Mars

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The What and the How

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Former Employee - Senior Management in Chattanooga, TN
Former Employee - Senior Management in Chattanooga, TN

I worked at Mars full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Company is organized. You can learn from this company.

Cons

You develop your successor. Then, you are gone. Mars moved from the "forced distribution" (Jack Welch ideology) to the "What and the How" with respect to mid and end of year Associate calibrations.
Mars uses the "How" in a subjective manner to design their workforce. Lets put it this way.... If you are young and look good, you get promoted. If you have your head up someone's ___, you might survive past 50. Good luck. In short, you get around 50 years old and your days are numbered.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat you tenured Associates who have worked so hard for you with respect and give them a chance.
I seen so many people around 50 shown the door for no other reason but their age. Yes, use your power and take these very true statements off of this website. I am ashamed to have worked for this company where I did everything I could and in the right way.
In short > one of these days, I hope to see a lawsuit against Mars around age descrimination. Your time will come.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Brand Manager in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Brand Manager in Franklin, TN

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Losing Its Family Focus; Far Behind the Times with Pay and Compensation

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    Current Employee - Currently Employed in Hackettstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Currently Employed in Hackettstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Open environment and open-door policy.
    Flexible working schedules and good work-life balance.
    Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Behind the times in pay and compensation. No where near the competition.
    Losing the family focus and moving more towards cold corporate atmosphere.
    Lack of security with constant reorganizations and lay-offs.
    Hires externally when there are skilled and qualified internal candidates that long overdue for promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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