Nestlé USA

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Nestlé USA Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.3 326 reviews

53% Approve of the CEO

Nestlé USA Chairman & CEO Paul Grimwood

Paul Grimwood

(103 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance compared to other industries(in 25 reviews)

  • Good benefits but who knows how long that will last(in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is suffering because of limited resources and delays in filling openings(in 20 reviews)

  • 60-80 weekly no work life balance(in 8 reviews)

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    Large Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis is a large & very mature company. This comes with several pros/cons.
    The pros:
    -job stability
    -do not need to work very hard and can get away with it. Usually put in 20% effort & get praised for amazing work because the standards are so low
    -work/life balance, especially if you have kids

    Cons-compensation is below market rate in urban areas (even for CPG)
    -flat organization --> very few opportunities for advancement. This is an old boys club so if you are not willing to network/politic/etc, you will not get very far. Promotions are given to people who are well connected vs. produce quality (or any) work. There's a saying here that people are promoted if they are incompetent (moves them out of your department) & the good people are sabotaged (why give up the one person in your group that's pulling the weight of 5?)
    -lots of lazy people who skate by. It's very important to just be competent...otherwise you will be expected to do work or risk getting fired during the mass layoffs (happening quite a bit. Lost track of the rounds...)
    -Focus is on cutting costs as the company is mature and not growing.
    -culture/vibe is toxic on some levels in the Glendale office. People look like they are about to slit their wrists
    -benefits are crap. It might be great for Switzerland (Nestle Global HQ), but it is below average in most urban areas.
    -People are choosing to leave vs waiting to get fired. This is great for them because they usually end up in better companies and/or roles that appreciate them. However, for those of us who stay...be ready to do more work as positions are filled very slowly (i.e. hiring freeze). You will be given a bunch of fake promises so you won't leave and have your boss (god forbid) actually do work instead of hanging out with his/her buddies!
    -Promises of things moving "quickly" usually mean 1-2 years...seriously, no joke....This is the first (& hopefully only) company that I have been at that has moved this slowly. I think the DMV moves faster than this & they have unions!
    -Watch your back as people will throw you under the bus for their own advancement (this includes your coworkers, other directors to directors, etc). Would be hilarious to watch if you didn't work there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the fat in management as your multiple rounds of layoffs have focused on the people who actually do work and/or are the lowest paid people in the groups (most likely why they don't have time to schmooze). This is the first company I have been at where you have high paid execs who are paid to just twiddle their thumbs all day in front of their computer taking credit for their subordinates work (& throwing them under the bus when they inevitably make a mistake). What is the point of keeping these people? Improve your compensation & benefits package so they are competitive with the market. Maybe people will become happier if they are actually paid for the work they produce?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Its just a job

    Mechanic (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsI get to work as my own boss, and have minimal supervision. Hours are always constant.

    ConsWorn out and bad equipment makes it difficult to work. Being on call 24/7 with no compensation is no fun. Sometimes working seven days a week with no days off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lacking talent management

    Manager (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsSmart people
    Great Brands
    Some areas with strong team environment

    ConsCompensation
    Career path
    Relationship-based versus performance-based promotions
    Employees viewed as transactions not talent
    HR leadership and integrity
    Too many priorities

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't ask employees to fill out surveys if problem areas are going to be dismissed or ignored. Look at the data and take action.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The biggest food company in the world

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsSalary above average
    Health care above average

    ConsLong Working hours 50-55 Week
    No opportunity for career advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poorly managed, penny wise and dollar foolish.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Laurel, MD

    ProsJob Security, Pension, Matching 401K, great benefits like health and dental.

    ConsSince all the managers promotions are based on the bottom line, they are all constantly trying to save money, even if it costs them more in the long run. Instead of stocking a necessary part, they would rather wait for a breakdown and lose the production, pay the extra freight for overnight delivery, etc, since it comes from a different account.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great resume builder

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Glendale, CA

    Pros- Nice, smart people. Although, when I first started at Nestle, there was incredible talent within the company, but many have since left.
    - Good benefits - medical, pension plan, 401k match, gym in the building, decent cafeteria, good vacation

    Cons- All the good smart people have left. There may be a few left, but they're looking for jobs.
    - The CEO has decided if you're not mobile (domestically or globally), you're not worth anything to the company. Your compensation and ability to be promoted is tied to whether or not you're mobile. So, for a dual income family, this is especially difficult.
    - Extremely political. Let's just say there is a lot of hot air blown around...
    - Understaffed/ under-resourced teams - due to high turnover
    - Significant cost cutting measures are severely declining morale. If a meeting is held over lunch or all day in a room on another floor, no longer able to have even the most basic catering. No more office supply orders.
    - CEO is crazy... totally obsessed with safety. Safety is good, but he takes it to an extreme level. The first thing he did on the job was eliminate casual Fridays - the one day a week people could wear jeans and was a major highlight for everyone. He basically framed it up as we were lazy when we wore jeans and so he took it away... ?!

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the impact of morale on your employees! Find ways to truly boost morale and treat employees with respect. That breeds loyalty and pride in work - so they work harder for you because you're good to them, not because you're barking at them, stripping everything away. Get over your mobility clause - you are driving out excellent talent because of it. And cut down on the politicking. There are plenty of people who will blow hot air and kiss butts - but are those truly the people driving your organization forward?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay but with the hours of work your working a full + part time job

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Chicago Heights, IL

    ProsGood Pay, deep pockets , they will bully the competition for you

    ConsLong hours !!!! 60-80 weekly no work life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork the frontline like you work the office

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Has really gone downhill in the past 2 years

    Purchasing Coordinator (Current Employee) Solon, OH

    ProsGreat Co-Workers, very polite and friendly. Good team atmosphere.

    ConsPay is always at the low end of the spectrum. No more Casual Fridays or Summer Hours. Arrogance of upper management towards consumers with overpriced product.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop punishing employees for slow sales growth due to market conditions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad environment to work in

    Salaried (Current Employee) Fremont, MI

    ProsGerber brand name. Hourly people have much knowledge.

    ConsMany of the salaried employees have personal motives and will lie or manipulate the truth. No honesty from the the plant manager down to supervision. Knee-jerk decisions from leadership used to resolve issues. Lack of people skills within the maintenance area of supervision. Company does not give truthful details to heads of NUSA.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement refuses to acknowledge any advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Eliminating older route delivery merchandiser drivers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt is/was not a stressful enviroment.

    ConsDuring their so called consolidation of routes, they are eliminating all of the route delivery merchandiser drivers who are over the age of 50. They say tenure is in force, but that has not been the case.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOlder workers have a lot of experience to bring to the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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