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A good stepping stone.

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Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hackettstown, NJ
Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hackettstown, NJ

I worked at Mars as a contractor (More than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Mars is a very established company. If your career path is along the lines of typical corporate ones, such as finance and marketing, there are lots of opportunities to move around and get involved in different projects.

Cons

If you are a contractor, as I was, you are pigeonholed in one spot with little latitude to move around, or into a FT spot. You are clearly a second hand citizen too. Mars is also very informal, not big at all on written documentation and paperwork for doing projects. Project management is mostly conversations done standing around a desk looking at a project. Done on the fly too. No drafted specs.

Advice to Management

More formality would help keep project details straight and everyone aligned on the same vision.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    If you don't like open offices and being interrupted all the time, STAY AWAY!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Contractor - Commercial Manager, IT
    Former Contractor - Commercial Manager, IT

    I worked at Mars as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively short commute. Business casual, Free Candy! Show some self-control or gain a lot of weight. Free hot cocoa and coffee in the Flavia machines.

    Cons

    I was a contractor in a Contract To Hire Role. They reneged on hiring me and a colleague, re-posted the position and then hired an external candidate. Constant reminder of Contractor status in cafeteria by having to pay a 20% premium for mediocre food. When it served Mars management's purposes, they expected me to act like and employee, attending all of their after hours meetings and team building exercises. As a contractor, these intruded on my personal life and I told them that. They were not paying me OT, but expected me to behave like a salaried employee. The original salary they offered me when I applied to be an FTE was WELL BELOW market for the northern NJ area in which I live and they operate. Then, the hourly rate was the same and I declined. They finally gave me what I asked for. When it came time for me to re-interview for the same role after a year onboard as a CTH, they reneged on their commitment to have us only compete against internal applicants. Well, there were none for the Commercial Sourcing Group (Procurement) in Information Services due to the inept and cliquey management team in the USA and UK, so they went external. I was forced to watch as 10 external candidates marched by desk to interview and I interviewed last. Quite frankly, when they informed me I had NOT been selected, I was relieved as I had made up my mind to not accept their offer to convert to an FTE. BTW, I HATED the open office environment; it is noisy, disruptive and when someone comes to your desk, you are expected to drop everything to service them. This is annoying and counterproductive, especially for procurement personnel who may be involved in a telephone negotiation. There are 3 types of people at MARS. The first love it and make careers there. The second are those like me who hated it and don't last long and the third are those who "tolerate it" but also have a tendency to either self-eliminate by finding other employment or don't live up to the 5 Principles in some vague way and are removed. MARS had a huge downsizing after acquiring WRIGLEY as there were a lot of redundant positions. Both MARS and Wrigley people lost jobs but the Wrigley folks were in almost universal agreement that they hated the new company owners. As a result they did not work well with colleagues from MARS business units or their vendors and created very dysfunctional working relationships. All in all, they did me 2 favors not selecting me. One was that I didn't have to turn them down and the second was that I left two weeks later after continued abuse by my manager who left for the UK and Germany the day the new guy started and I (as the Contractor he had beat out for the job had to onboard an employee).

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, the Mars family owns the company and the mid and senior level managers, many of whom are Europeans and run things for their little cliques, so American workers have to put with inane policies that will not ever change.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Unsatisfactory

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Team Member in Burr Ridge, IL
    Former Employee - Team Member in Burr Ridge, IL

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best benefits of employers in Northern Illinois

    Cons

    Poor training program for new employees

    Advice to Management

    When hiring for a position, be truthful about which job you are hiring for and the qualifications for it.


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