Hain Celestial

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Hain Celestial Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
28 Reviews
2.2
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Hain Celestial Chairman, President, and CEO Irwin D. Simon
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Success, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Success, NY

    I have been working at Hain Celestial full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on a variety of products. Good for young employees to get experience in multiple areas and move on.

    Cons

    Friends and family of CEO are showed favoritism. Poor behavior is rewarded. Poor management style by all. Good, talented people are kept down and not appreciated - eventually leaving. This place is ripe for a major recall. No collaboration within departments or cross functionally. Do not promote learning or growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about good employees or they will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    DISFUNCTION, LIES, AND A LACK OF INTEGRITY

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I worked at Hain Celestial full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Products on trend for now

    Cons

    I left my previous organization after nearly a decade of work for Hain Celestial. What a mistake! As a person who was always a strong achiever and performer and rose rapidly throughout my career, Hain Celestial proved to be a disaster.

    You can't say I wasn't warned. I read the same reviews you are reviewing and chalked it up to sour grapes and always believed I could "rise above" whatever the situation may be. Read not just mine, but many others of the middle management of past Hain employees. It's very telling...

    Here's the reality for you as a candidate. While ALL jobs and companies have their flaws, what makes Hain's especially disturbing is the blatant lying and lack of integrity. Examples are as follows...

    Being promised to get stock options during my interview process. Asked for it in writing and was told they don't put that in writing. Six months later when the year ended I asked for them and was told it was not going to happen.

    Being allowed to penetrate my account. Three months into my new job and I hadn't made a call on my customer. Furthermore when I discussed this with my boss that the broker was not letting me into my account that I had called on for the last ten years, my boss made excuses for the broker and failed to stand up for me. As time went on, he essentially ignored my ten years of experience with the account and made his own rules and cut me out of the customer altogether. I guess I forgot what the hell I was doing...

    Told I was the "face of the organization" to my customer and my broker partner. In the meantime I had my boss from day one entertaining an unprofessional relationship with the broker partner that MAY have had ethical questions to it. I won't discuss that further...

    In addition, a quid pro quo if you will of giving the broker favorable feedback to management, in spite of me in writing questioning the numerous shortfalls, in exchange for a recommendation to the CEO for a promotion. Note the CEO was in alliance with this broker president because of a previous snack brand bought by the company.

    Let me add some icing and cherries on top of this mess.

    Antiquated systems. A lack of process altogether even on simple things like forecasting of business and new items.

    Trade planning that started and stopped every thirteen weeks. Try explaining to a customer that your live accrual just disappeared and doesn't "carry over."

    Bonuses that come late if at all. I made my last quarter bonus before I left but Hain conveniently fell back on the "lack of a written policy." In other words, it's 100% discretionary. I have the screen shots as proof. Too expensive to pursue a lawyer for what it's worth. Hain knows this too...you've been warned.

    Benefits that are outrageously expensive and based on how much money you earn. You earn more...you pay more. Never seen this before in my life...

    All emails disappear after 120 days. Can't catch them in a lie if the truth is gone...

    Expense checks that you nearly have to come to blows with someone to get paid back...and they float the money for 60 days. Hope you don't run up big expenses!

    How about my company phone? An iPhone 4. Felt like a cinder block in my pocket. Circa 2007.

    A marketing team that is weak and late to the game with respect to innovation. Hain's idea of innovation is to buy innovative companies, lay everyone off, and suck the life out of their investment. But when you continue to play in the sandbox of smaller, more nimble companies, you get lapped time and time again on the innovation front.

    And then as these categories begin to mature which after 25 years in organics/natural space some of them are...the company is at a disadvantage because they mainly co-pack their products. Thus, as the customer base ratchets up their respective Store Brand portfolios, Hain remains on the outside looking in, ultimately unable to compete. I bet you love being in sales now.

    At the end of the day I landed on my feet. The cream always rises to the top. It inconvenienced my life a bit and probably just hurt my ego more than anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I met the CEO. He isn't listening and neither were my bosses. Bad attitude? Who would have a good one in this situation? I wish I could tell you I embellished this...problem is I didn't.

    Don't make the mistake I did. Stay away...far away!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    say no to this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hain Celestial full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Can't really think of any. It may look kind of good on your resume if you're in the natural grocery space, but everyone in the industry knows this is where great products and brands are going to die.

    Cons

    poorly managed. extremely cumbersome corporate processes. upper management is greedy, full of secret agenda and office politics.There is always a sense of discontent and detachment. Creative, driven, entrepreneurial personality will not thrive here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look around, your employees are not happy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bleak Paranoid Environment, Egotistical Hierarchical Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Hain Celestial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, nearly all here because of the poor job climate. Talented and intelligent people. Pretense of work-life balance, although if you actually require medical leave or your family has a crisis, do not look for support among upper management.

    This is a great company for stockholders and a miserable environment for employees.

    Cons

    Those with management responsibilities are specifically directed to provoke fear in subordinates. Nearly all “pep talks” include the barely veiled threat that we could all be on the street at any time. This applies up and down the organization, although it is most manipulatively applied to those at the bottom of the stack. The lowest paid employees, if they actually are employees and not temps, are treated with gross condescension masked as concern for the well being of all.

    Bonuses are a joke. At least one manager has walked off the job upon discovering how paltry these much ballyhooed perks were. Unless you’re a c-suite officer of course, in which case congratulations on making your substantial fortunes at the expense of those you've walked on.

    If you are in dire need of a job, take it, but don’t be fooled by the collegial window dressing.

    Don't be shocked the first time you sit in a management conference call and are told to put nothing in writing.

    Don’t be fooled by the self-congratulatory propaganda that you’re making the world a better place. Read the label.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A C-suite officer once told me this was “essentially a flat company, organizationally. This is the least hierarchical company you’ll ever work for”. This is either delusional, or a lie. I was in the military for six years and it was much less hierarchical than Hain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Hain Celestial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Exciting industry with great growth.

    Cons

    - Does not value its employees, sets them up to fail with absolutely no training, poor compensation, zero retention strategy, and no regard for organizational health
    - Company does not "Walk the 'organic' Walk", we don't even recycle!
    - Senior Management is extremely inaccessible, communication is severely lacking
    - No Visionary Leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are not happy, recognize and address it. HC has so much potential...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place could be a great place to work but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hain Celestial

    Pros

    For the most part the atmosphere is nice, the Cafe has good food and if management is happy it isn't terrible. The health benefits and other benefits are why a lot of us stay here alone.

    Cons

    No communication between upper management and lower management...lower management does whatever it can not to upset upper management because they don't want the wrath of higher management.
    This place could be a great place to work IF it didn't mean working off of dinosaur software, people were given time to do quality work, were given recognition, given timely monthly reviews.. haven't had one in 4 months...and IF upper management would work with us instead of against us...would realize we are people that should be treated with respect...Feels like all the company cares about is the all mighty dollar, not the people making the products or supporting the products that create the all mighty dollars lining their pockets. Its actually very sad... could be sooo much more...Greed is the word that comes to mind anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper management: Recognize the amazing people working for you, don't take them for granted. PLEASE realize we are all human beings.. not machines...we not only have feelings but we have ideas and visions to make this a better place, please give us the opportunity to do so.

    To lower management: I know its not easy when things are just trickling down so to speak but like a dog that has been beaten we aren't going to try harder when constantly being hit...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Miserable, hierarchical, nepotism-riddled joke of a company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flunky #210
    Current Employee - Flunky #210

    I have been working at Hain Celestial

    Pros

    Nearly impossible to think of anything; overall a horrible, depressing, soul-crushing place to work. Only pro is free coffee, which is needed in order to work endless hours!

    Cons

    Long hours, zero recognition, incompetent or horrible managers employees rewarded, poor salaries and benefits, arrogant rock-star-wanna-be CEO, you only count at this company if you are a friend of the CEO; otherwise you are worked like a dog then spit on. Senior team is concerned with one thing: delivering ridiculous (and fudged) numbers to Wall St. So little employee appreciation or any sort of recognition that it is laughable. Managers are very light on praise but very willing to criticize, and not constructively. Employee complaints about abusive managers are ignored. Business/financial practices very questionable. Can't keep talent because of the back-stabbing, horrible, bitchy atmosphere. Warning to anyone considering working here...don't! Hold out for something else; this company sucks and has a long reputation of being a miserable, crap place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Um, seriously, a lame holiday party thrown for the first time in 4 years coincidentally because your publicist landed you an interview with the NY Times about how you inspire your employees and foster camaraderie?? For real?? Pathetic!! And why does a CEO need a publicist anyway? If you paid more attention to how miserable your employees are and what a crappy place your company is to work, AND you actually cared enough to do something to improve things, you wouldn't have to PAY someone to make you look like a competent leader!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Glad To Be Gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hain Celestial

    Pros

    Good place to land for the short term - fair rewards financially

    Cons

    Intense and pressure filled management approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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