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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at United Biscuits full-time

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Solid systems, good team, nice place to work

Cons

very process driven sometimes leading to slow decision making

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  1. Focused mid sized company with big company ideas

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    Current Employee - Buyer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Buyer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at United Biscuits full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing business. Wide latitude to do your job. Open and approachable management. Positively support and fund professional development.

    Cons

    Can be slow at making decisions. Little alignment across departments. Private equity ownership creates high barriers to approval on new opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be more nimble and brave. Get better alignment of departments on objectives to unlock opportunities. Empower your teams more and let them surprise you.

  2. Well set for another growth period

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at United Biscuits full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This business has a new CEO in Martin Glenn who was previously very successful at both Birds Eye and Pepsico. The previous CEO Benoit Testard helped put the business back onto a growth footing but UB looks set for another exciting period of development. The business has been privately owned for 13 years now which has involved a lot of cost cutting and rationalisation. The plus side is that as a result there are shallower management structures and so with the right buy-in it is easier to get plans implemented. The business has some great brands that are household favourites and which provide protection against further recession. There is also a growing international footprint for thebusiness.

    Cons

    The private equity ownership means that a relatively short term view is taken of most major investment and ultimately you know the business will be owned by someone else. However ownership uncertainty has been around for the last ten years and people are used to it. The shareholders seem in no rush to sell and will look for the right buyer to maximise their returns - which also means that the buyer will have to be a good fit for the business

    Advice to Management

    Looking forward to the new business plan when it is announced by the new CEO. Our competitors are major global companies like Kraft/Mondelez who have more resources in terms of cash and people to fall back on. We will need to carefully target our efforts so that we are realistic about what can be achieved but make the most of the resources we have.

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