Heinz Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees
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Pros
  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance may seem hard (in 33 reviews)

  • Cost Cutting at the Customers expense (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (44)

    Run for your lives!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    if you like working harder, working longer, working for less money, less benefits, and giving up time with your family, I guess that would be a pro.....and the circus of Brazilians and others hired that have no idea how to run a business is entertaining at times.....

    Cons

    I have been raped by this company ever since 3G took over by anyway possible...raped of my time with my family, raped in my paycheck, raped in my 401k, raped in healthcare costs, and raped of any career potential at Heinz.

    If you have been at the company for any period of time, you are a burden to the new regime because you are either too old or too expensive. When employees are happy to be fired, and upset when they get promoted, you know something is wrong. Longtime employees either walk out or are escorted out at any moment and have been replaced with immature, immoral, incompetent and inexperienced "kids" who think they know more than you and treat you like you are the janitor. These kids refuse to listen to your ideas, refuse to speak English in the office, refuse to mingle or interact with other employees - only the other kids, and refuse to even show any of the most basic manners, such as shaking a persons hand when you meet them. And at first you are miffed about the handshake snub, but then you learn that they don't wash their hands in the bathroom, so then you are relieved that you didn't get to shake that hand. I guess they figure they can count the unused soap and water as cost savings. Or maybe it is because you don't have time to wash up since you had to wait in line to go the bathroom since they jammed so many people in the office space the bathrooms can't keep up. Yes, it is that bad. And just when you think it can't get any weirder, Halloween comes around and it is like a major holiday in the office. Now keep in mind Halloween is a kids holiday, so when you only hire kids, I guess you have to do something to accommodate, it is utterly ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    None, you don't want to hear any ideas since you know everything. Please keep up the good work as you are doing such a great job firing people, closing factories, and losing customers.

    I do have advice for those people at Kraft now that the merger is pending:
     1. Don't believe any of the positive reviews on this site, they have all been planted by HR.
     2. Run for your lives!


  2. Helpful (29)

    The worst of the worst!

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

    I have been working at Heinz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand recognition and diversification of products.

    Cons

    One of the most unorganized, dysfunctional, unprofessional organization out there. Extremely tough environment to work in. Employees are overworked and discouraged. There is very little time to work on process improvement; instead time is spent and wasted putting out fires which occur daily. Nothing seems to function properly. 3G Management completely lacks knowledgeable and understanding how supply chain works. I have seen them googling on how to determine safety stock. Management should not be googling basic information that is standard learning in American Universities. Portuguese is spoken around the office consistently. Consultants that have been hired to help resolve simple supply chain issues are also Brazilian and are hard to understand. Sometimes you get the feel that you are in South America rather than US.
    Nepotism is everywhere! Heinz culture prides themselves on meritocracy. But really there has been no promotions in Operations department for the past 2 years. Instead 3G Management came in and gave themselves all management positions. Some would call that meritocracy I guess!? Moral is at all time low. Employees are being let go what seems daily. Instead of management taking responsibility and accountability for root problems that are within the organization, they instead let people go. Again putting out fires instead of improving broken processes.
    Communication between departments is almost nonexistent. Each department has competing objectives and enormous time is spent on blaming each other. Goals change daily and failure to pass this information from management to employees is given.
    Lower manager is very unprofessional. Bunch of immature 25 year olds with no experience with real business world. This place is falling apart.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school and learn what it takes to run a company.


  3. Helpful (7)

    RUNNNNNNNNN!!!!

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

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People do not hate their lives all the time; Friday at 7 pm is a nice moment. Heinz used to be a solid brand name on the resume but it is quickly becoming a joke as it crashes and burns in the CPG industry.

    Cons

    Completely disorganized, cheapening products and product quality, 0 work/life balance, constant fear about job security, brands losing market share. 3G has sucked the soul out of this company- taking away almost all benefits and perks except for pencils- those will be next. Office has been consolidated to high-efficiency seating that can only be compared to chickens in factory farms. Everything is about cost-cutting while customer service and quality ranks as low as you can get on the totem pole. Heinz is too cheap to hire new talent causing current employees to take on the work load of several people. Everyone is unhappy and looking for a new job on the side or has been fired or laid off. It is not uncommon to see people in the office late into the night for fear of being next on the chopping block.

    Advice to Management

    Why are you so cheap? Cutting costs is not an effective long-term strategy to battle failing brands. The solution is to invest in your people, products and customer relationships. Practice professionalism.


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  5. Helpful (14)

    Look Somewhere Else

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

    I worked at Heinz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing views of downtown from anywhere in the office

    Cons

    Negative Atmosphere, Poor Technology, Un-realistic Goals, ect...


  6. Helpful (21)

    current unhappy employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are no pros to working for this awful company. It's a shame how this company treats its employees and its customers.

    Cons

    The only thing that is important is how to make more $$. I think the quality of the product will really start to go down hill. Cost cutting is now at a dangerous level. Company refuses to pay small Mom and Pop vendors driving them out of business. I can only imagine the cost cutting at the plants will lead to problems with the food that real people are eating. Consumers beware. Kraft get ready to be raped! 3G does not care about people at all!

    Advice to Management

    How do you sleep at night? The almighty dollar is not the only important thing in this world. How you treat people is what you will be judge on.


  7. Helpful (14)

    Poor Company Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT

    I worked at Heinz (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary when compared to others in the consumer package goods arena. Ability to move up quickly since everyone is leaving the company.

    Cons

    Absolutely no respect for work/life balance
    Unrealistic expectations


  8. Helpful (21)

    Short review

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

    I worked at Heinz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a great company to build your resume and try multiple positions and definitely learn a lot.

    Cons

    You signed your life over to Heinz. Expect to be working a lot of hours with little appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    None - it would be a wasted effort.


  9. Helpful (37)

    I hope management has to answer to a higher power some day! Don't believe the positive reviews.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None.
    I had to put a 20 word minimum. Because of that, here is a sentence with 20+ words so I can post.

    Cons

    Soul, spirit and happiness go bye bye. One firing at a time, one layoff at a time, one cost saving cut at a time. Along with family time, social time, me time. It all becomes Heinz time.
    Used to be such a great company, now just a name is left and even that has been disgraced. Watch out Kraft...

    Advice to Management

    I hope you have to answer to a higher power someday about all of the immoral and unethical things you have done. You have ruined peoples lives and made countless other ones miserable. Treat people like people. Shame on you!


  10. Helpful (20)

    Heartbreaking!! Beware Kraft! Especially older workforce!

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

    I worked at Heinz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent wage that is about it.

    Cons

    The Heinz I worked for years ago was a great place to work. The positive reviews are laughable. Kraft employees beware!!!

    Advice to Management

    So sad that you are destroying Heinz! Same on you Bernardo!!


  11. Helpful (21)

    Sinking ship- find a life boat before there are none

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can wear jeans. Not much more

    Cons

    It's a complete mess. Sales at its all time low. Good people leaving every week. Morale the worst I've ever seen. People thrown into jobs that have no idea what they are doing. I can go on forever.

    Advice to Management

    Quit rewarding the execs as they don't do the work. How do you give a green ( meaning that they are exceling) for the people piece of their MBO. People are not happy. Workers are alway just waiting to get whacked. HR And Bernardo wake up and smell the coffee. You have no idea what the workers are feeling



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