Heinz Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Total disaster! This company treats the employees like the commodities they sell. Cheap and getting worse every day

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition that is becoming a sad reminder to customers and distributors of how things used to be.
    Customer loyalty.

    Cons

    Layoffs, plant closures, quality issues, poor planning at corporate level, terrible new product rollouts with unreasonable expectation, no employees input, cost cutting at every corner, profitable despite declining sales (we all know what that means), multiple price increase, logistics issues.
    Bonus was changing up until late third quarter and resulted in shockingly low payout despite promise of meritocracy mantra of work hard and get paid. Work is all consuming- unable to complete customer demands and extra company requirements in a regular 50 hour work week. Weekend have been normal since 3G has taken over. Raises has been frozen for years except for when they lowered our bonus targets when they took over. This was not a raise so much as a cost cutting measure to avoid a revolt.
    Management is often unqualified to be in the positions being held which i making baad situations worse. Career opportunities are only available to very few people. Once a job is posted interviews are usually already underway or there is somebody taking over.
    If the best thing you can say about a company is free food you need a better paying job to go buy your own food and are obviously not looking past the lunch line. There are serious problems here!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Your best people have either left, are looking or miserable.

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

    Resume Builder Only

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Heinz has deteriorated from best-in-class to an employment-of-last resort company over the years. A great ticket punch on a resume. If your interest is consumer products, not a bad start.

    Cons

    Everybody and every task is viewed as a better-be-cheap commodity, emphasis is on least cost instead of high quality and customer requirements. Culture has evolved from marketing driven to finance driven - declining sales have and will continue to reflect this value. Avoid if your profession is not directly related to consumer products (e.g., IT); those areas will generally lag as investment in them will continue to decline in order to keep consistent profits in an environment of declining sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is uninterested in the opinions of its employees, current or past.

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

    Disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    Salary and hours was good

    Cons

    Did not treat contract employees well regarding not fullfilling contract assignment time and short notice of contract ending

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that they need to be more considerate when hiring contract employees and how they are treated with regards to contract assignment time and short notice of contract ending

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  5. 16 people found this helpful

    On Life Support - About to Flatline

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay - although it's still not enough to justify working here in many cases.

    Opportunity to move up (if you have no life) - Willing to work 60 hours a week? Able to drop any personal concerns? You may very well be promoted 3-4 times in the stretch of 2 years!

    Cons

    It's beginning to look *bad* to work at Heinz, let that sink in. There are senior managers who have less than 5 years work experience, and are less than 30 years old. They're talented - but they're not THAT talented, and it's going to hurt them in the long run. Heinz now looks like some kind of farm league for actual food companies.

    You will be working longer/harder than you have at any other company, unless you previously worked in a sweatshop. I was putting in 10 hour days every day, with a few hours on the weekends just to keep up. Needless to say, my girlfriend at the time got so fed up she ended up leaving me. Now that I'm out - I don't really blame her, I was never there and was always stressed.

    Projects get bounced around a LOT. Have you been here for more than a year? Do you speak english? You will get saddled with things that have nothing to do with your job. I have personally worked on warehousing, finance, and customer service projects since I at least know what EDI is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the mentality of "People will work here since it's Heinz" or else you'll lose more people.

    Fix the many, many broken relationships with our customers and 3rd party logistics partners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 25 people found this helpful

    Mostly bad, really consider working here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    I really cant think of any Pros. I would say the people that you work with have a good sense of humor, and can be nice and friendly at times. Heinz is a good resume builder, great way to Network, and overall a Great Brand and product.

    Cons

    I don't even know where to begin. Heinz Processes are completely broken. i would say at least in every functional department there are Processes that are missing key steps or no processes in place at all. In terms of the companies goals, Each department has different goals that do not align. Be prepared to work really hard and not receive what you expect because of other individuals not putting in their time or effort. All of the goals are not even in one's control. Most of the service level issues are also caused by Third party facilitates that do not even have to get scored.

    In terms of the young environment, it is true. I am also considered a young individual but i did not take offense to the comments on here . I agree that there are too many young and inexperienced individuals working here. Before Heinz was bought out some employees would not have even been considered for such opportunities . I feel as if over the past year Heinz has hired everyone and anyone. Most people don't even have logistics degrees or backgrounds, or went to schools that are not even Nationally ranked or known for business. What ever happened to having experience for a job? You would think that someone in Transportation, planning, or logistics would have at least 2-3 years... it seems like now if you have a general business degree you get hired. Most of the job postings hardly require anything anymore. In addition, I really question how HR decides to place individuals in terms of experience.

    Be prepared to work a job where being intelligent wont get you anywhere and somehow doing less will actually get you recognized. Also if you are on a team be prepared to get compared to everyone else on your team as an equal even though you may put in 10 times the amount of work. It is so bad that some individuals think they actually are comparable. Many individuals do the bare Minimum and somehow get noticed. Most employees have no background when it comes to logistics and analytics. I realize this happens in many organizations but i have never seen something so bad.

    When it comes to flow of information , Communication is horrible. Be prepared to receive 10-15 email chains a day all about the same issue or problem because no one thinks being organized is a key value. Responsibility is also a huge issue. Everyone thinks another individual or department is the person that is suppose to be executing a task. HR should really think about re-writing the roles and responsibilities for each job description.

    Lastly, as sad as it is, be prepared to get taking advantage of. If you are smart you can either do two things: Share your ideas or keep them to yourself. Politics are everywhere. I wonder when the smart individuals will finally get recognized instead of the individuals who suck up ?

    People looking to work here: Really read the reviews, I made the mistake by thinking that all the people that wrote bad comments were people who probably did not try hard or got fired. Also if you are an individual who is coming from another large organization...really think about your decision. I know a lot of people think WOW Heinz it would be such an honor... things have changed and they literally hire anyone now. There are a lot of people who are very talented here but there are a lot of people who also are not. If you are a person who is coming from another company who has high status you are probably better off staying there. If you are a young professional, Who really excelled in college, have had several other interviews, Graduated in the top of their class.. be prepared to work with young individuals who could have been at the other part of the spectrum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the individuals go that are not qualified and bring in people who are more experienced for the position especially in the planning positions. If you are a new Grad and only have 3 months experience at an internship..why are you even being considered to work for Heinz? We are talking about a fortune 500 company here.

    Actually listen to people's advice. Any customer could go on Glass door and read these articles. If you don't change this blog it s only going to get worst. Imagine if a CEO of one of your customers was on hear reading this.

    GO BACK TO THE OLD HEINZ. Please get rid of 3G.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    long hours with hard wrokers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    name recognition
    ammenities
    free parking
    cafeteria
    people are hard workers

    Cons

    communication fast changes
    no review
    crowded
    unclear
    future
    fast changes

  8. 15 people found this helpful

    Runaway

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Administrator in Warrendale, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Administrator in Warrendale, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Co-Workers are friendly, Nice Building, Great Brand Name. The salary is ok

    Cons

    Management is horrible at all levels
    ZZB Budgeting can't even get new working equipment
    Lots of work barely have time to go to the bathroom
    The company has no values
    Everything is hurry up and get it down don't ask questions either
    No training
    Senior management can barely speak english very hard to understand during meetings.
    Company isn't focused on the customer just making money at the customers expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to move a better balance of the workload

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 17 people found this helpful

    Just a shame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    At this point most people still believe Heinz to be an all American company.

    Cons

    Miserable place to work. Moral is lower than anywhere I have ever worked. Most everyone is watching their back or doesn't know enough to realize it.
    Heinz is not even close to what this company was just a couple of short years ago when it really did care about employees and doing the right things for their customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to someone that understands what Heinz was and willing to bring at least some of the integrity back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 18 people found this helpful

    Very dysfunctional company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, OH

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are not pros anymore. Our union does not support us.

    Cons

    I used to love working here. Now most of us are doing the job of two people.. Had a competition meeting today-all of the questions were staged and we felt like we were lied to by our plant manager. They want us to try harder when everyone is pushed to the limit. Morale is very very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to give advice when they won't listen to you. They need to remember who makes the money for them--the laborers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 16 people found this helpful

    Former Great Company

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    I worked there prior to 3G ownership.

    Cons

    Constant job cuts. When employees when offered a voluntary buyout, promises were made that the head count would not be reduced. Most of the jobs of the people who took the buyout were eliminated. The rest had salary reductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ownership is greedy, get out on your own while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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