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Different departments can be very varied in culture but the 5 Principles work to unify the company.

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Former Employee - IT Specialist  in  West Chester, PA
Former Employee - IT Specialist in West Chester, PA

I worked at Mars full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

5 Principles: You have to be a Mars person (or Martian!) to know them, but they are applicable to everyday life and guide all interactions Mars has internally and externally. It's nice to have a framework within which to make decisions. They are fond of hiring ex-military, have good FMLA and other benefits. Once you're Mars, you're always Mars.

Cons

A bit of an old boys' network. Very traditional in places, as it is a family-owned company and those tend to be places where women struggle to advance. Not very good work/life balance. Once you're Mars, you're always Mars.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Middle management and team leads tend to be ineffective and stymied for varied reasons. Also, find ways to freshen up the culture, especially in the U.S.

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    Retired after 33 years with Mars in Hackettstown,Nj....What a wonderful Company to have worked for...

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    Former Employee - Associate ( Many Differnt Positions )  in  Hackettstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate ( Many Differnt Positions ) in Hackettstown, NJ

    I worked at Mars full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    earlier years .... pay and benifits were tops, compared to all local businesses.
    so many oppurtunities to self promote advancements, job advancements were always available to those who wanted to move around different positions.
    Bonuses whenever the company excelled expectations.
    Treated fairly always.
    Job Pride very strong.
    Upper management treated all associates equally, and were always available.
    Mostly a fun work place.
    Associates became more like family to each other.
    Made hundreds of friends there.
    Mars provided a lifestyle that would be hard to match anywhere for the average person.
    I can't say enough about how Great it was to be a part of the Mars Family and to have had the best 33 years of my working history there with them.
    no one ever lost their job because of new methods or machinery run by automation.
    The entire complex is kept so clean, its amazing how much attention the facility gets... Tops in their Field.

    Cons

    people who stayed with Mars who were unhappy with the company. ( why do people stay where they are unhappy ? ) They cloud the real ,positive, aspects that the company has.... don't believe the comments from them.... They are the smallest portion of the associates.
    These days, Mars has changed a bit trying to be more like the latest "Fad" companies such as Google...
    They should stick to the original designs that made them what they are today.
    not as much advancements from within the company. ( its still there though )
    not hiring as many full time associates.
    Outside temp agencies doing the hiring now - no promises for full time jobs.
    Outsourcing many jobs that used to be internally done.
    new managers should have more hands on, working experience before they are put in their new position.
    associates have to now self promote themselves to their managers...and develope their own progress goals and justify them. ( when it should be the manager who suggests advancement oppurtunities )
    compensation has been on the decline in the name of staying competative to other companies.
    Benifits still remain ok, but are not what they once were.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn the processes well, and review the original principals that built the company to what it is today.
    make an effort to not just become a " puppet " - speak up against wrongs, to your supervisors and upper managers...
    realize the common associate and their positions - you may make ten times they do, but we all have the same basic challenges in dealing with real life

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    mars petcare

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Tomah, WI
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Tomah, WI

    I have been working at Mars full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work for. Make quality dog and cat food

    Cons

    All of the computer work they want their hourly workers to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be their for your associates and help them with the computer paperwork

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    Neutral Outlook
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