Thread regarding Dean Foods Co. layoffs

Sad to see so many people leaving

I'm saddened to see some of my oldest friends (yes friends - we stopped being just coworkers long time ago) leave Dean Foods because they no longer see a future here.

I know that's probably the smartest move right now, but I still can't get myself to make that decision.

Anybody feels the same way?

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After 30+ yrs. I left Dean Foods. 20 yrs. with Suiza/DF the rest with the same company but different owners. I was fortunate enough to work for some Great Leaders. Hall of Famers who knew the business and how to treat people. Then there were Leaders who didn’t know anything about the Dairy Business. It was experiment after experiment, millions of dollars wasted. We took our eye off the ball and lost focus on the most important part of our business the “The Customer.” We did’nt take advantage of one of our biggest assets our Distribution Network missing the chance to expand our portfolio with items that would sell. Instead we cut service and got greedy jacking up our prices. There were many ups and downs over the years but nothing like what DF is going threw today. It’s hard to believe that DF had record profit in 2015-2016. Now in less than 4 yrs. faced with possible bankruptcy. From a Shinning Star to barely holding on.

True Leaders are hard to fine, but if it was me I would round every Dairy Veteran Leader I could find and put a plan in place to save what’s left. There are still a few Great Leaders out there. Put a 5 yr plan in place starting with going back and repairing the Customer relationships that have been damaged our lost. Hat in hand. To my Friends who stayed hold your head high this wasn’t a field problem.

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I worked at Deans for 20 years, so I know what you mean when you say your co-workers are your friends. I worked at one of the 7 plants that Deans closed down last year. It was devastating at the time to get the news we were going to be losing our jobs, but with each passing it becomes more apparent it was for the best. I think the hardest part was knowing my work family would all be going their separate ways. I miss my friends and still keep in touch with them. It’s not always easy starting over, but I’m blessed to have quickly found a job with a great company. While I don’t see much of a future for Deans I wish you and the rest of the hard working employees that remain with the company the best. There is life after Dean Foods.i think it’s pretty obvious that the current leadership in Dallas has no clue as to how to turn things around. Maybe they can find a buyer that has a vision for the future of the company.

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