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2.0 16 reviews

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Brad Irwin

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    There is only one way, the Welch Way

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits for exempt and non-exempt individuals

    ConsWhile the company is progressive when it comes to benefits, probably because it is headquartered in MA, it was the most sexist company I have ever worked for, women need not apply for anything at the plant level. Sure there are some token women in managerial positions but it was clear that it was a boys club. Men get the promotions; men make the big bucks. Any ideas that you brought to the table from other experiences? Forget it, there was only one way to do things. An attitude of superiority in the marketplace, quality and manufacturing, but their ideas were old and out of touch. Many people in high places, who have spent almost their entire career with one company, willing to let the front line supervisors take the fall for their inadequacies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up to the inequity in salaries and treatment of women or you might find yourself in a lawsuit someday. Stop thinking about your bonuses and try and remember that you have real people not robots working for you. Fix the "work-life" balance!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    From lean to bone

    Drone (Former Employee) Concord, MA

    ProsGreat, dedicated people who really believe in what the brand name means to their family and community, more so than the management does it seems. We have (had) some really solid performers in front-line supervisors on the plant level and a mixture of die-hards and new people to the organization to keep fresh ideas and experience blended.

    ConsThere's only so much "lean" you can take before you start to cut to the bone. Top level management changed so often it was a revolving door and those who weren't cut were fearful for their jobs. Since they were nice people, they didn't fingerpoint, but the lack of decisionmaking was just as harmful. The ability to make decisions on a lower level, even so much as to mail a package, required authorization and signatures. And since no one wanted to make a decision, they brought in the analysts from Bain and followed their instructions blindly. The job cuts in the plants and the corporate facilities were too much, too fast to allow for the right turnover process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop listening to third parties and lead the company, that is what the leadership team is supposed to do. Pay more attention to the impact your decisions have on the safety of your employees and what the exhaustion is doing to them. Lead for the long term and stop thinking in terms of two year paybacks as if you think the company is going to be gone in 24 months. If you keep this up, it will be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Weak CEO and Senior Leaders

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Concord, MA

    ProsCPG company just outside Boston, MA.
    Half-day Fridays in the summer and winter hours.
    Well-known consumer brand with a larger brand name than sales (although beware that the current CEO and leadership team does not know how to rectify).

    ConsWelch's is a small company (<200 HQs employees and <$800M) that has NONE of the positive traits of a small company (nimble, innovative, collaborative, decisive) and MOST/ALL of the negative qualities of a large company (slow, hierarchical, risk-adverse). The CEO and senior leadership team does not have a vision or corporate strategies to guide the rest of the company and they are indecisive when teams ask for approvals to invest, launch, etc. In addition, the CEO does not have a charismatic leadership style that engages and inspires employees to follow him. Employees do not believe that the CEO is leading the company towards greatness or even, at the very least, growth! Welch's is a "family-farmer owned" company but the culture is anything but family-friendly. The CEO has no interest in transforming the Welch's culture into a family-oriented company, let along a great place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a vision for the company and corporate strategies that can cascade throughout the company. You appear to be expecting the strategies to come from the bottom up. Care about your employees as much as you care about the growers. When you recognize employees who simply "manage up" rather than getting their work done and leading teams effectively, you are sending a message that the "do-ers" will not succeed at Welch's. Do you really want to reward people who say what you want to hear and regurgitate what others have already said, not new ideas or what is the truth of the current business situation?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Troubled culture where politics trump performance

    (Former Employee) Concord, MA

    ProsThe location is convenient and it is one of the few CPG's in the area
    Historic brand
    High quality products

    ConsEmployee morale is very low and people are very open about their dissatisfaction and lost motivation. Welch's is extremely political it often feels as though performance comes second to political acumen. People are evaluated on personality and political popularity rather than on job knowledge, performance, and results. People are afraid to take risks and challenge the status quo because there can be severe penalties for doing so.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWelch's would be a better organization if you could find a way to minimize the politics.
    One way to start moving faster is to start pushing decision making authority down, rather than letting it live only at the senior levels.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough Times at Welch's

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat brand name and one of the few CPG firms in Boston. Excellent location just outside of Concord allows for good commutes.

    ConsPoor leadership from VP levels, very political environment where politics count more than results. New CEO extremely hands on and working conditions are extremely demanding. Morale is poor and falling, much turnover and more layoffs expected. Company has trouble competing in many of the categories it sells in, against bigger, stronger brands with much larger budgets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower people, lose the politics, reduce role and power that HR has in day-to-day running of business, demand execution and results from Sales department.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor senior leadership at this company - no wonder it's doing poorly

    Marketing (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    Prosone of few CPG companies in Boston left, cafeteria on site

    Conspoor work/life balance, poort management, no development of staff, very clicky and like high school and not open to new ideas

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees more and give them an opportunity to speak

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away, salaries are far below what is needed to support this company

    Manager (Former Employee) Concord, MA

    ProsIt's a job, great for college grads

    ConsCompany is run by the HR Dept. No real strategic management of accountablility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the HR governance and find capable and qualified senior management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay Away

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLocation (near Boston), nice colleagues, good brand equity, reasonable pay and benefits package, very few other CPG options in Boston

    ConsWelch's lacks the resources of a smaller CPG but is surprisingly slow to market for its size - the worst of a large and a small company, all rolled in one

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your people. Allow them to make and own recommendations, without fear of backlash when those recommendations aren't popular. Put yourself in your employees' shoes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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