The Hershey Company Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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The Hershey Company President, CEO and Director John P. (J.P.) Bilbrey
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  1. Great Company

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

    I have been working at The Hershey Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a good manager you will have no problem moving up.
    Compensation can be upwards of $10K

    Cons

    Gets mundane after a year or so.
    Only one route to go up from RSR
    Compensation not based on personal performance

  2. Great experience, but not for me

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Hershey Company

    Pros

    Was given a lot of autonomy, which really helped me in my professional development as an intern. Great team and lots of support. Upper management were always incredibly nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Even though the company is great, it wasn't the best fit for my career path. They tend to have a set line-up of promotions of which I did not see myself in.

  3. Category Development Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Category Development in Hershey, PA
    Former Intern - Category Development in Hershey, PA

    I worked at The Hershey Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited candy(also a con in a way), great pay, many learning opportunities, great CEO

    Cons

    Minimum open door policy, avoids any risks, confusing building, not much nurturing

    Advice to Management

    Drive for constant change. Enable employees to take calculated risks. Keep encouraging employees to learn like you currently do!

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  5. Associate Brand Manager (Intern)

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

    I worked at The Hershey Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great learning, strategic projects, nurturing environment

    Cons

    pretty set in the way things are done, Not very flexible

    Advice to Management

    Be more open, more mentorship, clear communication

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good pay, inconsistent in many ways, lacks innovation and challenge, promotion system unclear

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Hershey, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great salaries for corporate employees
    - Bonus + limited 401k match
    - Stock options for some roles
    - Reimburses tuition for education relevant to role, including MBA
    - Supports work/life balance
    - Gyms at corporate sites
    - Corporate volunteerism and philanthropy
    - Various affinity groups

    Cons

    - Erratic strategy and decision making (particularly due to changes from exec through C-level) that can change the scope of your job overnight. E.g., a leadership change might result in a great initiative being axed, a role being reduced in scope or influence - reducing/eliminating challenge and meaning, etc.
    - Work wasn't challenging - little room for growth, initiative, etc.
    - Outsources a lot of marketing and PR work to expensive agencies that don't deliver anything really game-changing, don't seem worth their hefty fees, and lack sufficient technical skills (e.g., good writing skills).
    - Many highly qualified coworkers w/ demonstrated accomplishments were passed over for promotions repeatedly. They eventually left to advance their careers and utilize their skills more fully elsewhere. Meanwhile, promotions were granted to other employees with less experience, and outsiders without relevant experience were brought in for higher-level roles.
    - Lacks innovation - in systems, marketing, product development, etc.
    - Salaries and bonuses/incentives are uneven across functional areas and sites (e.g., marketing versus technical for same level such as manager; corporate versus plants for same roles)
    - 401k match is limited

    Advice to Management

    Implement a truly merit-based promotion system and increase employee development to support internal promotion. Embrace real innovation - be a leader rather than a follower. Provide employees at all levels with a challenge and a chance to demonstrate their skills. Keep more work in house with employees who know the brands and have passion. Set higher standards for agencies.

  7. RSR interview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Hershey Company

    Pros

    You have to be a people's person

    Cons

    More manual labor than expected

  8. Awesome

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

    I worked at The Hershey Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Stressful situations were developed through the fast pace environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  9. Great Company Overall

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

    I worked at The Hershey Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some aspects of Compensation
    Location
    Co-workers
    Team Projects

    Cons

    Work Life Balance
    HR Department
    Stress
    Low match on 401K compared to peers

  10. Helpful (2)

    RSR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RSR in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - RSR in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at The Hershey Company full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work on your own covering your own territory. Company car and good 401K and benefits

    Cons

    The training sucks, expected to check emails all the time even though you're out in stores merchandising. No career growth unless you're a blonde hair blue eyed girl.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication from ASD's who seem to never reach out.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Retail Sales representative Full Time

    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative

    I have been working at The Hershey Company full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, including company car, good insurance plan, gas reimbursement,

    Cons

    as other reviews mention, the day to day stuff is really dull. You're always on your own, and you are driving around for most of the day. You are also working in walmarts, and grocery stores, which can be tiresome. The company expects you to work about 48 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Work withs can go a long way in providing assistance, as well as breaking up the monotony of the job.

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