Dole Food Reviews

Updated 23 July, 2014
Updated 23 July, 2014
21 Reviews

3.8
21 Reviews
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Dole Food President, CEO, and Director David A. DeLorenzo
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  1.  

    Been here 23 years along with most of my co-workers. Challenging work. Lean organization. Great culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    Culture, "get it done attitude". It is not Chiquita.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities, business model needs to change.

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

    Packeging department

    Current Employee - Harvester  in  Polomolok (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Harvester in Polomolok (Philippines)

    I have been working at Dole Food for more than 10 years

    Pros

    its sO nice to be the one of the famous company in the phillipines.

    Cons

    fresh pineapple fruits are imported to the other nation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue ur good and best investment in the country...

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    a good learning atmosphere!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Marine Engineer
    Current Employee - Marine Engineer

    I have been working at Dole Food as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    getting everything as a marine engineer lyk good money, food , friends from different countries ect..... nd i my future is secured!!!!

    Cons

    not happy with its management at all!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please behave properly with ur juniors!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Dole Food

    Pros

    A lot of "wordly" exposure

    Cons

    Corporate environment with long waits before career advancement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Must be willing to drink the Kool Aid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monterey, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA (US)

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    Corporate culture of honesty and even handedness that I support. Healthy products I can believe in. Senior management at DFV has made good on its promises and has a clear direction. The employees are dedicated and contientious.

    Cons

    Recent culture of overworking many employees to bring down costs. Long term burnout and poor decision making are starting to show. Middle managment in my dept. seems unfocused and incapable of making and sticking to a decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to consider the long term effects the current cost cutting has on employee ability to make good decisions and on burnout. Focus on training and retaining employees and bringing up their skills rather than outsourcing or 'hiring' competence.

  7.  

    It is a great place to gain experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Great co-wokers.
    Team work mentality.

    Cons

    Low paying jobs.
    Limited opportunity to move up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I worked in IT, and was given plenty of opportunities and independence to learn and grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dole Food

    Pros

    The people are very professional, motivated, and well managed. It seemed that the executive and management team had the experience and charisma to properly lead by example.

    Cons

    The department I worked in was very lean and short staffed, so I was not allowed to take any time off the first year. That fact, along with the long hours and periodic micro management, did not instill confidence that my superiors would reward my hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a better work life balance will increase employees' work productivity, and their retention rate. Overall, giving a little more freedom will empower people to work more efficiently.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overworked-underpaid

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator  in  Davao (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Davao (Philippines)

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    Good Training, with a lot of exposure to all aspects of operations, international experience, good benefits package

    Cons

    low pay, overworked, no clear career plan, no succession planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rethink employee compensation package, a lot of brain-drain is already happening

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management of a Great Brand Name

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    - Location - you can't go wrong being in the Santa Monica Mountains and 10 miles north of Malibu.
    - Work Life balance is nice because I live close to work, not the same story for my coworkers.
    - Nice building to work in.

    Cons

    - Company expects brand name to carry it to success.
    - Management doesn't financially support the growth of the brand.
    - Most employees work here because it is in the location they want to live.
    - Very inefficient.
    - Reactionary vs. visionary company.
    - Focused on stuffing ourselves into a niche that hinders financial growth.
    - No leadership development resulting in some key leadership positions being filled with incompetent leaders
    - No true accountability or execution.
    - Uninspiring
    - California is beautiful but expensive, especially when we haven’t received a bonus for the past number of years in order to pay down company debt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people will make or break a company. Dole is a great brand, but it is deteriorating because of the middle management. Some Key Managers in the habit of using band-aids to hide their own poor decisions and weaknesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    dole food

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Dole Food

    Pros

    there are few lay offs and high level of security. most jobs are not challenging or stressful, get free fruit

    Cons

    no opportunites to grow, no innovation, very backwards and old fashion, not a lot of training opportunites offered, only senior management has a say in what goes on , no flex time schedules or work from home options (in practice, theory maybe)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get with the times! employee satisfaction and work life balanace leds to a great success for the company, work with people and their lives/desire

    Disapproves of CEO

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