Heinz Reviews

Updated June 5, 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 (12)

    Not a work life balance place

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience and categories to work on.

    Cons

    Very busy, naga meant micro manages

    Advice to Management

    Work on better WLB for employees


  2. Helpful (17)

    The mighty is falling

    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brand recognition, huge diversity in products.

    Cons

    Nepotism is king here. Many are affected by the 3G owner status.


  3. Helpful (10)

    Definitely a learning experience

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

    I worked at Heinz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn a lot if you're willing

    Cons

    With the new lean initiatives that were put in place, some good changes were made but we were cut way too lean.

    Advice to Management

    Please be crystal clear with the expectations you set for your salary personnel. When I first came on board I was told that I would work 40 hrs. I get that being a, salary personnel there would be times I would work more than my 40 hours. But at the Chatsworth plant it was expected that you work 10 hrs a day 5 days a week. That was not what I signed up for nor was that communicated to me.


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  5. Helpful (34)

    Great public company, horrible private company.

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

    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

    The brands are great and you can take pride in them.

    Cons

    3G Capital was the worst thing that ever happened to this iconic company, they are squeezing it to death. All new employees know nothing about the CPG industry and the ship is sinking. Sure profits are up as the company is squeezing out costs. However that ship has sailed and now products are suffering and guess where sales are? This approach is not sustainable. Also, working at Heinz used to be a great resume builder in the CPG world. But now all the majors know the new workforce is mostly college kids without any real experience. If that isn't bad enough, the new Heinz will expect you to work 12 hour days, including weekends cuz no one knows how anything works or what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    You don't care about growing, just suck it dry and get out. Then maybe it can be repaired as a public company.


  6. Helpful (33)

    The reviews are true.

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are willing to embrace 3G values and work extremely hard, you will climb very fast. Here are some good things about the company: -Upper management goes out of their way to make themselves visible and honest -Very young culture, not a good fit for everyone though -Good trainee programs -genuinely descent pay -awesome micronutrient campaign

    Cons

    Now, here are the REAL 3G values: -working 60 hours/week and getting paid for 40 -keeping employees stressed -pathetic work/life balance (Bernardo literally laughed in my face when talking about work/life balance) -No tuition reimbursement or any motivation for further education -moving yourself/family/all your belongings across the country MANY times to move up -telling your subordinates to work harder when they already work 60 hours/week -backstabbing good people (although this happens everywhere to some extent) -greedy 90-day payment terms that make many people angry -promoting insanity. When Bernardo said "This is Heinz, we crazy!" he was literally not kidding. Heinz has the most insane culture of any company I've ever worked for. I don't mean the values, I mean the culture. But wait! There's more! -Meritocracy is a good concept but it's only half-true. The people who make names for themselves definitely move up quick, but not everyone is put into situations where they can make a big difference. Upper management is comprised of 2 groups of people: Brazilians who have worked for 3G before, and people who earned their success but were fortunate enough to be placed in situations where they could make a big difference. -From my own experience, many HR employees are incompetent and make no effort to actually help people. There are some genuinely good HR people out there though.

    Advice to Management

    3G doesn't deserve my advice and wouldn't listen anyway. To everyone else, keep up the good work on the micronutrient campaign. That campaign and the delicious variety of Heinz products are the only good things going for the company.


  7. Helpful (41)

    Believe it!

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

    I'm a former employee based on the 3G takeover. I loved working at Heinz prior to that time. It was an amazing company with great colleagues, decent benefits, good salary and bonus structure and lots of freedom to do good work. The 3G takeover was a sad day in the long and great history of Heinz based on what I saw transpire and what I've heard from colleagues who stayed after I left. Read the other reviews carefully as much of the discussion on the poor practices are TRUE. Buyer Beware....

    Cons

    Too many to discuss here-- the work-life balance went out the window. Friends have told me people are required to work late in to the evening; even week ends for R&D. Crazy!! We all worked hard but there's a limit to what is reasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Review the other Glassdoor comments and hold the mirror up to yourself and the leadership team. The picture isn't pretty!


  8. Helpful (28)

    Unprofessional Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Old Heinz political nuances have disappeared. Freedom to pursue every avenue you choose to achieve success.

    Cons

    Managemeny has no regard for the value of the Human Resource. Work environment is awkward at best due to lack of team spirit among employees. No work/life balance. Inexperience at all levels of organization frequently puts Salaries are below market averages.

    Advice to Management

    P&L is not the only decision making tool in your dashboard.


  9. Helpful (19)

    Things have changed for the worse

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

    I worked at Heinz

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

    Pros

    Great brand. Used to be a good culture

    Cons

    The current management wants to only make money. They will put it back on the market soon

    Advice to Management

    Let things be


  10. Helpful (35)

    Good people, crappy management!

    • 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

    Pros

    Work is good and steady!

    Cons

    What a joke! From HR down to supervisors! Favoritism is crazy and if you have an issue that needs taken care of especially up in HR, you better take care of it yourself! They talk to you like your an idiot, no respect and that's if you can get a hold of them because they DONT answer the phones or call you back! They tell every bodies business to anybody! Everybody knows your business before you punch in! Very unprofessional management!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get NEW management!!!!


  11. Helpful (55)

    Promising

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

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

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

    Pros

    I'm young and just starting out in the industry. Heinz gave me a chance. There is no where to go but up.

    Cons

    Everything. Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. No....no I'm not. This company is a mess. We are dropping customers like flies because leadership (I'm looking at you Brazilians) don't understand how this business works. Morale is at an all time low. I got to experience a little bit of the old culture before the mass chaos. People honestly loved their jobs. When I started, I was eager to learn as much as I could and I saw myself staying with Heinz for quite a while. That isn't the case any longer. The only reason I haven't left yet is because I can't. I'm putting in my time to as my boss says "put Heinz on the resume" and then I'm gone. This place is ridiculous. I love my job but the so called "culture" and upper management disgust me.

    Advice to Management

    Drop Heinz like a hot potato. You'll be doing everyone a favor. Go ruin Tim Hortons. When your policies become jokes between employees, customers and suppliers, YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG!!! If you're willing to listen....the best advice I can give you is be honest. This business is in shambles; own up to your mistakes and fix them by learning the business. That means bringing in people who actually know what they're doing. I know that's weird coming from a new kid but I am more than willing to admit inexperience is hurting Heinz.



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