Kraft Foods Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
635 Reviews

3.2
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Pros
  • There can be great work/life balance, it all depends what group you are in (in 51 reviews)

  • Great people who is willing to learn with you and sincerely try to get things better (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours no work life balance normally in rural areas (in 25 reviews)

  • long hours equates to a good employee which isn't necessarily true (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits...that's about it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Great benefits starting out 20 days pto not including paid holidays. A lot of great co workers with knowledge willing to help you learn.

    Cons

    You'll want to use all of those vacation days! Be ready to take projects on and not be rewarded for them. People will get promoted over you if they know the mangers better. It's not based on skill. There is also not many opportunities for advancement. But they will magically open up when you find a job outside the company. Great place if you are wiling to compromise your character.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote good people when you have them. Not when they have already accepted a position outside the company.

  2.  

    Heavy General Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lot of responsibility, big brands, access to running an entire business event at the entry level.

    Cons

    Can be very political and bureaucratic. You MUST have the support of your manager, otherwise you will not move up in the organization.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Entry level job with a high turnover is the reason to start at Kraft.

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II  in  Tarrytown, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Tarrytown, NY

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

    Pros

    (1) Kraft is a household name with experience in a number of different food products. (2) Their salary is relatively competitive with other major players in the food industry. (3) Their initial offer starts with 4 weeks of vacation (which you'll never be able to take if you do your job correctly).

    Cons

    The Tarrytown facility suffers from a huge moral problem (incurring high turn-over). The distance between R&D and the rest of the business causes feelings of isolation, lack of loyalty, and systemic abuse of resources. For example, after the Kraft split in 2012, the Chicago branch received a concert from Lifehouse while the Tarrytown facility got a happy hour (a glass of champaign and hors d'oeuvres). The company as a whole seems to have a negative vibe, a starting point and not a company worth investing a career in. Kraft acknowledges their goal to "retain talent", but fails to understand that 'throwing money at them' is not the same as respecting their personal lives. Among other issues, a company-wide survey indicated that employees did not trust management in decision-making nor did they feel management embodied the pillars of Kraft.

    What I discovered during my time was that the outside-work activities are not encouraged by upper management, there is both little and inadequate on-boarding support (as compared to my experience at Nestle and PepsiCo ) expectations of 20-30% travel were wildly under-declared (I traveled nearly 80% of the past year), differing levels of education are marginalized causing position-overlap among vastly different salary grades; overall, science is immaterial to an R&D position with Kraft focusing more on ideas to market (e.g. Technical experts make a pittance compared to climbing the managerial ladder).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to retain talent, proper respect for long hours/hard work and a clear strategy are necessary. The environment felt like upper-management was constantly making post-apocalyptic decisions in regards to everyday affairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Used to be a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, employees i get to work with

    Cons

    work life balance, the company split in 2012 which took away a lot of opportunities, promotions are based on politics and not skill/ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop pinching pennies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unappreciated

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    They started me off with great pay and hours.

    Cons

    Didn't treat me right when I got hurt on the job. Actually fought them for 3 yrs just to get Workman's Comp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you claim to be a family oriented family then, treat your employees like they matter.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Push production regardless of safety or quality

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    Former Employee - Processing  in  Fair Lawn, NJ
    Former Employee - Processing in Fair Lawn, NJ

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    very good pay and benefits

    Cons

    everything else. no true care for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    worry about quality and places wouldn't be shutting down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time

    Pros

    great pay and a lot of hours

    Cons

    long hours and cold in the factory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    No idea how it's remained functional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great name for your resume

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical
    People talk down to others and rudeness is apparently permitted
    No communication, like people are protective of what they're doing and willing to let others fall
    Don't know how anything ever gets done over there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on running a business vs. further spoiling tired and entitled senior managers who are just concerned about keeping their jobs and salaries. Very backwards culture which should seriously consider flattening.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Crazy Train

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    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Northfield, IL

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They have strong brand names which sell themselves. There can be great work/life balance, it all depends what group you are in. Vacation policy is very generous. The fitness center in Northfield is very nice (and you'll find that some people sitting next to you have time to get in 2-a-days!)

    Cons

    I've never worked for so many CRAZY women in my life. If you're a self-starter, they want no part of you - just move on - you will forever be knocking your head against the wall. Also, every round of layoffs targets the white male (of which I am neither, so it didn't impact me, but, tough to watch.); it is very, very quota based. Poor performance for a female or minority is more than acceptable (yet hardly motivating!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't care what you have to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked with micro-managers and wasn't given the opportunity to grow.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Only perk were the number of paid time days off.

    Cons

    Benefits were very average, didn't have the opportunity to have personal growth due to my manager and the facility that I work in is being bought out by an outsourcing company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about the accounts you manage and seek advice with the lowest level employees to better understand processes and improving them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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