Kellogg Company

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Kellogg Company Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
446 Reviews
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Kellogg Company President & CEO John Bryant
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible on work-life balance especially with the summer hour schedule (in 33 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are average IT work life balance is good (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is less than ideal at times, but it comes with the territory (in 62 reviews)

  • middle management is lousy, no work life balance, god forbid if u have an opinion about anything (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company In Race To The Bottom

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hourly in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Hourly in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Kellogg Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with some of the most caring and compassionate and loyal individuals I have ever worked with and the company at this time has very good medical care benefits

    Cons

    Most mismanaged company I have ever worked for. No one in management communicates what they are doing in their department which will affect what should be done in other departments. There is no work - life balance. Every meeting (and there are many) seems to include the threat of losing your job. Company is focused on their stockholders instead of their consumers. Training department is a joke. Safety department places all blame back on employee even though something was brought to their attention. A lot of covering up my management so that they can keep their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Direct your focus back to consumer instead of shareholder. Develop a first class training program in order to reduce your cost per pound, address your quality problems and production rates. Workers that are under constant stress of job loss will never produce the cost savings, production rates, or quality which they are capable of producing. The direction in which the company is heading will increase the turnover rate of employees which eventually will lead to a lower standard of product produced. Work on increasing sales with award winning advertising, outstanding R&D team, "outside the box" thinking of product uses, making minimal adjustments to equipment and packaging that will create the addition of a new product produced from existing products, listen to consumers and make their "wish list" your "must list". The bottom line is: unless you focus on increasing sales instead of cutting cost you will die a slow death. After a while there will no longer be cost to cut and by then sales will be so low that you can not climb back up. Once you lose a consumer it is almost impossible to gain them back. Shareholders will always return if they can make money - loyalty is not important the them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great up until John Bryant took the helm.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Production in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Kellogg Company

    Pros

    Benefits and coworkers, was once an American staple, continues to fall under current leadership.

    Cons

    Pocket lining CEO and board members that fail to listen or bargain with its union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on core and get away from fattening snacks. Give the people what they ask for. Focus on the RTEC division ( you know, the ones that built the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lanacster kelloggs plant is going down the wrong road. Help us find the yellow brick road again please.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kellogg Company

    Pros

    Best reason to work at Kelloggs was:Mgt would listen to Employees.Mgt use to ask employees to problem solve.Not any more.

    Cons

    keeping your mouth shut as u watch Mgt destroy our plant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. when cutting jobs look at total impact.Dont cut jobs that cost us 30% of warehouse and now can not run plant at 100%. stoping prod now. warehouse full. Battle Creek Kelloggs Please help us in Lancaster.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want a heart attack come work for Kellogg's

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Floor Manager
    Former Employee - Floor Manager

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

    Pros

    Compensation is very competitive in the food industry.

    Cons

    -Medical benefits are terrible every since the switch to Cigna
    -If you work in the plants you have no life. Might as well be single or looking to get divorced if you want a career with this company (in the plants)
    - The Unions are KILLING THIS COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't negotiate in good faith with them because they don't care about our bottom line
    -Don't look for your bosses to have your back because most are immature, spineless and have never been groomed to be managers
    -No one is held accountable for their actions (extremely frustrating when your trying to do the right thing)
    -There is no teamwork
    -There is no recognition for hard work, only beat downs when something goes wrong
    -If you want to live the Kellogg fantasy go to corporate
    -You'll hear "that's not my job" very frequently
    -Your best talent is leaving you and you're not doing anything about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The unions are killing this company. I used to love working for Kellogg's some years ago. I though that I could change the world. Now all I feel is deep rooted animosity toward plant leadership for letting the union take a stronghold on what used to be an enjoyable place to work. Have a higher standard for new hires. You get crappy work when you hire crappy people. Training programs are a joke. Get consultants into the plants who know how to train and create real training programs so your operators can truly be proficient at their jobs. You will see less downtime and scrap. Stop trying to be like P&G. KWS is a joke! Take back whats yours and go back to the original W. K. Kellogg formula. If all this keeps happening, Kellogg's will be bought out in 3-5 years. The following quote is from W. K. Kellogg himself, "I’ll invest my money in people". If you truly believed that you would have put sustainable processes in place way before now to save the company and adequately train people to run your plants they way they should be. Margins have been deteriorating for years. Now that you have noticed that it's time to climb out of the cellar. I'm truly disappointing at what has happened to this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Retail Sales Manager- STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE! Don't make a bad judgement and leave a great company for this job.

    • 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 Kellogg Company

    Pros

    Being in the field, independent work. That's honestly the only positive. Decent pay but with the hours worked your making minimum wage.

    Cons

    No work life balance, rude managers. Manager threatens jobs at every meeting. Management sneaks in product to stores and make you deal with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Bend, OR
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Bend, OR

    I have been working at Kellogg Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Products and good co workers

    Cons

    Long hours, terrible boss, no direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend time in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm about to take my toys and go play in anther sandbox. Too volitile here!!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Battle Creek, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Battle Creek, MI

    I have been working at Kellogg Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well to start off I am having a hard time coming up with a "20 word minimum" but I will say that if you are willing to give up your soul you can get cereal for $1.50 a box. There that is as much as I can say.....

    Cons

    Kellogg has in my opinion lost their reputation as being a great company to work for. The sacrifices greatly outweigh the bennifits. I am unsure of the reasoning behind Kelloggs cost cuttings but I am sure in order to maintain a fortune 500 company you must have a loyal, comitfelt nd an energetic work force behind it. When you sacrifice your employees wellbeing for a bottom line that looks good on paper this quarter you will end up paying for it tenfold. There is an ideology of moving out the old workforce that was a part of the "good old days at Kellogg " team and replace them with the "starving fresh out of college" team that is willing to work for less. Much of the "upper management" is no being burdened with these financial cost cutting tactics. If my grandfather was to run Kellogg he would say fix what needs to be fixed, don't go buy new you can't afford it... I.e. GBS. I hate to say it but I feel as though I am on a sinking ship. Please know this has not always been the way myself and many of my coworkers have felt. Kellogg was once a great company to work for. But they will provide you with the necessary equipment to keep you tethered to them (computer and phone ). But don't forget, that is Kelloggs property any personal activity is grounds for termination. I hope when seeking out your future employer you have the ability to sift thru the PR departments 5star bandage they are trying to put on this wound. Remember good news travels fast bad news travels even faster. Kellogg has a great workforce but apparently the inability to recognize it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you or great job goes a long way!! Or a simple note of appreciation. It wasn't broke quit trying to fix it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Of course human resources and recruiters will say they love kelloggs..... It's their job. But what's the truth??? It's the most toxic atmosphere that has no handle on work life balance or how to treat employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Kellogg Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pros are ummmmmm. Let me think for a sec? You don't have to worry about your manager yelling at you every day because your customers will do that hourly!

    Cons

    No work life balance. No respect. Lies and they ask you to be deceitful so no morals. They shove product in stores without you knowing and make you deal with it. Impossible goals. Impossible work load labor ratios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ridiculous, unhealthy hours (50+ expected); most unprofessional DM I have ever experienced

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

    I worked at Kellogg Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    "recognized" brand; benefits are typical big company and therefor good; company car

    Cons

    not surprised they are sued for expecting employees to work such early, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    know your DM's and how they conduct business and what they expect (level of professionalism a joke)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Professional Experience

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

    I worked at Kellogg Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company car, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    My experience at Kellogg was the worst professional experience I have ever had. Work life balance is non existent at this company. The retail managers are sexist and prefer to hire men. When they hire women they do everything in their power to make it look like a "man's only" job. They will hire you in as a "Sales Rep" when really you are a merchandiser whom they gave a fancy title to make you feel important. Managers will push more and more product into your stores in order to meet their own numbers and expect you to deal with the angry ad frustrated store managers. You will be asked to move product and climb ladders and constantly put yourself at risk to sell crackers and cereal bars. After Months of asking for support and saying the work load was far to heavy to complete effectively, I was fired. I could not have been happier to be fired from this company, but the way in which I was fired was so telling of how this place operates and how little they value their people. My district manager and store manager met me at a store where they watched me finish working what was my 5th order of the day (these averaged 100-150 cases), my district manager then said we needed a place to talk, he suggested a McDonalds. I was worried, I knew I was not keeping up with my stores etc. But I thought to myself an 18 billion dollar company would never fire someone at a McDonalds. Well I was wrong. Yes Kellogg fired me in a plastic booth at a McDonald's. I am happy to no longer be with this company, but wanted to post this strictly as a warning to anyone looking for a career with a company that values hard working educated individuals, this company is not worthy of real professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who are educated, professional, and supportive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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