No work/life balance. Very poor advancement opportunities.
Shift Manager (Former Employee) – Rexburg, ID – March 4, 2016
Seven day rotating shifts do not provide employees with a work/life balance. Management cared more about production than employees. This led to an extremely high turnover rate which left inexperienced people performing critical sanitation and production duties. Additionally, the plant rarely had enough employees to complete all necessary tasks. Many mistakes and re-work was the result. Advancement opportunities were always talked about, but rarely did employees actually realize movement. On occasion one might get an opportunity for a lateral move. Basic American Foods suffers a great deal from highly qualified employees leaving the company for positions with organizations that value their employees correctly.
Former member (Former Employee) – Blackfoot, ID – September 29, 2016
Basic American Foods is a small company pretending to be a big company. The management is mediocre at best. Upper management has a tendency to do things to make sure they get their bonuses, but the average guy on the floor isn't going to see one. Hardest part of the job is pretending that all is well when the place is really falling apart.
Hourly folks work hard and help each other like family
Work schedule can be erratic.Work is hot. Management is always cutting out workers, but they never cut themselves. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
Forklift Driver (Former Employee) – Blackfoot, ID – January 31, 2016
Very fast paced processing plant. Enjoyed the people. Management was unorganized. Worked in varies climates from very hot, hot, cold and wet areas of the plant. Working 12 hour rotating shifts. Very fast production lines and the Operators were easy to talk to.
Benifits, Pot lucks, Wage
12 hour shifts, to many people walking out of their areas.
Computer Help Desk Support Representative (Former Employee) – Blackfoot, ID – January 8, 2017
The company was staffed by very friendly people. My direct IT manager set expectations clearly so that my daily tasks were easily understood. It was great to work in a smaller company where I could get to know those I worked with.
Various Positions (Former Employee) – Rexburg, ID – September 25, 2015
can be shuffled out of your job on a whim based on seniority. Work is rotating shift work on a 7 day per shift schedule with almost no time off. Co-workers are pretty good for most part like any other job. Shift work is not for everyone.
Pay and great benefits
no time off, unstable promotion system, terrible hours
Middle Management (Current Employee) – Blackfoot, ID – June 3, 2014
Basic American is filled with great people but they're all leaving. The turn-over rate for middle management is extremely high, mostly because of a lack of advancement opportunities (unless you want to take a lateral move with a pay cut- that's what they deem an "advancement opportunity") and a lack of feedback. The Blackfoot plant in particular is extremely competative and has a back-biting culture where if you don't work a 50 hour work week, you're looked down upon. There is no work/life balance, you're pretty much married to your job whether you like it or not and don't expect yearly raises of more than 1-1.5%, if you're lucky enough to get that. It's very much a place where hard work will NOT get you ahead, instead it's who you know and how well they like you that gets you a promotion. Upper management rarely sticks to a strategic plan long enough to see it through and their "bonus" program for hitting company goals is a joke at best and an insult at worst. The biggest problem with Basic is not the salaries, benefits, or work. It's the culture of competition and uncertainty as to where you stand with HR and upper management. Every day is like walking a gauntlet of judgement and cynicism.
All of the plant managers are awesome, lots of opportunities to learn, decent salary
Human Resourses, advancement opportunities, work/life balance is non-existent
Financial/payroll (Former Employee) – Walnut Creek, CA – June 5, 2016
Great place to get started with. People are very friendly and helpful when you need to understand your job. The owners are there to work with you and send you to classes or seminars if you need it for your job.
Sales Assistant - Sales/Marketing (Former Employee) – Walnut Creek, CA – June 28, 2012
Loved working for Basic American Foods and I greatly admire their overall ethics and business practices. They produce an amazing product to the public that not only tastes good but is created with the utmost care and quality.
great hours, close to home, great pay/benefits & a lot of tastings for new product ideas, etc.
Balance Labor, Cycle Count Analysis, Traning and Development
Blackfoot East Warehouse Manager (Current Employee) – Blackfoot, Idaho – July 25, 2015
Typically I start my day by reviewing daily orders and labor issues with foreman, ensure daily cycle counts are being completed and that wareshoue is in tour ready state. Throughout the day I balance labor between the two warehouses I manage due to the ebbs and flows of activity.
Current job role allows for personal growth in supply chain management
Not very many opportunities for advancement within the company
Bracket IV Operator Helper (Former Employee) – Rexburg, ID – September 23, 2014
You work seven days in a row then a day or two off then seven more and so on and so forth. you work mornings evening and graveyard shifts REQUIRED and you only get 6 sick days they stay on for a year so say your sick on oct. 3 2014 that doesnt come off your record until oct. 3 2015 you hit 7 sick days and your fired. its hot and sweaty in the building no windows and very dusty in some areas but hardest part of the job is management have to many upper management telling you to do different things and they dont care if your sick or not u have a job to do