Heinz Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees
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Pros
  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge depending on the department in which you work (in 33 reviews)

  • All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business (in 15 reviews)

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  1. WORK WORK WORK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    nice bldg. in Pittsburgh pa

    Cons

    work life balance non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cool it

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Watch out Kraft

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    There are no good things to share. This is a sad situation.

    Cons

    No appreciation for hard work. The new 3G Heinz claims they reward merit, but that is untrue. They reward uncaring, greedy and power hungry bosses with no experience. I just read through some Kraft reviews about bad managers. Just wait Kraft people, you haven't seen anything yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing - they absolutely understand what they are doing and one day they will answer for it. I understand the 3G guys being this way -- they don't know any better. As for the "converted" Heinz VPs and Directors that were there before this happened and chose to abandon their former team mates, shame on you. You will have to live with your self.

  3. 5 people found this helpful

    Resume Builder Only

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Heinz has deteriorated from best-in-class to an employment-of-last resort company over the years. A great ticket punch on a resume. If your interest is consumer products, not a bad start.

    Cons

    Everybody and every task is viewed as a better-be-cheap commodity, emphasis is on least cost instead of high quality and customer requirements. Culture has evolved from marketing driven to finance driven - declining sales have and will continue to reflect this value. Avoid if your profession is not directly related to consumer products (e.g., IT); those areas will generally lag as investment in them will continue to decline in order to keep consistent profits in an environment of declining sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is uninterested in the opinions of its employees, current or past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Total disaster! This company treats the employees like the commodities they sell. Cheap and getting worse every day

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition that is becoming a sad reminder to customers and distributors of how things used to be.
    Customer loyalty.

    Cons

    Layoffs, plant closures, quality issues, poor planning at corporate level, terrible new product rollouts with unreasonable expectation, no employees input, cost cutting at every corner, profitable despite declining sales (we all know what that means), multiple price increase, logistics issues.
    Bonus was changing up until late third quarter and resulted in shockingly low payout despite promise of meritocracy mantra of work hard and get paid. Work is all consuming- unable to complete customer demands and extra company requirements in a regular 50 hour work week. Weekend have been normal since 3G has taken over. Raises has been frozen for years except for when they lowered our bonus targets when they took over. This was not a raise so much as a cost cutting measure to avoid a revolt.
    Management is often unqualified to be in the positions being held which i making baad situations worse. Career opportunities are only available to very few people. Once a job is posted interviews are usually already underway or there is somebody taking over.
    If the best thing you can say about a company is free food you need a better paying job to go buy your own food and are obviously not looking past the lunch line. There are serious problems here!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Your best people have either left, are looking or miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    This used to be such a great company to work in...but the life has been sucked out of it by our new owners.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity if you fit the following criteria:
    a) Young
    b) Brazilian
    c) MBA
    If you're not fortunate enough to have one of the above, you might get a good title, with no extra money and lots of extra responsibility :)

    Cons

    Run by kids with no experience
    Underpaid
    Cost cutting in every aspect of the business.
    No plan for long-term sustained growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the rest of us the amounts the chosen ones get paid.
    Give the rest of us the opportunities the chosen ones get.
    Focus on bringing some culture back to the organization. We know the 3G mentality is not the lovey dovey stuff, but it might motivate people to excel.
    Have a plan to grow the top line - the focus is all on cost cutting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    Salary and hours was good

    Cons

    Did not treat contract employees well regarding not fullfilling contract assignment time and short notice of contract ending

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that they need to be more considerate when hiring contract employees and how they are treated with regards to contract assignment time and short notice of contract ending

  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Great public company, horrible private company.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The brands are great and you can take pride in them.

    Cons

    3G Capital was the worst thing that ever happened to this iconic company, they are squeezing it to death. All new employees know nothing about the CPG industry and the ship is sinking. Sure profits are up as the company is squeezing out costs. However that ship has sailed and now products are suffering and guess where sales are? This approach is not sustainable. Also, working at Heinz used to be a great resume builder in the CPG world. But now all the majors know the new workforce is mostly college kids without any real experience. If that isn't bad enough, the new Heinz will expect you to work 12 hour days, including weekends cuz no one knows how anything works or what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't care about growing, just suck it dry and get out. Then maybe it can be repaired as a public company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful

    Tough Times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    A few good people left however most are being driven out by the new régime. Brand seems to be holding strong, but for how long?

    Cons

    Short term focus despite talking long term strategies. More and more expected of workforce with little recognition or reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your biggest asset and you are driving them away - resource is required - the workforce is close to breaking point!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Accounts payable

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Leamington, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Leamington, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Big firm so looks good for you resume. Lots of people to help if you need any assistance. Friendly atmosphere. Many young hires who are highly educated.

    Cons

    Harder to move up many people are competing for the same position. Lots of lay offs and increased working hours by the people still employed to cover the excess workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are good and very helpful. Make employees feel valuable. Hard working which encourages their employees to be hard workers as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Changing culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Good people, opportunities to learn and take on new work, supportive culture

    Cons

    Culture was definitely changing when I left - it was a stressful place to be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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