purpose not found at other corporate companies, however, since the new leadership team took over the interaction and connection with grower-owners has decreased significantly. -Work life balance in most departments is good. Depending on the manager, they allow for flexible hours and remote working arrangements. There are half day Fridays in the summer and over the holidays. -Benefits package (health insurance, 401k match) are competitive.

Cons

Working at Ocean Spray taught me what to watch out for with future employers. During my time there, the company underwent a complete leadership turnover, multiple re-orgs, and several rounds of layoffs. While the changes initially seemed positive and geared at turning around a declining business, the new leadership has retained many of the issues from the ‘old Ocean Spray’ and changed the culture to a cut-throat, fear driven environment. Direction from leadership regarding strategy is not consistent or effective, which leaves lower level employees unable to make the decisions necessary to do their jobs and drive the business forward, resulting in frantic energy, wasted time, and missed opportunities. Most people are extremely stressed, all the time, which leaves them with a short fuse. I agree with a previous review that describes meetings as shouting matches – this was also a common occurrence for me. Leadership and HR put more of an emphasis on what gets done than how it gets done, meaning that several ineffective (and often toxic) managers go un-checked at the expense of good employees. On top of the challenging culture, compensation is below industry average, and the effects of the struggling business are passed on to employees. Last year no bonuses were paid out, and no salary increases were given (not even a cost of living increase). Many employees deserving of promotions are not receiving the promotion or recognition they deserve. A lot of talented, hard-working employees have already chosen to leave the company, and I expect more will follow.

Advice to Management

Prioritize supporting employees and creating a culture that is enjoyable to work at. The company is full of smart and driven people that are capable of turning the business around if given a supportive environment rather than one driven by fear. Empower employees to make the decisions necessary to get the job done to stop all of the back-tracking and wasted time on project teams. Be transparent! Trust in leadership is low, which further contributes to the tumultuous culture. Align on strategy at the top and present a unified, consistent message to employees.

Benefits package (health insurance, 401k match) are competitive.

27 February 2019

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30 June 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at Ocean Spray?

Pros

What is Ocean Spray like now? Lots of opportunity for people that thrive in change, process optimization, agile work methods, innovation, and execution. If you want a cushy job to fill the time or like to complain about stuff without driving solutions or change, then you should not work here. The company is in the midst of a massive overhaul of systems, processes, work methods, and organizational structure and culture. I have never been more optimistic for the future of the company. The new leadership team is supportive, dynamic, forward thinking, and strategic. Most negative comments directed to the leadership are from toxic people or people that want the old Ocean Spray culture and leadership to come back. That ship sailed because it was fostering a downward trend. In a fast-moving change environment mistakes have been made and will be made, that is to be expected, but with strong leadership and rewards for risk taking, you can still move in a positive direction. If you want to be part of building something that will drive the company for many years to come and enjoy working hard and smart, please stay if you work here or come to work here. We will thrive together!

Cons

The people that are not up for all of the change and do not have the courage to find another job that will make them happy. The sad side of optimizing an organization where good people doing transactional activities are laid because of a more efficient cost model. Those good people will be missed.

Advice to Management

Do not waiver in your mission to fix the core and restore growth, we want and expect your leadership and vision and will in turn execute and lead. Continue to communicate often and take constructive criticism but ignore and remove the toxic people

The new leadership team is supportive, dynamic, forward thinking, and strategic.

30 June 2019

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8 April 2019

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Ocean Spray?

Pros

It is refreshing to work for a cooperative where the farmers-owners are directly involved with the business.

Cons

New management has been on an 18 month (and continuing) path of destruction where new leadership fought with each other over turf and was unable to form a cohesive strategy or execute anything, and then blamed both past leadership/CEOs and those under the management team for the lack of business results (over a year in!). Employees are constantly treated as if its their own fault the business is failing and the culture is at its lowest point in probably the cooperative's history. Management has asked its people-leaders to model their behavior - including yelling at others in meetings, degrading others ideas and ultimately treating others with disrespect under the guise of a "Drive" corporate value and this completely insane idea that the OSC culture is too much of a victim and needs toughening up. Those leaders that fall in line by undermining their colleagues or taking an 'at all costs' mentality towards execution, as asked, are rewarded. Those that resist modeling negative behaviors are called victims and asked to leave. Repeated RIFs over the past year, sometimes multiple times a month, reek of desperation and a lack of a handle on the business or strategy.

Advice to Management

You wasted a year because you failed to listen and assess before starting down the path, and now you're backtracking. No one needs to tell you that you're gutting the future by removing anyone that isn't focused on immediate execution, but that does have implications for the long term health of the coop, of which you are entrusted as a steward. Take a deep breath and look back to your own personal values and ask if your employees (both recently departed and current) are being treated as you would want your own family treated during a challenging time (if you think they are being treated well, then you need to dig further). You can do this (including restructuring, etc.) without the negative behaviors you and your teams have been demonstrating and employing. The growers only have one shot at this. Whether or not its your goal, the path you are currently on will force you into a sell decision if you don't pause and listen.

Repeated RIFs over the past year, sometimes multiple times a month, reek of desperation and a lack of a handle on the business or strategy.

8 April 2019

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7 June 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Ocean Spray?

Pros

Beautiful Lakeville campus Half day Fridays in the summer ( at corporate) Good benefits

Cons

Poor communication - every meeting talks about open and honest communication but that never truly happens. Bad low level management - bad lower level management and when you go to HR about the issues you get no where. No advancements - as much as upper management and HR talk about all of the amazing opportunity to advance your career, it never happens, if you do not have an MBA you will go no where and be in a dead end job.

Advice to Management

Don't just talk about making changes, actually get down to the lower employee level to find out what's going on. There are a number of toxic employees including managers who are making day to day life unbearable.

as much as upper management and HR talk about all of the amazing opportunity to advance your career, it never happens, if you do not have an MBA you will go no where and be in a dead end job.

7 June 2019

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