Nestlé Purina PetCare

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Nestlé Purina PetCare Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
253 Reviews

4.4
253 Reviews
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Nestlé Purina PetCare President and CEO Pat McGinnis
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211 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Everyone is very friendly and a healthy work-life balance is encouraged (in 67 reviews)

  • Everyone loves to bring their pets to work, but the company is also focused on its associates (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Projects sometimes demands long hours, so employee needs to be protective of work-life balance during these times (in 13 reviews)

  • I work long hours and work every other weekend at least (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Veterinary Channel

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Veterinary Sales Consultant  in  Napa, CA
    Current Employee - Veterinary Sales Consultant in Napa, CA

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Passionate, animal loving company

    Cons

    The expectations to perform and deliver are very high with very little support or marketing materials. The compensation received is low when compared to others reps doing the same job with competitive companies.

    All reps throughout the country are compensated equally. No consideration for reps that live in more expensive areas. The management has felt that since everyone does the same job, all reps should be paid the same.

    Other divisions within the company are given company automobiles This division is expected to buy and maintain their own with only mileage reimbursement.

    This is also a very "top heavy" division. More people needed out doing the selling and less marketing and management people.

    The people at the corporate headquarters are also very out of touch with what happens in the field on a day to day basis. They are also unfamiliar with the veterinary channel and how things need to operate in order for the sales force to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Nestlé Purina PetCare Response

    Aug 11, 2014Employment Branding Specialist

    We appreciate you sharing your honest feedback; we are very sorry to hear about your experiences. Please know that we will be sharing all of your feedback with our leadership team and will be taking ... More

  2.  

    Great company in theory, but they do not believe in work/life balance at all.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Crete, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crete, NE

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company with lots of advancement opportunity if you are willing to relocate.
    Benefits are well balanced between cost and quality.
    Everyone genuinely loves pets and wants to do what's best for them.
    The quality cannot be beat. I will never feed my pets anything again.

    Cons

    I work long hours and work every other weekend at least. I am not allotted compensation time.
    Projects that are given to me are unrealistic to complete in the desired timeframe.
    Management is held to a completely different set of rules than anyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your people a lot more. Promote people that are actually liked and personable instead of the most disliked person in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Nestlé Purina PetCare Response

    May 5, 2014Employment Branding Specialist

    We really appreciate the feedback – thank you for bringing these matters to our attention. In particular, we take your comments regarding the current work/life balance and management concerns very ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    From an outside view of Fogelsville, PA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator  in  Fogelsville, PA
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Fogelsville, PA

    I worked at Nestlé Purina PetCare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best team would get a weeks paid vacation, based on productivity for a year.

    Cons

    Lots of damage in the warehouse, because of incentives. Forklift workers clowning around, lifting up the back of the forklift in front of them and laugh about it. Warning cards given out to workers who work unsafely. Workers would brag about how many cards they have collected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as you ignore the problem, then there are no issues to contend with. With this information, there is nowhere for you to hide, or plead ignorant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Nestlé Purina PetCare Response

    Dec 23, 2013Talent Sourcing

    Thank you for sharing this information with us. The safety of our associates is top priority for us; we’ll be forwarding your feedback to our Factory leadership team.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Category Manager

    • 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 Nestlé Purina PetCare for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is an area that the company prides themselves on. Corporate is located in an affordable

    Cons

    Salary in in the low to mid tier vs competitors. Career advancement is not a priority for leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your employees or you are going continue to loose high potentials

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to work

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare

    Pros

    Was good experience and would consider recommending to a friend.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential and not sure if I would get promoted.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ill-planned Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Nestlé Purina PetCare as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, a lot of events, and extremely thorough view of brand management (creative, strategic and analytic) projects, I was able to really get my hands dirty around what brand management entails.

    Cons

    Some interns were given more direction and guidance than others were. This, in turn led to a very unfair end result, with most of the interns who had active managers receiving offers, and the others not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to be greater emphasis on diversity. Extremely Caucasian. Also, put your interns on the same floor as their teams. Its quite challenging interning for a team that is 8 floors below you. You miss out on so many of the team building and extra learning opportunities that the other interns had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good to put on resume, bad experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Nestlé Purina PetCare as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are generally nice. Pay is very good for what you are doing. Lots of perks working for nestle.

    Cons

    Conservative culture. Claim to have female leadership but the sales team is lead by old white men who have no idea what is going on. They want employees fitting in with the company and not standing out. The people who succeed sacrifice their life for the company. Being mobile and having no social life will get you far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being anti intellectual, ultra conservative, and playing favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Conform & don't innovate... and you will do well

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Nestlé Purina PetCare

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    free parking for Cards games
    people are friendly on the outside
    team environment
    bring dogs to work
    potentially a fun category to do marketing in

    Cons

    Complacent Environment
    *insular culture
    *new hires came onboard this summer and those who moved up within Purina thought the VP of Dog was making a mistake to hire those individuals.
    *new ideas are not welcomed unless they are very small scale - at times, the marketplace requires rapid change which Purina is not comfortable doing
    *after 20 years of growth, Puina's growth has slowed and they do not seem to know how to respond to the threats from organic, legacy, or owner-prepared meals - Nestlé is not happy
    *no best practice systems in place
    *older employees are running their innovation group and are proud of themselves to simply be understanding the tactics of an innovative culture, but do not get the integrative strategy by which they achieve a true innovation.

    Clique based culture
    *Three main cliques exist: Wash U, Mormon, & Indiana U. - it is possible to fit in being outside of those cliques, but it is rare.
    *St. Louis natives usually work there simply because it is a well known employer they can work for without having to move - in other words, the culture is apathetic, but friendly if you're apathetic too
    *majority of employees are St. Louis natives leading to one distinct culture that does not match their broad & diverse U.S.-wide consumer base
    *they believe they are the best - and this is not the case - they just had the benefit of "the first" founding the company - and now they are struggling to actually do real & true marketing in the face of some of the toughest category competition ever faced: healthy cat & dog food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest having both the CEO & CMO retire and having the VP of Dog Marketing take over leadership responsibilities. With her having worked at Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and now Nestlé-Purina, she understands that there is not just one approach to CPG Marketing and likely, an insular culture is flawed. Although she is a Wash U undergrad, she very clearly does not favor Wash U MBAs, nor does she favor MBAs from her alma mater, Wharton - instead, she gets that a variety of backgrounds and experiences are necessary if Purina is to compete long term. She has exactly what Purina needs in a leader and those qualities are lacking in her two superiors - likely due to them both being near retirement age like 2/3 of the company so, naturally, why go through all the work to change the business just before retirement? They are attempting, but the changes proposed are too small and not sufficiently revolutionary to produce long-term growth.

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

    High Commitment Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Materials Manager  in  Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Assistant Materials Manager in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare

    Pros

    This company pays decent for this position, but the managers would rather have you miss a family members funeral than cover down for your position. Very lazy senior manages. if you can deal with that you will do fine be prepared to give all so you boss can go golfing.

    Cons

    Be prepared to alienate everything you have to keep them happy. This is a high commitmentthat pays well. Be prepared to be trained by a trainer that does not know how to train.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be in a management position if you can't manage your own life. If you make an investment stick o it and give what you respect to receive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Pay, Bad Supervisor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Nestlé Purina PetCare

    Pros

    Great Compensation and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Supervisor was not knowledgable and could not handle stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire or promote supervisors with better people skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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