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    There is only one way, the Welch Way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Welch's full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits for exempt and non-exempt individuals

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    Wake 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    From lean to bone

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drone in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Drone in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

    Great, 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.

    Cons

    There'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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Weak CEO and Senior Leaders

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Welch's

    Pros

    CPG 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).

    Cons

    Welch'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 ManagementAdvice

    Develop 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Troubled culture where politics trump performance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Employee 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 ManagementAdvice

    Welch'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tough Times at Welch's

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Empower 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more and give them an opportunity to speak

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

    It's a job, great for college grads

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the HR governance and find capable and qualified senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Welch's

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Welch'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 ManagementAdvice

    Empower 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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