Heinz Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
288 Reviews
2.2
288 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Great Brand, Changing Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    The company has recreated their values which they definitely "live." It's a very lean workforce which makes you a "jack-of-all trades" and provides experience in a variety of tasks. Compensation is very fair and access to senior management is incredible. You will never find more visibility to the upper management then you will at Heinz.

    Cons

    Still a lor of negativity and adjustment. People need to accept the changes. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, however in the long-term it will expand your career opportunities for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people, give positive feedback and make sure you are commending employee's who work hard.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 environment that keeps me excited to come into the office every morning. I work with extraordinarily talented people who push me to reach my full potential. It's difficult to become complacent here, and opportunities for career advancement are unbelievable if you work hard.

    Cons

    The "water cooler talk" can be a bit much sometimes..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're headed in the right direction, keep moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    True Team Spirit

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, good people, good leadership, clear goals and objectives, team spirit, global team, talented people, high earnings potential, world-renowned brands with fantastic corporate reputation, company believes in giving back to the community. employee volunteer events

    Cons

    constant change, long days (but most go very fast), working to integrate new culture is never easy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with employees directly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most exciting, dynamic and challenging opportunity in Pittsburgh.

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive, smart co-workers
    Incredible sense of unity and Company pride
    Excellent bonus potential
    Ability to quickly advance, regardless of age/status
    Amazing brands, global recognition

    Heinz is on a transformative journey. I've never seen a Company's leadership so committed to achieving its results and putting such rigorous processes in place to ensure that success is achieved. They take winning seriously and I love that about the new Heinz. The potential to grow and be rewarded here is incredible and it motivates me everyday to stretch myself to achieve new goals. I've been with Heinz for four years (prior to the acquisition) and staying here was the best decision of my career.

    Cons

    Be prepared to deal with and accept change
    Difficult to keep up with new systems and keep track of people movement within the business
    Long(er) days, but they go by fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more present on the floors and engaging with your employees. Employees respect what the leadership is doing, but they need more face time with leadership. The leadership's attitude and passion for Heinz is contagious - they should be more proactive in sharing that with employees. It would go a long way in terms of sustaining engagement and motivation.

    HR: Please offer more trainings for newly promoted managers on how to be a good manager. I feel that a downfall of promotions happening so quickly is that there isn't proper manager training happening...which results in those who report to new managers feeling stressed and that they aren't being properly managed.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great brands, smart hard working people and huge potential for rapid growth and advancement.

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

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a true meritocracy, where all objectives are transparently shared, and you are rewarded and promoted based on your results. Smart people and tight teams who support me so we all win together. Demanding but rewarding environment to rise fast.

    Cons

    All goals are fixed and out in the open, so if your having a bad year, there's nowhere to hide. The huge plus is, you're not carrying any dead weight from slackers not applying themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've been extremely impressed with leadership, the VP's and Directors are all good, smart people who I respect. The Heinz training workshops are great, and the social events are valuable too, I'd just ask to keep going even further in those directions with more celebrations of our achievements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Results Driven

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

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Heinz’s leadership team has mentioned on multiple occasions that the culture they’re instilling isn’t for everyone. It’s defined by discipline, accountability and visibility. It’s less about status and tenure and more about performance against specified targets.

    Leaders and managers have put a lot of effort into establishing daily, weekly and monthly business routines that help them and others understand business performance at granular levels. These routines hold people at low levels in the company accountable for their contributions, making hiding behind others difficult. And while that level of visibility and accountability can be nerve racking for some, it has provided me role clarity and focus. I’ve never had a more clear understanding of what was expected of me and what I needed to do to be rewarded than I do here at Heinz.

    I’ve been impressed by Bernardo’s and the executive team’s kindness towards those who have struggled with the new culture. By any measure, the severance packages and voluntary resignation program they offered were incredibly generous and gave employees the means to transition to other opportunities.

    Cons

    The company faces challenges that many companies face after having gone through major cultural and structural shifts (e.g. attrition, sustained customer service) but these issues have been acknowledged and are being addressed head on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    best in the food business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    New management really wants to be the best food company and get there soon. I think we will get there. There are no sacred cows at all.

    Cons

    Being the best food company is not easy. We are looking to get better every day but that means every day is a challenge - some people like that and some do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay on track

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    New challenges, better world.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Since joining Heinz, I have yet to see any of the 'horror stories' that people post about on Glassdoor. The open floor plan exposes you, yes, but why hide away in a cubicle all day? The open office culture actually forces people to collaborate, work together, and (heaven forbid!) interact. The management is present everwhere and everyday, which I think is very rare for global corporations these days. They truly care about more than just the business. They care about the people that drive the business. I am in full support of the 'Voluntary Resignation Program' that happened in Pittsburgh-- if you don't align yourself with the company's new culture, management, vision/values, then you are being given the option to take your talents elsewhere. There has never been a truer statement than "you get out of it what you put in". Yes, the work is challenging and demanding. But if it wasn't then you aren't growing yourself as a person. If you ever get to the point where you aren't being pushed and challenged, then the issue lies within yourself, not the company. The 3G cost-cutting culture is completely justified and is a fantastic business model that other companies should strive to emulate. If it is this evil culture that so many people desribe, then why are they so successful? Instead of critisizing the cost-cutting, people should take a step back and take it upon themselves to understand the business case behind each expenditure and each cut that occurs.

    Cons

    Transformations and transitions don't happen over night but it is still challenging to get used to new systems and processes. Something goes wrong with your laptop? Put in a HelpDesk request to someone that has taken days to respond to me before. Need to find out who reports to who? Organizational charts don't exist. Need simple supplies like pens/envelopes/paper? Contact facilities requesting the supplies- but you can only receive a certain amount and you have to sign them out... frustrating! Need to order or pay for something? You better make sure it's justifiable or the lowest cost possible or ZBB will come after you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep living the vision and values. Be as transparent and present as possible to the employees- both in Pittsburgh and globally. The more your employees see you interacting on another level besides being a name on an email or a newsletter, it humanizes you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fabulous company--great leaders

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture and amazing leaders.

    Cons

    People often do not like open work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the positive work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding, challenging and fast paced

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

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Yes the work is plentiful, but I was given a wonderful opportunity to advance quickly and have been well compensated. I have been treated very well, love my teams in both departments and feel that leadership is getting a handle on issues and putting the right people in the right positions.

    Cons

    Communication is lacking between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the communication issues and things will resolve themselves much more quickly and efficiently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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