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.


At Hershey, goodness is about more than our products.
Sharing that goodness with the individuals and communities we touch is—and has always been—at the core of our company and the people that work here.

For 120 years, Hershey’s business has been guided by the values of fair and ethical business practices, environmental stewardship, fostering a positive workplace and impacting society for the better.


Good business is operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner while appropriately managing our company assets and upholding our shareholder interests.

A better world starts with good business practices. Good business is the foundation from which shared goodness grows. From how we responsibly source our materials to fostering diverse work environments, environmental stewardship and transparent, ethical operations—everything we do begins here.

  • We've helped increase cocoa farmers; income by 70% over three years
  • 97% of our U.S. production occurs at facilities that send zero waste to landfill


Better life is what we’re fostering as we focus our resources and efforts to positively impact our communities, employees and stakeholders.

Helping others helps us grow. Through our communities, employees and stakeholders, our commitment to giving back helps others who are truly in need—and helps us recognize what really matters. By making a positive impact where we live and work, we create a better life for our stakeholders and ourselves.

  • We've raised over $4 million for Children's Miracle Network in the past 25 years 
  • More than $2.9 million was raised by Hershey's 2013 United Way campaign; a new company record


Bright future is what we’re creating by extending our legacy and commitment to education and through a focus on nutrition for children in need.

Unlocking tomorrow's potential today.  Living up to your potential is an opportunitiy everyone should have. But some never get the chance. That’s why we’re focusing our energy and resources on our education and nutrition initiatives for underserved children—to build a bright future for those who need it most.

  • In 1918, Milton Hershey deeded his entire fortune of $60 million to improving the lives of kids in need through the MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL, which today is educating nearly 1,900 boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Students in Ghana and at the MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL share learning and cultural experiences through real-time, HD technology as part of a class.



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 Business Resource 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 GenH Business Resource Group provides valuable networking and educational opportunities for young professionals, promotes social responsibility and positively impacts The Hershey Company’s success.

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    I have been working at The Hershey Company full-time


    From the top down there is a very clear message of where senior management wants the company to go and how everyone is expected to work hard to get there. Additionally, as you go about your daily work, you hear people talking about these goals and how they can meet them through their work. This creates a very unified atmosphere to work in and pushes everyone to perform.

    It is also just plain cool to work at Hershey. Go tell people you work for The Hershey Company and they smile. Your helping to make and distribute a product that holds happy memories for a lot of people. Add to this the fact the much our our profit goes toward The Milton Hershey School, one of the nations leading schools of less privileged children, on top of the other charities that we have created or support, and Hershey is truly a place you can be proud to work.


    If you require a lot of direction, then Hershey may not be for you. We tend to try and push decision making to the lowest levels that it makes sense to do so. While I enjoy this, if you don't want responsibility early or struggle to create your own work, you might struggle.

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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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