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Sunkist Growers, Incorporated is an American citrus growers' non-stock membership cooperative composed of 6,000 members from California and Arizona. It is currently headquartered in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California. Through 31 offices in the United States and Canada and four offices outside North America, its sales in 1991 totaled $956 million. It is the largest fresh produce shipper in the United States, the most diversified citrus processing and marketing operation in the world, and one of California's largest landowners.

Back in June 7, 1977 Carole Shifrin wrote the following piece for THE WASHINGTON POST about how FTC Accuses Sunkist of Monopoly:

The Federal Trade Commission yesterday accused Sunkist Growers, Inc., a large citrus cooperative, of monopolizing the western citrus fruit industry. The complaint charges that Sunkist has achieved and maintained its monopoly - it markets 75 percent of the total production of western oranges and lemons - by a variety of practices which restrained trade and injured its competitors: Sunkist was accused of entering into exclusive dealing agreements with some 51 commercial citrus fruit-packing houses under which they are not permitted to pack fruit for non-Sunkist members or deal with marketers or processors who compete with Sunkist. It also was charged with entering into exclusive dealing contracts with 13 commercial packing houses connected with Blue Goose Growers, Inc., which foreclosed them from dealing with growers who were not members of Sunkist cooperative or with marketers of processors competing with Sunkist. Sunkist allegedly withheld from the market a large supply of lemon products for the purpose or with the effect of stabilizing prices. It allegedly has refused to sell western citrus fruit to competing processors and marketers. The agency also charged that Sunkist's 1974 acquisition of Growers Citrus Products of Yuma, Ariz., a competing processor of citrus fruit, is illegal because it may lessen competition substantially or tend to create a monopoly. Sunkist markets and processes western citrus and 51 commercial packing houses, the agency said. Its sales totaled $482.9 million in the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 1975. Besides halting the alleged restrictive practices, the "notice of contemplated relief" attached to the complaint says that the commission also may seek to require that Sunkist sever all contracts with commercial packing houses, not enter into contracts with any additional packing houses for 10 years without prior FTC approval, divest itself of Grocers Citrus Products, and not acquire any citrust processing plant without prior approval of the FTC. A complaint is brought by the FTC when it has "reason to believe" the law has been violated; Sunkist has 30 days to answer the charges which will be the subject of the administrative hearing. Attempts to reach Sunkist officials last night were unsuccessful.

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Account Manager (Former Employee) says

"I enjoyed selling and servicing my customers. I had fun on the telephone with them on a daily basis. I actually developed some great friendships."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Sunkist full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Overview I have worked in corporate jobs for 10+ years and I have never worked with a group of people so beaten by the status quo, they have completely given up on changing anything, mentoring, or teaching others. For those that don’t know, this company is 100 years old and has failed to keep up with the time both in attitudes and views on work. Culture Very unsympathetic management styles were you have wanna be alpha males managing and have an upfront “sink or swim” management/ attitude were if you are able to swim you are accepted into the “boys club”. The modern management concept of employee “Development” does not exist here. You can often tell who is a new employee because they are the ones having lunch alone so culturally it’s not a very inclusive place. This is a place where employees awkwardly greet each other in elevators/ common areas and speak with each other only until “after they clock in”. There is constant cross departmental fighting and not behind closed doors but out in the open floor for everyone to see. Everyone that sees this just looks the other way and accepts this as “the way things are”. Overall this is very “watch your back” type of culture that leaves one continuously feeling like you are walking on eggshells. Middle Management is an Atrocity I personally saw a manager get up and go home when “things” hit the fan and left a lower level employee crying and stressed to handle a massive workload on their own. In addition, there was constant public beratement of a manager and older employee that couldn’t grasp “technical processes” that was just cringeworthy."

Former Employee - Finance says

"I worked at Sunkist full-time for more than 8 years Cons: The controller is always verbally abusive to lower level staff and it's allowed. Lots of favoritism. There is no cafeteria for employees, just a small lunchroom with free coffee and packaged food for sale in coolers."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Sunkist full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Co was better before absorbing FGS. They kept the absolute worst managers and their attitude has spread. We get fresh citrus as though that makes up for stagnent salaries and vacation which is miserly at best. Have been letting people go in what almost seems like a warning to other employees as there doesn't seem to be a reason for why the people are gone. Have spent so much money on ridiculous office reorg, am sure our discretionary funding will be nonexistent this year."

Oracle Ebs Developer says

"I worked at Sunkist Cons: You will be frustrated and treated like crap."

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"I have been working at Sunkist Cons: Not enough authority of supervisors in designated areas"

Former Intern - Mechanical Design Engineer says

"I worked at Sunkist for more than a year Cons: expected a lot of work very mediocre pay. management lacks direction-they are all over the place"

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