N/A (Former Employee) – Ventura, CA – October 14, 2018
Overall, DFA Ventura is a high school like environment with the upper "management" team and with certain entitled team members on the floor. Some members of the management team are immature, negative and horrible with communication. Whether it is lack there of or verbally (tone). There are TOO many fires to fight to help the company (that location) move forward. Although there is one Manager that is desperately trying. Most Supervisors have learned to just try and keep all interactions to a minimum so they goes as fast as possible. The plant is inconsistent with follow-ups and plays favorites with the hourly, Sups and Management team. It is understandable that disciplinary action is difficult to administer at times. However, the inconsistencies are noticeable and often discussed on the floor and between shifts. Some have given up on coaching their team on certain issues due to lack of support. You learn how to perform your job and daily tasks (mostly learn as you go). However, there is minimal if any professional growth. There is significant turnover with Supervisors and Managers every year. After a few more shake ups, there may be a good team in place.
The work schedule for the hourly and most of the Supervisors. And, the possibility of making new genuine friends.
Rare "good jobs" to the team. There is not an official recognition program, Horse and Pony show before all Corporate visits
Quality Control Analyst (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – October 13, 2018
This position offers good benefits and good pay. Within the first 6 months you should have an opportunity to obtain certification, which will look good on your resume and give you the chance to get a raise. I worked in an office with very fun and kind coworkers. DFA definitely wants you to grow within the company, although it may require relocation.
A typical day as a maintenance technician was a non stop day. You stayed constantly moving on the production line repairing anything that stopped the line. Bi-weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, and Annually Preventative maintenace schedules were performed on production line equipment to include, x-ray machines, conveyors, cook stations, O-zone machines, cappers, labelers, and video jets.
Highly skilled, educated professional (Current Employee) – Schulenburg, TX – September 9, 2018
The job was blown up to be something it isn’t. Haven’t been able to perform my duties as they were prescribed. The facility is so rundown that accountability is impossible yet the management still holds you responsible to run a million dollar facility when you have a one hundred thousand dollar facility.
Finger pointing and blame is the norm. Stay away from this place, just s soon as I find something I’m outta here.
Lousy/Time Wasted. Advise Extreme Caution. Looks good on paper but horrible for your health.
Filler Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Mechanicsburg, PA – September 1, 2018
This place was suppose to be my home. I started as a full time employee. My attitude was way more then just doing a good job. My ambition was to go above and beyond. But management wore that down to the nub. Management plus the supervisors made it really hard to do your job. Especially since they had a high turnover rate. There is no trust and little patients. The plant manager makes promises he can't keep and procedures that are only enforced when convenient. If you have thick skin and can appreciate the fact that you're just another number, then this job is for you. But I wouldn't recommend this oblivious opportunity for someone who has a high strung spirit. All you'll receive in return is uncertainty, and unnecessary stress. But like a lot of things in life, we all must do what we gotta do. But after this experience, I choose never to compromise my sanity ever again. Please do your research before entering this stressful work environment. Good luck....
Human Resources/Safety Coordinator (Current Employee) – Reading, PA – August 28, 2018
DFA is a productive company that focuses on the farmer owners. There is a lot of focus on employee growth from a corporate level, however growth in the plant is dependent on union status. They are the 4th dairy cooperative in the world; providing products across the USA, China and Japan. The employees take pride in making a food safe quality product that is on dinner tables everywhere.
Values of the company
A lot of focus on running production and doesn’t allow for the normal amount of work-life balance
Full Time Position Maintenance E & I tech (Current Employee) – Portales, NM – August 23, 2018
Challenging, I normally excel at trouble shooting electrical issues. Spend a lot of my time calibrating transmitters and validating readings. There is just no room for advancement within my department.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – August 9, 2018
A typical day of work lasted 8 hours. At any point in time you could be held over up to another 8 hours though. So a 16 hour shift was not uncommon. Most days I usually worked 12 hour shifts and within my first 90 days I was hard pressed to even get a day off. The paychecks were very worth it though. Management was great, I never had any issues with them. Besides the fact that sometimes I feel like they could be a little more hands on and actually reprimand people more than they did. Most coworkers were very easy to get a long with. Some, were not. You really had to take each person on a day to day basis. The hardest part of the job was definitely the long hours and chance of getting forced overtime. The most enjoyable part of the job was being paid very well and if you like the overtime, the paychecks were very nice.