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12 people found this helpful  

Used to feel proud to be a Heinz-er...now sad to see the culture change from Heinz pride to greed

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Former Employee - Senior Manager
Former Employee - Senior Manager

I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Great people - real sense of support from co-workers; used to have lots of opportunities for learning/education - not sure if that will continue.

Cons

18 months ago there was a major "surprise" layoff which caused a dip in morale that we never really recovered from. Then, morale hit #2 with stress for months and months during the transition to new ownership. Co-workers jumped ship weekly until 600 more people were eliminated. People who remain will continue to live under the stress of uncertainty due to the new culture where you may never really feel "safe". Lots of talk from management around seeking "high performers" yet, they just eliminated several very high performers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to spend the next year re-building morale. It has been low for 2 years and could use some real boosting. Don't assume that just great paychecks will be enough. You need to celebrate your people publicly and often. Also, please avoid cliche platitudes about moving on to a new era and how exciting it is for the "new Heinz". Be real and recognize that your current employees have lost some dear friends. I encourage you to do some real team building exercises to create trust with the new team.

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Oh how the mighty have fallen

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Technician in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Technician in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Heinz carries wonderful brands any employee can be proud of. Great locations to work at both downtown and north of Pittsburgh.

    Cons

    With the recent changes in ownership this company is putting profits ahead of food safety. It is only a matter of time before disaster hits. Think Arthur Andersen, Enron, Peter Pan peanut butter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good times all around

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    helpful and helpful can be fun

    Cons

    corporate lasting only till you do good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen and learn and do what is right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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