Heinz Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
288 Reviews
2.2
288 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
131 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 22 reviews)

  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest complaint I hear is about the lack of work life balance at Heinz (in 26 reviews)

  • All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    The Best Years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There was a steady stream of work to keep the plant going. The plant management team was great, however as the buy out was approaching, things were changing fast.
    A great team of fellow employees who are worked together for over 25 years.

    Cons

    There was no concern of some of the skills people had. It became a fact of "who knew who" for what really happened there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the company back to the old days and provide the service that build Heinz to what they were.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Moving forward

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of people working very hard to take this company to the next level. We have great brands and a lot of new perspectives in this organization.

    Cons

    Uncertainty. Change. Negativity. We are not yet all on the same page globally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, transparent and trust your people. Share the specifics of the vision broadly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Great Brand, Changing Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    The company has recreated their values which they definitely "live." It's a very lean workforce which makes you a "jack-of-all trades" and provides experience in a variety of tasks. Compensation is very fair and access to senior management is incredible. You will never find more visibility to the upper management then you will at Heinz.

    Cons

    Still a lor of negativity and adjustment. People need to accept the changes. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, however in the long-term it will expand your career opportunities for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people, give positive feedback and make sure you are commending employee's who work hard.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great in the beginning and most of my career there, terrible towards the end.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ability to work with many different groups of people; promotions for some people; HGPS when upper management cared about it; Employee trainings

    Cons

    Endless conference calls and web meetings; Employee engagement efforts all cancelled due to cost; Terrible work-life balance towards the end of my career there; Many cuts in benefits and retirement after sale of company; Morale was at all time low when I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro-managing needs to stop; there's more to a company than cutting costs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Transformative time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Important projects, global experience, direction from the shrewdest team in business. Genuine commitment to CSR initiatives. Good people.

    Cons

    Management is unapologetic about lack of work-life balance. Little privacy because of open office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward and promote good people who are dedicated and loyal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work environment that keeps me excited to come into the office every morning. I work with extraordinarily talented people who push me to reach my full potential. It's difficult to become complacent here, and opportunities for career advancement are unbelievable if you work hard.

    Cons

    The "water cooler talk" can be a bit much sometimes..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're headed in the right direction, keep moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 22 people found this helpful  

    Ask Heinz how to ruin a company, I'm sure they will tell you.

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    Current Employee - Label Op  in  Fremont, OH
    Current Employee - Label Op in Fremont, OH

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Money and OT are always plentiful.

    Cons

    Long hours, horrible people beside you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Challenging but learned lot!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quick promotions
    Huge bonus
    cool downtown Pittsburgh office
    Ambition is rewarded if backed by results
    Saw the company transform completely in two years from a good place to work to very competitive
    I learned a lot in my two years here. However I was a unique case and the company is no longer marketing centric.

    Cons

    Private equity owned
    Arbitrary decisions
    Management plays favorites
    Expected to work very long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find employees willingly to work long hours and be on the job 24/7. Needs to be more communication about organizational changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    True Team Spirit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senuir Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senuir Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, good people, good leadership, clear goals and objectives, team spirit, global team, talented people, high earnings potential, world-renowned brands with fantastic corporate reputation, company believes in giving back to the community. employee volunteer events

    Cons

    constant change, long days (but most go very fast), working to integrate new culture is never easy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with employees directly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most exciting, dynamic and challenging opportunity in Pittsburgh.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive, smart co-workers
    Incredible sense of unity and Company pride
    Excellent bonus potential
    Ability to quickly advance, regardless of age/status
    Amazing brands, global recognition

    Heinz is on a transformative journey. I've never seen a Company's leadership so committed to achieving its results and putting such rigorous processes in place to ensure that success is achieved. They take winning seriously and I love that about the new Heinz. The potential to grow and be rewarded here is incredible and it motivates me everyday to stretch myself to achieve new goals. I've been with Heinz for four years (prior to the acquisition) and staying here was the best decision of my career.

    Cons

    Be prepared to deal with and accept change
    Difficult to keep up with new systems and keep track of people movement within the business
    Long(er) days, but they go by fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more present on the floors and engaging with your employees. Employees respect what the leadership is doing, but they need more face time with leadership. The leadership's attitude and passion for Heinz is contagious - they should be more proactive in sharing that with employees. It would go a long way in terms of sustaining engagement and motivation.

    HR: Please offer more trainings for newly promoted managers on how to be a good manager. I feel that a downfall of promotions happening so quickly is that there isn't proper manager training happening...which results in those who report to new managers feeling stressed and that they aren't being properly managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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