Danone Reviews

Updated 17 September, 2014
Updated 17 September, 2014
86 Reviews
3.5
86 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 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.

  3.  

    Pleasant environment, Fast decisions

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Start!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Very demanding but very interesting projects with an exceptional team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Barcelona (Spain)

    I worked at Danone as an intern for less than a year

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    5 years exp. in sales & marketing

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    Current Employee - Sales Officer  in  Muzaffarpur, Bihar (India)
    Current Employee - Sales Officer in Muzaffarpur, Bihar (India)

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

    Pros

    this is very good quality product & reputed company

    Cons

    very good company & work very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no any advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stay away from this company if you are in Russia

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Danone full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Self-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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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