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Updated 19 February 2015
Updated 19 February 2015
51 Reviews
4.0
51 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Culture, Employee Friendly, Work Life Balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management in Danone global are very open minded and helpful (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • beaucoup de travail et de longues heures (in 3 reviews)

  • Too much internal politics and struggle between departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great and exciting!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Affairs Manager in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Business Affairs Manager in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I have been working at Danone

    Pros

    Empowerment
    Growth opportunities
    People oriented
    Work-life balance
    Great relationships with colleagues

    Cons

    Highly regulated environment due to breastfeeding Act

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More innovation due to current nutritional trends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great people culture!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very advanced Group in people management with many international HR projects under continuous development

    Cons

    This Groupnis getting more and more centralised each and every day avoiding local people from thinking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Global Internship Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Global Marketing in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Intern - Global Marketing in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Danone as an intern

    Pros

    Dynamic company with professionals who are young but with a solid experience. Great company if you want to developp you career in FMCG as it is a top player in the industry. Moreover I am working in a global department and the environment is very international

    Cons

    Internships sometimes are too short (6 months) and it is not easy to get familiar with all the tools and information about the industry. They should probably have the interns for more time and invest a little bit more of time with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall they are good management with experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for internships

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - As an intern, they will give you big responsabilities and you will learn A LOT. Considering that this is not the average practice for internships in Colombia, I would highly recommend to do it at Danone.
    - Salaries are very good for interns
    - It is a company that tries to innovate everytime (not always achieving that, but, you know what I mean).
    - A lot of young people
    - Transportation facilities (ruta)

    Cons

    - High pressure, for now this is not one of the top companies in Colombia. Also, the market is very agressive and everyday changing.
    - The office is away from everything. This has a direct impact on quality of life (wake up early, arrive home late).
    - As the company has few years in Colombia, you will often find disorder in some processes / practices / procedures. In my point fo view, this is just part of the developing process of the company. But still needs to be improved anyway.
    - A lot of turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To apply more headquartes practices/policies (at least regarding HR). For example, in organizational culture / employee branding. I know that for most Danone's in the world, being a Danoner has a huge background. Here is like working in any company. So, what's special about this one? It is not just if you are or not CODE or the KPI's, I'm pretty sure that this topic could be more deveolped in order to create an organizational identity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    marketing intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danone

    Pros

    dynamic, open minded, well known, leading company in healthy food, good company values

    Cons

    The numeric reporting system in the company is terrible....they are making effort to improve this though. French culture still quite dominant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent competition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Top level of business practices! You get to work with the smartest, best educated people! Even when they are making mistakes, they are doing it brilliantly. Your experience will be recognized wherever you go. Great environment! It's a great company to be if you are proactive! You can start your own projects and your manager is probably giving you a lot of autonomy (won't guide or develop you either…).

    Cons

    The HR policy! People (specially talented ones) tend to move position very fast, this means that teams are unstable, there is a lot of politics, people are always changing, always adapting, no one has a lot of knowledge/experience in what they are doing. If there was a history of Danone strategies, in some teams you could see the some strategies being "discovered", the same mistakes being made every 5 years… Also, Danone is too french, management is glocal but top management remains french. It's virtually impossible to move between domains, career evolution is vertical only, born a buyer, a buyer you'll die! Mangers manage projects, budgets but not people, you are on your own. Lack of diversity!!!! Everyone is WHITE and YOUNG...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your HR policy! Have some old, wise people. Make managers accountable for the development of their teams and start working on horizontal career evolutions!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    it is a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Danone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good life work balance, they give you freedom to develop your own way and they have a lot of development opportunities.

    Cons

    sometimes you need to search for technical information alone by your self and sometimes you will not find a prepared standard, all what you need to do is to network alone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head Human Resources in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Head Human Resources in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Culture, Employee Friendly, Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Flexi time and work options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexi time options

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company to Learn, not so much to Grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very open company. You can learn by doing and you can experiment.

    Cons

    Career Plans never go through and rotation in the area makes it hard to implement long term strategies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    This company is many different companies - vastly different culture depending on business unit & country

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schiphol (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schiphol (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Good company to grow in. Successful individuals with supportive bosses have great career opportunities here. Internal promotions are valued & sought. Culture fosters creativity & new ideas - how easy/quick/possible it is to make things happen depends largely on where exactly one sits (geographically & in the food chain).

    Cons

    Whereas there's a lack of structure & processes in some areas, there is an overabundance of sometimes unnecessary/burdensome processes in others. Promotions & access to training/development depends largely on the support/activity of one's manager. There are no stringent processes and policies in place that would ensure equality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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