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From lean to bone

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Former Employee - Drone in Concord, MA
Former Employee - Drone in Concord, MA

I worked at Welch's

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great, dedicated people who really believe in what the brand name means to their family and community, more so than the management does it seems. We have (had) some really solid performers in front-line supervisors on the plant level and a mixture of die-hards and new people to the organization to keep fresh ideas and experience blended.

Cons

There's only so much "lean" you can take before you start to cut to the bone. Top level management changed so often it was a revolving door and those who weren't cut were fearful for their jobs. Since they were nice people, they didn't fingerpoint, but the lack of decisionmaking was just as harmful. The ability to make decisions on a lower level, even so much as to mail a package, required authorization and signatures. And since no one wanted to make a decision, they brought in the analysts from Bain and followed their instructions blindly. The job cuts in the plants and the corporate facilities were too much, too fast to allow for the right turnover process.

Advice to Management

Stop listening to third parties and lead the company, that is what the leadership team is supposed to do. Pay more attention to the impact your decisions have on the safety of your employees and what the exhaustion is doing to them. Lead for the long term and stop thinking in terms of two year paybacks as if you think the company is going to be gone in 24 months. If you keep this up, it will be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendships, great brand, outstanding mid level managers

    Cons

    Poorly executed project planning! Needs improvement


  2. Weak CEO and Senior Leaders

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Welch's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CPG company just outside Boston, MA.
    Half-day Fridays in the summer and winter hours.
    Well-known consumer brand with a larger brand name than sales (although beware that the current CEO and leadership team does not know how to rectify).

    Cons

    Welch's is a small company (<200 HQs employees and <$800M) that has NONE of the positive traits of a small company (nimble, innovative, collaborative, decisive) and MOST/ALL of the negative qualities of a large company (slow, hierarchical, risk-adverse). The CEO and senior leadership team does not have a vision or corporate strategies to guide the rest of the company and they are indecisive when teams ask for approvals to invest, launch, etc. In addition, the CEO does not have a charismatic leadership style that engages and inspires employees to follow him. Employees do not believe that the CEO is leading the company towards greatness or even, at the very least, growth! Welch's is a "family-farmer owned" company but the culture is anything but family-friendly. The CEO has no interest in transforming the Welch's culture into a family-oriented company, let along a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a vision for the company and corporate strategies that can cascade throughout the company. You appear to be expecting the strategies to come from the bottom up. Care about your employees as much as you care about the growers. When you recognize employees who simply "manage up" rather than getting their work done and leading teams effectively, you are sending a message that the "do-ers" will not succeed at Welch's. Do you really want to reward people who say what you want to hear and regurgitate what others have already said, not new ideas or what is the truth of the current business situation?


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