All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Danone employees based on 48 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.8/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.6/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.1/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
4/5
 
Company Culture:
4.3/5
 
Career Progression:
3.6/5
 
Colleagues:
4.2/5
 
Training:
3.7/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.9/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

Danone is a FMCG company like no other! We are a world leader in dairy products, bottled water, baby food and medical nutrition with a portfolio of iconic brands including Evian, Volvic, Actimel, Activia, Shape, Cow&Gate and Aptamil. 

At Danone we have a pursuit of a great aim: good health through food. Combined with our unique approach to life at work, we seek to bring out the best in people, inspiring the leader in each and every one.  Since 2006 we have consistently ranked in the Great Places to Work in the UK (Financial Times) showing that the work ethos, atmosphere, and career development at Danone really is second to none. 

 

As a graduate in Danone, you will be assigned a real role within the business with true responsibility and accountability, developing your commercial acumen and key business competencies with access to our first class learning and development programme. 


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Application Advice:

Study the structure of Danone's roles and gain an idea of what you want to do in the future. You can watch short videos featuring employees that outline their job, and it goes on to tell you how far they've progressed to the present day. Research what the company does in the industry and prepare some real-life examples and scenarios to demonstrate your interest and knowledge of the company.

Interview Advice:

Be direct, be 'human', and be realistic with your answers when it comes to the competency based questions. Refer to how you handled each scenario by touching upon the CODE as you will be gauged on how much you're showing these values throughout the interview. Don't just focus on one situation or work experience when you are questioned on what you have done, keep an open mind and constantly make an effort to show engagement and interest. In the end that you're not just here for a role but want to make a difference.

Account Manager, at Danone
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Application Advice:

Research all the four business units (Waters, Dairies, ELN, & AMN) as well as the core values of CODE. Also, be aware that Danone has many CSR projects (several of these are anonymously supported by Danone), the company is very proud of extending its responsibility past the factory gates across the globe.

Understanding where Danone fits into the FMCG sector and recognising that their goal is to bring "health through food to as many people as possible".

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions around the company principles of CODE (committed, open, door, empowering of others). Some questions are designed to see how quickly you think on your feet. However, there are no trick questions and the interviews are generally very pleasant.

Account Supply Manager, Danone Waters at Danone
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Application Advice:

Study and explore our website, get a feel for the products we sell and ensure that you are genuinely interested and invested in what we do because everyone else in the company is!
Don't just think about what you want to do as in a specific role, be open minded and instead think about what you want to learn and develop as an individual as this is a company who are invested in improving your abilities.

Interview Advice:

- Know your competitors
- Think of life examples for key behaviours
- Think about your strengths and weaknesses
- Be honest!

National Account Executive, Tesco at Danone
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Application Advice:

Apply early, attend Danone careers events on campus at your University, become a campus brand manager if you get the opportunity. All will help you to secure a place on the Danone Graduate Scheme.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you know the company's CODE values before the interview.

National Account Executive, Morrisons at Danone
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Application Advice:

Read and research the CODE values,
Be yourself,
Know the business, products and competitors

Interview Advice:

Evidence/experience based questions e.g. Tell us a time when you demonstrated...

Group excercises- remember you're all up against a criteria not each other- work together!

Danone
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Application Advice:

Try to be yourself as much as possible throughout the application process and remember that this is an opportunity to get to know and assess the company you're applying for as much as them getting to know and assess you! For Danone in particular, make sure you are familiar with the CODE behaviours as these are what you're being rated against!

Assistant Brand Manager, Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

Research not only the company's product portfolio, but their internal values too. If you like both, then apply.

Interview Advice:

Examples of when you've demonstrated leadership in tough situations.

Danone
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Application Advice:

Be sure to be yourself through the application process. The Danone culture is heavily embedded in everything we do so it's best to be open about how you work so that it's easy to tell whether Danone is the right fit for you.

Interview Advice:

Again, being open and honest about your experiences, what you're looking for and what your career ambitions are. Danone is a great place for personal development so they look for people who are ambitious but also people with a thirst for getting involved and learning new things.

Territory Manager, Sales – Route to Market and Convenience at Danone
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Application Advice:

Be sure to express why it is you want to work for Danone vs it's other competitors and show you have done some research into the mission and values that underpin the work that Danone does.
If you are applying for a Graduate scheme also mention why you want to enter on a rotational graduate scheme vs direct hire.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and be yourself! Danone is a business which see's the leader in everyone and acknowledges the different attributes that individuals can bring.
Show that you have a passion for the area and role for which you are applying, as well as for Danone itself.

Medical Sales Representative, Sales at Danone
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Application Advice:

Understand the brands, values, and initiatives that the company is involved in.

Interview Advice:

Competancy based so think of lots of examples of leadership, overcoming barriers and collaborative working etc.

Assistant Brand Manager, Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

Make sure you demonstrate your passion for our health message and for our brands. I would also make sure you check the companies employee values as it will give you a great indication of whether the company will suit you as well as helping you perform well in the interview process.

Interview Advice:

- Learn the employee values.
- Demonstrate passion for our health message and brands.
- Show your creative thinking.
- Show your collaboration/team-work skills.
- Relax & be yourself, everyone has a different way of expressing themselves and this is o

Assistant Brand Manager, Medical Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

If applying for the graduate scheme, ensure you have looked at the company's core values and get a feel for if these resonate with you, as they live and breathe throughout the business.

Social Media Manager, Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

Understand the definition of CODE and try to relate it to your previous experiences (if you don't have much industrial experience, use good, realistic examples from your academic background).

Danone
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Application Advice:

Read up on the company's "CODE" values, research the challenges the company is currently facing and try and tailor your answers to show how your skills can help the business achieve its goals.

Interview Advice:

It will be competency based so make sure you have lots of examples to hand to back up your answers. The way I did it was to make a list of all the things I've achieved or been proud of doing in previous work experience or at university and then try and group all of those into different areas, e.g. teamwork, working under pressure, times something hasn't gone to plan etc. This makes it much easier on the day when you're asked the question, "give me a time when you have had to xyz...".

Also make sure you're using the STAR answer method as it will really help you shape your answers.

Category Marketing Executive, Category at Danone
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Application Advice:

Read up on the company well before you apply. There are many FMCG companies but showing that you know and are interested in Danone will highlight your passion for the company.

Interview Advice:

Focus your answer to the competency based questions on how your behaviours will allow you to fit into the company.

Rotational Graduate, Rotational Graduate Scheme at Danone
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Application Advice:

To be honest and open to new opportunities

Interview Advice:

Research about the company

IS Business System Analyst, Operations at Danone
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Application Advice:

To know the company and the products very well. Have a look at the website, read the news and have a look for the company's products at the supermarkets. Prepare examples that demonstrate our CODE behaviours.

Category Executive, Category at Danone
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Application Advice:

- Be truly passionate about Danone's work and mission

- Only apply if you believe you will thrive in our environment and if Danone's values appeal to you

- To work in Sourcing and Selection, you need excellent time management and prioritising skill

Sourcing and Selection Coordinator, HR at Danone
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Application Advice:

Do your research on all Danone CBUs and topical news stories around them.
Think about CODE and how you best exhibit this in your life.

Assistant Digital Manager, Digital at Danone
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Application Advice:

Focus on CODE values. You need to be able to provide SPECIFIC examples of how you have demonstrated these. Explore all areas of your life for examples, not just your work history.

Interview Advice:

Know how to give constructive, polite criticism. There will likely be group exercises in the assessment centre in which this skill will come to play. Also know when to recognise and support a winning idea, even if it is not your own.

Your character is much more important than your degree.

Graduate Rotation, at Danone
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Application Advice:

Danone are very focused on finding candidates who would fit with the Danone culture, and in particular can demonstrate behaviours and competencies against CODE (commitment, openness, doer, empowered). I would strongly recommend you highlight where you have shown these behaviours in any examples and make sure you really consider the culture and if it's the right fit for you before you apply!

Category Management Assistant, Category Management at Danone
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Application Advice:

Make sure you give a true representation of yourself - if you don't, it will become obvious at interview anyway!

Also, make sure you practice the numerical and verbal tests online before you sit them. With a bit of practice they're not that tricky, but if you go into them cold, then the time pressure can make them seem harder than they are.

Interview Advice:

Think CODE. This will form the basis of every question (and therefore answer)! A good exercise is to have a think prior to the interviews of 2/3 great examples for each competency that can be easily adapted to fit the question. However, make sure you are actually answering the question!

National Account Executive, Sales – Account Management at Danone
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Interview Advice:

- Practice competence-based questions
- Learn 'CODE' and how it relates to your past experiences

Assistant Brand Manager – Cow and Gate Medical, Medical Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

Make sure you're authentic when interviewing and during the group work because they are measuring how you work with people and on your own and so if you're being disingenuous you may find yourself at a company your not suited to.

Interview Advice:

No experience is too small to speak about, if it's relevant then use it as Danone aren't as concerned about what your background is but how you've learnt from your experiences and how that moulds the way you make decisions and act now.

Account Supply Executive, Customer Team at Danone
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Application Advice:

Take your time with it, research the company and tailor your answers to their key behaviours and values

Interview Advice:

Do your homework on the company and think of examples where you can show you have demonstrated their key behaviours

Account Manager, Dairy Sales at Danone
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Application Advice:

I would say that as a business they do not expect you to be able to demonstrate really technical knowledge at the application stage. It is more important to be able to demonstrate key competencies related to the CODE behaviours
Also do not underestimate the mathematical and verbal reasoning tests- practice them!

Interview Advice:

I would say it's important to just relax. As a company Danone is not particularly corporate and the interviewers really want to get the best out of you, so be professional but also be yourself.
The interview (when I applied) was a competency based interview so to prepare think about examples where you have demonstrated key competencies related to the company values and behaviours.

Associate Nutritionist, Medical Affairs at Danone
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the culture at Danone before applying - the application is a two way process so you want to be sure that Danone it is the right place for you too!

Interview Advice:

Research the products and competitors before the interview too so you can show your understanding of the context within which Danone operate.

National Account Executive, Grocery Sales at Danone
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Application Advice:

-Know the company and the products very well
-Read forums and magazines related to FMCG
-Have good examples that are showing your CODE behaviours (the interview is based on CODE behaviours)

Interview Advice:

Understand CODE and the company very well. The questions were around the CODE behaviours and the company and its products.

Business Planning Analyst, Finance at Danone
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. There is a strong culture at Danone which is lived and breathed by all.

Interview Advice:

Focus on competency questions, do plenty of research around the market, current affairs and competitors.

eBusiness Project Manager, Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Research the culture (the company's CODE) to find out whether and why (!) you are a good fit for the company.

Interview Advice:

Practice explaining why you personify the culture. Think of many examples for each skill you have.

Danone
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Application Advice:

Before you apply check you buy-into the Danone values. If you do, make sure you bring them to life in your application.

Interview Advice:

Live and breathe the Danone values.

ABM Cow & Gate, Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

- Research the company thoroughly with respect to the UK and the global environment. Research all 4 business units.
- Research the company's core values (CODE) and think about how you portray these traits.
- Practise your interpretation of graphs and

Interview Advice:

A number of questions relating to how you have influenced key stakeholders in the past.
A number of questions regarding achievements and how you set out to achieve them (planning, goal setting etc).

Assistant Brand Manager, Medical Marketing at Danone
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Application Advice:

Who you are and your potential and attributes are so much more important than experience here, so never has 'be yourself' been more apt advice! Our core competencies and CODE behaviours really are key at Danone, not just an HR strategy, so think about those.

Make sure you let your personality come through. Danone offices have a real vitality and they get a lot of applications, they're looking for someone who'll fit in and feel at home, not just the most intelligent/talented person they can find, as it's a place where if you have the right attitude and temperament you can flourish.

This is not the right application to be copy and pasting from other forms. The company is not faceless, it's all about individuals.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, if you don't think you have a relevant experience think what you can talk about that's close, or shows it in a different way and explain that that's what you're doing. Not everyone has done everything!
The interview is based entirely around being CODE (Committed, Open, Doer, Empowered). So bear these in mind and make sure you check out the definitions online beforehand.
Try and relax, my interviewer made me feel like I could stop panicking and start being myself, and I think that process of settling and relaxing benefitted my inertview performance hugely.

Social Innovation and Internal Communications advisor, HR at Danone
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - be honest and open. Danone looks for people people as it is a relationship business, but don't put this on. Be enthusiastic and really want the job.

Interview Advice:

Standard competency questions are used, but surrounding Danone's CODE (Committed, Open, Doer, Enthusiasm) so make sure you have examples of how you demonstrate these. Research FMCGs and also the specific Business Unit (Water, Dairy, Baby, Medical) in the market.

Regional Account Manager, Sales at Danone
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Application Advice:

Make sure you have a strong understanding of the consumer goods markets that the business trades in.

Take time to understand Danone's values as they place real emphasis on this in their recruitment process.

Interview Advice:

Questions were based on commercial awareness surrounding the UK dairy and medical business and Danone's CODE competency framework.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself! Danone is not your average corporate entity; it's about developing who you are, they don't want a rigid, souless person. Make sure you research CODE as Danone's values are heavily tied up in this and if you don't think you match then perhaps Danone isn't for you.
Also, make sure you research Danone and understand it's mission as well as its competitors; commercial acumen can really set you apart from the rest.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for a:
- competency based interview
- SWOT analysis
- Numerical & Verbal Reasoning Tests
- Group exercise

Category Development Executive, Category Management at Danone
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