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Old 07-29-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: dallas
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Just wondering if anyone on here happens to work at John Morrell and maybe has some info on the place (other than the smell )
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I do not work at John Morrell's, but understand that it employs over 3,000 people. Not all of the 3,000 people are general laborers. They employ some management and administrative positions. It went though some very shaky times in the mid 1980s (there was a big strike and Morrells in other places shut down such as a plant in Kansas and some workers transferred up to Sioux Falls), but is stable now. The plant has been a big employer in Sioux Falls for years and jobs the jobs to envy back before the early 1980s. Many workers took massive paycuts in the 1980s after the strike. Not a good time in Sioux Falls history. There has been work done on the complex, altough the main building is old and should be replaced with a newer structure.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:43 PM
 
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I don't work at John Morrell either, but know of a few people that do. It seems like a decent place to work.... I'm pretty sure the pay is good there.
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I took a tour of John Morrell's in the late 90s that lasted a couple of hours and I was never so happy to get back outdoors in my entire life (the smell combined with the steam that gets embedded in your pores, poor working conditions, various pig parts everywhere, etc.)...it was also a while before I could eat pork again. Although labor positions probably still pay 'well' for south dakota standards (meaning $11-13/hour or so), it is not a pretty working environment.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Camden, I have to agree with you. When I was a child, we went through there on our "skip day". It was not something I care for. Of course, being a vegetarian, I have no use for places like that.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:34 PM
 
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Please don't tell me the plant looked anything like this site :

http://blog.thesquashchronicles.com/uploaded_images/Sesame_street_thanksgiving-730653.jpg (broken link)
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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Default John Morrell - Muy Bueno

I work at John Morrell Purchasing-Inventory Control in Cincinnati. Good Place to work. Recession Proof. Smell Outside the plant is the "Meat Smoking" process. Sioux Falls Smell is Different. It is a Manufacturing Environment for the most part - the women don't wear heels & skirts - Sorry.
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:41 PM
 
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I worked 19 years in the meat packing industry-------(1963-1982)

No matterwhat city you were in , the wages and benefits were some of the best to be found.

Sadly, this is an industry that now relies on---ILLEGALS--- for a good share of their workforce and thus wages and benefits have suffered.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:27 PM
 
Location: dallas
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hey, thanks for the info everyone, just what I was looking for.
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:47 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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My grandfather and great uncles worked at Morrells back when the wages were good. My grandfather worked and my grandma was able to stay at home and raise six kids and lived an decent life, although money can be tight when raising a large family. The strike back in the early 1980s changed a lot of that and other Morrells plants shut down and the strike was not a pleasant chapter in the city's history.
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