Big Heart Pet Brands Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Big Heart Pet Brands CEO and Director David J. (Dave) West
David J. (Dave) West
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Pros
  • Great benefits, well respected brands, great work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • A lot of good people at the lower levels and middle management (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the right talent in upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Constant rumors of being laid off, selling the company or relocating to Corporate office in San Francisco (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    It was a great job, learned something everyday.

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    Former Employee - Good Opportunity to Make Good Money
    Former Employee - Good Opportunity to Make Good Money
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay lots of overtime double time on sundays, good benefits, and every year you get cost of living raise in pay its usully 3%

    Cons

    Overall its a good place to work with apportunity for advancement if you work hard.


  2. National Account Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big Heart Pet Brands has a progressive culture, a diverse workforce, great pay and employee benefits. Work/Life balance is desirable. A great fit for dog and cat enthusiasts.

    Cons

    As with many manufacturers the organizational structure has been constantly evolving with the change in strategy to focus on the Pet Business, the sale of the DelMonte Canned Food portfolio, and then being acquired by JM Smucker.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate some kind of corporate team building into all locations on a regular basis. Everyone works very hard and its easy to get too caught up in the business. Effective teams are built on trust at all levels.


  3. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Pedro, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, challenging work, generous compensation, room for advancement.

    Cons

    Need more staff, a lot of overtime for salaried employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more permanent employees rather than temps.


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  5. Good people – Challenging Enviornment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People care about the purpose of the company and work together well. There is much collaboration and people come together to challenge obstacles.

    Cons

    Environment unsettled due to frequent acquisitions and divestitures. Sometimes hard to focus without knowing for sure what the future holds besides growing the brands.


  6. If great pay is all you need, look no further.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good. Plenty of overtime available

    Cons

    Company culture either doesn't really exist, or doesn't make its way down to the hourly level in manufacturing and distribution facilities. Maintaining a work/life balance is difficult when management constantly makes it clear that they do what works for them, even when it violates the very standards they put forth. Hourly employees can expect to have their shift/hours changed without ample notice, and for management to play favorites when awarding bids and promotions (instead of awarding the best candidates). Rules and procedures only seem to exist to provide unchecked latitude for senior management, as they only follow them when they choose to.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and transparent. Paying lip service to being ethical and fair is not the same as actually being ethical and fair. There are plenty of intelligent and capable employees who keep their mouths shut and keep doing what they are told despite being subject to being constantly lied to, but that doesn't equate to a lack of awareness to what is going on behind the scenes.


  7. Big Heart has been good to work for. The job is challenging and provides ample opportunity to learn new things.

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    Current Employee - Carrier Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Carrier Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay & very good benefits, including tuition reimbursement. Challenging work. My manager is honest, direct, & fair. Great location in Pittsburgh.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Recently acquired by J M Smucker and Pittsburgh office will close 4/30/15. Company has been through significant change over the past 4 years.


  8. VP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity abound - your mindset is your limitation

    Cons

    Prioritize to have max impact!

    Advice to Management

    Keep high integrity environment and people


  9. Not sure what will happen in the future

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    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time

    Pros

    Normal working hours and products that are innovative

    Cons

    With the recent acquisition of the company everyone is likely moving from SF to Ohio. Who knows what will happen

    Advice to Management

    Make changes when you say you will and provide more information on the strategic outlook of the company


  10. Innovative culture with a good blend of east and west coast management styles

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company was formed out of the divestiture of the Del Monte brands leaving behind solely the pet food brands. We tagged ourselves a $4 billion start-up and it felt that way as the company sought to innovate its brands, its internal systems and operations.

    Cons

    It was a short term play guided by the ever present hand of private equity firm that had acquired the business which was executing along a punch list to sell the company to the highest bidder which turned out to be Smucker's - a company that seems to be a fine organization.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate products and internal processes and systems. Innovation and bold vision and goals makes for an engaging place of work.


  11. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Big Heart Pet Brands (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive management. Good Peers. Flexible Work hours.

    Cons

    I don't see any downsides. It is a great experience



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