Welch's

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Reorganization

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

I worked at Welch's

Pros

Great Location, USED to have passionate people, Tremendous Brand with storied history, strong marketing presence, ability to work in almost every area of the business, now has plenty of elbow room.

Cons

Very poor execution of recent reorganization
3rd rate senior management team
Terrible communication program
Computer systems support from senior management non existent (just MAKE it work attitude)
Senior management with no industry/business organization experience with no intent to learn.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sometimes the best course of action is to admit a mistake or poor judgment, then work to correct it. The attitude has been that once they make a decision, they're going forward with it regardless of the outcome. The reorganization was the most poorly executed I've ever seen. The business process re-engineering that was promised never occurred, so the work load on those left increased exponentially.
Decisions were made with no input from the existing employees that understood the complex operating structure of the company, so many critical success factors for continued operations were missed.
The ERP system DOES NOT WORK!!! And telling people to make it work will not fix the problem. Roll up your sleeves, sit with your employees at lowest level of the business and understand the business, the institutional environment, the cooperative system, and your business model before making changes. Your history of making change and promising to deal with the problems then falling down on that are going to kill the company!!
Board of Directors - Challenge your senior management team!!! Find out what they're doing and verify that it will work in your line of business, with your business paradigms. Remember, although it's still a business that needs to compete against other businesses in the same industry, your company was set up as a cooperative for a reason. There are benefits and costs that come with that structure and you can't ignore them when your senior management (who has no idea what those benefits and costs are) act with blinders on against the mandates of a cooperative!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Troubled culture where politics trump performance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

    The location is convenient and it is one of the few CPG's in the area
    Historic brand
    High quality products

    Cons

    Employee morale is very low and people are very open about their dissatisfaction and lost motivation. Welch's is extremely political it often feels as though performance comes second to political acumen. People are evaluated on personality and political popularity rather than on job knowledge, performance, and results. People are afraid to take risks and challenge the status quo because there can be severe penalties for doing so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Welch's would be a better organization if you could find a way to minimize the politics.
    One way to start moving faster is to start pushing decision making authority down, rather than letting it live only at the senior levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Tough Times at Welch's

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Pros

    Great brand name and one of the few CPG firms in Boston. Excellent location just outside of Concord allows for good commutes.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from VP levels, very political environment where politics count more than results. New CEO extremely hands on and working conditions are extremely demanding. Morale is poor and falling, much turnover and more layoffs expected. Company has trouble competing in many of the categories it sells in, against bigger, stronger brands with much larger budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower people, lose the politics, reduce role and power that HR has in day-to-day running of business, demand execution and results from Sales department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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