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Updated 7 August 2018
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Pros
  • "Employee friendly, work-life balance,excellent career opportunity" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Positive culture and great people" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Strategic direction from senior management unclear and contradictory" (in 4 reviews)

  • "restructure may happen often at work" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, Great Brands"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really good people - good teams and leaders to work with/for.
    Senior leaders on the whole are very good - approachable, good people as well as being highly effective at their roles.
    For marketeers especially, organisation 'owns' the brands so you have genuine responsibility for entire brand (not just tweaking brands controlled by international companies)
    Great opportunities to develop personally (good learning & development opportunities)
    Great culture, fun place to work
    Flexible work where possible
    Owned by Kirin who seem to take a very long term view - allows the organisation to invest for opportunities not just chase quarterly results.

    Cons

    Are a lot of talented/capable people (and pretty low turnover) and its largely an ANZ focussed organisation so there may be more limited vertical career opportunities than a global FMCG business.

    Lion Response

    25 Sep 2017 – Talent Resourcing Specialist

    Thank you for the detailed feedback


  2. "Executive assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits location bar on site

    Cons

    Not a collaborative environment, no interaction. To quiet like a library

  3. Helpful (2)

    "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, brands/product, people & teams outside of head office in Sydney Olympic Park.

    Cons

    IT Leadership, just ticking boxes now, little to no regard for the people in regional teams. Huge degree outsourcing in effect ruining many years of internal engagement and great culture. A negative culture has now been instilled because of this, despite Lion always saying they have a great. Lots of rebuilding to do.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid the outsourcing, ruined many, many years of excellent internal culture that drove passion and dedication to an achievement based culture, going against your own values ..

    Lion Response

    11 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition & On-boarding Director

    Thank you for your feedback. We believe it’s important that our IT function is designed to meet the evolving needs of our business and customers. Any changes are made with this goal in mind. The... More


  4. "Far better than most, but trending downwards"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lion full-time

    Pros

    Focus on career development. They will let you try a role outside your area of expertise if you've demonstrated agility. Cash flow rich business who are prepared to invest for the long term if there's a case for it.

    Cons

    Outsourcing is in full swing. This isn't helping overall engagement, or making things easy for those who must interact with those departments. Culture and HR is still spoken about but has large components of lip service now. Long term direction is a question mark - subsidiaries have been bought, then sold to 'focus on the core' and now they are entering the ground coffee market and starting the cycle again!

    Lion Response

    19 May 2018 – Talent Acquisition Leader

    Hi, thanks for the review and detailed feedback on your experience. Cheers.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lion full-time

    Pros

    nothing at all waste of my time

    Cons

    totally crisis management all the time......have a culture of pass the buck

    Advice to Management

    get new management


  6. "Lion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Progressive HR Practices. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Nothing noteworthy. Same as any other organisation.

    Lion Response

    2 Apr 2018 – Talent Brand Manager

    Hi, cheers and thanks for your feedback.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "People practices work at the head offices not the sites"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Quality products, interesting fringe benefits, decent pay

    Cons

    Long hours for salary staff, poor work life balance if you are site/operations based as you cannot benefit from the flexible policies. Very bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    The “Act fast for the long term “ value is an oxymoron as everything takes a long time at Lion. Applications for promotion/transfers are very slow. Products are market lagging rather than market leading.

    Lion Response

    2 Apr 2018 – Talent Brand Manager

    Hi thanks for your feedback. Sorry to hear your experience with flexibility wasn't what you wanted. We're continuing to drive our LionFlex policy & initiatives across the business so that more people... More

  8. "good work life balance and culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lion full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance and culture.
    solid remuneration packages

    Cons

    Clear direction lacking from management to grow in a tough market.

    Lion Response

    2 Apr 2018 – Talent Brand Manager

    Cheers and thanks for your feedback.


  9. "Quality coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lion full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, good work environment, opportunities for development, opportunities for training. Competitive salary, parental leave, safety and wellbeing

    Cons

    Work load, high achievers, highly competitive, high achievement culture. Very fast paced

    Lion Response

    26 Feb 2018 – Talent Acquisition Leader

    Thanks for the feedback!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    To make great friends ...

    Cons

    Managers who only manage up but not down. Very little internal promotion. Extensive bullying. Lots of unhappy people.

    Advice to Management

    Have a good look at management. And take the time to recognise the excellent workers below.

    Lion Response

    26 Feb 2018 – Talent Acquisition Leader

    Hi there, thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback about your experience at Lion. We are glad to hear that you feel Lion is a great place to meet friends – after all our core purpose... More


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