Sargento Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Sargento Foods Inc. is an American food producer best known for its cheese. It was established in 1953 in Plymouth, Wisconsin by Leonard Gentine and Joseph Sartori. The company name is a combination of Sartori and Gentine, with an "o" added to make the name sound Italian, as the company specialized in Italian-style cheeses. Sargento is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, and is one of the country's largest retail cheese companies. The company offers profit sharing, tuition reimbursement and benefits for its employees. The company has been a sponsor in American motorsports for many years; for example, it is prominently displayed on Road America raceway.
Former Employee - Manager says"Protect Bad managers. Won't listen to good ideas. Company Constantly tells you how good they treat you while siding with bad management."
Former Employee - Supervisor says"If you’re not local, you’ll never fit in. Benefits and flexibility at corporate are created by the hard work and scrimping of the production people that are not appreciated. Behind other food industries in lean, six sigma, quality, and food safety."
Current Employee - Production Sanitation Utility says"Poor management, unqualified supervisors treat people trying to make it up in the company like 3rd rate citizens."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Hypocritical corporate culture Lack of accountability Unwilling to enact positive change Maintaining status quo"
Former Employee - Assistant says"Good Old Boys network in effect."
Current Employee - Utility says"Cult like,boring, don't practice their own values."
Former Employee - Process Technician says"poor management at the supervisory level"
Current Employee - Production says"Cliques and workplace politics. Lines run short of employees needed"
Former Employee - Production Supervisor says"The hallway politics are like nothing you have ever seen, especially in middle management. It is all about building a "kingdom" and not about building the company. A staggering dearth of talent in the overstaffed middle management ranks."
Current Employee - Analyst says"can't think of any right now."
Production Heavy Duty (Former Employee) says"There is really no supervision on the plant floor. This makes it easier for people to leave their stations and lines to go talk/gossip. I watched people bullied, belittled, and swore at. It is not uncommon for the people running the lines to stand there and watch people struggle. The work can very hard on your body unless you are one of the select people who do not have to lift the heavy cheese on the line. The pay is the same either way. There is a lot of coupling and mingling. Certain people are able to stand around for HOURS and get away with it. Management either has no clue what is going on or doesn't care. Pay is a livable wageGood luck getting the vacation you want or need"
Heavy Utility Worker (Former Employee) says"The only favorible thing that I can say about working at Sargento is that the pay is good. The working conditions are poor. The factories are ugly, dirty, depressing and dangerous. I worked at two locations (Plymouth and Kiel). At Plymouth the machines are usually not working right and the employees are expected to make up the difference. At Kiel the mean and nasty employees are in control. As a new employee you are trained in each department. The trianing is not good in many cases. Too many people doing the training are mean and short tempered. The benefits package is dissapointing. Sargento does not care about the health of its employees. They will just keep on pushing and pushing. I was thrilled when I was hired by Sargento but, that changed fast after I saw how they treat their employees. They just don't care about anything but making money fast. While I worked there I felt that I was nothing more than a number.good payunhealthy atmosphere, machines not working, grouchy people, unqualified supervisors and management"
production (Former Employee) says"The people are nasty!!! I was excited to get hired there...but, that changed quickly. Training was a joke!!! Glad to get out of there fast!!! It helps in a job where people can work together...this is NOT the case at the Kiel facility. They work against each other...and that makes a very negative atmosphere. Do. Not. Apply. ..........RUN. I sure hope the company reads these reviews and gets better control of their workers...they do not own the company!!! Sargento does.none.Company doesn't have a clue."
Production Worker (Former Employee) says"Too much bullying in the work place. Horrible behavior, especially women who have been there for years. It's very hard to do your job when you're cut down not encouraged.You rotate so you get to move aroundToo much gossiping and harrassment"
Psu (Former Employee) says"Bad supervisors management. H.r team response and always changing policy ti meet their demands with no form of relief other than fmla and hours used which you will be terminated Free cheese snacks"
on the line (Former Employee) says"Very busy. There is a good old boy mentality. You have to be with the 'IN' crowd to succeed. There is favoritism, it is very obvious. The people who have been around the longest are the favorites."
Production Worker (Former Employee) says"Sargento advertises itself as a family orientated company, and once apon a time, it was. It is, however, quickly becoming just as bad or worse than any other run-of-the-mill manufacturing industry. Every department is falling apart due to poor management, faulty equipment, and exhausting work. The people aren't "selectively" chosen as their "Hire good people, and treat them like family" philosophy suggests. Most people have little commitment, poor work ethic, and little to no experience. Training is a joke and virtually non existent. You're lucky to get even a day before being expected to do the job without error. The equipment is faulty, and usually doesnt get fixed. This causes employees to pick up the slack. Taking on additional responsibility usually means more work/stress with no compensation. Human resources will often sweep situations "under the rug," which contributes to a toxic environment. Overall, the pay and benefits are decent, and the work week is better than most (Monday through Saturday,) but expect to pay for these bonuses with your life. I'm glad to have left Sargento before dying of a stress induced heart attack.Good pay. Work week is decent.Poor management, faulty equipment, lack of training, stressful environment"
Production (Current Employee) says"Sargento loves to tell their employees how well they are treated. They have to keep telling you, because you would never know it if they didn't. Make no mistake, you will just be a number and your home life, thoughts, and opinions have no place inside the Sargento family. Supervisors range from condescending to openly hostile, This is true across all production departments. Talking to long term employees, Sargento used to be a good place to work, but those days are long gone, The pay and benefits are not bad, but if you expect this to be a dream job with a great company you will be disappointed.pay, benefits.Short breaks, unpleasant work environment"
Production Supervisor (Current Employee) says"Huge chasm between corporate and manufacturing facilities. Big cuts at plants while corporate spending goes unchecked. Difficult to fit in if you aren’t local.Above average benefits, health and wellness center on siteWant “yes” people"
Material Handler/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) says"When I first started it had the feel of a small company, everyone worked together to solve problems and get the job done, employee's opinion mattered. Over the last few years however there was been a huge shift to expanding dramatically, and the best way I can describe is they are trying too much too fast with undesirable consequences for the company and their employees, which is why I left."
Maintenance Clerk, Inventory Control Specialist, Interim Planner/Scheduler (Former Employee) says"I was never a full time employee. I was temp for a period of 8 months. The company made it clear that they had no intention of ever hiring me as they were not sure that my position was necessary."
Production Worker (Former Employee) says"The pay was good the benefits not so much some people were great to work with others were a headache if you can keep to yourself and perform your work beyond satisfactory standards this is the place for youyearly bonushealth insurance premiums and deductables were too high"
Food Packer Temporary (Former Employee) says"Sargento Foods was a very sanitary company where safety standards were always stressed.Coworkers helped the temps quite extensively.Short breaks"
Heavy duty production (Former Employee) says"The company is not very employee focused. They do employee surveys, but do not follow through with any suggestions. Don't listen to employee suggestions. Lots of favoritism between management and employees"
Sales Representative/Retail Account Manager (Former Employee) says"Productive, but many nights in hotels and numerous conference calls. Growing company in a rapidly changing industry. Product costs can change rapidly with in on week."
Maintenance Supervisor (Current Employee) says"Sargento is a great place to work. They take care of their people and take pride in what they sell to the public. I would recommend Sargento to anyone looking to take back their work life balance."
Accounts Payable Specialist (Current Employee) says"Working at Sargento is OK if you are a regular employee. Working as a contractor could be a different story. Company seems upstanding and a good place to work/"
Material Handler/Forklift Operator (Current Employee) says"It's a great company to work for but I'd like to be home at night with my little boy and husband. It's very hard to get on first shift, and when you finally do your laid off plenty because of your low seniority."
Business Analyst (Current Employee) says"Good work life balance along with community involvement. The most enjoyable part of my job is the people I work with are friendly and family orientated."
production (Current Employee) says"Sargento has good benifits, pay, and vacation but they lack in comunication. Their is alot of lifting that im not sure that my body can handle it when i'm fifty years old."