Heinz Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
296 Reviews
2.2
296 Reviews
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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
  • Management is unapologetic about lack of work-life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • No work life balance, not a place for those with families or wanting to work less than 12 hours a day (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Moving forward

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of people working very hard to take this company to the next level. We have great brands and a lot of new perspectives in this organization.

    Cons

    Uncertainty. Change. Negativity. We are not yet all on the same page globally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, transparent and trust your people. Share the specifics of the vision broadly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Internship Opportunity at Heinz

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Finance in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an intern at H.J. Heinz, I received an immense amount of exposure to the various functions of the finance department. The senior executives were very informative and seemed genuinely excited to answer my questions and offer advice. I was assigned many tasks and special projects that kept me quite busy and applied my educational knowledge. The intern program was fun! All of the interns went out after work for special events (i.e. Pirates baseball games) and got to know each other on a personal level. There was also a promising opportunity within the FLDP (Finance Leadership Development Program).

    Cons

    In 2013, the company was going through a period of transformation (buyout). Employee morale was quite low. People knew that they would be fired soon (and they were). The CEO attempted to make videos and send them to employees, but that just didn't work. He was a new, foreign face...and could not relate to what current employees were going through. There was a major culture shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed to sympathize with employees and find a way to get them more excited about working there.

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Transformative time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Important projects, global experience, direction from the shrewdest team in business. Genuine commitment to CSR initiatives. Good people.

    Cons

    Management is unapologetic about lack of work-life balance. Little privacy because of open office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward and promote good people who are dedicated and loyal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Progressive.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    The opportunities that are available

    Cons

    very poor work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a group of mostly personable people and a valuable learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was an enjoyable corporate environment as well as very professional. A few of my co-workers became some of my good friends during my time there. The many things I learned during my time allowed me for much personal growth.

    Cons

    There were some things about the company that were very rigid. There also wasn't very much room for promotion or growth within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that they continue growing their business with their core beliefs in mind because that is what had driven the company to where it is today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    WAS a great compny

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for those who applies themselves

    Cons

    Jobs were sometimes monotonousshould have kept the Pocatello shining factory open

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    As a consultant, my experience with HJ Heinz was great!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    ....HGPS best in class in terms of CI system.

    Cons

    ...sustainability at the shop floor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    People over react and have difficulty with change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work that matters.
    In the new Heinz I am afforded opportunities and projects beyond what ever came my way before the buyout. Gone is the old boys club telling everyone what they can't do and "this is how we've always done things"

    It is easy to show your value and abilities if you are willing to work hard.. I have never felt so empowered and engaged in my work. Management is encouraging and appreciative.

    Cons

    Morale is so-so and people are over working themselves. Better communication and planning is needed.

    Meritocracy has yet to be seen at lower levels. Yes, the appreciation is there for a level or 2 above you but managers are just as guilty as anyone for burying their head in their work and not realizing the monumental effort people are putting in.

    This isn't a place for everyone. I wouldn't recommend Heinz to most of my friends as they don't have the right attitude/mindset but I honestly Love it here. If you want to work hard, grow through challenge, and own your work this is the place to be. If you want to punch a time card and float through life this place will chew you up and spit you out.

    Better quality coffee is a valid request, but I'll just keep bringing my own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accelerated work with extra demands on ones's time and skills should be compensated with money not just thanks and promises. We are working harder than ever. Even if a permanent raise or promotion isn't warranted consider a spontaneous bonus for project completion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Opportunities I want - at a pace I can handle

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I genuinely enjoy the 'new' Heinz. I'm not saying the Heinz before we got bought was a terrible place - it wasn't. But I like our new culture - I like how fast we move now, how easy it is to get an answer and how approachable my managers are - a huge difference from how it used to be.

    Cons

    It's been less than a year since we were acquired - so the changes have been pretty constant. Finance sometimes sends out policy changes after they've actually implemented the change. Probably not a great environment for someone adverse to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try more types of communications - town halls and emails are helpful - but not enough. Give us time to learn about a policy change before it goes live - they don't always make sense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not for the faint of heart, but for the courageous of spirit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Transparency, consistency of message and absolute understanding of what's expected of you. Is it always easy? No. Is it always the road that you would choose or decision you would make? No. It is absolutely about working hard, delivering your results and seeing the payoff.

    Having worked for Heinz before the acquisition I can count the number of times that our former CEO made time for "the commoners" on one hand. Our current CEO is very much engrained in every aspect of the business. He is accessible and makes the time to talk to employees. He does not shy away from, or make excuses for, the high expectations that he has of us. Who wouldn't want to be a part of an organization where mediocracy is not okay?

    Things have changed, and quite frankly they needed to change. We weren't winning in the marketplace or differentiating ourselves as an employer of choice. We were middle of the pack. I would rather be a part of an organization that is trying to win than one that settles for the crumbs.

    Those employees who are yearning for the "good old days" are looking at a past different than what I experienced. I know that I am a part of something big - something great. With any change there is doubt and vulnerability, but if you don't try you never know if you can win.

    Cons

    Some of the tools brought from 3G have the right intent, but the execution wasn't adjusted for our organization. The cut and paste philosophy doesn't always work and can actually have an unintended impact on the employees - make us feel like you're creating tools, policies and procedures that work for us, our company, our industry. A little care in implementation and communication goes a long way.

    There is still jockeying for position among some of our leaders which turns into name dropping as an influencing tactic. In the true spirit of ownership, ideas and decisions should be made based on their merit, not relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to walk the halls. Treat each interaction with employees as an opportunity to re-recruit the talented team who wants to be here. As leaders, you are constantly evaluating the health of the organization and the caliber of our talent. As employees we are doing the same based on your leadership, your communication and your ability to win. Don't expect us to follow - lead us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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