Henkel

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Disappointing & Disheartening

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

I have been working at Henkel

Pros

Arizona is very nice, especially during the winter. A good place to get started if you're young, sharp, attractive, have good people skills, are politically astute, and willing to put in the hours.

Cons

Not adept at process improvement and process management.
Germans seem to take a simplistic view of business requirements in other countries, and insist on one set of processes and tools for everyone, all implemented in the same way.
Claim to manage by long-term goals, yet insist long term profitability can only be achieved by profitability every quarter.
Cut costs by cutting head count, and not by addressing processes. Fewer people are doing more work. Morale among non-managers is going down the tubes.
Decisions are not made (even locally) in a timely manner, and seldom on the basis of the data.
Germany often interferes(and late) in package design in the US.
Company is marketing-biased. People in brand management rotate often to parts of the business. Nice in theory, disruptive in practice. It's basically an up-or-out system.
Pays less than other major CPG companies.
Training is for managers and above. Non-managers can get training in soft skills, but forget getting anything of value to put in your tool kit. They do not promote employee development.
A lot of on-the-job training, with little standardized and documented processes.
New motto is "Excellence is our passion": declared and not sold to the employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

No company ever cut its way to profitability. Train people how to improve and manage processes. They can't if they don't know how. Don't insist on way of doing things because busineeds are not the same everywhere.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Henkel Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Henkel

    Pros

    It was a big company which was the premier leader in the field of adhesives. Also, had so many opportunities for advancement, and also emphasized environmentally friendly technologies.

    Cons

    overall, i was happy witht he whole experience and would look forward to the chance to come back to work there after graduation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good leadership.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Henkel'ed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Henkel

    Pros

    From the start you have the ability and responsibility to interact with customers. Travel is available to overseas is you want it. Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Senior management is not committed to employees, but to themselves. Company switches directions quite often. Promotions not always based on competence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in day to day affairs

    Doesn't Recommend
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