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Barilla is an Italian multinational food company. It is the world's largest pasta producer. The company was founded in 1877 as a bakery shop in Parma, Italy by Pietro Barilla. The group produces many kinds of pasta, and is the world's leading pasta maker with 40–45% of the Italian market and 35% of the US market. It produces pasta in over 120 shapes and sizes. Barilla brand pasta is sold in numerous restaurants worldwide, such as those belonging to the Pastamania chain. It is also the leading seller of bakery products in Italy. Through its acquisition of the Swedish company Wasa, it is the world's leading producer of flatbread (a Scandinavian staple), selling 60,000 tons annually. The company markets pasta in the US as being Italian ("An Italian Favorite" marketing) in flavor, but most of the product in the United States is actually made in Iowa or New York and not Italy. The wheat used is mainly local.

A former employee of the factory said "Tough, laborious plant work. On feet for 12 hours. Not properly trained. Floor manager of Barilla is a piranha. Won’t help you troubleshoot but yells at you for not knowing how to operate a machine you are not trained at."


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Current Employee - Operations says

"Management Policies No diversity treatment to the employee is bad"

Former Employee - Director says

"No meritocracy. HR doesn't exist, at all. The "Family" doesn't have a clue of what happens in their company. As soon as you leave, you understand how much your career can fly!"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Morale has been in a downward spiral for years, but 2015 takes the cake. Unforeseen and unprecedented layoffs have everyone on edge. Others are preemptively jumping ship on their own. Recent demise of the company's gourmet "Academia" line can't be a good sign (also resulting in layoffs). HR is a joke. They are inconsistent about their enforcement of company polices. They will make you look bad to make themselves look better to upper management. It's really very sad, and honestly, unethical. Very little advancement opportunity and few strong career paths. While benefits are outstanding, pay is comparatively very low in the marketplace - and there is a salary cap. Work/life balance varies based on who your manager is. Some are almost too flexible, while others allow almost no flexibility (HR refuses to enforce any consistency)."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Very pro-male Advancement is not available Management will throw employees under the bus to make themselves look better - happened to me more than once"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Inaccurate characterization of HR-Italy's involvement in hiring process. Italian HR plays no role in US hiring decisions. Inaccurate description of interview process. At most, depending upon schedules, interview process takes two steps."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"No growth opportunities, still somewhat male focused, poor management skills, poor communication even within direct department"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Seems like there is a lot of dead weight in some departments and extremely overworked employees in others. Management is inconsistent with how they run the office. Some are strict enforcers of HR policies, whereas others don't care as long as you get your job done. It creates a lot of friction between employees. Very limited growth potential. No matter how hard one works, there seems to be a lack of appreciation. I have noticed a dramatic increase in stress and tension company-wide. People seem run-down & burned out and there is no end in site. Budgets have been cut in every aspect of the company which has also led to a lot of stress. While the company seems to be doing well, salary caps mean you'll probably longer get a raise, and even small raises are few and far between. The main reasons people are leaving are because they feel underpaid (and they are - Barilla is known for not having competitive salaries), unappreciated and overworked."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Not focused with new leadership"

Associate Brand Manager says

"Overall corporate strategy is not clearly communicated. Internal communication is a huge barrier to progress."


"Lack of vision, inept directors, HR with no integrity, poor internal control"

Industrial Cleaner (Former Employee) says

"I didn't work for brillia I worked for a temp service which we were placed at brilla. It was not a great placement the manger that we were paired with so very rude and didn't not care about anyone but himself"

operaia (Former Employee) says

"Niente addestramento ti piazzano su una linea e vada come vada ..poca collaborazione e poca integrazione per i temporanei...NessunoParecchi"

Operaio Polivalente con lavoro su ciclo continuo (Former Employee) says

"Bellissima azienda,ma nonostante tutto Ambiente lavorativo pessimo per gli interinali, sfruttati fino al midollo senza avere possibilità di stabilità in azienda."

NIGHT SHIFT SUPERVISOR (Former Employee) says

"The Management likes to micro manage and does not believe there supervisors. Corporate needs to clean house and relieve some upper manager's of their duties. They have no respect for others and are driving the company down high volume of turn overs from hourly and lower management."

Directeur régional (Former Employee) says

"Bien que ce soit la société Barilla qui est racheté la société Harrys, les méthodes de travail se sont calquées sur les méthodes Harrys.Cette fusion a fait perdre le coté "familial" et social de Barilla qui prenait en considération l'intégralité de ses employés pour adopter un mode de fonctionnement très dirigiste centré sur les personnes du siège et considérant le terrain comme un bras mécanique à qui, il ne faut surtout pas données de responsabilités !les produits : la qualité, la diversité, les innovations ...le nombrilisme sur le siège et le manque de considération du terrain"

Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) says

"High drama, not a place to go do your job and go home..Can be good wages, benefits are great.."

Packager/Machine Operator (Former Employee) says

"Tough, laborious plant work. On feet for 12 hours. Not properly trained. Floor manager is a piranha. Won’t help you troubleshoot but yells at you for not knowing how to operate a machine you are not trained at."

Gluten Free Technician (Former Employee) says

"Worked there for a little over a year. Consist issues with other people on the team (lazy/not learning anything). Training barely had any structure. Supervisor gave zero support. Would go about 2 months at a time without even seeing the supervisor. Very short handed all the time. Either short on employees in general or having to deal with vacation people take during critical times when a full staff was needed. Don't work in Gluten Free department. The other areas are not as bad. Only issue with that is you would probably have to work 7pm-7am shift. Overall a lot of turnover of employees. Raise system is not really based on performance but on knowledge testing that you can only do once per year."

Agente di commercio (Former Employee) says

"Affiancamento nel ruolo di venditore per accrescimento professionale"

magazziniere carrellista (Former Employee) says

"Le mie giornate di lavoro da contratto sarebbero dovute durare 8 ore, in realtà 10. é stato un lavoro molto duro,poichè i datori pretendono senza dare nulla in cambio. Non ritornerei in quella fabbrica.abbastanza buono il salariotroppe ore di straordinario retribuito a 7€ all'ora"

produzione (Former Employee) says

"Solo sfruttamento per sostituzioni ferie! Nessuna voglia di assumere!"

Responsable technique (Current Employee) says

"Politique d'un gros groupe non applicable à une petite entité.Participation au bénéficePas de reconnaissance du travail accompli"

Operador de plantas y máquinas (Former Employee) says

"Trabajo por turnos de 24 horas incluidos sabado, domingo y festivos."

Director Comercial (Former Employee) says

"Solo piensan en ganar dinero sin pensar a quien hacen daño. A los trabajadores de producción y vendedores de bajo nivel los tratan como números. Esto no me pasó a mí pues mi puesto era de alta dirección pero era lo que se veía y como hablaban otros directivos de ello. Ojo esto solo lo digo de Parma, Italia que era donde yo trabajaba en España no lo sé pues solo trataba con directivos y solo de trabajo.para directivos sueldosolo buscan pasta nunca mejor dicho"

Packaging Operator (Former Employee) says

"Some days went by really fast, some days went by really slow... You never know what you’re going to get here. There were many times when we ran out of things that we really needed and didn’t really have much to do during the whole 12 hour shift. My manager sometimes said things to other people into myself that he did not follow through with. Many of the employees that work here are extremely bitter.24 hour work weeks every other week, 1/2 hour unpaid lunch, but you can leave the property for 20 of those minutesEmployee attitudes, health care coverage, poor planning and management of time some days"

Opérateur de production (Former Employee) says

"travail assez physique mais entente avec les autres salariés"

Technicien sécurité (Former Employee) says

"Problèmes de conflits entre la direction et le responsable de maintenance donc je dépendais"

Senior Financial Services Analyst (Current Employee) says

"It seemed to be developing double standards In the time I was their the company was just begining to grow, and everyone took great pride in the company and what it stood for . Everyone was focused on the goal of making Barilla a household name. It was great to be a part of that.Freee coupons for productlong hours"

Mécanicien (Former Employee) says

"Un climat de travail très appréciable bonne entente dans le service"

Agent de production (Former Employee) says

"Barilla talmont est sûrement l'usine qui paye le mieux"

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