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There are two faces to Nestle, be sure you know which one you're working for

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Former Employee - Business Analyst in Glendale, CA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Glendale, CA

I worked at Nestlé USA full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Strong brand and recognizability, well developed systems and procedures, strong training and employee development opportunities, generous charitable giving practices, substantial giveaways and contests for employees, strong workplace wellness program for employees

Cons

Nestle's Community Affairs department puts a good face on the company, making it seem like a great place to work with great intentions. It's a very different story when you're actually working there. Politics reign supreme and it's the epitome of the Old Boy's Network. You can be management as long as you are White or--if non-White--act as White as you possibly can. Diversity is a joke. The result is the lack of true innovation and true understanding of what makes diverse consumers tick.

One of the underlying problems is that many of the managers are focused on climbing the ladder but not on personal development. There was definitely a culture of passing off blame to others, toeing the line and never challenging problems or bad business decisions, and never being the one to stick your neck out for a good risk. Managers are so focused on trying be around long enough to retire at Nestle that they don't forward the business. The result is that politics becomes the primary barrier to innovating the business. Innovation is challenged if not downright killed, and groupthink and "yes men" are the standard.

There are plenty of materials about appreciating the employee and developing managers to be coaches, but it's all lip service. I only found a small handful of people that I could actually respect or admire for the way they conducted themselves and their intentions. The bulk of managers whom I worked with didn't actually live the values of integrity, service, or altruism. Think about how it's reflected in their compensation practices: employees are paid less than market value and pretty much every employee who leaves for another employer gets an average of 7 to 10% raise even when making a lateral move. By the way, it's insulting to have a manager "coach" you or "correct" you in a meeting (with the wrong information!) on something where you're the subject matter expert.

It's a company characterized by nepotism, self-serving managers, and insular thinking. But don't worry, everyone there is "nice." The niceness is so that no one gets offended--because in the end, you can't say what you really think.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on changing the corporate culture to be one of accountability and liberty to express ideas, but do this through example, not just structured programs. Paul Grimwood actually has the right idea about shaking up "standard Nestle practices." Follow his lead but also caution him to remember that employees are smart, fully-functioning people, not drones or mindless sheep.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

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    Former Employee - Operator in Anderson, IN
    Former Employee - Operator in Anderson, IN

    I worked at Nestlé USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good starting pay

    Cons

    Everything else... management runs wild with "power trips" and human resources is spineless and "for the company". Dont mess up or they'll make an example out of you, and if they just dont like you; they'll find a way to fire you so that you cannot collect unemployment benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like your equal.

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time

    Pros

    Nestle is a great company with a variety of great brands. They have good benefits and average pay.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up in the company without being open to moving globally and often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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