The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company – Why Work For Us?

"There has never been a better time to be at Hershey."

J.P. Bilbrey, CEO



Continuing Milton Hershey’s legacy of commitment to consumers, communities and children, we provide high-quality Hershey products while conducting our business in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. At Hershey we’re dedicated to engaging in fair and ethical business dealings in the global marketplace, minimizing our impact on the environment, fostering a desirable place to work and making a positive impact on the society and local communities where we live and operate.



From its roots in central Pennsylvania, The Hershey Company has grown into a powerful global brand that delivers happiness to millions of individuals every day. Our products are marketed in over 50 countries and embody a spirit of genuine joy that is not only available to consumers of all ages, but can also be found in our offices and employees.



It feels good to win and we do it often. In fact, in the US we hold leadership positions in mints (Ice Breakers), chocolate (Hershey’s / Kisses) and sugar confectionery (Twizzlers). Our strong market share has fueled several quarters of growth for Hershey during one of the most challenging economies in recent history. Click the link below to learn more.



When you talk to employees at Hershey you get a sense of the deep pride they have for the organization to which they belong. Our culture is built on the desire to deliver joy, a value that can be seen in the way we work, play and contribute to our communities. The Hershey Company is more than just chocolate; it’s a global entity that respects its role in the marketplace and is focused on making the world--and the office--a better place to be.



Hershey’s recent acquisitions and strong worldwide investments are signs of our imminent and large scale international growth. We’re building teams focused on extending our imprint on key global markets, and we are excited to make international employment opportunities available to our growing workforce.


For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. 



CocoaLink, a first-of-its-kind program that uses mobile voice and SMS text messages delivered in the local language or English, connects cocoa farmers with important information about improving farming practices, farm safety, child labor, health, crop disease prevention, post-harvest production and crop marketing. The program has delivered more than 100,000 messages during its first year and is on track to reach 25,000 farmers in 2012.



Three of the company’s manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania have achieved “Zero-Waste-to-Landfill” (ZWL) status as a result of the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance sustainability through recycling and waste management. Zero-Wasteto- Landfill means that routine manufacturing waste has been eliminated from landfill disposal. These ZWL plants recycle approximately 90% of the waste generated from operations and the remainder is converted to energy at nearby waste-to-energy incinerators.



At Hershey, we see diversity and inclusion as levers to accelerate progress and results and, ultimately, contribute to a high performance culture. To that end, we offer 8 different business resource groups (BRG’s), such as the Network of Young Professionals, the African American Affinity Group, the Women’s Business Resource Group and the Veteran’s Business Resource Group, to name a few. These BRG’s deliver positive benefits to the company while offering employees the opportunity to get connected, feel empowered and grow professionally and personally.



The Hershey Company contributed more than $9.1 million in cash and product donations through company and employee giving and nearly 10,000 employee volunteer hours to deserving causes. Hershey also set a new record of more than $2 million for total giving to the United Way. In 2011, employee contributions reached a record $1.3 million and Hershey’s matching contribution was $850,000.



Milton Hershey believed that an individual is morally obligated to share the fruits of success with others. In 1909, he and his wife, Catherine, established the Hershey Industrial School, now called Milton Hershey School. Today, the 10,000-acre school houses and provides education for over 1,800 children whose family lives have been disrupted. Milton Hershey provides a nurturing environment, quality education, housing and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need.

The School is administered by Hershey Trust Company, Hershey’s largest shareholder, making the students of Milton Hershey School direct beneficiaries of Hershey’s success. This means a portion of each purchase benefits children in need.

For more information on Milton Hershey, his legacy or the Milton Hershey School, go to or




Hershey counts on innovative, creative and hard-working employees to keep us on the leading edge. We reward employees with a highly competitive, market-driven program of compensation and benefits.

A partial list of The Hershey Company's Total Rewards is below:



  • Coverage begins on your first day of employment
  • Competitive health, dental, vision and prescription plans through Highmark Blue Shield and Express Scripts


  • Annual incentive program
  • Tuition Refund Program (100%)
  • Employee discounts
  • Stock purchase program


  • Immediate 401(k) plan participation and company match
  • Automatic company contributions


  • Company-paid Life Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Coverage
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability


  • Wellness incentive program and health management resources
  • Fitness Center reimbursement


  • Paid vacation and sick days and company holidays
  • Extensive Corporate Social Responsibility employee programs


Workplace diversity is not just a goal at The Hershey Company; it is a way of life.


Hershey proudly sponsors the following Diversity Councils and Affinity Groups:

The Asian Business Resource Group fosters a corporate-wide environment that leverages the cultures, values, consumer insights, and business insights of Asian employees. The Asian Affinity Group will also champion the growth, development and success of Asian employees to enhance company performance.

The African American Business Resource Group fosters an environment where African American employees are included, supported, developed, and challenged to achieve their professional and personal potential; while maximizing their contribution to the overall goals and objectives of The Hershey Company.

The Women’s Business Resource Group promotes and facilitates positive change around women’s issues through enhanced networking and development opportunities, work/life integration programs and education for all employees, delivering positive benefits for The Hershey Company.

The Latino Business Resource Group fosters a culture that integrates diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the business through education, community service, and social interaction.

The Veteran’s Business Resource Group contributes to the delivery of a superior value proposition by promoting communication among veterans within the company, educating employees on the skills and experience of military vets and supporting veterans transitioning to the civilian work force within the company.

PRISM is a resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees and an alliance for all employees of The Hershey Company. PRISM plays a broader role to improve the quality of our work environment for all employees.

The Abilities First Business Resource Group supports Hershey in becoming an industry leader in providing opportunities for people with diverse abilities and unique needs by educating employees and the community, cultivating a support network and advocating for a welcoming culture that is inclusive of people with disabilities.

The Network of Young Professionals provides valuable networking and educational opportunities, promotes social responsibility and positively impacts The Hershey Company’s success.

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    Great company! they treat people well and the support system is very good

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


    People, getting promoted every 18-24 months, products


    you need to relocate constantly to grow your career

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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at The Hershey Company.

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    Video interview, then in person final rd interview. The people were very nice, but the notice I didn't get the position was an automatic email, which I found insulting considering I made it to the final round. I would not apply for another position with them after that, it didn't feel like they valued their candidates.

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The Hershey Company Awards & Accolades

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Chocolate Candy Brand of the Year, 2013 Harris Poll Youth Equitrend, 2013
Silver Honors in Packaged Goods, 2013 ARF David Ogilvy Awards, 2013
The Civic 50, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012
Newsweek Green Rankings, Newsweek, 2012
Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, Dow Jones, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Hershey, PA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1894
Type Company - Public (HSY)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 13,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company, which has more than 80 brands around the world that drive over $7.1 billion in annual revenue, includes such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Hershey is focused on growing its... More

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