Nestlé Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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Pros
  • Work life balance is excellent, pretty laid back at retail level (in 20 reviews)

  • Extremely healthy work environment between peers, co-workers, and superiors (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • My manager ( not married) has a different sense of work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Poor career management with too much time spent in networking to get next position (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The vacation, ETO, Pension are good.

    Cons

    Management has no clue what they're doing. No upward mobility from hourly to salary positions. Pay for maintenance personal is horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people. They'll guide you in the right direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Merchandiser

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé part-time

    Pros

    It's a least a job.

    Cons

    No interaction with management. Good luck trying to move up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't get old

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Production/Factory in Fremont, MI
    Former Employee - General Production/Factory in Fremont, MI

    I worked at Nestlé full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job if you are young.

    Cons

    They dump you as soon as you turn fifty-something

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Older workers are the best workers. They are stable and do not have young family problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    "The Very Best" is lip service. Show me the money is the new company motto!

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation package. Focused on making a quality product. The hourly employees are pleasant and have the right additude.

    Cons

    New head of NUSA will ruin what little (very little) work life balance was left for business professionals. Its an "and company". meaning company want you to do this and that, but they won't properly support with the proper resources. Company is interested in doing "good" as long as it can be promoted, but not really interested in doing good because its the proper thing to do. Way to much office politics and acceptance of poor Local Committee management. New Plant Manager is running off good talent and young talented workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quite trying to cover your butt and start doing what is right, if you even know what is right anymore?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    A company as big as Nestle couldn't possibly promote this style of managment, could they?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Franklin Park, IL
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Franklin Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Nestle offers some great courses for advancing your knowledge & skill set through their inter-company Nestle University.
    I came across some very good employees & people within the organization during my time there.

    Cons

    Senior management had military management mindset of command & control over their subordinates. They choose management by fear & used that method as their motivating tool. High turn over rate in the salary ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    View and treat your employees as valuable contributors to the company & empower them rather than try to manage using fear of losing your job as a motivational tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nestlé Spain - Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Esplugues de Llobregat (Spain)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Esplugues de Llobregat (Spain)

    I worked at Nestlé as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people who work there.

    Cons

    I get in Nestlé via a University program for top students to get some experience in big companies.

    Due to lack of work and absence of 'mentorship' ('Why we should teach anything if we're having another intern next year?' That's what my mentor said about interns) I decided not to continue for the next period (the internship was divided in two parts, four month each).

    When they know I won't come back (just as the previous intern did for the same reasons), they even threaded me with expulsion from the University.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Big name from the outside but definitely a company that is not worth joining.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive overall salary package. Long serviced staff is entitled to pension. Staff benefits for purchase of company products. Big company - looks good on cv.

    Cons

    Culture is bad with no proper training to guide you through first few months.
    Hr also mentioned people in nestle wants to see you "die" on first day of work. Have to swim on your own.
    No proper handover from predecessors. Bosses don't care if you settled in properly.
    Long working hours and management expects you to work as volunteers during weekend to drive sales almost weekly.
    People don't talk to each other in the organisation. To find friends, you have to talk secretly somewhere without being noticed. A company that focuses too much on achieving targets every month with no care for the staff and employees.
    Highly political. Senior management does not bother what happens to middle management as long as it does not affect him or her.
    Communications is bad. Some line managers do not communicate down on certain decisions made and expect you to know somehow or rather.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please walk the floor within the organisation. Do not focus too much on driving sales to the expense that you don't know what's happening to the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    To call it dreadful would be an understatement. Like the majority of my peers, I can’t wait to find another job & leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time

    Pros

    - Are you mediocre? Then Nestle is the place for you.
    - Looking to get pregnant and raise children? Nestle is the answer, plus you get free milk and yes, you will still get promoted as a reward for being absent for 6 months on maternity leave.
    - Looking for the security and culture of a governmental job? Join Nestle (minus leaving at 3 pm)
    - A social butterfly? Your success is guaranteed
    - You speak French? An added advantage that can grant some benefits
    - Need to be micromanaged? you will love it at Nestle
    - Lebanese? You will definitely fit in.

    Cons

    - Lack of training and development (Nestle will guarantee that you become unemployable by eroding your competencies, skills and knowledge)
    - Lack of career growth and career development (brace yourself for 7 year intervals between promotions).
    - Lack of transparency (but mind you, it is a core value)
    - Lack of trust (again another core value)
    - Lacks diversity (I stand corrected; there are Lebanese – French, Lebanese – Canadian, Lebanese – American, Lebanese – Ivorian, Lebanese – Christian, Lebanese – Muslim, Lebanese- Druze, Lebanese – Maronite)
    - Lacks an entrepreneurial spirit (want to know what it feels like to be a robot? Join Nestle)
    - There is a lack of competitive spirit internally (we are one happy family. We do the same things at the same time and get the same reward)
    - Poor working conditions (try to envision a soviet style factory, a cooperative, a third world government entity, that’s pretty much what Nestle regional offices in Dubai - DWC are like. And if you ever wondered what prison lunch is like, visit the Nestle cafeteria…it enjoys the same charm and quality)
    - Below average payers. However, they claim to be average payers who offer other great benefits; the Nestle culture and the Nestle values (legal tender in several leading banks)
    - No schooling allowance
    - Bad health insurance (coverage in hospitals where your condition is guaranteed to worsen. Fortunately you can pay for an upgraded plan, unfortunately ‘Nestle Culture’, and ‘Nestle Values’ not recognized as legal tender in this situation by Nestle!)
    - An example of how double standards are exercised at a corporate level:
    a. Nestle value 1, challenging the status quo. Reality: if you do it, you will be labelled as an anti-team player.
    b. Nestle value 2, open door policy. Reality: try to have a conversation with the HR or the HR director himself; a career ending move.
    c. Nestle value 3, compete internally. Reality: you do and you’re labeled as lacking cooperation
    - They will never fire you. But they will drive you to resign

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer transparency during the interview period, improve pay and working conditions, challenge the status quo, develop training and career growth, reward achievements not just longevity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible management - it's definitely about people!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Development Programmer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Graduate Development Programmer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not much compared to other FMCG companies. If I were Nesté HR I'd say "we are the biggest FMCG company, we have great brands and offer great development opportunities" but I'm not and I won't lie.

    Cons

    -You need to be really willing to kiss tremendous amounts of "you know what" to get anywhere.
    -Politics are ridiculous and more important that actually getting things done
    -HR is a joke, they lure people in with promises which they don't keep and offer 0 support
    -If you have a grievance, you're best to keep it to yourself.
    -No training/development with ever-more weak reasons, year on year. Is that really what you envisage a graduate DEVELOPMENT programme to be like?
    -Management couldn't care less for their employees, they're too busy sucking up to their bosses for the next position
    -Trust and Transparency are totally lacking despite being core values
    -If you're not from the region, forget getting any respect or recognition. It's one big happy Arab family which promotes and keeps to itself.
    -In line with the regional mentality, it's ALL emotional. Somehow they do however manage to lack common human decency/courtesy
    -Vacation freezes and refusals are very common so don't book non-refundable flights or hotels.
    -Overall, a very big-mouthed, arrogant and unpleasant environment to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Cut the nonsense and games and have an honest look at what you are doing to your people.
    -Stop the micromanagement and learn to communicate effectively so that everyone knows the bigger picture and works towards common goals with empowerment.
    -Break the barriers when it comes to management. You certainly DO NOT have an open door policy! Never seen such a vertical and rigid hierarchy before.
    -RESPECT your people and their personal lives. They do not belong to you, nor are they bound to you. A company can only be as good as it's people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    i work for Nestle Nig Plc as a supervisor while attached with a distributor and for the past five year no promotion.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Supervisor in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Current Employee - Sales Supervisor in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I have been working at Nestlé as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The reason why i should work there is that i believe i am a graduate and i have been working with them for long meanwhile i should have the idea of business

    Cons

    Some of the challenges in Nestle Nigeria is that they don't look at our side by motivate us

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try and look at our side also for promotion by selecting from their supervisors gradually

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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