Danone

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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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    Manager (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsStrong leadership, global company but with a local touch

    Conscould benefit from a more international leadership

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

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

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    Danone gaves me a lot of useful things that I need in my career. I learned a lot about Business Development, Sales etc.

    Junior Business Development Manager (Current Employee) Almaty (Kazakhstan)

    ProsYou work with dairy products. Mission of danone is: "BRINGING HEALTH THROUGH FOOD TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE". And You are part of this strategy.

    ConsMany people leave their jobs. Danone do not try detain them.

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

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    Great company for interning, a lot of responsibilities and support from the company to learn.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- High responsibilities
    - Good working environment

    Cons- You have to be able to be very flexible and adapt to change (fast-pace working)

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

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    Very good school

    Brand Manager (Former Employee) Prague (Czech Republic)

    ProsLocal marketing, therefore variety of very interesting projects. Mostly nice colleagues.

    ConsMicro management. Meeting & presentations culture. A lot of overtime. Not transparent yearly salary increases and promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency towards performance review/career planning needed. FOCUS, employees do not have unlimited time at their disposals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    focussed on financial growth at any cost

    Director (Current Employee) Jakarta (Indonesia)

    Prosyoung staff, growing, aggressive planning, strong financial focus, no regional layers

    Consno career planning, false promises for career, capacity not mkt led planning, investments

    Advice to Senior Managementbesides french other people hv talent too. dont be so euro centric

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work and learning environment.

    ConsMicro management from seniors staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou recruited staff.
    Have courage and faith in thrm to deliver. Dont micro manage them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    To call the experience dreadful would be an understatement.

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

    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

    ConsPretty 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 Senior ManagementYes, please see above the references to management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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