The Hershey Company

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The Hershey Company Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
175 Reviews
3.7
175 Reviews
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The Hershey Company President, CEO and Director John P. (J.P.) Bilbrey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Comments in older reviews about work-life balance no longer relevant (in 10 reviews)

  • Family-oriented company and great people to work with (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance, relocations are necessary (in 11 reviews)

  • Always on the road as a retail sales rep over 300 miles per week (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    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)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Stressful situations were developed through the fast pace environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company Overall

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    Pros

    Some aspects of Compensation
    Location
    Co-workers
    Team Projects

    Cons

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

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

    RSR

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hershey Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefit's Specialist in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Benefit's Specialist in Hershey, PA

    I have been working at The Hershey Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    salary is comparable with benchmarks structures

    Cons

    very poor management that are not accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to its employees; less so to contractors.

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    Former Employee - Server Administrator in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Server Administrator in Hershey, PA

    I worked at The Hershey Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    From an IT-perspective, I appreciated that the company kept quite a bit of their IT-infrastructure in Pennsylvania. With that, their comes many decent projects to work on from an IT-perspective. I believe that the managers are capable and good at doing their jobs. Most of the employees in the organization seem willing and ready to perform their duties. Compensation, as a contractor, was lower than desired, but reasonable.

    Cons

    The problem with being a contractor here is that virtually NO ONE who is an employee is willing to trust you with much work. There is definitely a culture with contractors of, "Do a tremendous amount of work to maybe (in 3 years or so) become an employee." The company that puts most of the contractors at Hershey (System One) does a terrible job of representing you and your best interests. They seem to get involved only if Hershey's HR needs to be involved with an issue (not from personal experience, but rather seeing the situation unfold for someone else). Also, the training for some of the jobs that I performed for them did not exist. I was unimpressed with the management and co-workers that I had when I worked for their IT-infrastructure department. It was very easy to be overloaded with work and ignored when you needed assistance or backup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit the contractor game and invest in your company by hiring actual employees instead of playing the contractor game. A lot less value is placed on people at this institution when they are contractors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales Intern
    Former Employee - Field Sales Intern

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

    Pros

    Salary.
    Great learning experience in many aspects.

    Cons

    They sell it as a sales job; however, you are really just stocking shelves in stores.
    They pitch room to move in the company, but its a lie. I watched numerous people quit after years of being told they were up for promotion but they never got them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Strong company, standard corporate structure, policies, benefits, & opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multiple in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Multiple in Hershey, PA

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

    Pros

    Large company. If you're willing to take the assignments in other cities or countries, you can advance over time.

    Cons

    Corporate structure with desire to maintain squeaky clean reputation makes it somewhat dull, although secure if you keep your head down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stable company, great brands, not for high performers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Hershey, PA

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

    Pros

    Very relatable and easy to connect with vision & brands. Stable environment with great job security - you feel as if you could work your entire career there. Base pay is excellent, and opportunity for overtime is abundant.

    Cons

    Manufacturing plants are not run in Lean or Total Productive Maintenance environment, leading to frequent unplanned breakdowns, increased waste, and ultimately an over-worked and frustrated workforce. With a job-secure environment comes the inability for managers to let go of underperformers. There is a lack of understanding of processes in the manufacturing facilities, and training (since there's no Lean or TPM) is often an unstructured practice of assigning new employees to shadow experienced employees for a short time. Bonus structure is severely trailing the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the plunge and implement Lean or TPM in all of your facilities. However, make sure it is done with the proper financial resources and senior leadership support. If taken seriously at all levels of the organization, this will unleash tons of value and improve morale. Let the under performers go. Implement a proper training program at all levels of the organization. Invest resources to understand your processes in detail. Improve the bonus target, therefore aligning work performance with pay. Hershey is a good company, waiting to be a great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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