I was seriously excited to start working here, but it didn't take too long after orientation began for me to realize that this was not the job for me.
The pay set up is amazing, you get time and a half after 10 hours in a day, regardless of what your actual hour count is, Saturdays are automatically time and a half, and Sundays are double time.
Harvest runs about 10 hours, and they have Cut floor trimmed down to roughly 8 hours a day.
But that's about where the good news ends.
You have to clock out for bathroom breaks, and the attendance policy sucks. If you miss a day without an excuse, you accrue 2 attendance points (10 points leads to termination), and it takes 3 months without missing a day to earn 1 of those points back, 6 months without a missed day to earn both of those points back.
For the entire week I was there, my ID card never did work. It still wasn't working the last day I went in.
Be aware, if you work Harvest, you will have to BUY your uniform... Enough to get you through the week, and take care of the upkeep of those uniforms yourself. Plus, all the PPE you're given is extremely sup-par, but if you can always choose to upgrade to the better equipment out of your paycheck. (If you want to feel like you're working for the company store, you've come to the right place.)
The location I was at was an extremely old building, with a lot of stairs to get from one end of the building to the other - or you could always walk across the extremely busy yard (dodgin
the Point system should be a little more thoughtful of health of the employee an employee family we are not always going to be healthy
I feel like the point system would be excellent if no matter what you will receive a point if you not working . Late from breaks and lunch that’s just irresponsible. So that’s understanding. From experience one night I was working on the line andouille of no where my stomach start turning I ran to the trash can and threw up and the supervisor made me leave the room told me to go home and I felt better I didn’t ask to go home I received a point it was out of my control. I don’t see how anybody would had the heart to give someone a point after seeing what happen another time I got dizzy was about to fall went to the nurse I was scared about what was going on with me asked them if I go straight to the hospital get checked out and bring the papers on them would I receive a point they said yes. I feel like they don’t care if you pass out dead ambulance picks you up if you still living and return to work you will have a point waiting for you. I feel points should be non emergency situations. They took a shift out that I had my life set on 3rd microwave by me being a single mother that was the best shift for me a lot of single mothers ended up with no job homeless and jobless because of a over night change no notice and gave false notices for 4 months that they was working on bringing it back. I struggled through the 4 months trying to hold down 1st and second shift with trying to be a mom and be there for my kids. I feel the hours are not so open or flexible for single moms the ho
As Farmland, this company was ok to work for. They didn't require any previous experience to get into maintenance, which is a great trade to be in. But now under the ownership of Smithfield, it is the worst place I've ever worked. Mandatory 6 day work weeks for the majority of the departments. HR has no clue what their own handbook says and changes policies so quickly that in the morning it's one thing, then by noon it's completely different. Never have I seen an employer so clearly give no concern for employee well being and only care to make that extra buck, no matter who they run into the ground to do it. Great employees enter, broken people leave. Management can't keep information straight even amongst themselves and offer little to no help to employees. Many people forced to run multiple people jobs by themselves and are then punished for failing to keep up with the expectations of upper management. It's no wonder the turnover rate is so high here. I see a group of 20 new hires in orientation on monday and by wednesday maybe 6 of them are still there. Most places now pay the same if not more. All jobs are grade based pay so expect to see lazy employees making more or the same as hard working employees. The only "reward" for hard work is a bigger work load with zero compensation. To put it simply, at least the hogs in the barn are treated well because the employees certainly are not. There is hardly any time off offered and vacation scheduling is a joke, 1 week only that
ProsNo previous experience required, yearly bonus (until they get rid of that too)
ConsNo time off, Management has no clue what they're doing, HR doesn't follow it's own policies, 6 day work weeks, Horrible treatment of employees
Trim Skirt Meat (Specialty Ribs) | Tarheel, NC | Dec 10, 2018
Not for long time work
A typical day at work for me was long I worked in a department that was twelve hour shift It will wear you out after a while I worked where it was cold but as long as your working you won't be cold when I worked there it was too much confusion as to who my own supervisor was because they seemed to be moving around I believe that if I wouldve continued to work out there my hand would be a little damaged as it looked like a cyst was forming on my hand from using the whizzard knife on the rib line the ribs (I don't know if things changed form now till then) would be literally touching each other or a few centimeters apart forcing you to put more stress on your body to cut the meat and for me that was really bothering my wrist and the supervisor knew that the job was bothering me and still had me do it. Their was someone in particular for the job and the supervisor would flat out lie and say that no one has a job title so I have to do whatever job she says but last time I checked my check stub it said trim skirt meat not whizzard knife operator even after going to HR they would believe her side and do nothing knowing what I know now I would've took it above their heads and reported them to corporate. I don't suggest people work out there long as far as making it a career because the money is fast paced but some departments you have to put up with nonsense and some departments are laid back just depends on where you work.
I worked on the hamboning line the transferred to the sp
The work is very repetitive. If you get stuck with lazy or slow workers you’ll have to pick up their slack. Breaks are too short. By the time you get the PPE and frock off and get upstairs you’ll have about ten minutes for your body to rest. It is very cold especially if you get put on a job where you can’t walk around. Your feet will sweat and will make your feet very cold. The boots that are provided are horrible and even with insoles your feet will still hurt. The work place culture is horrible just about everyone there will talk bad about you. It is a factory job so if you’ll have to deal with lower IQ individuals.
This place has a very high turnover rate with most of the new hires quitting within their first week or two.
The management is very bad with most of the supervisors and the floor manager talk bad about you to each other and with the line workers.
The production line moves pretty quick so there’s not a lot of standing around and doing nothing unless a piece of machinery breaks.
If the line stops because of equipment breaking you’ll be sent to break early making for a long shift.
They do have vending machines upstairs but most of it is junk food and it’s over priced because of the convenience.
You do get paid time off and vacation days. The insurance is cheap and pretty good.
Overall I would only recommend working here if you are hard up for money otherwise get a job that pays a little less but is easier on the body.
● Supervised the retention of employees through monitoring points, eradication of FMLA approved absences and employee relations.
● Maintained employee relations with Monolingual-Hispanic employees by executing and conducting disciplinary actions, employment hearings, orientations.
● Oversaw disciplinary actions as well has hand out disciplinary actions in accordance with policy.
● Handled issues of management, such as time and labor, recruiting new personnel, organizational restructuring , and hourly employees.
● Represented Smithfield in the face of Labor Unions such as UFCW, in order to appropriate hand our disciplinary actions in accordance with policy, ethics and precedence in the presence of Union officials. Oversaw internal promotions and job application processes.
● Translated and interpreted official company documents to monolingual employees and Labor Union Officials.
● Saved company financial assets through winning unemployment adjudications.
● Proficient working with SAP, Lotus, Kronos, PeopleSoft.
● Administered drug testing to employees, for purposes of random testing and post injury admissions of use.
● Terminated employees if offenses or policies deemed necessary. Common violations were attendance, positive drug testing and policy infractions.
● Administered new hire training to incoming employees during orientations, and FMLA and Ploas to current employees.
When I got an interview I showed up early and was harassed by the guard shack and never made it passed that cause I did not know the name of who I was going to interview with in the H.R. dept. I then went home and called H.R.and was rescheduled the next day. And every step after that was a struggle such as ( getting thru turn style for first 2 weeks, parking pass, uniforms, PPE ). Then my first day of employment I went to break with my partner and when we returned to the job all my personal stuff was thrown into the garbage ( jacket, gloves, and tools ). When I think about it I do not know why or how I stuck it out so long. The first month of employment felt like 6 months. Shift started at 5:45 am meeting in the morning followed by some stretching. So work actually started about 6:30. The only thing I learned there was that I will no longer eat the bacon, ham, brats, sausage well lets just say anything they make. Management....that,s funny, turn over rate is very high, management and maintenance jobs always available. NO ACCOUNTABILITY if you like to continually repair the same things over and over than this is the job for you. No communication and everything is a priority with poor planning. The only plus is I did meet a few good people there. Myself after working there can not believe they actually make money and have not been shut down by OSHA and if that did happen i would not be surprised.
A Toxic environment, where you are just considered a number
Welcome to Smithfield! Say goodbye to any expectations of having a fair work/life balance. This is NOT a family oriented company, or one that considers the needs of their employees.
You'll be required to work 10, 12, or more hours a day, weekends, on call, especially if you're a salaried employee. I get that it comes with the type of industry the company is in, but it wouldn't be a problem if the compensation wasn't so low!
The Salaries they offer are a joke for the amount of work and responsibility that will be required from you. This in turn makes an employee not even want to pursue higher education or any type of industry certifications, especially if the company won't take that into consideration when it comes to raises or pay negotiations.
Work culture morale is low. You'll have to constantly watch your back since even your team members will be against you. Don't expect anyone to give you a helping hand or any type of mentorship.
If you're expecting a job where you'll love what you do, and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow employees, keep searching because you won't find it here!
ProsMinimum of a High School Diploma or GED required for Supervisor positions
ConsBecause of those minimum requirements, expect to have a lot of inferior and downright preposterous leadership.
Highly Charged Political Environment that Rewards Game Players
Smithfield has historically been criticized by Wall St for paying Executive level players for average to poor results. Much of this is true today and it still remains a company with a commodity driven mentality although they have claimed to be moving more towards a CPG led direction. The difficulty is that they do not have nor have brought in any true CPG leaders with a background to lead in this transition and, instead, promote the same players internally. There are many smart individuals, however, the management team promotes a poor and insincere "dog eat dog" people culture. The Executive team is very politically charged and rewards their hand picked players for a lack of product innovation, poor supply chain performance and execution and an HR organization that is simply a puppet to the Executive led culture of game players that are not consistently held accountable. Smithfield has some good products and a sustainability program to build on but needs to take a serious internal review if it truly wants to evolve into an authentic, high performing CPG led organization that sincerely invests in a better culture of people development and support.
ProsSustainability, safe products
ConsPoor people culture, lack of innovation, poor leadership in many areas
Deduction Management and Collections | Lisle, IL | Feb 24, 2021
Good benefits, flex hours but Micro-managed, favoritism
The company as a whole is nice to work for.
Many nice co-workers. But floor management gives the office a toxic environment. In Lisle office, for YEARS the now retired finance director got away with brutalizing and mistreating certain department employees really badly. Nothing done. Many favoritism acts from managers and supervisors. Put in many suggestions for improvements that were never considered or recognized. I was told at my interview from the foodservice supervisor not to expect a promotion because they only promote college people. I also asked honestly to keep working my office job remotely out of state as we all were anyway working remotely (due to covid19) for a family health reason. Was told NO. Found out there were a few other employees working in other states after I had to resign. They are not honest there. Very micromanaged. You have to make a few co-worker friends to survive the stress to get by.
Not the best place to work in that particular office..
ProsBenefits, flexibility with work hours, enjoyable sales people, free samples, company activities
ConsToo many supervisors in charge, never honest with employees, favoritism, small raises, push way too much work on employees. Take advantage of workers.
Questions And Answers about Smithfield Foods
What is the best part of working at Smithfield Foods?
Asked Jan 28, 2020
Answered Jul 2, 2022
There is none
Answered Jun 30, 2022
How often do you get a raise at Smithfield Foods?
Asked Mar 6, 2021
Almost every 6 months
Answered Sep 24, 2022
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What is a typical day like for you at Smithfield Foods?
Asked Apr 7, 2020
Work work work take QUICK BREAK and work more then leave
Answered Sep 27, 2022
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What is the promotion process like at Smithfield Foods?
Asked Dec 2, 2020
Non existent in Shipping
Answered Sep 27, 2022
Slow, too many interviews
Answered Sep 24, 2022
What is the work from home policy at Smithfield Foods?
Asked Aug 15, 2021
Answered Sep 22, 2022
CoViD stay home other then that bring self to work