Heinz Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 6 people found this helpful

    Great public company, horrible private company.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 25 people found this helpful

    The reviews are true.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 39 people found this helpful

    Believe it!

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    Former Employee - Group Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 26 people found this helpful

    Unprofessional Management

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 18 people found this helpful

    Things have changed for the worse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Heinz

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Let things be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 32 people found this helpful

    Good people, crappy management!

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    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get NEW management!!!!

  8. 53 people found this helpful

    Promising

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 22 people found this helpful

    My experience at Heinz was very undesirable.

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    Former Employee - Scale Technician in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Scale Technician in Pocatello, ID

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

    Pros

    The best reason I liked working there was my schedule. I had to work early in the morning, which I hated, but I absolutely loved getting off in the early afternoon.

    Cons

    I loved the people I worked with on my team, but the managers and upper management made it almost impossible to have a happy environment. People were not treated with very much respect. There was very harsh criticism all the time. Everybody was afraid to say anything, but it happened all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen, listen, listen. I forgot to say listen. Many employees have bright ideas. Reward individuals, not just factories. Although it is important to make money and work hard, it is not everything. Happy employees are better employees. They work harder and thus you make more money. Treat the employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 34 people found this helpful

    Unclear of strategy and future - still feeling the affects of too much change at once

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

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

    Pros

    New culture is definitely willing to take risk & change. The pendulum has definitely swung from the old Heinz that was a bit too conservative and slow with it's decision making process & layers of approval. Obviously this can be a good thing if used wisely - unfortunately this new trait has been Management's downfall as well.

    Cons

    Could write several pages on the ways their arrogance and forcefulness to take risk & drive change has also lead to extremely poor culture and work environment. Too many new people starting and no one is left to do the teaching - I agree you need new blood, fresh ideas, but some fundamental transfer knowledge has to occur in order to build momentum the right way. Management has ignored this and as a result has felt the pain. Departments like Supply Chain, Finance and Marketing are at the brunt of this transition and continue to see chaos, long hours, unreasonable demands put upon them with the number of people with institutional knowledge leaving each day. Also - the new people become frustrated because there is chaos (lack of leadership / direction) and it's expected that you will work 60+ hours a week just to stay afloat (on meaningless detail to keep this micromanaged).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your culture more - you are coming up with a lot of window dressing to make folks think it's a good environment to work in - but trust is your biggest issue. Things like your Meritocracy message is a joke, people see thru this. Certain areas are getting hammered with unclear direction - Supply Chain, Finance - constant change of course and new ways of working that are simply being drilled down to the rank & file to follow and change daily, which only results in them reinventing their job each day & becoming frustrated with all the new process changes & demands being put on them. Not to mention there is no forgiveness for having a lack of resources....the expectation is get it done (even if 1/2 of your department is gone).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 16 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 (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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