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Helpful (1)

Engagement is king at the cost of maturity

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Security Analyst in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Security Analyst in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Very strong engagement efforts. All about fun and celebration. Quirky people. Management provides a fairly consistent message. Continuously developing programs to offer educational opportunities (MARS University). Good pay and benefits. Strongly emphasis on the 'human-factor' and good work-life balance. Open office environment spurs collaboration and approachability. Private company mentality celebrates freedom and measured risk taking. No micro-management.

Cons

Very loose processes, lack of maturity in areas that matter and can effect the bottom line. Not a very dynamic environment. Overtly focused on generalists that can be dropped into new roles every 2-3 years. Do not value technical expertise (although this is supposed to change). Hire people based on personality rather than technical skills. A very consensus driven environment, everyone can say no, few can say yes. Very lean and cost-conscientious. Speak highly about career growth but path is not well defined by HR. Hard to get noticed and equally hard to get fired. Lots of average generalists that lack industry knowledge.

Advice to Management

Develop programs to identify and groom the next generation of leaders. Put more emphasis on technical leadership. Hire for personality and technical skills.

Other Employee Reviews for Mars

  1. Helpful (7)

    Lots of potential--no discipline, completely lacking external focus or perspective

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Brand Manager in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Brand Manager in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    5 Principles Great brands Private ownership Company Pension Entrepreneurial environment Egalitarian work environment Competitive pay and benefits Amazing hometown (Nashville, TN) Global workforce (lots of cross-pollination from global worksites) Big focus on employee engagement (nearly 100% gallup survey participation) Global employee recognition programs You can bring dogs to work

    Cons

    Leadership is well intentioned, but completely out of touch Suburban office location with plans on moving 30 miles outside of town Lack of community involvement with employees (work, go home, repeat) Lack of community involvement from the corporation (not engaged in the Nashville community at all) There's a designated "cry room" where they take people before they fire them and walk them out without warning. Every associate knows someone who got axed because it happens far too often Unable to execute strategies that win in the market No bonus in the last two years Promotions never happen - 50% of the office stays in the same role virtually forever if they keep their heads down Tough place for young people, gays, women or minorities - very old school environment, not much technology, terrible systems, antiquated corporate policies haven't been updated since the mid 2000's

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the clouds. You can only make decisions that are as good as the information you get from your employees. Stop forcing them to tell you what you want to hear, or you'll continue to see the revolving door of leadership that has characterized the company for the last 5 years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    outstanding company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Open Office environment - approachability to senior management -emphasis on 5 principles which include quality and freedom

    Cons

    -office locations not always in the greatest of areas esp if you are young and enjoy city life


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