Heinz Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
284 Reviews

2.2
284 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
126 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 22 reviews)

  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest complaint I hear is about the lack of work life balance at Heinz (in 26 reviews)

  • All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 19 people found this helpful  

    Ask Heinz how to ruin a company, I'm sure they will tell you.

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    Current Employee - Label Op  in  Fremont, OH
    Current Employee - Label Op in Fremont, OH

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Money and OT are always plentiful.

    Cons

    Long hours, horrible people beside you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    Former Employee - I Would Rather Not Say  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - I Would Rather Not Say in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Thank goodness I worked there when it was still a good place to work. It was an awesome company. I still keep in touch with people that are still there and I'm thankful that my memories are pretty decent.

    Cons

    Poor management choices. I witnessed a manager taking a birth control pill during a meeting. I witnessed this same manager flirting shamelessly with vendors and violating company travel policies and asking me to cover them up. It was embarrassing to be part of that team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose better managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great in the beginning and most of my career there, terrible towards the end.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ability to work with many different groups of people; promotions for some people; HGPS when upper management cared about it; Employee trainings

    Cons

    Endless conference calls and web meetings; Employee engagement efforts all cancelled due to cost; Terrible work-life balance towards the end of my career there; Many cuts in benefits and retirement after sale of company; Morale was at all time low when I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro-managing needs to stop; there's more to a company than cutting costs

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

    used to be good place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    There are not to many anymore.

    Cons

    They don't care about there employees other then if you don't like it find another place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 16 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are none anymore. A shell of the once great company that Henry Heinz built.

    Cons

    Went from a collaborative culture where the customer comes first to a cutthroat, cost driven company. There is no team anymore. All the talent was laid off, has left or is looking to leave. People being promoted into manager, director positions in order to keep them from leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to someone who will run it right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 15 people found this helpful  

    From Great Career Choice to Major Disappointment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    As a Pittsburgh native and having had the opportunity to join the iconic company in the 2000's, I honestly believed that this would be a career choice that I would relish through the 2nd half of my career. For the first 8 years, I would say it was everything I expected and more: great brands, strong leadership, and a family-like atmosphere, but the 180 degree change in culture driven by the 3G/Berkshire Hathaway acquisition forever tarnished a once proud company and stripped away what made it great.

    There is a silver lining to every tragic tale, so you do have to identify a few positive areas for the current state of Heinz.

    1. For individuals that wish to enter the CPG industry, there are many positions to choose from across the US as seen by the sheer number of positions currently posted on Glassdoor.
    2. For those that seek rapid career advancement and compensation gains, there will be opportunities if you 3. wholeheartedly embrace the all work & no personal life balance espoused by the senior leadership team. Employees have ample opportunity to interact with their co-workers with the recent implementation of in an open office work environment.

    Cons

    While there may be many opportunities at Heinz, any individual that joins the organization with a limited industry knowledge may be setting themselves up for long-term failure. With the initial downsizing in August 2013, a much higher than anticipated voluntary severance acceptance rate in April 2014, and with continued attrition due to dissatisfaction with leadership / company direction, the number of Heinz employees that truly understand the US CPG business is dwindling. This employee turnover collectively leaves a training void for the company, as those with experience are focused on daily business emergencies and cannot devote time to foster the development of new hires. Retailers have also noticed the drastic turnover and it is clearly shaking their confidence in Heinz as a business partner.

    It is also evident that the best candidates for open positions are not always being considered, as senior level positions are now being filled with individuals whose resumes are short on experience but are willing to blindly accept the direction of leadership versus asking questions and challenging their thinking in a way that can deliver stronger results.

    The strongest CPG companies are those that invest in true innovation and effective marketing campaigns. Neither of these areas are not considered strengths at Heinz, and there is no indication that current leadership will address as they are more poised to drain additional profit off of the current business versus finding ways to fuel growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would encourage senior management to finally seek to understand why the company has been in a downward spiral since taking over. Read all of the negative and not the "mandated positive" reviews on Glassdoor and "hear" what current anonymous and former employees are saying, take it to heart, and find ways to address the issues versus thinking you can simply replace dissatisfied employees ,and things will get eventually get better. Pushing away top talent is a sure path to failure.

    Management clearly needs to understand that not all valuable individuals are driven by the same motivations. Many folks define wealth in terms of time with family, friends, devotion to their religious beliefs, satisfaction in their efforts at work, and many other factors, not simply cash in their pockets. Seek to truly find that correct balance of motivating factors, and don't assume that the way you think is the only "right" way.

    Have the CEO check his ego at the door and review his overall satisfaction rating. 19% approval is not something to be proud of. In fact, if you read the WSJ recent rankings of the worst places to work, his CEO approval rating is below any of those included in the bottom 10 companies! In addition, Heinz would have been on this list had the current number of ratings reached the benchmark of 300. Heinz is currently ranked at the bottom of all peer CPG companies (GMI, CPB, It will be hard to recruit top industry talent as long as the employee base lacks confidence in his direction.

    In a publicly traded organization, profitable growth is the number one priority for shareholders, but employees benefit as many are owners through stock grants, 401K investment in company stock, etc. In the private equity world, the pockets of the few are lined with the efforts of many, with the majority of those doing the day to day grinding missing out on strong company performance. You should re-evaluate where you issue equity stakes. With those only at senior levels being included in this practice, you will continue to further alienate those most important to your success.

    Actually speak "with" and not "to" employees. Communication from the current senior management across nearly every function is nearly non-existent, and when something is shared it does not come across as genuine but simply as political posturing or in some cases dictator-like. Your teams should want to follow you, not be told that they have to follow you. That is what true leadership is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 17 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Continuously challenging; those who are still around are great employees who really care about the business and continue to work hard despite the current restraints. Promises of larger compensation, but few believe this promise will be honored.

    Cons

    No work life balance, not a place for those with families or wanting to work less than 12 hours a day. Huge staff reductions to an already lean business, responsibility and project increases are weekly. Expectations of huge results with unrealistic timelines, and also without the supplies and equipment needed to implement the project requests. Most people do the job of 3 or more employees as they are not filling management or supervisor positions of those who left the company. Budget reductions to the point where people have to purchase their own basic supplies, such as highlighters and notepads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the slogans. It is not helping the company. All those with knowledge were either let go or have left the business, so start learning about the products and way of life outside the corporate office walls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 14 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technologist  in  Warrendale, PA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technologist in Warrendale, PA

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

    Pros

    Expirience and looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Less and less opportuinities available for advancment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If they dont change their approach to employment pretty soon all knowledgable employees will end up leaving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 15 people found this helpful  

    "Used to be a GREAT company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement. The co-workers are excellent people always willing to help. This was truly a great experience where you didn't mind getting up and going to work.

    Cons

    New ownership does not care about people, only cares about their profit and cutting cost.
    By cutting cost I mean cutting employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 16 people found this helpful  

    Just a memory of a great company once it was....

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    Current Employee - Marketing Leader  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Working with people from different cultures, 40+ hours per week, free samples of food...This is just what's left from a long list of benefits this employer once provided for its employees.

    Cons

    This one is hard to decide where to start from. Worked for Heinz for over 10 years and have seen a lot. Since it became a private company, penny pinching was incorporated throughout the entire system. And they took away a lot more from employees, not just pennies. Every department is understaffed, every employee does work for at least two people. A fleet of experienced employees are leaving, the best company's asset. The new management is shortsighted, can't look ahead, too busy counting stolen money from its own employees.
    Products are being made with lower quality ingredients, no matter if the consumer will notice a difference and stop buying a product. No vision for the company's future and competitiveness on the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees and the customer should be respected and that's how Heinz was conducting its business until the new owners took over. This new business model of greediness will fail, sooner or later. Change it while it's not too late and you still have some talented workforce left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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