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Wasted time conforming to cultural wastes of time

Marketing (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

Pros- Location - Downtown St. Louis has much to offer for restaurants, after work events, sports
- Beautiful, serene grounds serve as peaceful solace during breaks and arrival/departure from work
- Training and development - Curriculum that's purposeful and knowledge-driven
- Some of the biggest and best brands in each of the categories their products belong to
- Work life balance is practiced without issue or complaint
- Outside hires band together to commiserate over the politics - somewhat of a support group exists

Cons- The team dynamic is very insular and cut throat on some product lines. Outsiders with diverse backgrounds or interests did not appear welcome. If you're not "one of us" then it's curtains.
- Managers are more interested in micromanaging than actually leading teams. They'd rather do the work themselves the way THEY want it done rather than effectively coach/guide direct reports.
- The devil is in the details. Despite hard work on a project or effort to provide a purposeful finished product, if the fonts and colors don't fit with the manager's attitude on that particular day then it's not rewarded as a job well done.
- Lack of interest in new ideas and approaches to solving problems or presenting new ideas. Funny, but it's not clear what exactly has been done in the past because there are no knowledge management systems in place. Still, it is expected that employees offer more of the same that's always been done to get better results.
- Performance ratings are given by the entire team, not just your manager or your manager's manager. This causes the culture of "be like us or leave" to come out in full force. Comments from coworkers that are purely subjective will make or break your future with this company. These are not based on your output or ability, but are based on whether you're chummy enough with the key influencers to be on their good side.
- Middle school clicks weren't as bad as what exist here. The politics are so murky that this place could be part of the Mississippi Delta. This isn't the same for all teams, you just have to hope you get lucky and land someplace that embraces who you are.
- Promotions are in waves and classes of people move up at the same time. Time frames seem slower than usual, but the responsibility piles on sans the title or increase in pay for more than a year beyond comfortable.

Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the bad apples that have been there forever. They're the ones who have no experience outside of Purina, yet believe they are the princes and princesses of the Tower. They're the same ones that have no interest in coaching or mentoring direct reports to be better performers, and unfortunately they are also the same people who crack the whip yet do very little productivity-wise. They feel they've paid their dues in prior years on various teams they no longer work on. Drop the team performance evals for individual team members. The fate of one's career lies in winning a popularity contest, which is a crap shoot at best.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    It's good.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare


    Pros: I really enjoy and like the benefit package here. Cons: The downside of working here is the way people here… More
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    Overworked, but good for an internship.

    Intern (Current Employee) Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare


    Pros: Great pay for interns. A lot of resources. Many location options. Very… Cons: Work life balance can be abused by certain managers. Advice to Senior Management: Send more information to the interns before they begin. Do not place interns with new Territory Managers as these people may… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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