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Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
39 Reviews

3.8
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Cadbury Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods Inc. Irene Rosenfeld
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    Cadbury Canada Review - Marketing Group

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    Former Employee - ABM  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - ABM in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Cadbury Canada is a good place for people who have been in brand management before to work on a good strong portfolio of brands. Since I worked there a lot of the program management was moved to the US, so from what I understand little creative is actually made in Canada for Canada. The office is fairly new and in a good location (although it's uptown - north york) - office morale was pretty good in the marketing group with a lot of young people who were fun to work with. HR activity was also pretty good in terms of benefits.

    Cons

    What I mentioned before about Canadian creative being picked up from the US - regardless of this, a very large proportion of the brand management work at Cadbury was product development (ie working with other offices around the world including factories to create new product offerings ) while this is interesting and enjoyable, it can make the work very project management-oriented. The advertising side of things was a small portion of the job and usually followed the launch of a product. Nielsen is also a very large part of the more junior positions - overall training was also not that great for junior positions. Cadbury was becoming famous for losing their people to better companies promotions in the marketing group at that time would happen rarely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think overall there was a lot of staff movement that was done, not always taking into account the member's own preference of which direction they wanted to take their career. People were moved without much choice into different departments and while that works with certain people, I did not get the sense that management did so taking the actual person's style into account. Also they need to promote good work more readily - good people on staff would leave and all be promoted elsewhere - so if the market feels they should be promoted, Cadbury would not be any different!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Everyone goes on about the free chocolate, but actually you can only eat so much dairy milk

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great brand to have on your CV
    Free chocolate
    Use some great brand advertising agencies
    Employee benefits are very good

    Cons

    Senior management are stuck in the 1970s - aloof and awkward around employees
    'Collegiate approach' means that its hard to get anything done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A major reduction is still required in the number of senior managers. There is so much duplication of responsibility in the organisation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work but senior management need work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    - Great fun to work on products that consumers love (everyone is always jealous when they find out).
    - Great collegiate vibe overall between teams and departments.
    - Generous salaries and financials compared to the market.

    Cons

    - Training and development opportunities not formalised.
    - Parochial feel in Australia
    - Many restructures in Australia in the last few years, leading to a "here we go again" mentality and diminishing enthusiasm for the job.
    - No transparency in promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better communications to staff.
    - Fewer restructures.
    - More flexibility in moving staff across geographies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate to Senior Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    - Treated Well
    - Management will try to treat you well
    - International moves are promoted
    - Work life balance is promoted and achieved

    Cons

    - Pay is lower than similar business
    - The business is over using its brand to recruit
    - Middle management has remained static making it hard to gain promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should focus on selecting a single management model and then sticking with it. There are tow many poorly communicated models from the corporate group that are not implemented by the local businesses.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    a nice but conservative company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice people to work with. Work and life balance has been respected. People usually will stay there for many years without moving around.

    Cons

    do not encourage to take risks. People who is willing to take risks will find very difficult in the environment. Lack of motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leaders in this organization should move people around instead of letting them stay in one position too long. Don't do too much restructuring

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Opportunity does exist

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    reputation, scale, development all give cadbury an edge in talent recruitment. global role moves possible but getting harder due to emerging markets.

    Cons

    corporate identity preservation means decision making and reaction to change are slow and difficult to sustain. recent takeover by kraft creates uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure you identify key talent and experience during stabalisation to deliver results. Our futures depend on this as we are no longer the big fish.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    rewarding and full of development

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    Current Employee - Finance Planning Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Planning Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    driven performance led culture. huge level of scope for progression both cross functionally and within function locally and internationally. high emphasis on leadership

    Cons

    By virtue of being a large organisation, decision making can often involve unnecessary meetings and stakeholder consultation, which in turn slows down decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to drive performance ethically. maintain the spirit and belief behind the brands; it is a major driver of people motivation and pride

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    T he company has a very good reputation,
    Provide good training for staff,
    The job is challenging
    Encourage self development
    Career progression is good

    Cons

    The job is very demanding and rigorous
    Balancing work and family life can be difficult
    Lots of procedures and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can improve on communication to all members of staff
    Involve a wide variety of representatives of all staff members in decision making

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working together to create brands people love

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great brands and great people

    Cons

    Can be 'too nice' at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the integration

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Tehcnical critical decisions in a democratic way resulting in infficient equilibrium.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

    Company is more tolerant and soft towards employees with a cultural fabrc knitted into it. people ar not harsh in their day to day behaviour and managers are not bully type. People in general are respected as humans.

    Cons

    mangement is scary fo decisons and repsonsibility is pushed downa wards from the top. Lower work force is not aligned with mangement and the sam is not acceped as s aproblem resulting in every one downg the job 2-03 levels below and hence vaccum in liong term strategy. Decsions are adhoc and unplanned. Most importantly every one does the job of other person and takes pride rather than doing their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete revamping the system from the scratch and puuting system before the person in all repects. Stop personifying the success and failure. In good system , no one can perform badly and in same way in a bad system, no one can perform in a better way. Puuting very clear accountability and resposnisbility bot at the top and bottom as they are the back boen. Should have a control on work force at the bottom in terms of discipline and resposnisbility which absolutely non- exstent as of now and noone like to bell the cat and take the bull by horns. If it coninues, already on teh down path.

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