JR Simplot Reviews

Updated 7 October, 2014
Updated 7 October, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Well Ran Organization

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Grand Forks, ND (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Grand Forks, ND (US)

    I worked at JR Simplot as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The management knows what they are doing and it shows.
    The benefits are solid and they treat their employees great.

    Cons

    The locations of the business are not what I'd call ideal if you're a big city type person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good environment to develop and achieve career objectives. Focus on employee / customer safety in all aspects of operations. Approachable management.

    Cons

    Some of the same issues many medium-large to large companines face.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good job, but management needs to be more strict about wasting time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Haul Truck Driver in Afton, WY (US)
    Current Employee - Haul Truck Driver in Afton, WY (US)

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, beautiful environment, good co-workers, safe.

    Cons

    Everyone does the bare minimum, bosses pick favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make maintenance do their jobs and not just sit around all day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very political place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Potato Operations in Boise, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Potato Operations in Boise, ID (US)

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are pretty decent and most of the worker bees are good to work with. The dynamic between the downtown headquarters and the divisions is strained though.

    Cons

    The work environment is very political and people are simply out for themselves. Don't look for any support from management either as there is none. Headquarter to division relationships are not good, so don't look for any support from HQ. Watch your back at the Food Group, as it's extremely political and you need to be aligned with the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the political bantering. Promote a better working culture and less ladder climbing morons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    J.R. Simplot located in Aberdeen, Idaho

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Aberdeen, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Aberdeen, ID (US)

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was decent and they had a bus that ran from Pocatello to Aberdeen.

    Cons

    The three on three of twelve hour shifts were not good. Overall management was clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clueless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Simplot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Service Technician in Caldwell, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Service Technician in Caldwell, ID (US)

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Simplot offers a significant level of job security for strong contributors. Pay is competitive. Working conditions are acceptable. The people at Simplot are very friendly, and you are always made to feel welcome there.

    Cons

    The culture at Simplot does not seem to allow innovation, but innovation is expected by upper level management. It seems that there is a breakdown between corporate communicated standards, and what unit level management actually does. There is a definite barrier between hourly and salaried employees that seems to be somewhat influenced by the presence of the teamsters union. I was never a union employee, so I never could understand this separation. I do know that whenever I spoke up, I was basically told to sit down and shut up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management would be wise to somehow get a better picture of what actually goes on at the unit level. For example, audits are viewed as necessary check the box opportunities, and when the audit is over, everything goes back to as it was before. Standard Operating Procedures are nothing more than checklists that do little or nothing to prepare the worker to perform the work in a way that is consistent. Therefore the actual details that guide the performance of the task are learned through trial and error or tribal knowledge. If on the job training is used, there is no documentation of the actual OJT event. People get signed off on their job duties, many times not really knowing what they are doing or why they are doing it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Eventful

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great pay for entry level employment.

    Cons

    great working environment for everybody

    Recommends
  9.  

    12 years No regrets!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Outside US in Boise, ID (US)
    Current Employee - Manager Outside US in Boise, ID (US)

    I have been working at JR Simplot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with...you get diverse cross-functional opportunities to grow keeping in mind your interests and aptitude. I have seen HR person can jump into Plant Mgmt and vice versa plus much more. I was personally given immense opportunities by the company both in US and Internationally to grow and move around different business functions and locations. you need to PROVE your worth first before the honeytaps are opened up by decision makers. Compensation is average for the food industry but there is great deal of stability.

    Cons

    Diversity is sorely lacking in the Organization. No clearly defined career path for above-average performers and thats frustrating.
     Also too soft and liberal in tackling the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cumbersome systems that require lot of time and efforts to make changes happen. More flexibility & entrepreneurial spirit is required. Innovation needs to be formally recognized and rewarded at all levels of the Organization.Need more latitude in taking risks and fast decisions.Transparency in making decisions is also needed...lot of time there appears to be no logic behind some decisions being made. We need hard-nosed , ruthless negotitators and leaders to survive the competition especially outside the US.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience, love to grow employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Umatilla, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Umatilla, OR (US)

    I worked at JR Simplot as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work for, help you understand every question you may have.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be unstructured, no sure who takes priority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work once upon a time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Moses Lake, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Moses Lake, WA (US)

    I worked at JR Simplot full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation can be a plus

    Cons

    Its not what it used to be and is not a good place to consider for a career any longer and after management changes it's only gotten worse. They don't care about people anymore since JR is gone and ethically, upper management knows no bounds if they decide it's your turn to go. Its turned into something that can be abusive and downright hostile and theres no longer anyone you can trust as a mentor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a process for working with people. You might think you do, but you don't have anything comprehensive anymore.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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