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Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA).
Recruiter contacted me for marketing (brand management/other) opportunities at Heinz. I had an initial phone screen (30mins) + 1st onsite interview with HR Manager and someone from Marketing Dept (30mins each) + 2nd and final onsite interview with 3 Executives (45mins each). Overall the interview was well planned, Heinz employees were very professional and approachable and the interview was easy.They are looking for a culture fit, which is someone with ownership/entrepreneur attitude and skill sets. This goes with providing confidence in the interview that you will treat your brand as your own business and is ready to go over and beyond, work 60+ hrs per/week if needed to get the job done. It definitely seemed like they have an in and out policy. If you do well you are in for higher responsibilities - or you are shown the exit door. They were courteous enough to call me on my candidacy rejection. Irregardless of the negative reviews on glassdoor - after going through the interview process I have a positive outlook about Heinz and its employees. Hope this helps and Good Luck!
- 1) Name other brands in the company besides Heinz ketchup? 2) Please describe a current product/brand marketing commercial besides Heinz that you like? What aspects of the campaign do you think worked well / did not work well? 3) Give me an example when you went over and above to complete a task. 1 Answer
- No Offer
There was an initial phone interview with a recruiter. Then I came in for an interview with people from the HR team. They asked behavioral questions and followed interview guides. The interview was competency-based.
- Tell me about a time when you had conflicting priorities. How did you know what to do? Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Heinz (Ontario, OR) in May 2014.
Had a great phone interview with recruiter. Made me feel like I had the job. He set up an interview with the Human Resources Director a week later. Recruiter even told me, "No need to sell yourself". Interview went well and I tried to follow up several times but never heard anything.
- Nothing out of the ordinary. Mostly behavioral type questions. The standard, "describe a time when..." questions. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Heinz (Warrendale, PA) in May 2014.
I was contacted by a recruiter, and they quickly set up an interview for me with Heinz. At Heinz, I interviewed with a woman from HR and then a director in the department where they were hiring for the position. I spoke to each of them for about 30 minutes. They were both very nice to me. My only complaint is that I was rushed out of the conference room when someone needed to use it. I guess they removed all of their offices and replaced them with long computer tables so everyone can work together. I was interviewing in one of the few private rooms, so I needed to go. This happened when it was my turn to ask them any questions that I had. However, it felt awkward to walk and ask questions at the same time, so I decided to only ask a couple of questions. I am assuming I did not get the position, although I never actually received a rejection letter. On a side note, they did not tell me what pay to expect or what exactly the job would entail. I pretty much had to rely on the recruiters to tell me everything, but it seemed Heinz was vague with them as well. I ended up finding a really old job posting on Indeed from Heinz that finally gave me some concrete details about the person they wanted to hire. Without that, I would have been very unprepared.
- They ask you questions listed from the paper that they have in front of them. They are pretty basic behavioral interview questions, but they did seem to emphasize questions that deal with their new culture. (For example, "How has meritocracy benefited you in your life so far?" or "Tell me about a time where you've shown leadership.") Answer Question
Helpful (1)No Offer
I applied online and received an offer to interview a week or so later.
- All questions were typical behavioral/get to know you and the way you think better. Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA).
Hired out of undergrad. Phone interview, face to face interview, panel interview.
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA) in March 2014.
Contacted by the recruiter, did the phone interview, quickly invited to an in-person interview. The in- person interview was OK. The questions were very standard..tell me about a time. I was in a suit and tie, HR was in jeans. In the middle of the interview HR decided I would be a better fit for another position, and took me to another floor to talk to some in that department, who wasn't there. That threw the entire flow of the interview off. Then I totally felt rushed out, so someone else could have the conference room. I thought the interview went well on my end, I was told they would be in touch within the week. A month, and three emails later. I finally received an email that they decided to go with someone else. I got the feeling of disorganization and that the company was in the middle of some sort of change. The atmosphere was very casual but very uptight. Good learning experience though.
- Very standard, scripted tell us about a time questions. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Heinz (Irvine, CA) in February 2014.
Applied online and finally received an email exactly 4 weeks later to schedule a phone interview. Did a phone interview with the regional controller in Pittsburgh about a week later. Then scheduled for an in-person interview one week after that. The day before my in-person interview I received an EMAIL saying the position was being recalled and they would not be doing any interviews. Then the morning after my cancelled interview, I got another email asking if I could go in to interview THAT DAY! I called my husband home from work to watch our toddler so I could drop everything and go in to interview. Met with the plant manager for about 20 minutes and then with the HR rep for about 30 minutes and told I would hear back from her. It is now almost 5 months later and I haven't heard back yes, no, or otherwise. One of the most unprofessional interview processes I've been through.
- Will the smell bother you [since it's a food manufacturing plant]? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No Offer
It is a phone interview. HR asked several general questions such as why do you choose xxx as your major? Talk about your leadership experience
- explain meritocracy Answer Question
Helpful (3)Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA) in December 2013.
Phone interview with HR, then a phone interview with the direct manager. After that you were called in to interview with 4 people face to face. Some of the interviews happened at the open enviornment tables it was VERY weird to have other people listening to me interview.
- Nothing out of the normal, it was actually a fairly simple interview. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
I didnt feel it was a fair financial offer and all the negative reviews on glassdoor.
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