Nestlé Purina PetCare

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Conform & don't innovate... and you will do well

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Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Nestlé Purina PetCare

Pros

Work/life balance
free parking for Cards games
people are friendly on the outside
team environment
bring dogs to work
potentially a fun category to do marketing in

Cons

Complacent Environment
*insular culture
*new hires came onboard this summer and those who moved up within Purina thought the VP of Dog was making a mistake to hire those individuals.
*new ideas are not welcomed unless they are very small scale - at times, the marketplace requires rapid change which Purina is not comfortable doing
*after 20 years of growth, Puina's growth has slowed and they do not seem to know how to respond to the threats from organic, legacy, or owner-prepared meals - Nestlé is not happy
*no best practice systems in place
*older employees are running their innovation group and are proud of themselves to simply be understanding the tactics of an innovative culture, but do not get the integrative strategy by which they achieve a true innovation.

Clique based culture
*Three main cliques exist: Wash U, Mormon, & Indiana U. - it is possible to fit in being outside of those cliques, but it is rare.
*St. Louis natives usually work there simply because it is a well known employer they can work for without having to move - in other words, the culture is apathetic, but friendly if you're apathetic too
*majority of employees are St. Louis natives leading to one distinct culture that does not match their broad & diverse U.S.-wide consumer base
*they believe they are the best - and this is not the case - they just had the benefit of "the first" founding the company - and now they are struggling to actually do real & true marketing in the face of some of the toughest category competition ever faced: healthy cat & dog food

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I suggest having both the CEO & CMO retire and having the VP of Dog Marketing take over leadership responsibilities. With her having worked at Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and now Nestlé-Purina, she understands that there is not just one approach to CPG Marketing and likely, an insular culture is flawed. Although she is a Wash U undergrad, she very clearly does not favor Wash U MBAs, nor does she favor MBAs from her alma mater, Wharton - instead, she gets that a variety of backgrounds and experiences are necessary if Purina is to compete long term. She has exactly what Purina needs in a leader and those qualities are lacking in her two superiors - likely due to them both being near retirement age like 2/3 of the company so, naturally, why go through all the work to change the business just before retirement? They are attempting, but the changes proposed are too small and not sufficiently revolutionary to produce long-term growth.

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  1.  

    I love that I work with so many smart, talented marketers who happen also to be kind and caring individuals.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare

    Pros

    Opportunity to bring your pets to work, on-site child care, gym, and mailroom, beautiful campus, flex time on Fridays, career opportunities within the greater Nestle organization.

    Cons

    People's commitment to doing a great job can challenge the work/life balance.

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  2.  

    Nestle Purina has an amazing culture, where people respect others and work together to achieve the best results possible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare

    Pros

    Industry leader
    stable company
    passionate employees
    international opportunities
    good career development
    strong work/life balance
    employees are recognized for their contributions

    Cons

    One of the downsides of working at Nestle Purina is that because people like working here, certain positions may not open up as frequently.

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    I think that to stay an industry leader, the company will need to continue to focus on innovative ways to improve our business.

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