esl (Current Employee), Sacramento, CA – September 1, 2015
Pros: pay & insurance
Cons: UPPER management, machines that only half work, bad atmosphere.
The reviews are right. This is the highest paying job I've ever had but it is also the worst job I've ever had. This is a multibillion dollar company that cannot seem to maintain their equipment. Machines – more... break down on a daily basis. It's like trying to do your job with one hand tied behind your back. You are reminded daily that you are expendable and can be replaced. Management resorts to threats on a regular basis & reminds you- there are cameras watching at all times. That is a common threat "I will be forced to look at the camera footage". They will come up to you 30 minutes before the end of your shift and demand you work overtime. Come on! I don't mind OT, but at least give me enough time to make arrangements with my sitter. Your fellow employees will throw you under the bus, not to be mean but because they are scared for their own jobs. Too many people thinking they are boss. Very unpleasant atmosphere to work in. Not worth the money. Probation is a joke. It's all in whether or not they like you. And if they don't like you.......it's like there is a target on your back. They will eventually get you – less
Lab Technician (Current Employee), Sacramento Ca – August 18, 2015
Pros: Starting pay is ok.
Cons: Outdated Lab, incompetent and irrational management, indifferent union reps.
Scheduling a day off, even without pay, is an impossibility. Ridiculous company policy that using earned time off is disciplined and can lead to termination. The management is focused on "catching" employees – more... in petty situation which will lead to write ups rather than actually providing tools, information, or support for the employees to do the job. Essential equipment breaks down and is left to collect dust for months. The plant is constantly understaffed. Redundant, irrelevant, and outdated tests are the norm, with no course for suggestions to make them modern. Everyone covers their tracks and tries to avoid being held responsible for the mistakes of an overgrown production. Pay is okay for a starting position but the plant is a Union so you'll be making the same as people who have been there for 20 years. You'll have no chance for advancement or pay raises, a little detail they leave out when making the job offer. Other departments will reminded you as often as possible that they lack a college degree but earn as much, or more, than you. Disrespect for the lab is encouraged from the top. Management distrusts and ignores lab results if they delay with production schedules. In essence the lab exist only to create documentation. There is a false sense of safety which borders as a scam. Posters brag of 1500+ days without an injury while broken bones and burns are swept under the rug. Loopholes in injury definitions are exploited to win awards from corporate. If you do stick it out don't look forward to a better sift of better day off, employee turnover is huge, but not for the old timers who are invested. – less
Quality Assurance Foreman/Technician (Former Employee), New York, NY – June 13, 2015
Pros: benefits, pay
Great job security, producing a great product for consumers (cultured dairy products) Hours were not the greatest, and I worked many holidays (Christmas and Thanksgiving etc etc) although I was well compensated – more... for the holidays.
This is a union shop manufacturing company and it seemed like the culture was straight out of the 50's, but when I left it was improving. Good place for health benefits, and for pay but the culture was not great.
I had a good experience here overall, I worked for eight years at this company. When I left it was to rejoin the bio-pharmaceutical industry. – less
Driver (Current Employee), Agawam – February 23, 2015
Pros: 4 day work week
Cons: rotating days
Great pay.. And new trucks are the only perks. Management is being forced to be puppets and to shake every last dime they can find. You'll learn quick your a number here. The only hope in a future is if the drivers organize! Union very much needed.
ESL (Current Employee), Sacramento – January 20, 2015
Pros: decent pay
Cons: everything else
I am a current employee of this company, and although it pays well and the medical is decent, those are the only up side to the job. If you have a family, be prepared not to see them. If you like your – more... holidays off, you won't get them here. You like weekends off, you'll never get them. You're constantly dealing with management that is incompetent and will hold the back of your neck down in the mud to prove a point to others. – less
Warehouse Superintendent (Former Employee), Sacramento, CA – November 12, 2014
Cons: you name it.
I you want to give your life to a company and wonder if everyday will be your last at this job, then this is the place for you. Upper management is in way over their heads and keep people in place to use as scape goats to cover up their inabilities to handle this plant.
Keep in mind it doesn't matter who you are, you are disposable and reminded of it weekly.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee), Agawam, MA – November 7, 2014
Everything I know about customer service I learned from Hood this is great place to work and develop your skills. The management team is very motivating and fair. Good pay too especially compared to other companies.
worst job i ever had very mis managed and unsafe hood arkport ny
operator (Former Employee), arkport ny – March 4, 2014
Pros: good pay and insurance
Cons: definetely have to be family or drinking buddy must be willing to break the laws to work here
Former employee ...yay .. taught mamy important safety rules that were extreamly important and crucial,And were the law!!! Only problem is they never fallowed these rules to get things done on time management – more... fudge paperwork nonstop to satisfy FDA its just a matter of time before people die no joke!! When you try to do the work the right way you get chastised for taking way too long to finish the work and your job gets threatened all the time the best thing they did was to let me go becouse i took too long and refused to take shortcuts and risk lives .Ill sleep good at night they can't say that:) – less
Career orientated professional with room for advancement and growth
Driver/Operator (Current Employee), Concord, NH – September 27, 2013
Pros: healthcare benefits and working with members of the community
Cons: extremely physically demanding
Responsible Driver adept at navigation and efficient, on-time deliveries. Possesses a comprehensive visual memory and an excellent sense of direction.Customer-oriented Driver who maintains thorough and – more... accurate records and notes to keep management informed of delivery progress.Patient and safe delivery professional offering 3Customer-oriented Driver skilled at promoting customer retention, assisting with loading and unloading and completing precise logs and paperwork. years experience, a clean driving record and a current CDL. In-depth knowledge of safety and traffic regulations and defensive driving techniques. – less
Packaging (Former Employee), Sodus – September 20, 2013
Cons: the whole aptmosphere
I personally worked for this company for a total of 3 months until I ended up in the hospital and had emergency surgery. It was either have the surgery and be out of work for a month or die. I had the – more... surgery had excuses to be out for a month but 3 days before I was suppose to go back Human Resources calls me and says I was let go. I asked why and they just said they could not hold my job any longer!!!! So yes they will throw you away before your probation period is up and yes they will work you to the core. I was working 12 hour days 7 days a week for 4 weeks no days off at all!!!!!! Only reason I stayed is because I liked the pay and over time, but I am a single mom so I had to have a sitter for all of those days and I never did see my daughter much!!! They do not care about it, they don't train you very well and expect you to be very quick even if you hurt yourself they do not care!!!!!! The people you work with are nasty also. I was told that the company could not do that because I had an excuse but guess what they can do whatever they want because you don't mean anything to them!!!!!!! And forget about asking to go to the bathroom that is just out of the question. – less
Quality Assurance Lab Technician (Former Employee), Sacramento, CA – January 13, 2013
Cons: everything else
Let me give you the inside story of this company if you want to stay and pass your probation period because they will toss you away like nothing even though you are good, hard-working person. 1. Never – more... report any sexual harassment, injuries/accidents, or anything related to safety. They promoted and even encourage you to do so. But those who has reported such things NEVER pass probation. 2. Avoid the old-timers there. They will sprout lies about you to management and management will not bother to check the facts to avoid confrontation. To basically survived your probation period- keep your head down and shut up. Be invisible yet do your job. Prepare to work long 12 hours shifts, holidays, and mandatory overtime. Understand that Hood don't appreciate what you do for them and could be easily replaced by others who are desperate for a job. Otherwise, the pay is awesome and there are a few people there who are genuine, nice and passionate about their jobs. – less
Procurement Intern (Former Employee), Lynnfield, MA – November 10, 2012
I interned in the corporate buying group with an excellent group of individuals. Plenty of high impact projects and assistance. I was able to work with BPCS, Papervision and large Excel data sets. Clean, quiet environment and a variety of work.