Danone Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
96 Reviews
3.7
96 Reviews
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Danone Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience to learn to multitask and work in a stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Almaty (Kazakhstan)
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Almaty (Kazakhstan)

    I worked at Danone full-time

    Pros

    Great working conditions, professionalism, good payment.

    Cons

    However, due to specification of the product line of the company working mode is always in an extreme rush, incredibly short deadlines, high stress level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more cooperation between offices internationally. Provide more support to departments with big projects, budget planning needs improvements as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good but can be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance. Friendly colleagues in general, at least in front of you but becareful there are backstabbings/politics. Good for those who put family as 1st priority above career and want a stable job without much stress

    Cons

    Politics, boring, lack of support & direction from mgmt. Not good for those who are ambitious, who wants to climb the career ladder and seeking a challenging and exciting career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear strategy and work with the team. Recognize the effort of those who perform and not just base on skin color or nationality

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Danone gaves me a lot of useful things that I need in my career. I learned a lot about Business Development, Sales etc.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Business Development Manager in Almaty (Kazakhstan)
    Current Employee - Junior Business Development Manager in Almaty (Kazakhstan)

    I have been working at Danone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You work with dairy products. Mission of danone is: "BRINGING HEALTH THROUGH FOOD TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE". And You are part of this strategy.

    Cons

    Many people leave their jobs. Danone do not try detain them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company for interning, a lot of responsibilities and support from the company to learn.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danone as an intern

    Pros

    - High responsibilities
    - Good working environment

    Cons

    - You have to be able to be very flexible and adapt to change (fast-pace working)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very good school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I worked at Danone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local marketing, therefore variety of very interesting projects. Mostly nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Micro management. Meeting & presentations culture. A lot of overtime. Not transparent yearly salary increases and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency towards performance review/career planning needed. FOCUS, employees do not have unlimited time at their disposals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    focussed on financial growth at any cost

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Director in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I have been working at Danone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    young staff, growing, aggressive planning, strong financial focus, no regional layers

    Cons

    no career planning, false promises for career, capacity not mkt led planning, investments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    besides french other people hv talent too. dont be so euro centric

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work and learning environment.

    Cons

    Micro management from seniors staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You recruited staff.
    Have courage and faith in thrm to deliver. Dont micro manage them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    To call the experience dreadful would be an understatement.

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    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition in Bath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Danone Baby Nutrition in Bath, England (UK)

    I worked at Danone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - good image based on marketing material they give away;
    - apparently employee-friendly policies (although I never witnessed them)
    - Joined to get experience in the sector

    Cons

    Pretty much everything but will structure more below:
    - People. I've had the worst experience of my life working for this company. I joined with the expectation of becoming a part of the Danone community that they so much advertise internally; in return I was treated like an outsider from the outset as the majority of people there had the same upbringing, values, culture, eating habits, discussion topics; I was the odd man out. It soon became clear to me I could not integrate in this company;

    - Management. Very bad and utterly destructive. In the department I worked, all communication was taken place on an horizontal dimension, basically all bosses would stick together for better and worse and turn against their own individual employees when required.Another point: work expertise; every so often, managers would have absolutely no clue of the work their subordinates were doing every day. In moments of crisis, they would be totally stuck and helpless and then would blame the subordinates for making a mistake and incurring costs on the company. If things went well, they would take the credit; if things went badly, they would be the first to explode and put all evil on the back of their subordinates.

    - Defficient communication - this company is the best example of how double-standards are best practised in a corporate environment. On the facade, Danone advocates open, honest communication;in reality, there was none of it in the department I was working. If for example, you did something wrong, nobody would come to tell you directly and help you improve; by contrast they would approach their own bosses, HR, or any other parties, apart from yourself. By the time you get to hear anything at all, everyone else knows very well what all is wrong with you. Dreadful approach.

    - Extremely hierarchical in reality - Danone promotes itself of a great company with a wide range of benefits where everyone gets on with everyone and everyone works together for the common good of the company. Sounds a bit socialist, doesnt it? Well, the reality is quite different. If you join new, bosses in the entire department will expect you to behave in a certain way just because they are sitting at the ruling desk (and yes, watch out, there is actually a management row of desks in this department where all bosses sit by themselves, far from their teams, I think this needs no further explanation)...

    And sadly, there is so much more, I could write a book about the emotional misery incurred on me by this company, but it's high time I moved on.

    If I were you, I would conduct the background check carefully before joining the Danone world. Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, please see above the references to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good start and looks good on CV

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danone full-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience and overall good company with relevant vision

    Cons

    This is something that is difficult to understand unless you worked there. It is simply put french business. They are very francocentric - exactly why struggling to expand and grow...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it multinational in real sense. It would help you a lot.

  11.  

    Danone is a Company where you can have freedom to take decisions. Very nice environment

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    freedom to act, matrix structure, nice products (health related), people oriented. Social responsibility projects, relationship between all divisions , shared services department,

    Cons

    Compensation - gap between Directors vs other levels, very focused on the Dairy division, office location (Avenida Paulista), lack of common procedures for all divisions, different benefits

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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