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Heinz Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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2.4 251 reviews

22% Approve of the CEO

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Bernardo Hees

(100 ratings)

30% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge depending on the department in which you work(in 25 reviews)

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

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    WAS a great compny

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunities for those who applies themselves

    ConsJobs were sometimes monotonousshould have kept the Pocatello shining factory open

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    Cons...sustainability at the shop floor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    People over react and have difficulty with change.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsChallenging 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.

    ConsMorale 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 Senior ManagementAccelerated 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunities I want - at a pace I can handle

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI 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.

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTransparency, 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementContinue 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing Employees

    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsWhen I began working at Heinz, I took immediate note of how political the company was. It was run just like an "Old Boys Club." I would attend networking events with executives, and find that they were all tall white men with gray hair. Diversity was an absolute joke. There were also a lot of employees who spent more time gossiping than completing actual work.

    Post acquisition, I experienced something vastly different. The fear of mass layoffs triggered a change in culture. Employees spoke more freely about outside job prospects, their like/dislike for how management was running the company, as well as how the brands were actually run. In my opinion, those employees who have stuck around during the last 9 months have developed a bond unlike what is normally seen in the traditional corporate world.

    To Prospective Employees:
    If you are young, eager to learn, make your "mark," and learn from some of the smartest most competent people in the CPG game, Heinz should absolutely be at the top of your potential employers list. There is ample opportunity for growth, through large responsibility scopes, access to executives, and honestly, being able to witness first hand how 3G Capital manages a company. Heinz is also a fairly "young and hip" workforce. It is no Google or Facebook, but most of the employees are in touch with what is "cool" and are willing to share a drink at happy hour after a long day of work.

    There are currently a few executives, 3G placed as well as some "old Heinz" folk, who are some of the smartest people in the industry. Being able to work side by side with those people is a true blessing for someone who is looking to develop their skillsets.

    You must must must be able to speak up if you current work/are considering working at Heinz. Each employee is encouraged to take on an ownership mentality. If you are gusty, smart, and use data to drive decisions, you will undoubtedly succeed.

    ConsHeinz is not the place to work if you view work, as, well, just that. The new culture promotes HARD work, and that doesn't mean 9-5 hours are required, but its hard to excel when you are surrounded by people who will outwork you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some amazingly talented "old Heinz" employees that are being overlooked and extremely undercompensated. Before hiring any more investment bankers who don't fully grasp the business model and paying them hefty salaries, make sure you promote those from within and are willing to work hard. They already have the relationships in place to get the work done, and the know how to get it done correct.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic managers, good people, unfortunate upper management choices

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people here are fantastic and most seem to really care about their work and the company. Schedules are fairly flexible and there are many paths for career development.

    ConsInternal politics can get wearisome. The lay offs were handled poorly, with valuable people being let go over others who weren't as high-performers. That caused a lot of disruption that some departments are still working through.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic

    Consumer Affairs Representative (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGreat Company, Great management, really valued employee contributions

    ConsI was sold to a different company

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and develop internal talent rather then searching outside of the organization to fill needs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging yet rewarding company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGreat People. Great work home life balance. Great Products

    ConsHeinz new management has a lot of learning to do. The company was doing very well and they came in and acted as if it was failing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange things when it is for the common good not just to put a buck in you and your 10 friends pockets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    24 wonderful years

    Retail Business Manager (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsPeople were incredible. Very smart and supportive

    ConsThis company went private and restructured - separating 600 from company in US

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider people greatest asset

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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