Finance Specialist - current (Current Employee) – Brookings, SD – June 9, 2018
A typical work day is very much the same everyday except during month end and year end when it is a little busier than normal. At Bel there are many opportunities to learn and advance skills within your department and the management is very willing to help you to advance your skills and knowledge. The workplace culture is average, most everyone is friendly and pleasant to work with on a daily basis. There are no difficult or hardest parts of the job at Bel because if any issues arise there is always someone willing to help to resolve the issues. The best or most enjoyable part of the job at Bel is knowing that when the day is done everything was completed timely and accurately.
Cheese Prep (Former Employee) – Leitchfield, KY – March 26, 2018
Great company, great people working there. The pay was great. It was a tough job, but once you get the hang of it it will get a lot easier. You always start out as a temp. After your 3 months you are ableto get on full time through the company.
Lead (Former Employee) – Brookings, SD – January 17, 2018
Comparable compensation and excellent benefits. There was a good deal of instability in organization... Lots of responsibilities from vacant positions left unfilled and rolled into existing employees without advancement or promotion. It just appears on a revised job description. While advancement is likely at lower levels (Operator to Lead/Supervisor), most advancement appears to come at upper levels. Always seemed like a manager was being promoted to Sr. and up, while leads and supervisors often got more responsibility to shoulder. Culture and workplace environment is good, but can have too many rules and regulations at times. Management needs to work on the disconnect between Sr. Management and the workforce.
Manager (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 29, 2017
The benefits are very good here. There are a lot of things that are currently in the works to better improve interaction among departments. I am not looking forward to the open office seating, I'd prefer if the office set up remained.
Temp (Former Employee) – Leitchfield, KY – December 8, 2016
I worked there for 2 months and had a finger tip smashed off in one of their unsafe machines, they kept me on for another 6 months and the first opportunity they got they suspended me without pay so I couldn't draw unemployment. They treat temps like trash while full time employees are allowed to stand around talking. I didn't miss a single day until my injury, and I was out for 2 days and came back. I was supposed to be on light duty and was put back to my regular duties before my time because they couldn't keep employees because they treat them like they aren't people. I loved my job until they destroyed my life. I was suspended on hearsay until I proved it wasn't true. Great company if you keep off the radar.
Great benefits, Great pay
Getting injured is worse than ruining a full batch of cheese.
For the area the job pays good. If you want air conditioning apply elsewhere!!
Fondu (Former Employee) – Leitchfield, KY – August 14, 2016
Several years ago 99% of employees here loved their job. With new management it has gotten worse. I wish they would actually listen and be concerned with their employees. If you have a need or hurting, something unsafe it is difficult to get management to understand. The offices are about the only areas that have cold air. I know several areas that is like a sweatshop here. Employees shouldn't have to be hot and fatigued all day. There is good people in management that try and help I believe but they get overlooked also. Top guy doesn't have much of a personality or concerns. Job bids are not by seniority!! It is non smoking. Bel hires temporary employees now. The few good things: Company outing 1 time a year, Christmas party, birthday off, good pay for area, but no raise this year.
Pay, Birthday off, meals
Management, Poor air-conditioning, lack of advancement
Production Lead (Current Employee) – Brookings, SD – June 26, 2016
The management team at the Brookings plant doesn't care about the production staff, particularly the night shift. The management team is unwilling to compromise on even the smallest things. They have also lied repeatedly to the staff promising an expansion that was supposed to happen this year, higher wages that aren't materializing, and have been taking away benefits. Events and changes are seldom communicated. They lowered the expected pay rate for salaried employees after one of their most successful years. If they are willing to lower pay on a good year, imagine what a bad year is like.
Volma specialist/grandi operator (Current Employee) – Leitchfield, KY – December 15, 2014
I get up at 2 am cst. I clock in at 320 am put my uniform on and sanitize. We start producing cheese at around 330. Everyday something breaks we need mechanics. Our production is fallen so we have to make up the loss however we can. Hardest part of the job is getting up in the middle of the night. Our management is has changed over the years from new plant manager to new human resourses everything has changed in the last 3 years. I haven't enjoyed working there since the downsize, and I lost my job and was moved to the other side where I work now.
health care has diminished, and to strict on vacation time
Very productive cheese making system involving state of the art machines
Cook II (Current Employee) – Leitchfield, KY – August 25, 2014
A typical day of work is changing into a uniform and putting on earplugs and hairnets, and working with 7 other people in a room. The plant in divided into rooms ,so you don't get to see many other co workers but the ones in you room ,unless you are on break . I work with 7 men all around the same age ,so we have plenty of stuff in common. The hardest thing about my job is not really anything , we cook cheese and at the end of the shift we clean and sanitize everything in the cook room. Management is not around much during my shift which starts at 3 pm. - 11pm., so really cant say much about that . The most enjoyable thing about my job is we get a couple of weeks off with our kids during summer and fall breaks .
Get 4 personnel days to do whatever you want to, get paid for your birthday along with be off
Mini Wax Senior Assistant Supervisor (Former Employee) – Leitchfield, KY – May 6, 2014
Working at Bel was challenging and also rewarding. We did not have a 3 shift work schedule so some days we would work more hours than others and some days would be less hours. They had good manage support group so problems could be solved fairly quick. One of the great things about Bel was the product was very popular. The Company had several dinners and outings for the employees which kept the morale up. .After I became a manager I understood how much responsibility a supervisor has and until someone actually does that job they will never know, All in All it was a good place to work.
Long hours at times which can be a good thing if you like overtime.